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 Eyes Another World Superyacht Award


April 21, 2009 (CARY, NC, USA) – Setzer Design Group’s Marama is a finalist for the 2010 World Superyachts Awards.

Marama – Fijan for “lady” —  is a full-displacement expedition yacht built by Delta Marine in 2008. Marama was designed and built to an extreme seaworthy criterion permitting her to take on all the challenges of the South Pacific where she’s spent most of her time.

A robust and seaworthy superyacht, Marama features elegant styling with a mahogany interior reminiscent of classic sailing yachts. With her 23,600-gallon fuel capacity Marama’s range – 9,200 nautical miles — exceeds virtually any yachts of similar size, according to Delta Marine.

Winners of the World Superyachts Awards will be announced during a ceremony to be held May 16, 2009, at the historic Guildhall in London. For more information, go to

Founded by yacht architect Ward Setzer in 1991, Setzer Design Group has received eight International Superyacht Society Design Awards and multiple Showboats Awards. For more information on Setzer Design Group, visit

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