As a hunter owner, I'd say ...:
.. I'm not terribly concerned with the critiques of things I know to be true, but consider necessary evils in order to have the things I want.
That's the point. Different boat owners want diferent things from their boats, so there are a lot of diferent cruiser boat types. Hunter fits on the mainstream with Oceanis, Bavarias and Jeanneaus. I believe that choosing among them is more a question of personal taste and about the options each boat offers to make the boat the one you really need or want.
Personally I find that the European boats have a better design...but I am an European, with an European taste
I believe that Hunters almost don't sell in Europe on account of that: aesthetics, and I mean the outside look of the boat.