31 Jul 2023

Fleming 85 progress update

The new flagship of the Fleming Yachts’ fleet, the Fleming 85, was designed to be the finest semi-displacement raised pilothouse cruising yacht in the world with ocean-crossing range.

“We’ve had tremendous success with the launch of the Fleming 85,” said Duncan Cowie of the Fleming shipyard. “The feedback we’ve received from the owners who are out cruising on their boat has all been very positive and we look forward to staying in touch with them throughout their travels. Fleming rarely introduces a new model, however, we’re constantly examining and improving each yacht we build through extensive owner feedback.”

Fleming 85 hull #001 is cruising the east coast of the US with the new owners and hull #002 is underway in the Mediterranean. Hull #003 is being commissioned at the Burr Yacht Sales facility in Maryland, while hull #004 is in the final testing phase and floating in Fleming’s purpose-built tank at the shipyard.

Because of the demand for the F85, Fleming has invested in a new production facility strictly dedicated to the new model. It is located in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, close to the harbour. “We have personally invested in this new facility,” said Adi Shard of the Fleming shipyard. “This gives us a level of control over how the facility is run, which gives us a great advantage when it comes to quality control.”

The Fleming 85 will be the first Fleming model offered in both open and enclosed flybridge versions. “Hull #003 is the first enclosed bridge design, which has opened up a newer market for us,” said Shard. “We hope to have an F85 available for display at one of the upcoming boat shows, but we’re not going to rush the commissioning of the boat and the owner training,” he continued.

So, for now, the boat show premiere of the F85 is still undetermined. Shard will be present at FLIBS to discuss any aspects of the Fleming 85 or other models with the public.

Fleming Yachts Australia will attend the 2023 Sydney International Boat Show, from 3 to 6 August, exhibiting the Fleming 55, My Lady. For enquiries, email info@flemingyachts.com.au.