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The C&C 32 is a design from the 80s, a good sailing boat with an interior that will be less spacious (but likely more practical) than some of the newer designs like Hunters. Hunter does a great job of their interiors and they are roomier in many ways than a lot of their competitors.
Most of the successful mainstream brands will suffice for general coastal cruising, and it will probably boil down to individual boat condition, upkeep and maintenance history - along with upgrades and additions (electronics, canvas, windlass etc) - and other less tangible things like how she 'feels', the rapport with the broker or owners.
C&C owners are very loyal, a well maintained C&C, at least into the late 80s will be a good boat for anyone. There's got to be a reason for that loyalty and support.
It's hard to beat Catalina for support from the builder - they're still in business, and are well known for their record keeping and ability to support even the oldest models still in terms of parts and information.
And there are a lot of happy Hunter owners too. It's down to you to do the research and find a boat that 'speaks' to you both....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)