It's a good boat, I've seen a few but didn't suit me.
Don't settle on one, there'll be more for sale
, all in different condition.
The sailing part is easy if the weather
behaves, and cats are so solid you'd have to be daft to damage it. But you do need to study the charts
well, have a depth
gauge, ad the usual emergency
I strongly recommend taking an instructor out with you with one of his usual crew and watch what they do and ask a lot of questions. If they'll do a weekend all the better, there's just too much to pack into a day.
They won't get everything right if they are mono men
but you'll learn your own method. Three or four learning
trips, together with some sailing in good weather
to get experience and you'll soon be competent. After that there's a life time of learning
Internally you really want a gas stove with oven
if you plan on staying aboard for more than the odd night. Decide if the toilets have a black water
tank and if you will need one for your waters. Check carefully for leaks
from windows, they a pain to repair.
I had no previous experience and learnt in busy waters (Solent). We made mistakes
but none serious. It's a matter of being sea wise, which you are, and I read alot. And understanding just how hard the wind
is. You'll learn, you probably already have an idea from berthing your motorboats in a breeze. Sails
are just ten times the area. Enjoy.