Hi... first reply
I have a C-18 and am completely satisfied. It's not
fast but it's comfortable and easy. As for problem
areas, I think it's just too small/simple to have any hidden
maintenance problems. If you did have a problem, I'd
think it could be fixed without much effort.
Anyway, I think both boats would be fine for you. If
you plan on trailering though, you might find the
Hunter easier, assuming it has a retractable keel.
As for the MK2, I think the Capri-18 became the
Catalina 18 in the 1990's and became the Catalina 18MKII
around 2004-2005. The hardware layout changed (note the
winches, jib tracks, headsail furling) and the deck received
smoother styling. They may also have changed the cockpit
lockers. Older models had a shoal-keel option. I think the
hulls and rigging are the same.
If you're near Seattle and would like a test-sail, let me know.