Designers retained many aspects of the older hull, such as the sharp bow entry, long waterline length and deep-V running surface - all factors contributing to the 54's awesome offshore performance. But true to the Italian Ferretti influence, the looks change dramatically. The somewhat boxy lines of the old hull were traded for sleeker lines and more curves. The aesthetically inclined will probably first notice the wraparound window on the cabin front where a solid, blank, fiberglass wall historically resides. In fact, older 54s came with the same windows, but evolution did them in. You'll be amazed at how much ambient light shines through the front glass, transforming the salon from cave to cabin. When combined with the open layout in the salon, the additional lighting and vistas grow the space by an order of magnitude. Lest you worry about safety, Ferretti worked with professional glassmakers to specially formulate the windshield to withstand the rigors of green water coming over the bow.