Setzer Design Vestal Series

Revealed at the 2015 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Vestal Series of superyachts designed by the U.S. brand Setzer Yacht Architects is the latest project to be introduced from the industry from the Admiral shipyard, part of The Italian Sea Group. Comprised of three models of 42 metres, 50 metres and 62 metres, the series has been specifically designed with U.S. and Latin American clients in mind in a bid to increase Admiral’s presence in this increasingly important market.

The 42 metre design is a semi-displacement vessel which will be constructed entirely in aluminium. She will accommodate a total of 10 guests over five cabins, as well as a crew of seven including the Captain. She will be powered by twin MAN engines of 1,400 hp each, providing her with a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Both the 50 metre and 62 metre models will be constructed with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The 50 metre design will accommodate up to 12 guests, and emphasises unobstructed views of the sea and sky, enhancing the guests experience on board. This will be achieved in several ways, including the integration of several skylights throughout the design including in the master stateroom, the pilothouse, in each aft deck overhang, and in the flybridge hardtop. She will be powered by twin CAT 3512 engines and will boast a top speed of 17 to 18 knots and a cruising speed of 13 to 15 knots.

The largest vessel in the series will be spread over four decks, accommodating up to 14 guests over seven luxurious cabins. A crew of 16 will also be accommodated for on board. Just some of her most notable characteristics include an infinity pool with swim-up bar on the aft deck, a dedicated owner’s level complete with a private lounge and exterior deck area, and a fold out balcony from the main deck level.

In regards to her performance, she will be powered by Twin MTU or CAT engines of 1,500 hp, giving her a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the series, Ward Setzer, states, “We wanted to make sure every line drawn served a clear, direct purpose. Each style line or chamfer takes on a life of its own and affects many people later on when it must be cut, welded, faired, and painted during construction, then scrubbed, polished, and shammed each week by crew members. Assigning lines prudently is part of our duty of care as designers.”

Further continuing to strengthen the brand’s position in the American market, the Italian Sea Group will also be opening a corporate office in Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of 2016.

By Gemma Fottles



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