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Either boat will work for the kind of sailing you intend to do. Looking at the literature, the Eclipse has a much simpler method of raising the mast than the C22.
On the C22, the mast is stepped directly on the deck. This means you must remove the boom and mainsail with it. The mast can be raised by one person alone using the same type of mast-raising system as the eclipse. Some guys are burly enough to just manually pull the mast up w/o additional help, but I use a ginpole and a 4:1 block and tackle. It's very easy. However, since the boom must then be attached, the mast-raising gear removed, and with two sets of lower shrouds (forward and afterward), the whole process probably takes 30 minutes for me. The first time you do it, it will probably take an hour.
Beyond that, it would certainly be easier to drag the dog aboard the Eclipse but if you are going to spend nights aboard, the C22 will give you a bit more breathing room.
For more info, recommend you visit the C22 National Sailing Association site, and link to other sites of C22 owners. Also, google c22 sailing videos to find any number of videos that show people raising the mast, sailing, doing other types of maintenance. Check out similar user sites for Compac yachts as well.
Don't know if this helps you much. Let me know.
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