If and when you get there, you'll see every conceivable make, model, age boat there is successfully cruising the Caribbean. Hunters including the one you mention are certainly among the group. We spent many years cruising there and assure you virtually anything seaworthy will keep you safe as long as you know what you are doing.
About the only objective statement one can made regarding Hunters also applies to Beneteau and Catalina - none are bluewater boats but they are designed for coastal cruising, lack storage and tank volume which are prerequisites for cruising and some (particularly the Beneteaus) have relatively flat bottoms making them susceptible to pounding.
Once you gain some experience, you will better appreciate the differences and make a more informed decision.
Last edited by k1vsk; 08-31-2009 at 02:43 PM.