Columbia vs C&C
That is an easy question from my perspective. I have always thought that the C&C 32 seemed like a well rounded design that was nicely detailed and quite well constructed. The 32 foot Columbia 9.6 was a wierd duck with strange sailing manners. This was a period when Columbia was floundering. They had spent a fortune in tooling up a whole line idiosyncratic designs that were not well recieved. This was a time of high interest rates and inflation and Columbia seemed to cut a lot of corners to be able to sell these boats at a reasonable price. The 9.6 that I knew had really poor workmanship in a lot of places.
There are some boats that no matter what you do to them they will never be good boats. In my book the 9.6 is one of those.