I've seen Hunter, Catalina and Beneteau combined into a portmanteau.
Cheap, production boats for the masses.
I do know this about Hunters, the Cherebuni designs are good solidly designed boats. Maybe not factory ready for offshore, but it could be 'modified' to do the job. For having a fin keel and spade rudder (at least tillers are common on the shorter boats).
Then the company went through some times trading quality for design and innovation.
While i would not hesitate taking 'Ripple' anywhere on the great lakes (in season, fully charted and electronically equiped), she is nowhere near what i would want facing a serious ocean passage.
But then again, almost any car can be prepared for endurance racing .... YMMV.
It's a used boat, if the build/design is up to your requirements, don't let the 'stigma' stop you.
It's all about the upkeep.
s/v Ripple 1977 Hunter 27
She's a beater but we're in the game.