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Saga 35 or Crealock 34?
To give you a meaningful answer it would be helpful to know more about your goals for the boat, sailing experience, where you sail and intend to sail. There is no one size fits all ideal boat for all venues and individuals.
In a general sense I think that 34-35 feet is a pretty big boat for a first boat. Its no so bad if you have a lot of sailing experience but 35 feet is less than ideal if you are also trying to learn to sail as well.
I basically like the Saga 35. It has a lot of clever thinking going into it. I suspect that it would offer reasonable performance in most conditions but I have not had the opportunity to study one under way. It tries to push the envelope a just little bit without doing anything extreme. I have not been able to spend enough time with one to really assess the build quality of these boats.
By Crealock 34 I assume you mean the Pacific seacraft. While these are nice looking boats they have never been expecially ideal for anything that I can think of. They are too heavy and slow to be ideal as coastal cruisers and too small and cramped to be ideal for a couple doing distance cruising.
It also sounds like you are looking to buy a new boat. I suggest that buying a new boat for a first boat is generally a major mistake. Outfitting a new boat right is an expensive, time consuming and complex task. If you have not owned a boat it is really hard to set one up right. You are far better to buy one used where you can test what the other guy has done and see if it works and where you will not have the huge depreciation if it turns out that you bought the wrong boat (which is often the case on a first boat).