Ward Setzer

HMY Superyacht Specialist in West Palm Beach

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About Ward Setzer:

Ward D. Setzer, founder of Setzer Design Group Inc., has been working in the fields of Industrial Design, Yacht Design, Naval Architecture, Production Boat Building and Custom Yacht Construction since 1984. His career has spanned the most formative and prolific years of the Luxury Yacht Industry. He has served as president of his own studio, Setzer Design Group since 1991. He and his firm have won numerous design awards for an assortment of domestic and international projects and their designs have filled over 30 international magazine covers. He considers his successes within an industry centered on luxury products largely due to a creative eye, great clients and the luck of timing. The result has been a studio that is considered by both his peers and media alike as consistently one of the top ten in the world.

Over the past 26 years, Setzer has played his part from deep within an industry that has blossomed into its present superyacht normalcy. As if a marker for his storied future, he first started as a designer with the late Jack Hargrave in Palm Beach, FL where his first assignment was a 148’motoryacht for the Kaiser Aluminum family. Setzer went on to found and manage the Custom Yachts Program for Hatteras Yachts where he served for almost 7 years as the program’s designer and hands-on line production supervisor and brand development manager. Late in 1991 Setzer founded his own firm and went on to design hundreds of vessels for most major builders in the U.S and world-wide. In his own proudest words Setzer has been “Hands-on” as a designer and as a builder for nearly 30 years, bringing dreams to life for some of the most discerning buyers of luxury products in the world. In the end, Setzer’s clients benefit from the fact that not only does he design, build and pilot his own boats but he looks at the entire industry as a fellow entrepreneur, businessman, practitioner and advisor.


About Setzer Yacht Architects:

Setzer Yacht Architects is an award-winning custom yacht design, and naval architecture studio specializing in timeless and distinctive designs. With a service philosophy of "first in, last out,” for over 25 years the Setzer studio has rolled up its sleeves and supported clients throughout the project lifecycle, from preliminary design concepts to technical drawings, bid submittals, construction management, launch, refit, and beyond acting as marine consultants across the industry. Founded by Ward Setzer in 1991, the studio's award-winning superyacht portfolio today includes over 350 designs resulting from collaborations with dedicated owners and premier shipbuilders around the world. Key brands that have built Setzer designs include: Trinity Yachts, Northern Marine, Delta Marine, Lyman Morse, Hinckley, Christensen, Intermarine USA, Palmer Johnson, McMullen & Wing, Nisi Yachts, Richmond Yachts, Sovereign Marine, Concorde Marine, Outer Reef, Chris Craft, Trident Shipworks, Broward Marine, Donzi-Roscioli, Hatteras Yachts, Impulse Yachts, Gulfstream Yachts, etc….