Something tells me you're not really going to be sailing this in the ocean, right? Monterey Bay maybe, when conditions are near flat?
I used to have one of these and sailed it on a river off of the Chesapeake Bay
...anything more than 6" chop and/or the occasional boat wakes was very unpleasent. Fun nonetheless. Good boat, you'll be happy. I repaired some transom gouges with Evercoat products from West Marine, after the boat got blown off a boat lift
during a storm...not professionally faired, but probably what you could have done with that rudder. On the topic of the rudder, it was missing after that episode. 2 days later I had a hunch and decided to intrude into some of my neighbors property to get to the adjacent shorelines...there from about 100 feet away I saw something bobbing in the water
that looked unnatural. After a little bushwacking to get to this little cove on the adjacent neighbors property, there is was, the rudder. All together, just a little dirty, and the hardware
not quite as nice as before. Glad to know I saved myself $500. Never did get a chance to paint
it before I sold it to the next owner. Hopefully, he has had the chance to tell similar stories.