Setzer Inks Two New Contracts

October 6, 2008 (CARY, NC, USA) —  Setzer Design Group, one of the world’s premiere yacht designers, has signed contracts with two new clients for two very different vessels.


A well-known boat builder in the sport fishing industry has asked Setzer to design a 92-foot/28-meter semi-custom sport fishing vessel that will embody the same refined, and high-end pedigree as Setzer’s larger vessels along with the Builder’s own reputation for its lines of luxury sport fishing yachts.  


According to yacht architect Ward Setzer, principal of the award-winning studio, this yacht will serve as a “super-sized” tender for a far larger support vessel mega-yacht. The new hull form, with its grand, sweeping sheer line and clean open bow deck, will deliver 40 knots of top-end speed while offering up to three large guest and owner’s staterooms as well as both crew and captain’s staterooms. The bridge design will be an open style with later models offering a fully enclosed bridge. The cockpit will feature all the typical fishing amenities as well as a grill and refrigerator/freezer center and aft lanai deck with seating port and starboard. Under the lanai and outside the oversized engine room will be multi-purpose machinery and locker space for work areas, electric panels, scuba gear, and more. Overall the design will be a very refined and heavily detailed, mega-fishing machine, according to yacht architect Ward Setzer.


Setzer Design Group is also under contract with a Middle Eastern client to design a refined 210-foot/65-meter sister ship to Brazen Sea, the modern, futuristic flagship of the studio’s new Vision Line of superyachts, which Yacht-Premier magazine has praised as “intelligently conceived and skillfully designed, carefully studied down to the very last detail. [Brazen Sea] boasts technical installations and fittings among the best and most up-to-date currently available in the superyacht category.” The vessel should be presented for tendering purposes the first of November.


This new superyacht design is partially inspired by the industry’s recent experimentation with the classic plumb/Axe type of bow, according to Setzer. Following the lead of Brazen Sea and yet striving for an even sleeker, more refined look, the studio is working with the client to accommodate the family’s spatial needs and to create outdoor spaces that embrace the ocean environment in every aspect of the design. Within six levels of decks, the design will feature multiple guest cabins including VIP staterooms on the main deck, a fair-weather master suite on the upper-most deck, and a foul-weather master suite below decks.


Crew accommodations on Brazen Sea’s sister ship will include at least 16 cabins and large service spaces, such as a professional laundry, three galley spaces, walk-in refrigerators and freezers, bulk goods storage and more. A central stairwell and elevator will form a service core through the middle of the vessel running up through 5 deck levels. There will be a garage aft with space for two eight-meter tenders as well as multiple jet skis. There will be an infinity pool on the aft deck and a private owner’s pool on the top deck. The bow deck will feature another garage for a 6.5 meter crew tender and a helicopter landing zone.


Overall this represents an exciting new project for Setzer Design Group that will allow it to bring one of its latest Vision Line products to life, complete with innovations and details within the refined lines that have become the hallmark of the Cary, North Carolina-based studio.


These and other new Setzer superyacht designs will be featured in the studio’s display at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show on October 30. To follow updates to these projects and to see the complete Vision Line, visit the booth in the Designers/Builders Tent at Bahia Mar.


For more information on the Setzer studio, visit, or call Ward Setzer directly at 919-859-7014.



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