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Here we are at the start of another year – a reminder of just how alarmingly fast the months whiz by! For those of us lucky enough to have the time and wherewithal to go cruising - whether in a kayak or something more grand – it is a reminder that "time and tide wait for no one" and we need to seize the opportunity before it's too late.

To practice what I preach, this past summer we took Venture from Vancouver Island to Unalaska (aka Dutch Harbor) in the Aleutian Islands. It was a wonderful journey encompassing 5,000 nautical miles between April and August. Along the way we encountered several cruising boats whose journeys made ours seem like a short walk in the park. All but two were sailboats but they spent much of the time under power and we, undoubtedly, were more comfortable - especially when at the helm in Alaskan weather!

This was our most ambitious trip since we took Venture from Alaska to Nova Scotia through the Panama Canal with a side trip to Galapagos in 2008. This year was her 11th season and she now has 55,000 nautical miles under her keel. The only significant problem we experienced during the recent trip was the failure of the anchor windlass. Before leaving, I had installed a brand new unit because we were heading to an isolated area and the original was showing wear. Despite prior testing, the windlass motor failed the very first time we tried to use it. It wasn't until this happened that I realized just how critical this item is for serious cruising. As a result of this experience, all current Flemings now have two, independent, vertical windlasses as standard – proving, once again, the value of learning from real world experience.

For those interested, this trip is fully documented in text and video on the Fleming Yachts website. The easiest way to access the details is to go to the Tony Fleming tab in the menu bar at the top of this website and click on the links you find there.

Few people have the time or desire to cruise so far afield. I do it for the adventure and to test the mettle of the boat. But, even if your cruising plans are less ambitious, you can be confident that any boat you buy from us will have a sterling pedigree based on rigorous testing and standard specifications which include the very best equipment available and, most important, properly sized to do the job.

Cruise with confidence and comfort in the Ultimate Cruising Yacht!