As a Newport owner, I say go for the obvious, of course. Hard to beat a C&C designed boat!
In reality, however, you really need to inspect both as closely as you're capable, and you need to, get a professional involved and then purchase the one that's in the best condition at the "best" deal. If you really do have almost immediate plans to move up, the logical decision now is to get the best deal on the best boat possible because at some point you'll be a reseller as well.
Having said all that, if you wanna look cool and have the chicks dig you, get the Newport.....:-)