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It really doesn't matter that much.
First, neither of the boats you're comparing can be considered fast in any way. Second, you could spend an inconcievable sum of money to make either of these boats sail faster, but they will never be fast. Third, you could spend a lifetime learning to sail a boat fast, so you are at a disadvantage to those that have done just that.
If you are just learning to sail, few things are as frustrating as being spanked by boats that are known to be slower than yours. However, that's exactly what you should expect. Every club has that dude that bought a Bene 10R or C&C115, etc thinking they were a shoe in for the club trophy, only to be outsailed by more experience sailors on "lesser" boats.
My advice is to not worry much about the boats PHRF rating and buy the one that a) seems most likely to suit your use, and b) is in the best condition. Then go out and enjoy the boat and don't worry if some other boat is 10 seconds a mile faster or a minute a mile faster. PHRF ratings have very little impact on how much you will enjoy your boat. They only matter if you race, and then you'll only complain about the rating.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36