We started with a 24 Shark - another C&C built boat - and really liked the look of the Niagara 26 at the time (still do, for that matter) more like a grown up shark than the rest of the C&C line.
The C&C 24 is a nice boat too, and any of the models mentioned here will do fine.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"