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Re: C&C 32 vs C&C 35 mk3
Tender is a relative term. Heeling past 20 degrees is fun, but not fast. Upwind I carry a 135 until 18-20 knots apparent. I reef the main first, then partially furl the jib above 25. The FWC engine is a big deal IMHO. They did not have hour meters. "More gear" really does not add much value unless it is near new and useful to you. The 35 rates 123, the 32 rates 159. That's 36 seconds per mile. On a long sail, that adds up.
I'd recommend a survey, rigging survey and mechanical inspection as a condition of sale on either. Soft decks are a red flag. Windows are a weakness - they leak sooner or later. The Yanmars are bullet-proof if maintained, but the mixing elbows do clog. Rod rigging is supposed to be re-headed every ten years according to NavTec. The keel hull joint (aka the C&C smile) is usually not a sign of a major problem.
3 feet does not sound like a lot, but its nearly 10%. Most of the added space is in the cabin. It also means at least 10% more cost to replace lines, sails etc.
Good luck with the search!