The Rodman 890 Ventura is the first outboard powered boat that the Spanish yard has made for the leisure market. Jack Haines takes it for a spin on a grizzly day in the Solent
If you owned an open boat you wouldn’t even think about going out in such windy, rough, cold and drizzle-threatened conditions but the wheelhouse means that you can simply shut the door, turn the keys and still get your boating fix.
The 890 Ventura comes in both fishing and cruiser guises; the fishing version gets a more open cockpit, a live bait well and rod holders while the cruiser version we had on test was fitted with seating and a table in the cockpit that can be dropped down to create a sunpad.
One particularly nice feature of the 890’s wheelhouse design is being able to gain access to it from the starboard side deck via a sliding door and the cockpit doors aft.
All of this glazing, the hatch in the roof and a wraparound windscreen make for a very bright interior and a wheelhouse that doesn’t feel claustrophobic in the slightest.
Below decks there are two spacious double berths, though the beds are open to each other with no door or even a curtain to add privacy, so you’ll have to be very familiar with whomever your guests are. There is, though, a separate heads with a sink, toilet and limited storage.