Fleming 55 Pilothouse
By Staff Writer
August 2002 Sea
Built for long-range cruising in
style, the well-equipped Fleming 55 Pilothouse has many admirers
- especially in Southern California, where Fleming Marine
Tony Fleming and Anton Emmerton
originally set out to create an updated incarnation of the
seaworthy Alaskan cruisers formely built by American Marine.
The Fleming 55's teak-covered transom and gracefully flared
bow give it traditional style but its sleek house, Portuguese
bridge and well-equipped flybridge give the 50 a look all
Speed was not a main goal for Fleming's
designers. The earliest versions of the Fleming 55 achieved
a top speed just 13 knots with standard twin Caterpillar 3208
diesels and Aquadrives. However, you can't argue with the
impressive 900-mile cruising range the Fleming 55 offers.
Luxurious amenities are numerous,
and most boats came outfitted with stabilizers. Rich, handcrafted
wood was used in abundance in the luxury-appointed interior.