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Piers and Lin du Pré are the owners of the Fleming 55 Play d'eau, based in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350.

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Upgrades for 2019

Play d'eau's new carpet

We started planning this year’s upgrades by having new carpets in December 2018, ready for Christmas.

After 16 years of sterling service the backing of our brown saloon and companionway carpets was sad and disintegrating. It was decided …

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Out with the old, in with the new

The end splice of our new rope

We’d suffered the most horrendous effects of a NNE storm whilst moored in St Peter Port’s Victoria marina in October 2018. It had taken 11 of our 18mm multiplait ropes to hold Play d’eau but seeing the immense strain… …

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Clean water, please

Our new Dockside Filter

We’d become irritated with having to change Play d’eau’s costly onboard 2 micron water filter every few months. The removed blackened filters showed just how dirty local water supplies were, wherever we happened to fill the 1,150 litre water tanks. Whilst… …

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A child is born

Grandson

At Christmas, what could be a better present than a new addition to the family? Our son Toby and his wife Amy, having married in April 2014 have given birth to a … …

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Oh no! to Elation

Out with the old, in with the new

‘We have a leak – a big leak,’ I shouted to Lin. I’d reached into the cabinet under the galley sink for a bottle of Fairy liquid (yes, I really was about to do the washing up), but all I felt was wet. A lot of very wet, wetness.

Quickly looking inside with a torch …

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It’s Christmas!

Play d'eau follows the bright star

May we immediately assure everyone that our radio silence for the last two years has not been because we’ve finally navigated to the great marina in the sky.

No. With considerable quantities of fuel left in life’s tanks, we’ve loved many months in the magnificent country of South Africa,… …

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An Engagement

Kimberleigh's engaged

‘I’m engaged!’ whispered Kimberleigh to Lin and I.

We were staying in a small boutique Johannesburg hotel where Head Chef Kimberleigh had been feeding us far too well …

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A deafening silence

africa falls asleep

‘The silence is deafening. What have you been doing?’ asked a friend of mine when I hadn’t posted anything on the Play d’eau site for three months.

I started to explain only to be met with the comment, ‘Excuses, excuses, …

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Play d’eau and South Africa

the sun rises over cowes in the solent

Having prepared our Fleming 55, Play d’eau, for the journey, Kim and I left sunny Beaucette soon after midday delivering a long and triumphant blast of the Kahlenbergs to echo around the marina’s quarry walls, and set sail (set motor?) for the journey.

Not bound for South Africa but Southampton via Alderney where we’d have a few hours break for supper. …

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Back home and back in the water

Play d'eau on holiday at M&G

Play d’eau is back in the water after being on hols for almost four weeks at M&G Engineers.

Whilst we’ve been on our hols in Norway visiting the Arctic Circle, Play d’eau’s been pampered with a full spa treatment below her waterline.

She was ready. Ready for launch. Ready to go home to Beaucette. …

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