Rodman 1290 Evolution first look: Tough and stylish in equal measure

The 1290 is the second model in Rodman’s revamped Evolution range, following the launch of the 1090 in 2019. The Rodman 1290 Evolution rides on a tough and well-proven hull design This update of the 1250 model, which was originally launched in the late 90s and has been a great success for the Spanish shipyard, keeps the original boat’s well proven sportsfisher hull and adds up-to-date engines and drivetrains and a much improved interior. There are changes on the outside as well, including the elongated hull […] This article Rodman 1290 Evolution first look: Tough and stylish in equal measure appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Rodman 1290 Evolution first look: Tough and stylish in equal measure

The 1290 is the second model in Rodman’s revamped Evolution range, following the launch of the 1090 in 2019.

The Rodman 1290 Evolution rides on a tough and well-proven hull design

This update of the 1250 model, which was originally launched in the late 90s and has been a great success for the Spanish shipyard, keeps the original boat’s well proven sportsfisher hull and adds up-to-date engines and drivetrains and a much improved interior.

There are changes on the outside as well, including the elongated hull windows, new cockpit doors and a sliding door adjacent to the helm that will boost natural ventilation in the saloon and make single-handed skippering far easier.

The standard boat is a hardtop fitted with a Webasto sunroof as standard but for £7,000 extra there is a flybridge variant with a twin helm position and a wrap of seating ahead of it.

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There’s plenty of variety in the engineroom where you can have twin shafts with either Volvo Penta or Yanmar diesels or the choice of two IPS options with either 380hp or 440hp.

The 440hp lumps in shaft or IPS form should be good for a top speed of 37 knots and a cruise of 22 knots for 280nm of range.

With that beautifully flared hull, the Rodman 1290 Evolution should be able to cope with anything you chuck at it – bear in mind that there is a 1250 in the Rodman fleet that went up to the icebergs of Greeland under her own steam.

The interior isn’t exactly radical in its layout but it’s bright, well put together and far more contemporary than it used to be.

A combination of light woods and upholstery, and teak flooring create a warm, welcoming atmosphere and the two cabins and separate bathroom are a good size.

The Rodman 1290 Evolution is still tough as old boots but it looks more designer than Wellington these days.

Specification

LOA: 43ft 6in (13.28m)
Beam: 13ft 8in (4.21m)
Engines: Volvo Penta IPS500/600 or twin D6 440hp shaftdrives
Top speed: 37 knots
Starting price: £416,400 (inc. VAT)

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Why We Wear Lifejackets

In this article, Editor-in-Chief Kevin Falvey describes the reasons why the staff at Boating Magazine, the world's foremost powerboat experts, wears lifejackets while out testing boats. Also detailed is Falvey's explanation of why the publication will not admonish those who choose not to wear a lifejacket.

Why We Wear Lifejackets

Mustang Survival’s Khimera carries the new Harmonized Level 70 rating (15.5 pounds minimum buoyancy) delivering 20 pounds of buoyancy when inflated. (Courtesy Mustang Survival/)

If you follow us on YouTube or visit our website and other social channels, as well as enjoy reading our print magazine, then you know we produce a ton of videos each year. These number about 150 annually. I could cite the number of views, minutes viewed and other metrics, but suffice to say, we continue to reach more and more boaters via our digital platforms, and especially with video.

We hope to leverage that success and visibility for the greater good. Moving forward, you’ll see Boating editors wearing life jackets when aboard boats underway. Why? Simply stated, because wearing life jackets saves lives. Wearing a life jacket is the No. 1 thing we boaters can do to prevent fatalities on the water. The data proves it. Review it for yourself: uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.php.

Meantime, here’s a key takeaway: Where cause of death was known, 79 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those accidents that contain reported life-jacket usage, 86 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.

The 2020 Annual Boating Statistics report comes out in April, so I haven’t compiled the 2020 figures as of this writing. But according to the 2019 report, 613 recreational boaters died on US waters that year. Do the math regarding life-jacket wear and that’s some 430 families missing a loved one.

Yeah.

So, while we hope more boaters will come to the same conclusion we have and choose to wear life jackets as a matter of course, this editorial is the heaviest statement you’ll hear from us. We won’t be finger-pointing, berating, or smugly sniffing or blowing our own horn. We just hope our action will speak louder than words.

Read Next: Inspect Life Jackets Regularly

To make this initiative happen, we partnered with Mustang Survival, outfitter to the US Coast Guard, law enforcement and other maritime professionals, and procured two types of life jackets for our team. The first, the M.I.T. 100, is an auto-inflatable that’s streamlined, features big armhole cutouts, and can be set to deploy manually. It delivers 22 pounds of buoyancy, with USCG Recreational Type III approval and performance when worn. We’ll wear these mostly.

The second life jacket is the Khimera dual-flotation model. The Khimera is a thin foam vest that provides 7.5 pounds of inherent buoyancy, enough to make most adults neutrally buoyant. With its large armholes, the Khimera serves as a flotation aid for active water activities, such as stand-up paddleboarding or riding a PWC. Inflate it manually, if needed, and it goes to 20 pounds of buoyancy. It carries the new Harmonized Level 70 rating—good in both Canada and the US—and is equivalent to a Type III life jacket.

Statement from Mustang

“Bringing people safely home from a day out on the water is of paramount importance to Mustang Survival – we see our life vests and inflatable PFDs as your trusted sidekick. We focus on designing and engineering our PFDs to be lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear all day, so your focus can be having fun on the water. But should the worst case ever arise, you can trust we have your back. Working with Boating, we hope we can spread the message to always wear your PFD on your boat - no excuses. The only PFD that can bring you home to your loved ones is a PFD that is being worn. #wearit”

Jason Leggatt – President, Mustang Survival

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