Having decided after 30 years of sailing to change to power, the wide choice of brands made the selection task a daunting one. We wanted the most reliable, comfortable, safest, practical and best thought out boat that we could find. Attention to detail and quality was paramount, as was after purchase servicing. She also had to be an attractive boat that we could be proud of.
After several months of extensive research, one name easily made it to the top.
Only one builder could speak of its founder doing 55,000 sea miles in the same model that we were interested in, much of that in blue water, including the north Atlantic in the sub-polar regions! Other builders did not bother, or dare, to publish their fuel consumption graphs or have as extensive a list of standard equipment, or sea trial the boat before they shipped it. Their boats were attractive, but interior layouts often made no sense. For example, they boasted cabins for six people, and provided a dining table usable by three.
Fleming gave us the opportunity to customize as much as we wanted to, but only if it made sense. Their excellent dealer provided invaluable guidance to us as new powerboaters in planning the boat.
The purchase and planning experience was most enjoyable, and after our first season, we can only say that the boat exceeded our expectations. Everyone on the dock wants to tour the boat, and they are amazed with the quality, design and workmanship. She has been described as a work of art.
We could not be more delighted with our new Fleming.