From what I know, the PS 37 and the CD are pretty similar in characteristics like speed, size, comfort index, capsize rating. The Alden is going to be a good deal more expensive to own, while not being significantly faster or more comfortable to sail.
The CD36 has a LWL of 27.3', the PS37 one of 27.75' and the Alden Caravelle has one of only 28'. This means that they all have fairly similar cabin space relatively speaking... and that the Alden is going to cost more to own, maintain, sail, and haul for no significant advantage over the other two. It is also probably the most expensive of the three.
I would say that you should choose between the CD 36 and the PS 37. The sail area is much more reasonable and either will be far simpler and easier to single-hand than the AC42.
Of the two, I would say that they're pretty much a toss up between them... the numbers for comfort, capsize rating, speed, etc, are really too close to be significant. Both have an excellent history, and both have fairly active owner's associations AFAIK
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