Alexander Marine are pleased to have SOLD this 2014 Fleming 55.
'Sunday' is hull number 233 of this successful model with exceptional presentation. With the delivery lead times on new boats stretching a few years, this was a rare opportunity to get cruising immediately.
Tony Fleming's vision has always been to build long-range luxury yachts for shorthanded cruising that were seaworthy for couples and families to comfortably liveaboard for extended periods of time. 'Sunday' was a fine illustration of this Fleming foresight.
As with all Fleming designs, 'Sunday' was an easy yacht to admire. She instilled confidence in her capability as a luxury cruiser with her high bow which rode comfortably over the sea and lovely lines from bow to stern. Once onboard, this beautiful vessel immediately made you feel at home. The extraordinary craftsmanship was a brilliantly balanced blend of luxury and practicality, enticing you to stay for longer than you anticipated. Her sophisticated aesthetics were a distinct attraction, but this Fleming 55 offered so much more for the cruising enthusiast.
From the spacious swim platform, there was a deep step enabling easy access to the cockpit through the transom door. The large cockpit area was set up for casual dining with a high gloss teak table and chairs however it could easily be converted into a space used for fishing, diving, or lounge area. The overhang from the flybridge offered a space that can be fully enclosed for all-weather entertaining and provided a safe and shaded outdoor area.
From the cockpit, two large sliding doors opened up to the main saloon which asserted a timeless nautical feel. Surrounded by the warmth of the teak interior, this space could be used as a relaxed gathering area or for a more formal dining occasion. Here we witnessed that charming blend of practical luxuries with flawless teak finishes offset by cream ceiling lining and floor coverings, complemented by the natural light that floods through the large saloon windows.
At the forward end of the saloon port side, was her galley which reminded you of home with all of her creature comforts. The galley was equipped with an oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Her large full-sized French door fridge/freezer was positioned to starboard opposite and facing the galley. She boated plenty of bench space on either side of a double bowl sink which was highlighted by a large window. This homely space invited any chef to work their magic comfortably underway or in port.
From the galley, steps lead up to one of the most popular areas on 'Sunday', her pilothouse. This magnificent area had been designed with sensible comfort in mind. For the ship's Captain, they were gifted with superb visibility beyond the sturdy ocean-resistant windows on the bridge. The helm station was uncrowded yet decked out with large multifunction displays and the traditional Fleming wheel. There was room for traditional charts to be laid out and purpose-built storage for when they are not in use.
The comfortable and fully adjustable Stidd helm chair was fitted with a set of controls on the armrest limiting the amount of time spent leaning forward, preserving comfort and avoiding strain on the captain's neck and back.
A modern feature on all Fleming helms stations is the Boning/Fleming Monitoring System which oversees all the vital signs of the vessel's engines and critical equipment. This sophisticated technology is usually only seen on mega yachts and commercial vessels. With the owner-operator in mind, Fleming knew this system could provide peace of mind with preloaded checklists and programmable early warning signals alerting any changes to the captain and decreasing time away from the bridge.
With the pilothouse being a popular gathering area while underway, a comfortable curved lounge and table had been positioned to port to keep the captain company. Blinds had been fitted to manage the afternoon sun.
Stepping out of the pilothouse on either the port or starboard side took you onto her wide teak decks. Positioned forward of the pilothouse was the Portuguese bridge, a design feature on dependable ocean-going cruisers to prevent green water from hitting the windows of the pilothouse. The Portuguese bridge was a lovely vantage point while underway or at anchor having sundowners. Forward of the Portuguese bridge was the anchor platform housing a dual windlass and dual S/S Ultra Anchors.
Following the side decks to the stern, a portside ladder led from the cockpit to the flybridge offering a clear view of the bow where a couple could pilot together on the double-wide port helm seat. Equipped with BBQ, fridge, top-loading freezer and sink this was a spectacular entertaining area with magnificent views from the U-shaped lounge shaded from the sun beneath the large hardtop. Alternate access to the flybridge was via a staircase up and out of the pilothouse. Also located aft of the flybridge there was a hydraulic 1,000lb Steelhead crane that could be easily operated singlehanded to launch the mothership's tender and other water toys.
'Sunday' had well-appointed accommodation accessed from adjacent the galley. The Master Cabin located forward in the bow was complete with a Queen size island bed fitted with hinged gas lifts to reveal abundant storage space below. This area oozed style and comfort with a timeless teak finish complimented by cream upholstery extending into these living areas. The accompanying bathroom had a spacious shower with seat, composite stone surfaces on the large vanity, adorned with mirrors and natural light enhancing the space.
'Sunday' offered additional two guest staterooms both fitted with single berths ideal for kids, grandchildren, and friends. The two guest cabins shared a bathroom presented to the same high standard of the master suite. All of her accommodation gave the sense that you were on a much larger boat.
During the day the cabins were bathed in natural light and the portholes provided ample ventilation. When the sun went down and the lights were turned on, they created a relaxed and cosy ambiance that felt just like home.
Aesthetically, 'Sunday' impressed anyone who stepped onboard. Her owners had enjoyed cruising the boat along the east coast. For the discerning cruiser, there was so much more. Fleming yachts are renowned for being owner-operator vessels with so much of their value being in the finer details of precise design and manufacturing.
The engine room layout had been carefully designed to ensure ease of access to essential systems. She was powered by twin Cummins QSC 8.3 500hp engines. The 13.5kw Onan generator took care of your onboard power requirements when away from the dock. Sidepower bow and stern thrusters were provided for ease of docking - added to that she was also equipped with a wireless Yacht Controller docking remote. 'Sunday' was ABT-TRAC fin-stabilized for comfort underway. She carried an impressive 3,785 litres of diesel for extended voyages and cruising.