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I'd point out that as a liveaboard, 12VDC refrigeration is a very good thing to have. Engine driven refrigeration isn't very sensible if you're living aboard, since you don't really want to have to run your engine just to cool the refrigerator, especially if you have shorepower available at the dock, which means running the 12 VDC refrigerator is not going to kill your batteries.
Instead of asking what their relative values are, what you really should be focusing on is how well suited are the different boats to the usage you're going to be putting it to. Living aboard has some requirements that using a boat for just weekend cruises and daysailing DOES NOT HAVE. Refrigeration, as I previously pointed out, is one of them.
I hope you have read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips Thread I started. That should help you eliminate any real turkeys from the boats you look at...and narrow down the field.
Of the four boats you've listed... IMHO #3 is a non-starter... the refrigeration is shot and the hull is clearly damaged and the sails are ancient. Unless they're discounting it enough for you to get new refrigeration...which I seriously doubt... that's an issue.
The two Pearsons are probably better choices than the C&Cs and probably less likely to have been raced. However, the 12 VDC refrigeration and the fact that the boat is in better shape give the first boat the edge IMHO.
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