May 21, 2010

Project: Ritchie Howell 54 Express

Custom Sportfish builder Ritchie Howell and design studio Applied Concepts break the mold with the 54 Express project, not only for its IPS propulsion but for an interior which says more luxury. The 54 Express challenge starts with the outside deck, which is a four steps split level area which joins the free combat low to the water aft deck, to the more entertaining raised part, where in between all this you get today's sport fishing must have of a mezzanine aft looking sofa seat. The unusual here is the modern C-shaped settee on the raised part, which is joined by an exterior galley and a central located three seat helm station. Below deck the similarities with a Sport Yacht go further, having a layout plan for a two cabins, twin en-suite shower heads, galley and L-shaped settee. Don't be mistaken but to think this is a standard plan as the owners master stateroom is a full beam affair with personal office, and the forward cabin is a VIP suite. Ritchie Howell and Applied Concepts also offer a choice to the mid cabin which can be changed for a two by double berths sleeping four adults instead of the owners stateroom plan. The only thing in question in this version is that it is a single room, although being Ritchie Howell a custom builder who builds in cold molding I am sure a compromise could be found for making this a full three cabin layout. Currently in an advanced stage of construction the 54 Express will be powered by Volvo IPS900 twin 700hp engines with forward looking dual propeller pod drives, which the builder estimate should give a 150 litres per hour diesel consumption at 34 knots cruise.

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