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Re: C&C 35 mk1 1972 vs C&C 33 mk2 1986
I would rule out the C&C35 Mk1 if it still has a gas engine. And especially if it has a 72 vintage Atomic 4. Think about buying a car. What would be a better buy? A 72 model with a gas engine or an 86 model with a diesel?
If you are cruising, the C&C35 doesn't have the kind of interior that more modern boats do. Many of them were raced in their earlier days and are tired. Decks are cored and more likely to be a problem that cored hulls. Besides some of the other problems, things like the ports were never good to start with and at this stage need to be replaced or repaired in a manner better than the original design.
The 35 is a reasonably well behaved boat, but not all that fast. It does suffer from an undersized and old fashioned rudder than can be a bear when running downwind.
Other than boats themselves, consider age, condition and type of sails and furling gear (if any). Also electronics that probably need replacing and can be costly. If cruising, consider presence or not of dodger & bimini which you may need.
I am surprised that both boats would be about same price. I could imagine an asking price for a 33 mk2 would be 50-150% higher than an early C&C35 if both were in equivalent condition.