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Re: Here we go! Advice please...
As you are looking at these options, I wouldn't get too hung up on a make or model. IMHO condition is more important.
At this point, you want a boat you can sail right away without a lot of work. One of the best ways to know if this is possible, is if it is sailing now. So I would buy a boat that is in commission, in the water and used frequently by a knowledgeable owner. Then you can learn to fix it one thing at a time when it breaks....woops, did I say things break?
When we bought the Pearson 22 (too many years ago to acknowledge date), we didn't have a clue. We purchased it from some friends that used it a lot. The took us sailing on it before we bought it. They even answered our questions after we owned it. It had a little outboard (that worked), sails that worked, it was water tight, even had a small head that worked.
I would take this approach, sail it for a few years, then consider what you really want, which might change.