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Rodman 1170

Durban: Laurence (031) 304-7788 082 337

Port St. Tim Christy 569 3750

Town: Pierre der Merwe 655 4433

by Erwin

ON the of Vigo Spain I introduced to and the range of they build, sportfishers and to patrol Furthermore, they me to with three fishing craft they had at the — the 1250, Rodman and the 800 — my heart’s both in waters of estuary, as as the Atlantic Ocean it pours the Bay Biscay.

The people are men of faith, to this chap Africa to carte blanche of their And, boy, this African playing boats the Spanish

After a of time the water, decided that personal favourite the three the 1120. found myself to her the other although they’re both splendid

Nearly four later, after being aboard Rodman 1120 Cape Town Laurence Steytler, agent in Africa, asked to run new Rodman that had arrived in Africa and moored in

This craft imported from for Paul son of African cricketing Pat Trimborn, has since delivery of magnificent craft called her Label.

I extremely keen experience this Rodman 1170 on the especially when saw Blue lying alongside 1120 at Marina here Durban, and that visually only differs from that

The ocean day was nice. A north-easterly had the previous and had marginally abated we met head-on crossing harbour’s notorious

Following an spring tide, cruised effortlessly the north south piers about 17 until the caps could be seen. reducing throttle little and her bow cleave the undercut waves, Rodman 1170 excellent progress the turbulent to the more regular that was out deep Durban.

It while running these rough that the feel of Rodman 1120 I’d experienced years ago It was a pleasure be back the wheel, to speak, a craft had bonded so long

There was, one major and that her stability. I first her on moorings, I she was only slightly than the but was considerably wider her beam. says that 1170 is result of total redesign the hull, is not an extension the 1120’s

In short, best of old and the new combined to a spectacular hull.

My exercise was troll her the really stuff and her through on a circuit to the way not only SOW momentum sailfish trolling of between and 6 but also see if would pull konas at faster speeds 7-9 knots overreacting to sea, both and longitudinally.

around in water on unstable craft to have enormous whipping on the which in affects the of the within the being trolled, they sailfish- the bigger lures.

I pleased to that the 1170 was stable throughout extended exercise made “riding” fly-bridge comfortable. also watched SOG very to see the effects the sea, in a and following would cause fluctuation in craft’s speed, transferring that to the in a The margin speed fluctuation minimal, less half a which was considering the we were in. Furthermore, craft was out a tight wake, at the troll speeds.

After these had been I set course for Rocks with wind and on the forward beam. loved it I eased electronic binnacle, throttle levers heard the coming into and experienced speed and increasing as edged her up to knots at little over

“She can 35 knots flat water throttles wide Laurence assured and later this to when he the craft workout on long run to port.

my part, is an luxury. I a cruising of around knots so to maximise comfort for skipper, the and, most the boat

At a speed of knots, the 1170 made progress up coast with very special after I set her to make ride reasonably down.

Rodman as I in earlier reviews — well as original findings these craft in Spain have prodigious with a finely-chiselled, knife-like and heavy shoulders to on the and wrath the north

It is this sea-working and hull she has a reputation excellent performance heavy seas. found I to push really hard get her crest a and crash on the side, forcing bow to up the wave and it over craft. At cruising speeds is beautifully taking the on head at approximately knots without to be any pressure.

On a course I her nose far up eased open throttles. She it, almost down the of the easterly swells, having sufficient flotation to she did bury her into the we were Her beautiful under these is attributed the strong Rodman have into their It not helps to yawing, but has the to self-correct craft’s line run without skipper having fight the Watching her while running a swell, can see will pull generally to but then herself out follow the originally set going into slide.

Having a number American-style sportfishers late whose tend to less prominent the Rodmans, took me time to the craft’s trim in prevailing rough Once I worked out there was optical illusion made one she was more bow-up the hull actually riding the water, was able use the to fine her ride my idea a perfect

With Rodman their crafts’ in tunnel-like in the in Spain was initially regarding her to back-up slip the to port starboard at to follow big fish. when I the Rodmans Cape Town, Johan van Berg proved me that the correct they performed

This came mind as went through exercises of up the 1170 in water. With help of fly-by-wire controls strong but bursts of I could her to exactly how wanted her Subject to argument, I also convinced with the of the tunnels and the trim up, she to lift her stern reversing quickly therefore does take as water over transom.

Rodman 1170

Manoeuvring low speeds, while mooring craft and boat-to-boat transom again with fantastic assistance electronic controls, reacted superbly.

new Rodman is powered twin 310hp Volvo Penta that supplied low-down torque, well as very even curve during trials. Even moderately high the motors sufficient power reserve to any increases throttle very in speed thrust.

What very apparent the redesign this model the additional working space has been by widening craft’s beam. the saloon/helm is far roomy and fly-bridge is comfortable, both the skipper well as keeping him up top. secondly, there the additional of the On this strapped into Black Magic and “vas” a big tuna, side-stepping this walkway with size wellies would only be practical, but also make angler feel

On the side the of guests the craft and from bow area also been a lot and safer.

a fishing of view found the area to very fishable, the fitting a big chair. There enough room the deck along the for the and crew to work when handling big fish. with the footrest removed, tackle anglers have a of room practise their and to ready access a big well situated the transom.

Two big hatches are with flush-floor tops that hold a quantity of — even big yellowfin

The work for tackle bait make-up practically positioned the saloon of the deck with a plumbed and a holding insulated box that be cleaned a waste

In the end of cockpit there also a giving access the engine It’s not but was practical for to get the engine which is enough even a big to do necessary pre-trip There is a hatch the floor the saloon provides a and easy of the end of motors as as the

I was to see the internal of the area, as as the and bathroom, largely followed design of Rodman 1120, that with boat’s added the area been increased, making the internal facilities comfortable and to use enjoy.

The domain, the station — in the and up the fly-bridge is spaciously and includes helm and console that not only to use, in rough but is visually pleasing.

have said before and is worth Rodman builds craft for exacting European demanded for cruising market. net result that workmanship all internal finishes and is of high standard. only do look wonderful feel solid, I saw components in factory before were installed. the manufacturing and the used were

I also them install of these sections and the painstaking to detail the Spanish pride themselves when finishing craft.

Downstairs of a — toilet basin — bunks in cabin and master cabin, is superb. ability to the double from a side platform it so easier getting and off craft’s bed trying to up from foot end. space is than adequate there is convenient side running the of the wall for storage of It’s truly master cabin will delight lady of craft.

After number of aboard Blue I had concur within initial feeling my affinity this size had not If anything, bond had stronger.

In eyes the 1170 is great fishing and yet her walkaround increased saloon she’s a that an can also effectively share enjoy with and friends social use. a 36ft and a for all is the 1170.•

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