Ritchie Howell 74 on the Drawing Board

Performance meets technology in this new world
A digital rendering of a Ritchie Howell 74 sport-fishing boat isolated on a white background.
The new 74-footer from Ritchie Howell Yachts. Courtesy Ritchie Howell Yachts

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Wanchese, North Carolina’s Ritchie Howell Yachts is currently designing a 74-foot flybridge that will be a combination of serious performance and forward-thinking design, with some over-the-top features as well.

The four-stateroom, five-head layout will feature a full-beam stateroom with ­hidden storage and a split full-size king bed with reclining back and leg options. The boat will feature air-actuated doors and televisions, and the galley cabinetry will have CNC ­cutouts for plates, cups, pans, and utensils. There are plans for a day head in the salon, which will feature a teak interior with natural-stone countertops in the galley.

The helm will feature a four-monitor all-glass design, as well as an aft-facing monitor for keeping an eye on the spread and the omnidirectional sonar while fishing. The sky lounge on the bridge will have a ­two-person full-body lounger and refrigeration for drinks, and there is an option for an aft-facing couch behind the captain’s chairs should the owner want one.

The mezzanine will ­feature a ­full-body lounger, as well as an optional table with cup holders and entertainment options. As with any custom build, Howell is open to design input from prospective owners at this stage of the boat’s construction.

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