The New Vision Continues: Setzer Unveils 20-meter Multi-hull and 32-meter Vicem RPM

The multi-hull "VL 20" by Setzer Design GroupMarch 2, 2010 (CARY, NC, USA) — Setzer Design Group has announced the premier of “VL-20,” another futuristic design from its Vision Line — this time in the form of a futuristic Catamaran.

The award-winning studio also has just released is a 32-meter advanced design created for Vicem Yachts of Turkey as a Raised Pilothouse Motoryacht.

At first glance, the 20-meter multi-hull appears to be a radical departure from the studio’s typical work. The hull’s striking twin reverse axe-bows and swept lines are highly functional, powered by twin pod drives. The extreme sculpting of the main house and deck superstructure blends with elements, inspired by client requests, to mimic sports car designs. Accommodations include three guest staterooms, generous salon, pilothouse, galley and pantry, as well as various equipment lockers, an over-sized aft deck, and a retracting swim platform sport deck.

Further imagery and performance data will be released in the months ahead as the production documents take shape and the overall design is refined. The project is currently being tendered to Asian yards.

The project commissioned for Vicem Yachts of Turkey started at 28 meters but has grown to top out at 32 meters in the form of a RPH Raised Pilothouse design with highly swept lines. The result is a design that has an on-deck master suite as well as four guest accommodations below decks and twin crew cabins aft. With an overall beam of 7 meters, the accommodations throughout are generous. Walk-around decks, including an up-and-over feature forward of the full beam master suite, give the vessel a large, impressive presence. This challenged the Setzer studio to keep the vessel sleek rather than allowing it to appear top heavy or boxy. After multiple styling studies, the combination of hull lines and superstructure elements combined to form a visually pleasing motoryacht.

The 32-meter Vicem RPM by Setzer Design Group

The Vicem design is meant for fast cruising in style and comfort via twin MTU 16V2000’s with a projected top speed of 26 knots — all while carrying plenty of fuel and water stores for extended trips. The contemporary interior design will be created by Art Line. As Vicem continues to build its fleet of motoryacht offerings, this project should be the perfect fit for its future.

For more on this design or others, visit, or call Ward Setzer directly at 919-859-7014.

About Setzer Design Group:

Ward Setzer founded Setzer Design Group in Cary, North Carolina, in 1991. Before that, he served as staff designer for the late J.B. Hargrave and, later, manager of Hatteras Yachts Custom Division. The studio’s custom and production vessels have received numerous awards, including three Super Yacht Society awards and a 2010 World Superyachts Award. His designs have been featured in many international industry magazines and journals over the firm’s history. He is also a member of the board of directors of the International Superyacht Society.

Setzer currently has four projects underway in China and will be presenting at the Shanghai International Boat Show in April with plans to open an office in Hong Kong this year to bridge the gap for its U.S. clients for getting projects done in part or in whole in Asia. The studio, most notable recognized for its larger luxury yacht designs, has recently produced successful designs for Hinckley as well as Chris Craft in the U.S. The studio also produced the Impulse Yachts line within North Carolina and has now found attractive options in mainland China, allowing U.S. investors to create and import limited production boats and yachts to multiple locations on a global scale. The studio has started three production boat projects in Asia and feels its presence on the ground in China is warranted on a regular basis. For more information:

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