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Go for the unraced 32. I own a C&C design and have raced on many models, and they are really beautiful sailers in most conditions and very safe when you understand their "little ways". But the fatal flaw on C&Cs is the balsa-core deck and the fact that they usually go through a freeze-thaw cycle every winter. Racing strains the deck fitting and the deck to hull join, plus the usual stuff like stanchion bases, winch bases, etc. This can lead to water intrusion, and not all C&C (or many to my knowledge) had solid fibreglass where the thru-bolts attach the deck gear to the underside of the cabins, and where fender washers serve instead of the better option of backing plates. Also, the wiring in many older C&Cs is strictly house-grade...not remotely to today's code.
A freshwater-only one will generally be in better condition than a salt-water one, but you MUST get a survey to determine the real state of affairs. Think of it as a bargaining chip, because a survey WILL reveal issues in a C&C, but you can live with some issues, and others, not so much. Good luck. Where would you be sailing out of?