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"IF" you are going to buy a boat that old, it may or may not come with a lot of work. As far as buying one that old overall, I would not worry about it. I bought one 20, from the original owner, in pretty good shape, had a few things to do. well maybe a lot depending upon view. But overall, no regrets if you get a boat that will work for you.
Not sure where you are at, but, there are many 30'ish foot boats 20-30 yrs old that may or may not work for you. Jeanneau and Beneteau have some boats that first came to the states in the late 70's to early 80's too, with IMHO nicer interiors.......but now your talking personal tastes. For jeanneau, look for an attalia, or an arcadia if you can find one. The attalia is listed as 32, really about 30, the arcadia listed as 30 but really about 28.
Beneateau look for a first 30/305 or 28.
Enjoy your new boat, what ever it may be. Tween you two current choices, it would be a C&C hands down. The Sabre will be the nicer of the two, but prefer slightly faster over nice, probably why I went with my Jeanneau, got both!
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!