We own a C&C 34 +
This is an great cruising boat. It is much more than a day sailer. You may prefer a boat with simpler systems that requires less maintance if you are only going to day sail. The boat was actually designed after the 37+, and is essentially a smaller version of this successful design.
I delivered our boat from Stamford, CT to Annapolis, MD in 25 to 30 kt winds and 8 + ft seas. It was a solid stable ride. We made the trip in 37 hours. Top speed was 13.9 kts (sliding down big waves with a reefed main and storm jib). The boat can be exhillerating to sail.
We cruise our boat for extended periods and have been very happy with it for several reasons:
1.) The boat is fast for 35 ft cruising boat (it's not 37 ft as previously stated above).
2.) The boat is well built and well equiped. Ours came with rod rigging, large Barient winches, and top-of-the line hardware, sails, and electronics.
3.) The shoal draft version we own draws less than 5 ft which is great for the Chesapeake.
4.) The boat is easily single handled. Our main traveller was moverd to the cockpit so I can reach the mainsheet, traveller, jib winches and helm without moving.
5.) The interior layout is very spacious for this size boat. King-size berth in aft stateroom, nice port-side galley with a lp stove/oven, refrigerator, double sink, starboard nav station, large saloon with stetees that can be used as three berths (they are a bit short if you're over 6ft tall) and a nice v-berth for two young kids or one adult (again less than 6 ft tall).
6.) The transom is cleverly designed to open using part of the stern pulpit as a swim ladder.
It is rare to find these accomodations and performance in a production boat of this size. We paid $69K so at $55K you're doing well. In this market I'd offer 20% less to start negotiating. You should also budget for maintenace & upgrades depending on how well the survey goes. Spend the money for a out-of-water survey and a survey of the engine by a diesel mechanic.