Why in the world are you getting rid of that furling
main? Use it a year or two. You'll probably love it!
You're getting plenty of opinions. Here's another!
I am more in the "sail it" camp than the "trace and repair every bloody potential wiring
glitch right now" camp. Most places in the world, there are many months- or even years- of wonderful cruising close at hand without undertaking any long, blue-water voyages. You can have lots and lots of fun within easy reach of land (and potential help). As you do that, you will gradually find most of the things that need attention and have plenty of time to fix them. Then you can have a seaworthy
, familiar boat
and a good bit of experience under your belt before you strike out on longer trips.
projects in a boat
yard are generally miserable and will sap a spouse's (and your) enthusiasm very, very quickly. Get the boat in minimal sailing shape (or even motoring shape), get it in the water
quickly, and use it!