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I did the same thing about 4 years ago. If I may be so bold as to offer advice and things to look for.
1) Head room - the smaller boats lack it. Some in the 25 foot range have between 5'-6 and 6'-0, maybe more.
2) Head room - most of the smaller boats have a porta-potti set in the middle of the salon. TOOOOOOOO open for this boy.
3) Draft - if it's a trailerable, you're probably OK.
4) Sails - make sure they are all there and still serviceable
5) Roller furler - very nice to have and yes, they are trailerable.
6) GPS - if you're goinf offshore at all, a must. Doesn't have to break the bank (Ebay)
7) Rigging - check the standing rigging for corrosion and broken wires. Ask me how I know.
8) Pick up a copy of The Complete Trailer Sailor by Brian Gilbert (or something like it). Gilbert packed all sorts of great information on the subject, but most important for you right now, he includes 50 or so traielrable boats in the back. Specs, sketches, photos, pros and cons. It could really help you to decide what you like, need or hate. For my tastes, Catalina 27 is my dream boat. So, you can't go wrong with a Catalina.
Fair Winds and Fairer prices,