Grey Ghost

  • 54'
  • 2011
  • Ritchie Howell
  • Palm Beach, Florida, United States
  • $1,150,000


Motivated Seller! Trade Up!


This is a fantastic opportunity to own a large Ritchie Howell Custom Carolina express that was designed from the stringers up by the Applied Concepts group to utilize the Volvo IPS power system. Seldom does a buying opportunity like this present itself on one of the highest caliber Carolina boats built.  

This vessel is finished to a high standard and awaiting the new owner’s choice of interior, which has been laid out and framed to accommodate two staterooms and two heads.  A buyer considering building or buying a new large express should give Grey Ghost a long look. You will be impressed with the attention to detail, quality of construction, and performance this boat offers. This is your opportunity to acquire your dream vessel and have the interior of your choice without the 18 month wait and while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process

The reduced listing price is for an unfinished interior. The completed boat design with exact specifications and layout is available for additional.

As the new owner, you can enjoy the rest of the season then finish the interior in the off season months. Enjoy the building process - get your interior layout, design, veneers and choice of colors - in just months instead of years. Make owning this dream boat a true reality!

  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: Ritchie Howell
  • Category: Sport Fisherman
  • Model: Custom Carolina Sportfish Express
  • Model Year: 2011
  • YearBuilt: 2011
  • Year Refit: N/A
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: United States
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: Yes
  • Cockpit: Yes
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 2/0 - Crew R/B/S: 0/0/0
  • LOA: 54' 0" (16.46m)
  • LWL: 52' 0" (15.85m)
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 16' 0" (4.88m)
  • Min Draft: 4' 6" (1.37m)
  • Max Draft: --
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 30 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: --
  • Max Speed: 37 Knots
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 43,000 Pounds
  • Gross Tonnage: --
  • Water Capacity: 250 Gallons
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 1,000 Gallons
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: N/A
  • Heads: 2
  • Sleeps: N/A
  • State Rooms: 2
  • Crew Berths: N/A
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Composite
  • Deck Material: N/A
  • Hull Configuration: N/A
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: N/A
  • Hull Color: N/A
  • Hull Finish: N/A
  • Exterior Designer: N/A
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Volvo
  • Model: IPS
  • Engine Count: Twin
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel

Accommodations and Layout

Very spacious interior that is easily modified to the new owner’s wants and desires. The current layout design is included in the listing with the following features: master aft with a center lined queen and en-suite head, the second stateroom forward features a side to berth with a third crossover bunk with head access. The galley and salon are mid ship port and starboard with proposed raised panel cabinets and spacious seating with storage.

The current interior features a working head, vanity with mirror, and a teak framed door with shower. The framing for the interior is complete, painted and ready to be finished.

Galley (Proposed)

  • Corian counters
  • Raised panel cabinets
  • Sub Zero refrigerators - drawer style (2)
  • Sub Zero freezer - drawer style (2)
  • Princess cook-top - 2 burner
  • GE convection microwave
  • Halogen lighting
  • Teak and Holly sole

Master Stateroom (Proposed)

  • Center lined queen with storage
  • Raised panel cabinets
  • Hanging lockers (2) cedar lined
  • Halogen lighting
  • Flat panel TV 32“
  • Carpet

Master Head (Proposed)

  • Raritan fixture
  • Krone faucet
  • Vanity with mirror
  • Molded sink
  • Corian counter
  • Halogen lighting
  • Custom shower with door
  • Teak and Holly sole

Bunk Room (Proposed)

  • Side to Bunks - double/single crossover    
  • Drawer storage
  • Hanging locker (1) cedar lined
  • Halogen lighting
  • 28” Flat panel TV
  • Carpet

Guest Head

  • Raritan fixture
  • Krone faucet
  • Vanity with mirror
  • Molded sink
  • Corian counter
  • Halogen lighting
  • Custom shower with door
  • Teak and Holly Sole


  • Raised teak sole at the helm
  • Teak helm pod varnished
  • Stainless Palm Beach wheel
  • Release helm chairs with cushions
  • Starboard bench seating with storage, cushions and teak ladder back.
  • Forward L shaped seating with storage and cushions
  • 4 sided EZ2CY enclosure
  • Flat panel TV actuated “STB”
  • Iso-Therm refrigerator 
  • U Line Ice Maker


  • Full tower with hardtop
  • Seat with back rest
  • Steering stainless
  • Volvo joy stick controls
  • FBG helm console

Electronics and Navigation

  • Simrad 12” Display (2)
  • Simrad NSE 12   GPS/Chartplotter/Recording Sounder
  • Simrad 10 KW open array radar
  • Simrad AP-22 Autopilot
  • Simrad 3G Broadband dome radar
  • Simrad WM-2 weather module with antenna
  • Simrad IS-20 digital display, water temp/depth
  • Simrad NAIS-400 AIS receiver
  • Furuno FCV1150 color recording sounder
  • Icom M-504 VHF (2)
  • Icom Command mike’s (2)
  • KVH Sat TV antenna
  • ACR remote spotlight

Miscellaneous Deck

  • Full mezzanine seating to port, fully insulated with refrigeration and massive storage
  • Teak decks
  • Varnished teak toe rail
  • Teak mezzanine step
  • Teak covering boards with rolled coming
  • Anchor locker
  • Stainless bow pulpit with Lew-mar windless
  • Delta stainless anchor with chain and rhode
  • Stainless Hause pipes
  • Varnished Toe rail
  • Bomar safety hatch
  • Sea View LED underwater lights 3 (blue)
  • Fresh water wash down - cockpit, tower and bow
  • Saltwater wash down cockpit
  • 16” stainless cleats


  • Engine room access
  • Custom stainless freezer
  • Seat cushions
  • Mezzanine freezer
  • Kenyon grill
  • Ice dump
  • Drink box


The entire boat was designed by the legendary Applied Concepts in Stuart, FL, to utilize the efficient Volvo IPS drives. The cold molded hull was constructed with the proven West System with three layers Okume plywood on bottom and 2 layers on the sides, fully encapsulated inside and out with fiberglass. The pod section of the bottom has 27 layers of glass with integral stringer support, over-engineered to meet the demanding requirements of Volvo.

The design build was approved and inspected throughout the entire construction process by Volvo Marine and Applied Concepts.

Electrical System

  • Custom distribution panel
  • 240/120 DC 12/24 AC service
  • 50 AMP Single 
  • ISO Boost transformer
  • Optima Maintenance free batteries
  • Charles 50 Amp Charger
  • Charles 80 Amp battery equalizer
  • LED spreader lights - cockpit and bow

Miscellaneous Mechanical

  • Sea Ice - fresh or salt water ice machine
  • Hot water heater
  • Filtered fresh water system - pressurized
  • Bennett Trim Tabs - flush mounted

Engine & Equipment

Engine room access is through the mezzanine

  • Volvo 900 IPS     450 HRS annual service completed
  • Volvo ECM's engine monitoring system
  • Volvo engine controls with joy stick helm and tower
  • Volvo DGPS global positioning
  • Volvo sport fish option
  • Volvo IPS engine controls with joy stick - 2 stations
  • Dual Racor fuel filters
  • Fuel transfer pumps
  • Fire Boy suppression system
  • Oil change system

Fishing Equipment

  • Rupp 38' 3 X  tournament outriggers - adjustable
  • Rupp center rigger
  • Release 130 class fighting chair - Teak
  • Tackle station
  • Sink with fresh water (bridge)
  • Stainless rigging station (bridge)
  • Transom lighted live well with transparent front
  • Transom door large
  • 6 clearing rod holders


The Volvo IPS economy, performance, and ease of operation is unparalleled in the industry. You, as the owner or captain, will be delighted with the minimal maintenance and service required under normal operating conditions. The IPS drives are the future in the mid size sport fishing and recreational boating markets.  Even seasoned operators or professional captains are amazed at the ease of operation and efficiency.

 SPEED        GPH

  27 Kts           45

  30 Kts           52

  36 Kts         WOT

Salesman's Remarks

Grey Ghost represents a great opportunity for the buyer considering a new build or the purchase of a high quality Custom Carolina express. Seldom can it be said to have it your way, but here it is without the 18 month build wait. This high quality build can be completed in 3 months or less to the buyer’s tastes and desires.  Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to own a boat that is ready for the demanding buyer that wants to complete the interior to meet his or her desires. You will find Grey Ghost fully serviced with all the Volvo updates. She is ready to travel, fish and enjoy.



Owners personal Items, Art, Personal Fishing Tackle, Name