Fishing or Cruising
Giving buyers choices can make the difference between writing a check and riding off to the next brand. In the case of the Rodman 1250 you get two styles to suit your cruising needs. This makes it easy to outfit your boat as the two model choices are really pre-packaged options that are tailored to the task. In the fishing version, the options consist of;
- Flybridge cover and bimini
- Portside and starboard bait box
- Sockets for electric reels (2)
- Fishing tackle storage drawer
- Remote-controlled search light
- Water circulation for live bait box
This leaves the possibility of a fighting chair, and of course, dedicated electronics that cater to fishing. Notice how the helm is mounted well aft for better visibility of the cockpit. You can also see the wide side decks that make safe travel fore and aft.
In the Cruise configuration, the options package consists of;
- Cockpit chairs (2)
- Starboard and portside foldaway seat
- Bow sunbathing cushion
- Teak and holly flooring in dinette
- Teak wood on bathing platform and in cockpit
- Flybridge cover and bimini
But it’s important to note that just because one outfits the boat for fishing mode, that doesn’t mean it still isn’t cruise friendly. This has more to do with the fact that the interior of the boat remains intact between the two versions as does the flying bridge. Classy or Classier
Once you’ve decided on the style of your Rodman 1250, then you get to pick the level of accoutrements to go into it. Again, Rodman has made this easier by pre-packaging a more upscale version for you, and calls it the “Advanced” version. Vessels outfitted with these features are designated “ADV” and the model in our video shows off some of these features nicely. They consist of;
- Canvas covers for the front and side windows
- Flying bridge console cover
- Teak caprails
- Upholstered headboards and sides in the berths
- Roll up sun blind for forward hatch
- Electrically operated toilet
- Blackwater system
- Mooring and anchoring set
- Freshwater intake port
- More upscale upholstery
- And pre-rigging for electronics
So now that we’ve hit on the design themes, let’s take a look at the layout itself. Starting at the top, the flying bridge is laid out just how we like it, and it’s a layout usually reserved for much larger sport fishing boats.
The console is mounted from midships to starboard, and it’s located well aft for an easy view of the cockpit. This is equally functional when backing down on a fish or ensuring that the stern is clear before starting up. The Todd helm seat is mounted fairly close to the centerline, so visibility is good to either side. Our boat was equipped with a Raymarine E120 display mounted to the center of the dash. An autopilot and tri-data display as well as a bow thruster were pre-installed.
Forward of the console were two bench seats that keep the passengers in full sight of the helm, while giving a view that rivals the captains. There are no rails or hatch cover at the top of the ladder so caution is advised when at the aft section of the flying bridge. Cockpit
With her wide beam, the Rodman 1250 enjoys nearly 91 sq. ft. (8.6sm) of cockpit space. If you’re out for a cruise with al fresco dining, a table and chairs will fit nicely here. If fishing, leave the dining set on the dock and you’ll have access to the fishboxes and ample storage. The ladder leading to the flying bridge features molded in steps leading to a stepladder. Those first few steps are a bit awkwardly spaced and may take some getting used to.
Even with her 13’10" (4.21 m) beam we were surprised to see wide side decks with high bulwarks and safety rails. Getting fore and aft on this boat is a non issue. At the bow, a comfortable seat will give you a great view of the world ahead. Salon
The salon is equipped with an L-shaped settee off to port and ahead of that is the lower helm. We loved the teak and holly sole, and under the table is a hatch leading into the engine compartment. The hatch lifts out, and we’d always like to see these be hinged to avoid having them pop out in a heavy seaway.
Fit and finish is excellent and the cabinetry is all cherry veneer over marine grade plywood. Rodman cuts all pieces from a single piece of wood, steams and bends the wood so there are no joints to catch the eye. Another thoughtful touch was installing a raised edge on all shelves to keep items from sliding out when the door is opened. Overhead is a handrail running the full length of the salon, as there should be, but lacking on oh so many boats. The master lies forward and offers ample storage and plenty of natural light. Lower Helm
North American boaters will have to get used to the lower helm over to port. the wheel is mounted vertically, as opposed to the 45-degree that we saw in the flying bridge, and it gives more leg room in the close space. Visibility is excellent and the layout of the console is functional and uncluttered. The ships electrical panel is located off to the lower right of the helm. The lower helm is off to port. Notice the electrical panel to the right of the helm. We love the look of the teak and holly sole. The cabinetry is first rate and all cut from a single piece of wood for matching grains. Notice the overhead grab rail. Lower Deck
An easy access stairway leads to the lower decks and Rodman correctly went with a galley-down layout to allow for more space in the upper salon. the stairs are hinged to provide access to storage. The galley is to starboard, and while small, it is functional. We’re not going to be cooking gourmet meals here so the allotment of space is excellent. The teak and holly sole continues here and complements the deck above. The only change we’d like to see in the galley is the addition of sea rails around the stove to keep cookware in place.
A day head with separate shower lies forward of the galley. A master stateroom forward and guest stateroom aft will accommodate up to four persons.
Rodman seems to have done a good job combining a fishing boat with a cruising yacht. It’s offered with traditional power or IPS pods for ultimate maneuverability. One good thing North American builders can enjoy is that there are currently no dealers for Rodman on that side of the Atlantic.