What were John Fleming’s innovations after exactly 60 years of reliable servo-pendulum wind vane self-steering?

Technical innovation summary John Fleming’s crucial twin design innovations incorporated in the Hebridean are seminal: 1. The solution combines frame and pendulum in a single simple unit that can be removed and stored when not required. 2. To enable full power and sensitivity across its range of movement the Hebridean permits the efficient use of…

By admin May 27, 2024 Off

Ashes of John Fleming consigned to the sea

On Saturday John Fleming’s sister, her husband, children and I, piloted by Annan Dryburgh, took his ashes out from Plockton to commit them to the sea. It was a warm, sunny, calm autumn day with all the time in the world for reflection, recollection and a toast to the memory of brother, uncle, friend and…

By admin September 21, 2023 Off

John Fleming a video tribute

Here is a 10 minute video tribute to the Hebridean’s designer, John Fleming. It was aired at his Life Celebration at “The Tipi” at his family home, The Dell, Nethy Bridge, 19 April 2023. An amazing life! https://www.sgmarkphotography.com/Client-Area/John-Fleming Use password: sleepyeagle …which was the name of his boat, a Pioneer 10.  

By admin April 27, 2023 Off

John Fleming 1951-2023

JOHN FLEMING 1951 – 2023 teacher   yachtsman   inventor   thinker In celebration of John’s full and varied life, his family invites his many friends to a Celebration Gathering to remember John and all that he meant to us. Please join with us at The Tipi in the Dell of Abernethy, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire PH25 3DL  https://www.thedellofabernethy.co.uk/…

By admin April 2, 2023 Off

SAD NOTICE: John Fleming

John, the designer of the Hebridean, gently slipped away on 22 February 2023 in the company of family members and the team at Lynemore Care Home, Grantown. He was unafraid. John was cremated with his immediate family in attendance on 7 March. A memorial service will be held in April. RIP John.  

By admin March 10, 2023 Off

Hebridean kits are gradually spreading around the globe

It has been gratifying to review the countries from which Hebridean kits have been ordered over the last few years. For many sailors on coastlines near and far, dependable lower cost wind self steering is now a satisfying reality. Thank you to all Hebridean builders everywhere! UK Ireland Denmark Netherlands Estonia Canada Hungary USA Germany…

By admin February 10, 2023 Off