About Our Studio

We work with discerning owners and builders to develop smart,
timeless yacht designs that are elegant, buildable, and seaworthy.

An American LegacyAn American Legacy

An American Legacy

Our firm was founded in 1991 by Ward Setzer, who began his career in Palm Beach under the tutelage of American naval architecture legend J.B. Hargrave.


A Trusted Name

With 25 years of experience, our multiple award-winning design portfolio includes hundreds of vessels constructed at premier shipyards around the world.

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Driven to DelightDriven to Delight

Driven to Delight

We strive to excite and inspire our clients through the creative process, renewing the fun factor achievable through a collaborative design journey.


Bluewater Ready

We design all vessels to be ocean-going and "bluewater ready," with ample sea-keeping ability to protect family, guests, and crew against the unexpected. 

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Timeless by DesignTimeless by Design

Timeless by Design

Delicate balance between contemporary and classic design ensures client projects retain value and remain relevant for decades after initial launch. 


Curious by Nature

As determined problem solvers, we constantly seek smarter solutions to client challenges, challenging conventional wisdom by repeatedly asking "why not?"

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Turn-Key StandardsTurn-Key Standards

Turn-Key Standards

Leveraging first-hand construction experience, our documentation is grounded in reality, clearly presented, and sufficiently detailed for builder needs.


Our Duty of Care

As dedicated owner advocates, our primary responsibility is to our clients, whose interests we represent in all situations and above all competing priorities. 

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First In, Last OutFirst In, Last Out

First In, Last Out

As long-term partners, we support clients through the entire project life cycle, from concepts to full design, bids, construction, launch, refit, and beyond. 

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Setzer Design Group, Inc.
621 NW Sunset Dr.
Stuart, Florida 34994 USA