C&C34 or Mirage 33
I'm looking at my second boat (current boat is a 1986 Mirage 25 -I've been quite pleased with her). I am moving up in size since we spend all of our summer holidays onboard and the 25 is a bit tight on space for 3 of us and all of our gear.
My short list is currently between a Mirage 33 and a C&C34, both are 1982 models. I also really like the C&C32 from the same era but I dont have one in my sights that is in the right condition for the right price. Basic criteria includes i. Well built boat with good sailing characteristics, 2. Shoal draft -5 foot is the max, and i would rather be lower (Im in a shallow marina on a very large shallow lake). 3. Headroom - wife is nearly 6 ft, Im almost 6'6". 4. its mostly for cruising - i can see some club racing in my future. 5. i will be single handling
The Mirage 33 appears to be in really good condition, gear meets my needs but it is missing a couple comfort items (cold machine, wind instrument). However the canvas, sails, hull are all in well maintained condition . Big binus in this boat is the headroom, drawback is the price (min $10k more upfront than CC34) and Draft is right at my max.
The CC34 is a swing keel. It has an attractive asking price, well equipped but the sails and canvas need replacing. I can put those purchases off for a couple years, but after I do those upgrades my total ownership cost on the two boats is nearly identical. This boat has balsa in the hull, Mirage doesn't, so it will require very carefull inspection/survey. The CC has more sailing gear - most of which i would need to learn how to use. The autopilot is on the fritz. This one only has 6'2" headroom (for the right price I can wreck my neck - at least the wife will be happy). But, it is only 4' draft - swing keels come with additional issues but Id rather have those than have a boat stuck in the marina wwhen we have a dry season.
Both have yanmar diesels, onboard heat, minimum electronics.
Assuming all else is equal - what would you choose and why?