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TESTED The coupé ver­sion of Rodman’s Ips-pro­pelled 42 Spirit

LOA 40ft 5in (12.35m) BEAM 14ft 0in (4.26m) EN­GINES Volvo Penta IPS400/500 TOP SPEED ON TEST 28 knots (IPS400) FUEL CON­SUMP­TION AT 20 KNOTS 82lph PRICE FROM £378,000 inc VAT CON­TACT RBS Marine. +44 (0)1243 512101

The Rodman Spirit 42 Coupé is one of those rare beasts that aims to strike a bal­ance be­tween style, com­fort and prac­ti­cal­ity with­out stray­ing into the un­af­ford­able realms of its pres­tige ri­vals. It started life as the 42 fly­bridge un­til some bright spark re­alised that by lop­ping off the top deck they could cre­ate an even bet­ter look­ing boat with a lower air draught and a big sun­roof to brighten up the sa­loon.

In many re­spects it works a treat. The sa­loon is won­der­fully light with plenty of space and a good con­nec­tion with the cock­pit. Unusu­ally, the gal­ley is set down a cou­ple of steps on the port side but it proves very ef­fec­tive, giv­ing the chef their own space while still be­ing part of the main deck so­cial hub.

Less suc­cess­ful, at least on our test boat, is the helm po­si­tion. This sits on a raised plinth to cre­ate head­room in the guest cabin be­neath it. Com­bined with a fixed helm bench and a roofline that dips down to meet the wind­screen, it leaves any­one over 5ft 6in duck­ing down to get a clear view of the hori­zon. Rodman dealer RBS Marine is well aware of this is­sue but is wait­ing to see how tall any prospec­tive buyer is be­fore de­cid­ing how much to drop the seat by.

Our test boat was fit­ted with the smaller of the two IPS op­tions but the twin 300hp D4s topped out at 28 knots, cruis­ing com­fort­ably at any speed be­tween 15 and 25 knots. As ever, it’s the pods’ ef­fi­ciency, joy­stick ma­noeu­vring and re­fined na­ture that makes them such a re­lax­ing cruis­ing com­pan­ion. With the doors and win­dows closed it trot­ted along at 20 knots burn­ing 82lph and reg­is­ter­ing a mere 72DB(A) on the sound me­ter. It turns very smoothly and romped through the few wakes we could find in a con­fi­dent con­trolled man­ner with­out any com­plaint from the hull or in­te­rior fit­tings. When viewed from astern, the Coupé’s wide beam and tall tran­som have earned it the nick­name ‘Kim Kar­dashian’ but that broad back­side does re­sult in a large, deep cock­pit that al­lows easy ac­cess to the side decks. Nei­ther of the cab­ins are large or lav­ish but they are bright, clean, modern and com­fort­able and cru­cially both have their own en­suites.

The Spirit may not be the big­gest, the smartest or the most ex­cit­ing of coupés to drive but if Rodman can sort out that helm po­si­tion it will cer­tainly make a solidly built, hand­some, safe and com­fort­able cruis­ing com­pan­ion at a price that won’t leave you reel­ing.

HELM The lay­out is fine but the seat is too high

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