Fleming 78 Classic

Barry 2019-02-01

Six decades of boatbuilding experience and a wanderlust for far-flung harbours defines the Taiwanese builder’s flagship. 

The Fleming 78 Classic breaks new ground augmenting its well regarded salty and shippy styling with an appealing low-profile, functional and inviting flybridge, which magnifies the vessel’s comfort, space and utility. Like all Flemings, the yacht takes full advantage of the accommodations and performance of the original 78 launched in 2010, a strong performer in its own right and a hallmark of the builder’s sterling reputation.

Getting aboard the 78 Classic the first thing you notice is the convenience and safety of boarding through two inward opening bulwark gates, one on each side, and the wide gate on the transom platform. Toe stub-free teak planked side decks are wide and the height of bulwarks ranges high. There’s no disputing it: The 78 Classic is an oceangoing rig.

Safety features are all around you; it’s easy to be overwhelmed by it. From the polished deck hardware including 22, stainless steel cleats, 12 hawse pipes, 100 yards of stainless-steel railing, a pair of stern windlasses and twin anchor windlasses—the 78 clearly shows it was built by people who have faced strong seas. Walking anywhere on deck, you are never more than an arm’s length away from something solid and secure.

Open the saloon doors and be ready to be impressed by book-matched teak joinery. The saloon layout, while not breaking any new design ground, has a comfortable L-shape lounge and chairs that combine to create comfortable social and relaxing areas.

Five steps up on centerline is the all-weather pilothouse with an L-shaped teak settee to port and a day head to starboard. Convenient stowage for charts, manuals and other gear is provided in drawers, racks and shelving.

A staircase to starboard leads below to a lobby area and the lower accommodations of three staterooms and large, en-suite heads. Two crew cabins and a head and shower are aft, abaft the engine room with a private entrance from the port side deck. 

Every item and detail aboard this yacht mirrors the builder’s commitment to safe, comfortable long-range cruising. The alternative flybridge deck arrangement propels this philosophy to yet another level. The extended  deck with its practical and secure molded nonslip sole enables the crane to launch the tender to port, starboard or aft—a tremendous convenience wherever the yacht is docked or anchored.

The Fleming 78 Classic has a top end of about 23 knots, thanks in part to the bulbous bow and the added waterline length beneath the swim step providing less resistance forward and more lift astern, respectively. At 2100 rpm, those MANs turned in a solid 20 knot cruise.

Fleming Yachts clearly appeal to experienced yachtsmen.

Impressive is an apt word to describe the 78 Classic, since it comes passionately equipped thanks to Tony Fleming and his team of master builders. From its destroyer steering wheels to the active fin stabilisers, it’s hard not to sense this masterful approach the first moment you come aboard, but even more so when you are offshore, a lone boat in a massive sea.

For a full review check out the 2019 Pacific PassageMaker Annual include in the Mar-Apr 2019 edition of Pacific PowerBoat (Release date 28/2/19)

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