As pressure from foreign brands increased in the 1990s, few American production builders rose to the challenge. Inspired by a loyal customer base, however, Hatteras went back to the drawing board and developed a new series of competitive designs. These new Hatteras motoryachts offered American yachtsmen a premium American brand with more than a touch of European flair. The 80 is a further refinement of this theme and demonstrates that her builder intends to lead, not follow. Her look, while Euro-influenced, is reserved and sensible; she is clearly a Hatteras. Her shapely window design echoes the signature styling cue that is featured in both the builder's convertible and motoryacht lines. This consistency, and Hatteras' tendency toward evolution as opposed to revolution, should make her a sound investment, as gambling on trends in styling can be risky.