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This is a good question, but I don't think there will be an absolute answer. Part of the problem is that no two 20 year old boats will be the same. Some will have been updated with modern electronics, new sails, updated rigging (including traveler, jib leads, etc.), repowered, and others won't.
You can find a 20 year old boat that is in better condition than a 10 year old boat, and for less money too. There are lots of 10-15 year old boats out there with original sails, original rigging, original everything, and the owners will still want more money than for a 15 year old boat that has had everything updated in the last 2-3 years.
Personally, if you have access to cheap labor, I would buy the older boat. This way you will end up with exactly what you want in the way of electronics, galley, rigging, etc. And you will get back most of your money when you sell.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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