My friends lived aboard and cruised a Cal
for years and I believe the quality of the craft to be very good. I helped them do a couple of short channel sails
. Although it was very comfortable for four aboard it was 10 feet too long for my liking. It was more a motor
sailer. The keel
was short and long and the rudder
was small. I don't know what the underbody of your 35 is like.
is a forever engine. Yanmars are good too but whenever you change engine and drivetrain there are hidden costs in time and money
. I know from experience.
The raised cabin
with large portlights
lets in a lot of light and makes it feel much larger, however, in the tropics it is a greenhouse so you need a lot of ventilation to cool things down. Everything with sailing craft is a compromise.
Good luck in your choice and I hope this helps with your plans.