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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Setzer Design Offers First Look at Monte-Fino Yachts New Series

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July 22, 2009 (CARY, NC, USA) — Setzer Design Group has been working with Kha-Shing Shipyards in Taiwan on their Monte-Fino line of vessels. The first look at the new 19 and 34 meter designs reveal vessels that are both sleek and futuristic and loaded with all the special features of world-class Sport-Yachts.

Kha-Shing may be best known for its production of the Hargrave and Trader brands yachts. Kha-Shing has also been successfully producing the Monte-Fino line of vessels, predominately for the European market, over the course of many years. Now with the help of Setzer Design, the line-up has been completely remade for introduction to a world-wide audience with the timely inclusion of new hull forms and drive lines as well as all-new layouts and styling that address the tastes and needs of current yachting markets.

The all-new 19m (62’) Sport Yacht will provide speeds up to 35 kts. by using  Pod-Drives. With a beam of 5.3m and a relatively shallow draft of 1.1m, the vessel still holds 3800ltrs. (1000gals) of fuel and offers a variety of cruising speeds and ranges based on the final power plant  selection. The yacht includes three staterooms below, one of which is a full-beam master. The galley is half a level below the main deck and includes the salon and pilot area under a retracting sunroof. The aft deck includes a sunning pad and dining areas and access to a crew lounge and cabin below. The swim step is accessible from either side, and lifts to reveal a tender garage positioned above the engine space. A flybridge version will be offered as well.

The all-new 34m (112’) Sport Yacht addresses traditional yachting needs with new and refined style. With plenty of volume to accommodate large fuel and water stores, as well as generous cabins for owners and guests on the multiple levels, this new design offers up a fresh look complete with all the expected amenities. There are three guest staterooms and one master suite below while the crew cabins and lounge are still placed aft of the engine space. A galley and open lounge are forward on the main deck and a generous salon and dining area are aft of the pilothouse central zone. An oversized main aft deck is an important feature of the design with its large dining area, bar and sunning lounge. The flybridge is multi-level and includes seating, a bar, grill and hot tub amenities. With a beam of  6.9m (22’6”)  and a draft of 1.9m (6’ 3”),  this hull form will hold ample fuel stores for extended cruising and yield top speeds from 18 to 26 knots depending on selected powering options.

Setzer Design was tasked with taking the Monte-Fino line in new directions. These designs represent a departure from the yard’s past and the opening of a new chapter — for a series to come into its own place within the industry.

Ward Setzer, yacht architect, hopes that once again the creative spirit that he feels has permeated the studio for the past few years has spread successfully to Monte-Fino and taken shape in these unique, fresh and innovative designs.

For more information, visit or contact Ward Setzer directly at 919-859-7014;

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Setzer Design Launches New, Modern Website

October 22, 2008 (CARY, NC, USA) – Setzer Design Group, an international leader in yacht design, is pleased to announce the launch of its new state-of-the-art website at

Along with evocative black and white images that greet visitors who enter the site, those familiar with the Setzer brand will notice a refined and modern look throughout the site and a new logo emphasizing the studio’s summary of its services.

“We believe the look and feel of our studio is defined by our past, present and future,” said yacht architect Ward Setzer. “This new site was crafted to tell just that, and our new logo summarizes what 17 years of interior, exterior and hull form design has defined in one unique brand.”

The new site features a Gallery page that scrolls laterally to reveal full-color images of Setzer’s yachts, including interior and exterior detailing. The Projects pages showcase Setzer’s award-winning “Original Collections” – from the 210-foot Sword Dance to the 34-foot Impulse Express – as well as the new, groundbreaking “Vision Line” of futuristic Super Yacht designs that are attracting builder and buyer attention on a global scale. Within the Projects section, a group of “New Projects” is listed representing current and recent designs on the studio’s boards, such as Setzer’s collaborations with Kingbay builders in China and Fittipaldi Yachts in Brazil and Burger. Further projects from Donzi’s 92- foot and the studio’s new 65 meter axe bow will be posted soon.

The new website’s Studio page offers visitors a glimpse inside the thoughts and design processes within the design studio. The Press section serves up the latest news from the Setzer studio, as well as all the media coverage and Setzer’s growing list of awards.

“We hope the new site will help all viewers navigate to the heart of who we are and what we love to do, and maybe take away at least a feeling of what makes a Setzer project unique,” Setzer said.

Ward Setzer founded Setzer Design Group 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 have been featured in many industry magazines and journals over the firm’s history. To see the site, visit

Setzer’s new look will also be on display in the Builder/Designer tent at the Fort Lauderdale Boat show October 30 to November 3, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


A New Vision Takes Shape: SETZER DESIGN Unveils Two Stunning Additions to Its “Vision Line” of Mega-yachts

Cerise, a sleek 50 meter/165-foot plumb bow, and Javelin, a grand 73 meter/240-foot vessel are the latest to emerge among Setzer Design Group’s new, futuristic Vision Line of mega-yacht designs.

The “VL-50” Cerise brings an elegant, refined design to life via the studio’s spin on the plumb-bow trend, yet at a more manageable, main-stream market sizing. Expressed in vivid red, the design’s unique styling is underscored by the long, sweeping, retro elements of its superstructure.

A dynamic blend of style and sea-kindly performance, Cerise features four deck levels plus large, below-waterline holds and systems spaces as well as the typical crew lounge and cabins, galley, utility areas, walk-in refrigerator and freezer units. Generous accommodations for owners and guests on multiple levels include four large guest cabins, one twin cabin and one master with nearby office/library, plus a dedicated engineer’s cabin aft in the lazerette space. The vessel also features a theater space within the sky lounge with seating for 10, multiple private and public exterior areas: an oversized hot tub, bars, grills, and more.

With a beam of 9.7M and a draft of 2.6M, Cerise is meant to cleave through the water, cruising at 14 knots speeds with plenty of volume for fuel and water stores.

The “VL-73” Javelin is the largest of the revolutionary Vision Line designs to date and debuts as a blend of grand elegance and streamlining, indicative of this studio’s vision of super mega-yachts to come. A five-deck vessel with large, below-waterline holds and systems spaces, Javelin’s design revolves around a large, circular window suspended between decks amid ship that offers stunning views from its interior stair and elevator corridor. The balance of the superstructure combines long, elegant lines, crisp edges and alcoves that can only come to life from a studio with such wide ranging design successes.

“Years of experience have taught us that balance is the key to an exceptional vessel, classic or modern,” said Ward Setzer, an internationally acclaimed yacht architect and principal of Setzer Design Studio headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.

Javelin features a large helicopter deck, six large guest cabins, one twin cabin, one master with nearby office/library and meeting room, plus a large theater, gym, spa, two galley areas, observations rooms and more. The vessel can accommodate a crew of 12 in five cabins plus pilot’s and engineer’s cabins aft as well as all other crew features: lounge, galley, utility area, walk-in refrigerator and freezer units.

With a beam of 11M and a draft of 3.4M, Javelin is meant for traveling the globe in ultimate style and comfort at a cruising speed of 16 knots.

Both Cerise and Javelin are powered by eco-friendly diesel-electric drive systems. Both feature cabanas aft with dockage doors deploying port and starboard and tender garages integrated into the raised bow deck bulwarks. Clean lines and deep, dark woods juxtaposed with lighter fabrics and detailing create luxurious interior spaces.

“The bold Cerise and our grander Vision Line design, Javelin, continue our studio’s second evolution and express just how far we are pressing ourselves and the market,” Setzer said. “Yet as futuristic as they are, each vessel must successfully run through our gauntlet of  ‘real life’ concerns: They must be buildable, useable, and serviceable, as well as stylistic and elegant.”

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

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