A serious long distance explorer and a beautiful boat.
The Fleming 65 was introduced in mid 2005 in response to a strong demand for an intermediate Fleming between the 55 and the 75.
Her layout is very similar in concept to the 55 but the 65, being around 70% larger in displacement, offers much more interior and deck space than her smaller sibling.
Fleming Yachts decided to retain hull number 1 (named Venture) to evaluate her design performance as a well-found cruising yacht as well as providing a test bed for new equipment.
Since commissioning in 2005 Tony Fleming has cruised VENTURE more than 60,000 miles along the West Coast of North America from La Paz, Mexico to Juneau, Alaska, back down the Coast to the Sea of Cortez, to the Galapagos Islands, through the Panama Canal, up the East Coast into the Hudson River, Erie Canal and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Along the way Tony has provided the yard with valuable feedback and suggestions that have been incorporated in the 65 production line. Thanks to Tony’s extensive testing and evaluation of these refinements, several new items are now available on production models.
We are very proud that a panel of thirteen judges from the Internationally respected ‘Yachts’ magazine voted the Fleming 65 best yacht in her class, worldwide, for 2006. As of January 2019, 51 Fleming 65’s have been built at the highly regarded Tung Hwa yard in Taiwan, which has built every Fleming yacht since they were introduced in 1985.
As with all Flemings, special attention has been paid to the ease and safety in which the heavy duty ground tackle is set and retrieved. Originally designed for the Fleming 75, the 65’s anchor platform is especially large and robust. The anchor platform accepts two 132 lbs. (60Kg) Ultra anchors, each of which can be controlled by a handheld unit at the platform or by windlass controls at both pilothouse and flying bridge stations. A pair of hydarulically powered Maxwell RC12 vertival windlasses with capstans are stanrdard equipment, as is a 300ft (91m) length of Grade-60 stainless steel chain.
There are port and starboard storage lockers to each side of the platform base, where salt and freshwater washdown bibs are located as well as two, 50-amp shorepower inlets which are convenient when docking bow first.
A centerline hatch opens for access to the double chain locker, which is separated from the yacht’s interior by a collision bulkhead. The locker can house two 300-foot (91m) lengths of anchor chain and several hundred feet of rode. It is also big enough to stow fenders and extra lines. It drains overboard just above the waterline, keeping the bilge clean and dry.
A teak caprail and oval shaped stainless steel handrail are standardl. To prevent damage during docking, the handrail is located slightly inboard of the bulwark. Moving aft, the cabin top features four built-in storage lockers, ideal for stowing lines and fenders. The lockers and the deck drains into specially designed, hidden manifolds, which exit just above the waterline, keeping the topside free of dark streaks.
Fleming also pays special attention to the number, position and size of its mooring cleats, and the F65 features four large cleats on both the port and starboard side forward of the deckhouse, making it easy to properly secure the yacht in a variety of situations. Teak or non-skid decking can be ordered for the foredeck. Convenient handrails are located on the forward coach roof, and together with the teak or stainless handrail above the bulwarks, it is safe to move along the foredeck in a seaway.
Protection against heavy weather is provided by the Portuguese Bridge, which features port and stbd gates for access between the foredeck and the side decks. Deck level LED courtesy lighting enhances safety after dark. The aft section of the Portuguese Bridge features built-in storage lockers for a variety of cruising gear.
One of Fleming’s signature design features is its wide side decks that enable safe, sure-footed movement from bow to stern while at sea and during docking manoeuvres. Heavy duty, stainless steel handrails are strategically located to minimize risk of injury. For convenient, effortless boarding in a variety of situations, there are port and starboard boarding gates at both the high and low deck levels, for a total of four. For added convenience and safety, these gates open inboard.
Aft Deck and Swim Platform
The large cockpit space is beautifully finished with teak decking for its superior non-skid properties and sound dampening qualities. While many owners prefer to keep this space open for a variety of watersports activities, others use it as an outside dining area. A dining table can be ordered that follows the contour of the transom, with seating for 8.
Access to the area is via a boarding gate in the transom. Adjacent to the gate is a freshwater shower fitting as well as a saltwater washdown bib.
Optional engine and thruster controls can be located in the cockpit cabinet, making backing into a slip a simple procedure. Optional are two warping winches, which are invaluable when docking “Med” style. Two 50-amp CableMaster power cord systems are located in the transom, one on the port side, one starboard.
The engine room air intake vents are located under the port and stbd cockpit coamings to prevent salt spray from entering the engine room.
The flybridge is easily and safely accessed by the 5-step stairway from the pilothouse. The upper helm, located on the port side, is slightly raised to enhance visibility forward and features a Stidd double helm seat and a console for full instrumentation and electronics. A U-shaped settee with storage underneath and dining table that seats 6 is standard.
A number of different arrangements and equipment can be ordered, depending on the owner’s intended use of the area. A large deep freeze, various types of barbecue grills, a wet bar, icemaker, refrigerator and extra seating are popular options.
Also optional is a hardtop with a canvas-glass enclosure, which creates additional all-weather living space. Aft of the flybridge area is the boat deck, with space for a 16-foot inflatable yacht tender. A 1,500-lb. (680kg) capacity Steelhead hydraulic davit system is standard as is a freshwater bib and 110 VAC (230 VAC for European version) outlet for keeping the tender’s battery charged. The stainless steel safety rail has a removable section for launching a life raft. Typical of Fleming’s obsessive attention to details, the boat deck drains to a series of built-in, stainless steel drains connected to a drain manifold system that exits just above the waterline to prevent streaking of the cabin sides and topsides.
Main Salon & Galley
The large, spacious main salon can be built with a number of different arrangements. A dedicated dining area can be located to starboard with a large settee area to port. In place of the dining area, a second settee can be located on the stbd side opposite the main settee. Or, a large, built-in cabinet can be built on the starboard side with lounge chairs facing the main settee.
A soft, synthetic leather headliner provides a sense of warmth and style, and there is space for a 42″ TV on a powered tv lift.
In the aft, port corner, the owner has a choice of a wet bar with refrigerator and wine cooler or more cabinet space with glass doors. Wooden blinds recessed into the window frames are standard. LED lighting is used throughout, including on the inside of most cabinets.
The galley features a 21-cu. ft. side-by-side refrigerator/freezer on the starboard side and a built-in dish cabinet and pantry space. Granite counter tops, an undermount stainless steel double sink, instant hot water dispenser, waste disposal, convection microwave, and Miele induction cooktop are standard. There is room for an optional dishwasher.
A number of layouts are available for the 3-stateroom accommodations area. Most layouts feature a central passageway, which is just 4-steps down from the main salon area. A full beam master cabin layout is also available with access from the pilothosue.
In most cases, the owner’s stateroom is located forward and features an island berth that lifts for easy storage beneath, a private head, and two large hanging lockers.
The port guest stateroom can be built with an island double berth, twins or a double with a pull out, single berth over it. Another option, as shown, is to include a pipe berth over the double. This stateroom shares a head with the second guest stateroom, although a 3-head arrangement is also available.
The starboard guest stateroom can be built with two over-under single berths or with one berth and a private head. A popular layout has the owner’s cabin to port and a VIP stateroom forward.
A separate washer and dryer is located in the passageway along with a supply closet and slide-out laundry hamper. The entire accommodations area is finished in warm teak with a synthetic leather headliner.
Accessed from an exterior hatch aft of the salon doors that leads to a submarine-style door, the engine room is signature Fleming – well thought out, extremely functional and beautifully finished. Standard power is a pair of MAN i6-800 hp diesel engines, and MAN V8-1,000 HP engines are optional. There is room for two generators, and most owners choose to install two, one with a smaller output for use during moderate power requirements and one larger unit when more power is called for.
To achieve the extremely low sound and vibration that Flemings are well known for, the Aquadrive system isolates the engine and transmission from the propeller thrust, permitting the use of much softer engine mounts. Aquadrive is fitted as standard and their rotating couplings are concealed beneath fiberglass covers for safety. The engine mounts are installed on full-length, polished stainless steel channel sections, a system that has been standard on all Flemings since their inception in 1985.
An intelligently designed and meticulously executed fuel management system takes all the guesswork out of transferring fuel and making sure each engine is being properly fed. The system makes it impossible to overfill a tank by switching a fuel return valve the wrong way.
The arrangement of all mechanical systems has been done with the need for proper maintenance in mind. Every piece of equipment is accessible, and there are places for mechanics to stand and place their tools without damaging vital gear. An optional engine room air conditioning system is available, a detail that will not go unnoticed by the vessel’s mechanic.
The aft lazarette houses the water tanks, steering gear and air conditioning compressors while also leaving ample room for storing cruising gear such as spare anchors, rode, lines, fenders and parts.
Main access is through the outside engine room hatch and down a set of curved stainless and teak steps. There are two additional cockpit hatches that allow quick access to stowed gear. Two freshwater pumps are installed and plumbed, providing instant switchover capability in case of failure.
The Fleming 65 pilothouse is the nerve center of the vessel and can be completely separated from the activities throughout the rest of the yacht by its bi-panel teak door. The day head to sartboard can also be ordered as a “wet-head” complete with shower, and an insert for the settee creates a convenient watch berth. This arrangement allows the pilothouse to be used as an extra cabin when necessary. Either one or two Stidd helm chairs can be installed, and a raised settee and table provide additional seating for four.
The forward console area has been designed to accommodate a full array of today’s modern electronics, and easy accessibility has been built in to allow for service and eventual upgrades. The electrical distribution panels are below the main controls and are hinged and illuminated for access and service.
Visibility forward and to port and stbd is excellent, and two sliding doors open to the wide side decks. A traditional teak and holly sole is standard. There are large drawers and working space for charts, cruising books, navigation instruments, binoculars, cell phones and chargers, log books, flashlights and everything else a captain needs to chart and follow a safe course. A large stainless steel and teak-trimmed destroyer steering wheel fits the ambience of this ultimate cruising yacht.
There is an ongoing process at Fleming Yachts to constantly refine our designs and incorporate improvements to each and every vessel we build. By focusing on a limited number of models Flemings have become known as “The Ultimate Cruising Yachts” We invite you to see a Fleming up close at one of our dealers or to visit us at one of the many boat shows we attend. Please check our Calendar of Events.
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