**** WINNER SINGLE-HANDED TRANSPAC RACE 2002 ****
Subject: Glowing Testimonial
I purchased a Fleming Global Major 501 windvane unit from your company in the fall of 2001 and in preparation for extended offshore cruising, installed the unit on my boat, a Spencer 35, in February of 2002.
On my initial shakedown trip it steered the boat to first place in the Single-handed Transpac race, from San Francisco to Hawaii in the summer of that year, after which I returned to my home in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
I left British Columbia again June 1 of 2004, did the S/H Transpac once again (2nd place this time) and continued on from Hawaii, with the intention completing a solo circumnavigation. I have just arrived in Sydney, Australia a few days ago via the Southern Cooks, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand.
Off shore miles logged since installation – over 17,000 – for the vast majority of those miles the Fleming has done a flawless job of handling all of the steering.
On any offshore boat, reliable self-steering is a must. For myself, as a single hander, it is a vital necessity, without question the most important factor in a successful voyage (apart, of course, from the keeping the ocean out of the boat).
The Fleming 501 has proven to be well designed, non-temperamental and robust piece of equipment.
Thank you Jim Kellam – S/V Haulback 08January, 2005