NEW BOATS - Fleming Yachts unveils its 78 motoryacht
Luxury vessel deign optimised for cruising
Fleming Yachts will introduce a new 78 to its line of 55, 58 and 65 foot models. Evolved from Fleming’s previous flagship, the Fleming 75, the 78 is essentially an all-new model optimised for long distance cruising.
Compared to the 75, the 78 will feature a longer waterline created by extending the hull beneath a longer swimplatform, and adding a bulbous bow.
Her semi-displacement hull will be driven with twin Man V12 1550hp common-rail diesel engines for flexible cruising between 8 and 20kts, reaching a top speed of 23kts.
Man V8 1000hp engines will be available as an option delivering 16.1kts when fully loaded, with a 13 per cent gain in fuel efficiency at 8kts over the retiring 75.
The keel of the 78 has been lengthened to protect the running gear and provide superior tracking.
The 78 layout features private crew quarters with a double and single berth, head, shower, seating area, desk, microwave, refrigerator and a 15in Boning ship’s system monitor. Like all Flemings, a dedicated pilothouse allows operation of the ship without disturbing those in the salon or galley. The expansive main salon features a separate dining area adjacent to the gourmet equipped galley. A spacious midships owner’s stateroom and two guest staterooms, each with its own head and shower, are accessible from the pilothouse.
The exterior layout, highlighted by a dual-level flybridge and a California deck for dining and lounging, provides a number of options where guests can gather to enjoy the cruise. The upper bridge features the helm and twin, forward facing double seats as well as an adjustable double lounge platform. The lower bridge features a dining area, barbecue grille, wet bar, refrigerator, ice maker and settee. Aft is the large boat deck where a 15ft tender is stowed.
An aft facing control station takes the stress out of backing into a slip.
Beyond her traditional good looks and luxurious accommodations, the Fleming 78 is an engineering masterpiece, utilising the best of today’s modern technology. Special attention is given to the engine room and separate machinery space to ensure easy access to all electrical and mechanical equipment for maintenance and inspection. Fly-by-wire steering is not only especially responsive, but it includes double redundancy systems. An Aquadrive anti-vibration system and extraordinary sound proofing measures ensure a whisper quiet, smooth ride. Sound levels in the pilothouse at cruising speeds are barely measurable at 58dBA. Even at wide open throttle, the sound level approaches only 68dBA, the equivalent of a normal conversation.
To check on the ship’s systems, including navigations lights, tank levels, water pressure, fluid temperatures and more, a Boning ship monitoring system utilises 15in colour monitors located in the pilothouse, flying bridge and crew quarters. A series of CCTV cameras keeps watch for extra safety and security.
The solid fibreglass hull is hand laid and reinforced by interlocking frames and stringers for stiffness and strength, and vinylester resins are used throughout to resist water below the waterline and eliminate fabric print-through on the hull and super structure. The flawless fibreglass work and exquisite teak craftsmanship are signatures of Taiwan’s premier Tung Hwa yard, where Flemings have been built for over 25 years.
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