Hi Jon, Never owned one but I've sailed my mate's a few times. As an onwer of an eighties cruiser racer, I found it quite a delight to sail. No winches, dinghy sized headsails, plenty of bits of string to play with, a topsail can be as much fun as a spinnaker!
The centreplate means that they can dry out but still have reasonable windward performance for a gaffer. Fair accomodation for a family of four. Trailable with a 4 x 4.
The only problem that I know of was a failure at the top of the centreboard casing that allowed an alarming amount of water aboard when driving into a sea.
If you like the appeal of such a boat, I don't think you will be disappointed and you might find it difficult to get something with which to replace her..