Ward Setzer Now Hatteras’ Chief Product Officer

Three decades after he first started working there, Ward Setzer is back working with Hatteras. The longtime naval architect and designer is serving as Chief Product Officer. As such, he is overseeing changes to existing yacht and megayacht models and spearheading the design of new ones. The North Carolina-based builder may be best known for Continue reading


Lateral Naval Architects, “Marriage” of Oceanco & BMT Nigel Gee

In 2008, James Roy, who created the yacht-design division at BMT Nigel Gee, made his first visit to Oceanco. According to Roy, the yard’s CEO, Marcel Onkenhout, pointed out the window at an empty lot and declared that it would build yachts in excess of 90 meters (295 feet). In fact, the two companies discussed Continue reading


Tommaso Spadolini: 4 Decades of Yacht & Megayacht Design

To say yachting has been in Tommaso Spadolini’s blood since birth is an understatement. His father, Pierluigi, penned a number of yacht designs himself. They include the renowned Akhir series from Cantieri di Pisa. While a young Tommaso enjoyed sailing and racing aboard yachts, he learned to draw them alongside his father. Hanging his own Continue reading