On the Drawing Board: Ritchie Howell 66

The North Carolina builder produces a modern masterpiece

The new Ritchie Howell 66 is expected to reach a top speed of more than 45 knots.Courtesy Ritchie Howell

A new design by Ritchie Howell features the combination of a conventional hull bottom with sleek, modern topside lines. As with all of Howell’s boats, the new 66-footer has a cold-molded hull with composite construction throughout the rest of the boat for the ultimate combination of strength and light weight. The interior features elegant teak cabinetry and hidden rod storage in three different areas. All couches are hinged at the top to provide easy access to ample storage areas below. The four-stateroom/three-head layout also has a tackle/laundry room.

On the bridge, there is bucket ­seating for guests and an island console with lounge seating forward. The cockpit has a walk-through tuna door plus hidden gaff storage; the fish box will incorporate a set of tuna tubes. Belowdecks, two Caterpillar 27-kilowatt generators provide power, and a 2,200-gallon fuel capacity gives the boat excellent range. And since the 66 is designed around the Caterpillar C32A engines, it is expected to reach a top speed of more than 45 knots.