I’m relatively young, 29, and I am looking to get into the art of sailing. I’ve been around boats (Boston Whaler type) my whole life, know the basics on how to sail a dingy and was even in the Navy (not much help in this sport lol) -- but I’m now looking for a good beginner boat for the Chesapeake. I’ve been on a lot of forums, and it seems a 27-30ft Catalina is a way to go! I have two Catalina’s on my radar: 1) 1978 30’ MK1 for $6,300; and 2) 1987 27’ MK 2 for $8,500. The 30' has a loose rudder but other than that, it’s in "good" condition and is ready to sail. However, I’ve read some horror stories about the compression block. With that said, I’m afraid to go with the 30 due to the block and minor cosmetic upgrades. I’ve inspected both to save $$ (maybe a mistake because I’m still an FNG). Both boats come in good condition: working diesel engine, sails include main and roller furling, no blistering, etc. With this said, would anyone suggest one over the other? Any response is much appreciated!