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VIDEO: Let the sunshine in

As more European-built boats make their way into American boat shows, we thought we’d take a look at some of the ones that caught our eye.

They share such design traits as wide-open interiors that unite the saloon, helm and galley areas; glass deckhouse doors aft; and “sunroof-style” powered overhead hatches and large hull-side windows that often flood the deckhouse and staterooms with natural light.

These boats are set up for social interaction while bringing a bit of the outdoors inside.

“European boaters have always been keen on bright, barrier-free interior spaces,” says Cos Constantino, vice president of Absolute Yachts North America, which is based in Italy. “They love soaking up the outside and enjoying the environment when they’re on a boat.”

For a closer look at these boats, pick up the November issue of Soundings.