With a background in building trawler and pilothouse yachts, Tony Fleming founded Fleming Yachts (headquartered in Costa Mesa) in the mid-1980s, hand-selecting the southern Taiwan based boatyard Tung Hwa to construct his new line. Today, Fleming is a family affair as his daughter Nicky Fleming and nephew Adi Shard are intricately involved in the company. Currently over 200 Flemings grace the world’s waters as ultimate cruising yachts, including Tony’s own Fleming 65 “Venture,” traveling over 20,000 miles around the globe on “the world’s most expensive sea trial.”
With a focus on building cruising and live-aboard yachts easily manageable by a couple yet comfortably accommodating guests, Fleming Yachts retain a classical, practical approach to its low profile pilothouse motor yachts. The Fleming hull is a semi-displacement design in solid fiberglass, running most efficiently at nine to 10 knots but also comfortable at speeds up to 18 knots.
For safety and maneuverability, Fleming employs twin-engines on all of its yachts. Full length keels extending below props and rudders ensure protection during unforeseen groundings. Outfitted with a true pilothouse, Fleming puts everything a navigator/helmsman needs to traverse the globe in one, well thought out area. In addition to proving a smooth, quiet ride, Fleming prides itself on their yachts’ low profile which contributes to their stability.
Fleming currently offers four models: the Fleming 55, the Fleming 58, the Fleming 65, and the Fleming 78. Evolving from the previous Fleming 75 model, the flagship Fleming 78 is powered by twin MAN V12 1550 HP common-rail diesel engines or MAN V8 1000 HP engines. A spacious owner stateroom midship and two ensuite guest cabins provides guest comfort. In addition, the outside deck spaces—a two-level flybridge and aft cockpit—are all graced with Fleming’s signature teak craftsmanship and fine attention to detail.