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The Aloha 32 is an interesting boat. It is designed by Mark Ellis, who also did the Niagara 35 and the NonSuch series for Hinterholler Yachts. It has the character look, with the short sprit and bobstay. The cockpit is roomy, moving around decks is not bad except for getting around the shrouds fore and aft. As a relatively shoal draft it should suit you well for your intended area.
The layout is a bit unconventional, but should work for a couple unless you intend to have frequent guest couples along for overnight trips. We looked at one of these in our last quest, and decided that since we hoped to take friends and family sailing for multiday trips, it did not really suit our needs. But as a quasi-liveaboard for two it seemed like a nice layout.
Performance-wise I'd expect it to be a bit on the sedate side, but probably quite comfortable. It is not overpowered and should be an easily handled boat in most conditions (we did not get to the stage where we were able to sail the boat, so these are guesses)
Aloha has a good reputation for quality, at least in line with the other mainstream builders. They built a wide variety of boat types in their day - Perry's 8.2, the 32, the Ron Holland designed 30 and a heavier, cruisier 34 who's pedigree I don't know for sure (maybe Ted Brewer).
If you like the look and the layout it's worth further investigation. Good Luck.