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The big event for Fleming Yachts in 2016 was the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the delivery of Fleming 50-001. This very boat is still in fine fettle and shared the lead position in the parade of 30 boats at the owner's rendezvous in Sidney, Vancouver Island in May 2016. Being a stickler for accuracy, I feel the need to point out that Fleming Yachts itself is one year older because it took that long for myself and Tung Hwa to create the first boat. It is wonderful to see her still out there cruising the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
At the time of writing in January 2017, we have built and delivered 316 Flemings of various sizes. The most recent addition to the range is an alternative version of the Fleming 78 with a sleek, lower profile style flybridge - similar to the Fleming 65. The first of the new style was delivered to Burr Yacht Sales in January 2017. The yard in Taiwan is running at full capacity to meet demand and Fleming has taken on two additional engineers to handle the load and ensure that standards are maintained.
Although we currently offer four different sizes, it is a source of universal satisfaction that every one bears the distinctive look of the first boat. Of course they are very different under the hood as we continue to develop and refine the designs as a result of feedback, experience and new technology. Our boats may have the classic look but, technically, they are always at the cutting edge in design and equipment. Our focus as a company has always been on the boats themselves and in working to make them the very best we can. It is for this reason that we go to work every day and do what we do.
Venture now has 56,000 nm under her keel and continues to serve as a test bed for new ideas as well as be a role model for those who like to cruise. This past summer she took us inland - up the Columbia and Snake rivers to Idaho. Our plans for 2017 include a possible return trip to Kodiak Island in Alaska. I am also in discussions with ornithologists I met on a recent trip to the High Arctic. We hope to use Venture in identifying the migration patterns of gulls between the high arctic and points south.
If cruising is in your plans, my advice is to act now and not wait. We can only guess at what the future holds and the world awaits!
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