Venture II leaves Reykjavik Harbor. Because it’s manufactured in a two-piece mold, the F65 is able to incorporate such features as
a deep keel and molded-in, rather than screwed-on, spray rail.
AC-powered pump, or a 24-volt backup, is ample.
It has been said by some that all forward cabins are
uninhabitable while under way. Thanks to her fine entry,
in the Fleming 65’s case, that is not true. While I was
aboard, with just one night’s exception (during our
galumphing run to Iceland), Tony used this cabin
continuously without issue.
The saloon is large and comfortable, and its trademark
flawless, satin-teak veneer and large windows make the
space at once warm and bright. Venture II’s layout includes
a dining table and coffee table, twin settees, and four
chairs, so there was never a shortage of places to sit and
work. I camped out at one end of the dining table and
Tony at the other, and we routinely ignored each other
while we pounded away at our keyboards for hours at a
time. There’s a wet bar and refrigerator housed in the port
aft saloon cabinet.
The portside galley is a practical rectangle that provides
ample support for the cook under way, along with an
opening window, tons of cabinet and drawer space, an
induction electric cooktop, and a disposal. As previously
mentioned, all galley counters and other countertops are
equipped with comfortable fiddles to prevent cookware
and dishes from ending up on the sole. The main
refrigerator is located on the starboard side, across from
the galley. This makes good sense, since it doesn’t usurp
valuable counter space in the galley proper. The Fleming-made hardware that secures the refrigerator doors is a
sight to behold, as is most of the custom stainless steel
hardware throughout the 65.
Access to both the engine room and the cavernous
lazarette is afforded by a cockpit hatch just aft and
outboard of the saloon’s double doors. The hatch
incorporates a handrail and a curved ladder that provide
easy, safe access. Ingeniously, the handrail also prevents
folks exiting the saloon from stepping into the open hatch.
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services to boat buyers, owners, and the marine industry.