- Cute boat
- Cabin lets you stow gear or do an overnight "boat camping"
- Easy to trailer simple rig to set up
- Not too tippy or high-performance so easily for a novice to handle.
- unless you're a teen you're not likely to camp in that cabin.
- The cabin takes away cockpit and foredeck space that is more important in a boat that size
- Very low performance -- will be a real dog in light air
- Does not point well. If home is to windward you will need to motor.
IMHO you'd do MUCH better in any number of better sailing boats that are designed as day sailors with open cockpits and either open bow or cuddy spaces in the bow -- not "pocket cruisers" with cabins. For higher performance look at centerboard
boats or for more comfortable and controlled sailing look for a keel
. A few great sailing (keel) boats of that era that come to mind are Mercury
15, O-Day 19 / Rhodes 19. With a weighted centerboard
-- if you really want a "pocket cruiser" with cabin look at the West Wight Potter 19. (I used to own a West Wight Potter 15 and it was too slow, and too small to have a cabin.) If you want higher performance look at the 420, as an example.