The new American Motoryacht series

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, English Harbour. While the majority of design studios will have been working towards 2013 projects, ready for this year’s yacht shows, Setzer Yacht Architects has been developing a new range of designs for next year. The aim of the new collection is to breath new life into older, long-standing yacht categories, such as those typically found in the US market.

“This collection will consist of 18 new superyacht designs from 28m to 70m, which were inspired by a busy Caribbean charter season observed from our Antigua studio,” says marketing director at Setzer Yacht Architects, Joshua Setzer. “The collection will begin with a focus on the ‘New American Motoryachts’ category, which ranges from 28m to 46m. We hope to radically re-interpret vintage American designs from the early tri-deck, raised-pilothouse, flush decks and classic commuter eras.”

The classic Clipper from the American Motoryacht series

Influenced by existing modern aesthetics, the American Motoryacht series has been developed using a set of freehand sketches created by principal designer Ward Setzer while on sabbatical, and is firmly grounded in US yachting and maritime history. The studio is keen to produce concepts that are practical but that also have personality in order to entice the next generation of owners.

"It used to be that owners and guests went yachting to escape the office, but today they'd prefer to have a state-of-the-art, fully-mobile workplace on-board, so they can do their most inspired thinking at sea," says Ward Setzer.

The new series feature streamlined and de-cluttered exteriors combined with strong colour tones — a departure from the traditionally favoured white finish. The interior focuses on a practical layout to ensure a clear flow between the exterior and interior, while providing efficient servicing passages for crew. The team has also looked into performance with an emphasis on the importance of manoeuvrability, hull efficiency and fuel economy.


Along with releasing preview images from its American Motoryacht series, Setzer has unveiled a couple of sketches of a 70m from its concept collection, which has been created for extended transoceanic cruising and charter.

“The 70m project has been designed to feature an oversized beach cabana and toy garage on the aft deck, along with an infinity pool fed by a waterfall from the sundeck,” explains Joshua Setzer. “The top deck incorporates an optional helicopter pad and owner’s suite with private eating area. Inside, a centrally located spiral staircase spans three levels and serves as a focal point for the layout.”


Capable of cruising speeds of 14-16 knots from engines located in a two-story engine room, the 70m also features split-level crew accommodation and a tender garage forward.

The studio has revealed that it will promote its new American Motoryacht series, as well as the broader 2014 concept collection, at the up and coming boat shows including the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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