RODMAN 42 SPIRIT
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 www.rodman.es
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