Setzer Design Group, Winter Custom Yachts Unveil “Express-60” Collaboration

August 10, 2009 (CARY, NC) – Setzer Design Group in Cary, NC, known world-wide for its award-winning designs of super-yachts, had been developing the “Express-60” project over the past several months for a client in Florida. Meanwhile in Apex, NC, a small town nearby, Winter Custom Yachts had started building a 60’ hull. Yacht architect Ward Setzer discovered what owner Tim Winters was doing shortly after his Florida client backed out of the project. So the two firms decided to combine their efforts and Setzer is now integrating his design to fit Winter’s custom 60’ hull.

The Express-60
The Express-60

According to Setzer, Tim Winters loved the concept and has “jumped in with both feet” to help meld his own project with Setzer’s. Now, as the two firms look at the common traits of their respective hull lines, Setzer is amazed that they could be worlds apart considering the types of projects they create, yet just down the road from one another, thinking and drawing along the same lines.

“Our studio designs in great detail some of the most complex yachts in the world,” Setzer said, “yet I pride myself on having built numerous smaller boats, and I love the time I spend on shop floors. Tim is a roll-up-his-sleeves-and-get-in-there kind of boat builder, so this is just about perfect — not just for me, but also for buyers. They will get the technology and craftsmanship that will arise from our team approach. I’m sure Tim will keep my team grounded in the realities of the job he must get done, while we will be exposing him to new ideas and technology from our various projects, from 20’ to 200’, in all corners of the globe.”

The new Setzer/Winter vessel is as unique as it is practical. Its “Vista Cabin,” as Setzer calls it, features windows all around the lower salon and galley that afford constant views of the sea. Driven by triple Zeus Pod drives and powered by three of Cummins QSM 715’ HP diesel engines, the vessel is expected to have great speeds out of the hole and great handling, even at a cruising speed of 30+ kts. A 20 KW generator will accompany the primary drive units within their unusual standing-head-room engine space.

The new vessel also features an open helm zone amidship, including sleek instrument panels on center and riding seats port and starboard. There is ample wrap-around seating just aft of the helm, port, and starboard with high-low dining tables and rod storage below. There is also an aft mezzanine deck with aft-facing seating that includes tackle storage. Integrated boxes within the raised mezzanine hold freezers, refrigerator, sink, grill, tackle and other lockers. Along with ample fish boxes, fitted flush within the generous cockpit, is a large bait tank within the transom.

Half a flight of steps down from the helm deck is the salon with the galley to starboard. The galley includes a food-preparation island and a full complement of appliances under sleek stone tops and encased in modern cabinetry. To port is the lounge and TV viewing area with built in storage and library. The wrap-around windows illuminate the “Vista Cabin” with natural light, bringing an open, spacious ambience to the interior. Forward is a laundry room and pantry as well as a bow bunk cabin and head that can be offered as one or two cabins. Aft is a full-beam master suite under the helm deck with a queen-sized bed, built-in dressers, hanging locke, and large head.

The overall styling is typical of Setzer’s work: A bit of the past is referenced in key lines, such as the sheer and bow, along with hints of retro vessels and modern nuances for the deck house and windscreen. The Winter hull was almost a perfect match to the Setzer hull, the designer noted, but with a more “Carolina” flavor and the trademark Winter transom.

“The two will mesh quite well,” Setzer said. “And based on the performance of Tim’s recently launched 62’ ‘Galot3’ the design should be both a tournament angler’s favorite and a great cruising boat for long weekends in the islands. The efficiency of the Zeus Pod drives will offer even more advantages for longer trips and easy docking when in port.”

Overall this yacht is intended to be unique amongst a fleet of options, he stressed, and beautiful — both at rest and underway.

For more information on Setzer Design Group, visit For more information on Winter Custom Yachts, visit

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