Originally Posted by madman960
I have a chance to buy one of these boats. Both are reasonably priced.
The C&C 24 needs all sails, outboard, cleaning, radio, and porta potty.
The Columbia 22 needs headsail, outboard, radio, and porta potty.
Either would be my first boat. No trailer for either one.
This really an "apples to bananas" comparison. Different boats from quite different design and construction eras. Two feet of length is a bigger difference than you might at first believe. The C&C would be my choice unless financially pressed and the older Col 22 was nearly free. Both will sail well, as far as that goes, but more waterline length is always better.
If on a tight budget, look for good used sails. Follow that surveyor around closely and take notes. (!) Any boat over 20 years might have a deck or chainplate issue. Rigging is probably ancient at this point unless the p.o. was up to date on his maint. schedule.
There is a nice restored C&C 24 in our yc, and it's a great sailing boat with the classic C&C look. A friend of mine used to race and cruise his Col 22, several decades ago and really liked it.
Sidebar: Consider putting some basic bio info, like where you plan to sail it.
Here's to happy days on the water,