That said, no matter what the degree of customization, the basic platform remains the same. And it’s quite the platform: With its maxed-out waterline, low-rider coach roof, extremely tall topsides and double headsails (the inner is a self-tacking number), and a half-dozen hull windows to each side, the 548 cuts a thoroughly contemporary figure. This is the basic template, more or less, that defines the modern sailboat aesthetic as interpreted by a whole host of European naval architects, including Judel/Vrolijk & Company, who were responsible for this design. Admittedly, not everyone is wild about straight-razor profiles that don’t exhibit a little rake or angle in the bow and transom. But I think they’re pretty cool.