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Discussion in 'Fleming Yachts' started by MBG, Sep 16, 2009.

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  1. MBG

    MBG New Member

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    I was at the Southampton Boat Show this week and came across two impressive boats - the Fleming 55 and the Fleming 65. I've nothing to do with the company and I only spotted them enroute to viewing the Nordhavn stand. Didn't find them listed here so I thought I'd introduce them to the forums...

    Here are a few links.

    Company web site
    http://www.flemingyachts.com/index.html

    Owner Tony Fleming's extensive cruising with the '65' starts here.
    http://www.flemingyachts.com/venture/venture.html
  2. PropBet

    PropBet Senior Member

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    They do indeed build a very well thought out boat and are highly regarded in the trawler circles. Have spent a lot of time on a 55' and 65' in both protected and open waters.
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    Fishtigua Senior Member

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    The boatyard I work for looks after two 55s and they do seem very well put together. Everything looks just a little bit overbuilt, just what you want on a trawler yacht.

    I will have a look at the 65' at the show on Friday for sure.

    Fish
  4. PropBet

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    Fish-
    If you've seen the 55' you'll be pretty surprised when you compare it to the 65'.
    They are a night and day difference as far as size and features. What they do with the extra 2' of beam blew me away.
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    Fishtigua Senior Member

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    Jeez, what are they doing in the saloon, playing tennis? The 55 has almost as much room as a 68' I used to run.
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    You'll be surprised to see how they use the additional 2' of beam on the 65'.
    It's a nice boat, and dwarfs the 55 when compared side by side.
  7. MBG

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    Glad to see others are equally impressed. Like I said, I went to view another boat but these are lower/safer in the water, superbly built and well-specified, beautifully laid out and finished and can cruise enormous distances safely at around 8-10 knots. Then, if circumstances dictate, these Flemings can really lift their skirts and dash.

    The web site, when compared with many boat sites, doesn't do them justice. . .
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    Call me old school, but I'm a big fan of clean, clear, detailed information on a web site, especially for a boat manufacture. More often than not, there is more effort put into in eye candy, flash, and animation for a site than there is getting the user / consumer the information in which is important.
  9. MBG

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    Totally agree with you PropBet. The virtual tours being a good example of your own argument I suppose.

    So, for a boat where much is made of the 'attention to detail' there is no image of any detail. . . Only wide-angle general shots, including 2 of a ladder (using the '75' as an example). . . .That doesn't do them justice - An opportunity lost I feel. . .
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    I've heard that the Fleming design was conceptually derived from the Defever 49 trawler. For a used trawler, the Defever's look to be a bargain. Anyone out there that has experience with both and can comment on similarities and differences?
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    In early 2007 I was looking at buying a Fleming 55. The attention to detail, the beautiful, timeless looks and low profile appealed to me. Plus the great quality!
    Then I went on a 58 Offshore. It felt like a much bigger boat. So roomy and well laid out it was a far better deal. I bought one with no regrets. However I must say it was not quite the quality of a Fleming, yet I had some very good times on this boat, in bad seas and gentle cruising. Certainly worth looking at for a comparison.
    BTW, I have no connection to the Offshore company or dealers.