The Grand Soleil 54 is a high-performance Italian cruising machine with all the style and edgy elegance we've come to expect from designer Luca Brenta. So the decks are clean, the hull is low slung, and the sail plan is powerful. Visibility is excellent from the dual helm stations, and, of course, there's plenty of room for lounging and looking beautiful in the long, straight, teak-clad cockpit. And there's much more beneath the sexy exterior. A deep bulb keel ensures that the 54 will be stiff enough to stand up to its canvas, and the stern area opens up to reveal the requisite dinghy garage. The accommodations plan perpetuates the sleek minimalist look but not at the expense of function. The entire area forward of the mast is dedicated to a decadent master cabin with en-suite head, and the main saloon, galley, and guest cabins are big, comfortable, Italian. Bellissimo.