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Get the 32
There are reasons to have the traveler in the cockpit such as single handing and racing. However, the traveler in the cockpit, depending on exactly where it is located, can limit the seating surface and is one more thing to get tangled in while manuevering in the cockpit or going below deck. My traveler is in the cockpit on the bridge deck, and it's advantages versus disadvantges for me are fine. If you don't plan to race and just want to cruise, having the traveler on the coachroof is can be preferable; especially if you have more than a few people on a sail and/or kids. One less thing get tangled in in the cockpit.
As far as size, there is much difference in docking characteristics of 29 versus a 32 foot boot, so that that shouldn't be a concern. The 32 will be roomier though for cruising. You'll appreciate it and you won't keep second guessing yourself if you opted for the 29. Everone has that 3-foot itis disease as in "If I only had a boat 3 feet longer, I'd be content, have more room, sail better", make up your own reason. I once looked at a boat that the owner was selling a 33 ft because he just bought a 36 foot boat, ie 3-foot itis. In all fairness, though he was going from a Pearson 33-2 toa Catalina 36, so not only was he buying 3 feet more, because he was going to a Catalina, he was getting a lot more volume per/foot, than a Pearson 36 would have afforded him.
As far as whether it is okay to buy a boat that was "raced", depends on a lot of factors such as how often, how hard, was the boat designed to be a "racer", and how was it maintained. I boat a bought (Pearson 10M) that was once raced and thought nothing of it. I wouldn't be concerned if you had it surveyed and it passed. But make sure if you do opt for and put an offer in on the "raced" boat, if that is the one you like, make sure you tell the surveyor to really pay extra attention to the areas that Chef2Sail mentions.
C&C's made decent production boats in the 80's. Depending on the condition and stuff that the boat has, for that size range I think that you are looking at asking prices in the high 30's to 50K. (dollars).