Safety and convenience were given top priority in the design of all deck areas. All hardware was selected for durability and functionality and much of it, such as the stainless steel cleats and roller-chocks, was designed and custom made specifically for the vessel.
The foredeck platform has been set up for twin Maxwell hydraulic anchor windlasses. These have plug-in remote controls for reliability and safety, as well as controls at both the pilothouse and flybridge helm stations. The anchor platform is designed to accomodate two 176 Lbs (80Kg) Ultra anchors, and the chain locker holds two 400ft (121m) lengths of 1/2" (13mm) Grade-60 stainless steel chain.
Solid stainless steel fairleads are bolted through the bulwarks to allow the capstans to be used for warping. Storage lockers, either side of the anchor platform, house twin shorepower inlets as well as salt and fresh water bibs.
The stainless steel oval-section handrail has been brought inboard for security. Additional stainless steel handrails are provided on the top of the non-skid cabin trunk for the convenience of children as well as providing tie-down points for optional cushions.
The forepeak is accessed through a deck hatch immediately aft of the windlasses and is separated from the rest of the boat by a watertight, collision bulkhead. It is divided into two chain lockers each with its own bitter end fitting. There is ample room for stowage of lines, and the forepeak drains directly overboard.
The Portuguese bridge deck provides protection for the pilothouse in the unlikely event that green water should come aboard. Solid doors, assisted by gas springs, give access to the forward deck to port and starboard. Lockers within the Portuguese bridge provide storage for fenders and lines. A handrail runs around the front and sides of the pilothouse with sliding doors on either side. Forward-facing windows have 10mm thick tempered glass. Wipers are heavy duty with an integral wash system. Teak laid decks are standard aft of the Portuguese Bridge.
Wide, well-protected side decks run down both sides of the boat with sturdy stainless steel handrails. Fuel fills with unique covers and anti-burp design are concealed within the steps leading down from the bridge deck. Bulwarks have inward-opening doors. Spring line cleats are recessed either side of roller chocks for spring lines.
The spacious aft deck is surrounded by a wide teak caprail and fiberglass skirt concealing engine room air intakes and mood lighting. Warping winches to port and stbd eliminate the labor of adjusting mooring lines. The inward-opening transom door, pivoting smoothly on a stainless steel tube-hinge of proprietary Fleming design, gives access to a 48" deep swim step with nonskid surface. (Teak decking is optional). Sturdy stainless steel handrails extend across the width of the transom. Cablemaster inlets are recessed behind the transom door. Shower fittings are located inside the aft end of the cockpit and are usable from the swim step.
The manual pull for the engine-room fire system and remote fuel shut-off valves are concealed behind the door on the aft face of the California deck. A large powered centerline hatch provides access into the lazarette. A teak-dressed step across the aft face of the California deck provides seating and a place to put equipment for activities such as scuba diving. Offered as an option is a retractable engine/thruster control station which folds away into the aft face of California deck structure.
The California Deck features a fixed settee around a teak-topped table. To port is a serving area with a stainless rail. There is overhead lighting as well as courtesy lights and custom lights on the aft face of the deckhouse. Access to the boat deck is provided by a curved ladder with radiused teak treads and oval section stainless tubes.
The flying bridge area is divided into two levels and has three distinct functional areas. The upper level is effectively an open-air pilothouse which features a helm station with full engine and thruster controls, instrumentation and a unique electronics console which retracts into the flybridge structure when not in use. There is a Stidd helmseat behind the stainless steel destroyer-type wheel and Stidd bench seats on either side of it. An aft-facing L-settee area includes a table and space to stbd for a bench-type freezer. A venturi shield with an integral stainless steel handrail curves around the front and side of the upper bridge to the radar arch.
The forward portion of the lower level is primarily for entertainment and is equipped with seating for a dozen people around a large table. Forward is a fridge and icemaker plus barbecue and sink beneath a folding lid. There is concealed lighting in the toe-space beneath the settees. A large watertight door provides direct access into the pilot house. A larger gas grill and top-opening freezer are offered as options in lieu of a port settee on the lower level.
Aft of the seating area is the boat deck equipped with a 12-foot, 1,500 lb. (680kg) capacity davit, which has its own hydraulic power unit enabling power slewing rotation luffing and a linear hoisting winch (using a linear winch in which the cable is not wrapped around a drum). The boat deck will accept tenders up to 17-feet mounted fore and aft. Also on the boat deck is a lift-up hatch providing access to the California deck and cockpit. An AC outlet is provided for plugging in a battery charger for the tender.
Available as options are hardtops for the upper bridge and for covering the seating area on the lower level. Also available as options are a second control station at the aft end of the boat deck and, separately, an airfoil-section yacht mast for mounting on top of the arch.
Salon, Galley & Dinette
With a combined area of 350 sq ft. these three spaces flow together to form a luxurious yet functional area made even larger by the extension of the salon onto the California Deck through the aft doors. Teak and holly soles are standard throughout as are wood mini-blinds recessed into the window frames.
The salon can be customized to suit owners requirements. The standard salon layout includes an entertainment center with cabinets and bookshelves along the stbd side, and TV cabinet in the starboard aft corner with a powered TV Lift. To port is an L-settee with Fleming oval teak coffee table with storage locker. Aft to port is a bar cabinet with granite counter top, sink, combo fridge/icemaker, and bottle storage.
Opposite the galley the dinette area comes standard with a curved banquette, oval dining table, storage cabinets with glass doors at the forward bulkhead with a granite top. Designer LED lighting is installed over the table and has a dimmer control.
The galley features an 18-foot linear length of granite counter with an undermount stainless steel double sink, overhead lockers, ample drawers and storage, pull-out pot locker forward of the cooktop and includes the following quality appliances, Sub Zero fridge with freezer drawers, Miele oven, Miele dishwasher, convection microwave, waste disposer, Miele induction cooktop with custom stainless steel potholders, Instahot for dispensing filtered hot and cold water, swivel faucet with pull-out nozzle.
The wide beam of the Fleming 78 provides exceptionally spacious accommodations featuring teak and holly soles throughout and bulkheads faced with teak and synthetic soft leather paneling and headliners. The accommodations are reached from the pilothouse via stairs, which widen and flatten out as they descend into the forward lobby. Each tread is illuminated with concealed rope lights for discreet evening illumination. An oval section stainless steel handrail follows the curve of the stairwell, which also features a mirrored alcove with a granite shelf for owner's art work.
Each of the staterooms open off the forward lobby, which has a custom overhead light and a vertical stainless handgrip. A gas-spring assisted hatch leads to the machinery space below the sole. The washer and drier are concealed behind a teak-faced door.
The owner's stateroom features a kingsize bed with mattress, which lifts hydraulically for easy access to a large storage area under it. A curved bureau with mirrors are on either side of the bed. Teak cove moldings along both sides of the stateroom and a curved soffit over the bed contain concealed lighting. There is a walk-in closet with louvered double doors and portlight, a desk with ample drawers and a space designated for a TV. Large stainless steel, CE-approved portlights are featured in the stateroom and head.
The owner's head features a shower stall or optional tub with a thermostatically controlled mixer valve in a fiberglass-lined enclosure. It is divided from the head by stainless steel and glass doors. A ceramic basin is set in a granite or marble-topped counter with designer faucets.
The port guest cabin is available with either twins or a double berth with an optional upper slide-out berth. The fiberglass-lined shower is divided from the head by a stainless steel and glass door, and the shower faucet is thermostatically controlled. A ceramic basin is set in a granite or marble-topped counter with designer faucets. CE-approved portlights are used in the stateroom and head.
A VIP guest cabin forward features a tapered Queen berth with mattress, and has a hydraulically powered lift for easy access to storage underneath. The forward cabin is also available with a V-Berth layout. A CE-approved skylight and escape hatch includes a remote controlled roller-type insect and blackout screen. There are hanging lockers to port and starboard with louvered doors and drawers underneath. A fiberglass-lined shower stall is divided from the head by a curved stainless steel and glass door. The shower faucet is thermostatically controlled. A ceramic basin is set in a granite or marble-topped counter with designer faucets. CE-approved portlights are used in the stateroom and head.
Unique to the Fleming 78 is an extensive machinery space located under the forward accommodations, it is very well illuminated with LED lighting. The cabin sole is double thickness and filled with lead/foam sound insulation to isolate the accommodations from this area, which is 29-feet long and is accessed through a hatch in the forward lobby. Installed in the machinery space are the pumps, water heaters, black and grey water tanks and air-conditioning units. This functional area frees up space in the engine room and keeps wiring and piping runs to a minimum. It also allows easy access to key components and makes it possible to access plumbing for toilets and showers from underneath.
The machinery space is also home to the 1,200 A/H AGM house battery bank. Also in this area are the two Outback 3,500 watt inverters, the 36Kw ASEA freuqnecy converter and all the switchgear associated with the electrical systems. The machinery space has its own ventilation blower ducted to an outlet on deck. It is protected by an automatic fire suppression system. The bow thruster motor and associated hydraulic valves are also readily accessible. Despite all this equipment there remains ample storage space for supplies for long range cruising.
The 22-foot long, full height engine room in the Fleming 78 is spacious, brightly lit and laid out with easy access to all equipment. There are even lights illuminating the drip pans under the engines. Stainless steel overhead handrails run the full length of the engine room. The overhead is up to 8" thick, filled with sound insulation. A workbench with drawers, and stainless work surface are standard. Floorboards are dressed with checkerplate-patterned Lonseal for appearance and sound attenuation. The engine room is lined with a reflective alloy pegboard for easy maintenance. The access door is an internally insulated, submarine type with gasket, double latch and inspection window.
The two main fuel tanks divide the engine room from the accommodations and total 2,500 US gals (9,463 liters). Two auxiliary wing tanks bring the total fuel capacity up to 3,000 US gals (11,356 liters). The fuel tanks are located on the longitudinal center of gravity so the trim of the Fleming does not change as fuel is consumed. Sight gages show the height of the fuel in every tank and pressure sensors display the contents, in gallons, liters and percentage, on the FFM monitoring system in the pilothouse. Twin Racor filters with vacuum gages, change-over valves and stainless steel drip trays are standard as is a fuel transfer pump, with filter and counter, which can be used to transfer fuel between tanks. Fuel selector panels provide easy selection for supply and return to and from main engines and generators. Storage bins for spares are provided above the side tanks.
Intake air is drawn in from around the cockpit rather than outside the hull where it is laden with salt. Automatic baffles close off the ventilation ducts at the aft end of the engine room. The automatic fire system also has a manual pull operated from the aft deck.
Naturally the main engines are the most prominent items of equipment in the engine room. Standard engines are MAN V12-1550 HP, with optional MAN V8-1200, MAN V8-1000 and MAN i6-800 hp. There is good access around both sizes of engines and both are fitted with additional 200 amp hevy duty brushless alternators controlled by an external regulator. Oversize raw water intake ball valves and sea strainers are conveniently placed.
Huge Aquadrives (the largest in the range) isolate the engines from the shafts and permit the use of soft engine mounts, matched to the vibration characteristics of the engine, which reduce noise and vibration transmitted to the hull. The shaft couplings have protective covers for safety. There is easy access to the shaft logs, which are bronze with a dripless packing.
Standard generators are two 29 KW Onan eQD in sound shields. Generator exhausts pass through waterdrop mufflers to reduce exhaust noise to a whisper. Special attention has also been paid to the main engine exhaust system, which has been designed to keep the boat as quiet and free from vibration as possible.
Variable displacement hydraulic pumps on both engines power the ABT centralized hydraulic system, thus maintaining stabilizing and bow & stern thruster operations even when running on one engine. Stabilizer actuators are readily accessible forward of the wing tanks, and the hydraulic reservoir is easy to reach on the aft bulkhead. A hydraulically driven Pacer emergency bilge pump is optional.
95 US gal (359 liter) oil tanks to port and stbd provide storage of clean and dirty lube oil. Tanks are connected to two oil change systems. A 16,000 BTU engine room air-conditioning system is standard equipment.
A large hydraulically operated centerline hatch provides convenient access into the lazarette, which contains the water tanks, and Cablemasters. All equipment is located for easy access, leaving ample space for storage.
The spacious Fleming 78 pilothouse has the feel of a bridge of a much larger vessel and is the nerve and social center of the boat. Gently curving stairs lead down to the accommodations and short companionways lead up to the flybridge and down to the salon. Sliding doors on either side give access to port and starboard bridge decks. Throughout there are ample handrails for security.
An L-shaped settee, raised up for enhanced visibility, is set around a teak table with storage built into the leg. Wood window blinds slot into retainers. An optional, hydraulically operated pilot-berth can be recessed into the aft bulkhead. To port is a chart table and flexible chart light. Of course, the main function of the pilothouse is to provide a dedicated area for piloting free from distractions. The Fleming 78 has achieved this with style and luxury. There is space for a full range of electronics in full-width upper and lower consoles. Engine instrumentation and controls as well as the bow & stern thruster joysticks are grouped at the helm station. One Stidd helmseat is standard but there is space for two additional chairs. There are separate swing-out, back-lit switch panels.
Adjacent to the pilothouse is a day head with toilet and ceramic basin set in granite or marble countertop with mirror and lockers. There is an opening portlight a blower for ventilation, and airconditioning inlet.
Aft Lobby and Crew Quarters
Access to the crew's quarters and the engine room are from the port side deck, via an access door and stairs, which lead down to the aft lobby. This location allows the crew to come and go from their quarters, and the engine room, without disturbing the guests enjoying the amenities of the California deck.
The aft lobby opens into the crew head, the crew cabin and the engine-room. This allows the crew head to be accessed without having to enter the crew cabin. The crew cabin has two hanging lockers, one 45" wide berth and a second 36" wide berth, ample drawer space and additional overhead storage. There is also a mirror, desk with escape hatch over and two CE-approved portlights. The crew head has a washbasin, shower and toilet. A 15" color touchscreen connected to the FFM monitoring system is included as standard in the crew cabin. This ensures that the crew are aware of any alarms and can monitor the yachts systems remotely. The internally insulated submarine-type door to the engine-room has a glass inspection port. There is also an option for two seperate crew cabins.