Fleming Introduces The Classic Edition Of The Popular F78
In the year 2000, the very first Fleming Yachts 75 was launched. At the time, it was the largest Fleming model to date in a range that many boating editors have called "the ultimate cruising yachts". So when the Fleming 75 was re-launched in 2011 to become the Fleming 78, the interest from current Fleming owners was overwhelming. Never being satisfied, Tony Fleming and team saw an opportunity with the new 78 to adjust the flybridge both in style and functionality. Today, the F78 is offered in two distinct styles with the newer Flybridge design being named the F78 Classic.
Taking cues from her smaller sibling the Fleming 65, the F78 Classic has a sleeker, lower profile due to the single-level flybridge. The original F78, which is still offered for sale along with the Classic, consisted of two levels on the bridge with the helm placed on top of the Pilothouse. Reactions to the new F78 Classic design have been very positive as 4 out of the last 5 hulls ordered were the Classic edition.
Pictured below: Line Drawing of the Fleming F78 Classic with newly designed bridge
Pictured below: Line drawing of the original F78
The longer boat deck seen in the above drawing of the F78 Classic edition offers more space on the bridge for a tender or other watercraft. It also provides additional shelter and shade for any guests that may be dining or lounging on the aft deck. This design change gives owners the flexibility to mount the yacht crane position aft on the bridge so that launching aft, port, or starboard side becomes an option.
Freshening up the original F78 has certainly stirred up more interest, particularly now that the boat has a sleeker look with a lower profile. Another benefit of the change to the bridge was the opportunity to add more seating for guests on the bridge. The helm station has also become larger and includes full engine and thruster controls, instrumentation, and a unique electronics console with retracts into the flybridge structure when not in use.
For more information on the newly designed F78 Classic Edition, please contact your nearest Fleming Dealer.
Seen below is a video of Fleming F78 Classic "On Leave" which is hull #8.