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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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NNE storm forces crew to abandon

synoptic chart for 6 October 2018 @ 1800

Having returned from our summer cruise around the north Brittany coast, we were moored in St Peter Port’s Victoria marina rather than Beaucette since metal works were still in progress. Seeing the forecast cyclonic storm approach, we secured… …

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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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Diesel

Rubis, Channel Islands

I have always been fastidious in ensuring Play d’eau’s diesel comes from a known source. But is all diesel the same?

An emphatic no. It’s changed and continues to change as further laws are …

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Return to Carentan

Carentan marina

After 21 years we’re back in Carentan on the Normandy coast. I was first here with the MBM Cruise in Company fleet in the mid-1970s (can anyone remember those days?) and then with the family in 1997.

But seeing the mile long yet narrow marina now, I just wonder …

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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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Double First Ltd wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Queen's Award for Enterprise

Double First winning the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise has provoked me to write a post after seven months of posting silence.

As the founder of Double First Ltd, I can’t tell you how proud I am of the staff’s achievement to have produced Engage, a School Management Information Software (MIS) which is respected worldwide by leading fee-paying schools. …

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