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2020 Fleming 78 Classic

There’s no disputing it: The 78 Classic is an oceangoing rig.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the safety features. The polished deck hardware including 22, 14-inch stainless steel cleats, 12 hawse pipes, 100 yards of stainless steel railing, a pair of stern windlasses and twin anchor windlasses clearly show the 78 was built by people who have faced strong seas. Walking anywhere on deck, you are never more than an arm’s length away from something solid and secure.

Open the salon doors and be ready to be impressed by book-matched teak joinery. Five steps up on centerline is the all-weather pilothouse, outfitted with a Stidd helm seat and a Furuno arm rest autopilot control, an L-shaped teak settee to port and a day head to starboard. A raised dash accommodates navigation and communication electronics—with more instrumentation in the eyebrow. Boning color touchscreen instrumentation monitors the corral below (twin MAN 1,550-hp diesels), as well as fluid levels, myriad ship and hydraulic systems and security status via closed circuit cameras throughout the yacht. Drawers and shelving provide convenient storage for charts, manuals and other gear.

A staircase to starboard leads below to a lobby area and the lower accommodations of three staterooms, each with a large, en suite head. Aboard our test boat, there was access to the full-beam master from the salon. Two crew cabins and a head and shower are aft, abaft the engine room with a private entrance from the port side deck.

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