Setzer Yacht Architects announces expanded refit services
by Risa Merl
Setzer Yacht Architects has unveiled its newly-added suite of yacht refit design services.
Setzer recently re-located its principal studio to a region of south Florida that is home to several refit yards. Having gained the capacity to offer personal hands-on support for refit projects, the firm decided to expand its refit services.
'After being approached by multiple clients requesting design assistance for refit projects, we’ve decided to formally add it to the mix,' says Ward Setzer, principal architect at the firm.
The studio has had three refit design projects for custom-built yachts in the last 18 months, which were all originally designed by Setzer. These include two International Superyacht Society design award-winning superyachts, the 31 metre Waterford currently under tooling construction and the 24 metre Resilience undergoing a full refit at American Custom Yachts in Stuart, Florida.
Setzer will now start taking on a number of refit projects for yachts originally designed by other naval architects.
'If a vessel has good bones and documentation, and an owner with a strong desire to think outside the box about how to refresh and revive the vessel – then we would be interested to be involved,' says Setzer.
The firm has stated that despite its new refit services, new construction designs will still be the team's main focus. Setzer is currently working on a three-vessel series from 42 to 62 metres for the Italian Sea Group's Admiral brand.