Crossing the Atlantic in a C&C 34?
I think your take on the 34 is accurate. A very nice boat, BUT.
As a third C&C generation design the 34 is more tender and has greater beam than earlier generation C&Cs. If you search you should be able to find info such as stability index for this and similar models, and the results might be surprising. IMHO a C&C 35 II (second generation)is a more sturdy, stiff and offshore- quality vessel than a 34. We passed over many 34s, 36s and 35 IIIs looking for a good 35 II which we never found. Eventually we bought a CS 36T which we feel was a more capable boat and worth the extra money.
The 34 also introduced the use of the balsa-cored hull. Discussion of this construction (which has cost some owners a LOT of money in repairs) is all but a religious war so I won''t go there...