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.

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Setzer Gets Projects Underway in Taiwan, Mainland China, Holland

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April 30, 2009 (CARY, NC, USA) – Yacht architects Setzer Design Group has signed on with Monte-Fino Yachts in Taiwan to provide a series of new, ultra-modern products for its lines from 60 feet to 115 feet.

Monte-Fino is one of many lines produced by Kha-Shing Enterprises of Taiwan (, who also produce the Hargrave Yachts.

The studio already has projects underway in mainland China at King Bay Yachts and has further work pending start up later this Summer.

Setzer is also preparing for the initial release of a 70-meter (230’) megayacht for Dutch builder Icon Yachts ( Unique conceptual work is already underway and will be released for review by late May.

Setzer has teamed up on the Icon Project with Adriel Rollins of Seattle, Washington ( Adriel is assisting with vessel interiors and other parts of visualization and industrial design to enhance the overall work. Both firms are determined to prove a highly innovative design will result from such open-minded, collaborative efforts.

“These projects to be exemplary of what can be achieved when U.S. designers work together on a global scale,” said yacht architect Ward Setzer.

Ward Setzer founded Setzer Design Group in Cary, North Carolina, n 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 international industry magazines and journals over the firm’s history.

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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.