You might want to consider the C&C 25 as well as the C&C 24. I have known owners of both and they like them a lot.
I used to sail another Hinterhoeller boat, a Niagara 26, for a decade. Did a lot of cruises with and without my wife aboard (my job had more vacation time available in the summers than hers).
Even raced it a couple seasons... very successfully I might add.
If you can find one, they are kinda-sorta like a C&C 25 that's been narrowed up a bit and lengthened. Fast, responsive, and enough room inside to cruise for two weeks at a time.