Ian and Kim Treibick both grew up enjoying Long Island Sound in power and sailboats of all sizes. And they’ve raised their children—ages 11, 8 and 5—to have the same opportunities for fun afloat on the water. Like most boating parents, they shared a dream to take their children distance cruising. That desire led them to Calypso, their Fleming 65—a very large boat compared to the Sunfish, Lasers, and Boston Whaler runabouts that the kids grew up running.
“I’ve pretty much always owned a boat,” Ian says. “Before buying the Fleming 65, we had a 34-foot Hinckley Picnic Boat, which we loved. But with a single cabin, it would never sleep the entire family. It was suitable for day trips, but not for a cruise of any distance.”
“We began talking about buying a larger boat for extended family cruising after the youngest was born five years ago,” Kim said. “We both loved sailing, and looked at cruising catamaran sailboats, but decided that they were a bit too slow for our tastes, and much more work to operate—especially when you have three young children to consider. Cruising powerboats seemed the natural solution.”
Ian had been interested in Flemings for a number of years, so he tracked down Burr Yacht Sales, the East Coast Fleming dealership in Mayo, just south of Annapolis, Maryland. The couple made the drive down from their home in Riverside, Connecticut, to inspect several brokerage offerings. “After that, we never looked at another builder’s boats,” Kim says. “We like the Fleming reputation for a substantial build and ocean-going capabilities. We also liked the redundant systems. If something goes wrong, we never want to be without a backup. The inherent safety features are important for the entire family.”
The couple closed on the boat in September 2020. Afterward, they went down for two weeks of training aboard—neither had ever driven or maintained a boat this big and complex. Working with Kevin Althoff and the Burr team, they learned the systems inside out, how to make some repairs underway and much more. The final few days were focused on docking and handling a boat weighing 60 tons with twin engines, bow and stern-thruster.
Ian and two friends delivered the boat from Maryland to Connecticut shortly thereafter, and after several weeks of provisioning and short overnight jaunts to familiarize the children with their new home, they headed south on a loosely conceived cruising adventure, dropping the anchor the first night behind Sandy Hook, New Jersey. “From there, we just kept rolling south to Atlantic City, through the C&D Canal and into the Chesapeake Bay. We ducked into Burr for a couple of last-minute adjustments,” Ian says. “We continued down the Intracoastal Waterway for a few weeks, and wound up at the Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo, Florida. We then made our first ocean transit, crossing to the Bahamas on a day when the Gulf Stream was as flat as a tabletop.”
When they crossed the Gulf Stream, the whole family hung out on the flybridge, but it was not always the right place for the given conditions. “We all retired to the pilothouse for a turbulent 18-hour crossing to the Dominican Republic,” Ian said. “And we all came to appreciate this aspect of the boat’s design. We had at least two places where everybody could be together underway.”
It was the trip of a lifetime for the Treibick family. “The kids really loved the sea life we encountered,” says Kim, “including turtles, dolphins, whales. We went paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling almost daily. We used the dinghy to go into the beach for shelling and hiking around. Our routine day began with breakfast, followed by a morning swim, home-schooling for three hours, lunch aboard or ashore and an afternoon field trip ashore. Every day was a new adventure.”
They had thought about running as far south as Grenada, but as it happens on long cruises, the state of the boat, the weather and the feeling of the crew in general all factored into their decision to end the trip in Antigua. After several weeks, Kim flew the family home and Ian stayed to ship the boat back. “We used Seven Star to transport the boat,” Ian said. “Seeing your home for the last nine months lifted by a crane, some 70 feet straight up put my heart in my throat,” says Ian.
Calypso had been stored and maintained at Burr Yacht Sales by another owner for the five years prior to the Treibiks’ purchase, so the boat was in outstanding shape. “The watermaker membranes needed replacement in the Bahamas, but with the parts and training we received, I was able to do the work,” Ian says.
“Burr’s service is a level above others,” says Ian. “On the back side of a drop-down panel at the lower helm, there’s an engraved plaque with the cell numbers of everyone at Burr. When you call them from the middle of the Gulf Stream at 2 a.m., they pick up the phone. You’re never out there by yourself.”
The Fleming 65 is a raised pilothouse, semi-displacement cruiser with sufficient tankage to voyage more than 1,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. Calypso has a master stateroom with private head plus two guest cabins and a day head. A large aft deck opens onto a large salon and galley. Company founder Tony Fleming has cruised his 65, Venture, more than 60,000 nautical miles.
Displ.: 102,698 lbs.
Power: (2) 800-hp MAN diesels
Fuel: 1,700 gals.
Water: 400 gals.
This article was originally published in the December 2021 issue.