About this site

Piers and Lin du Pré bought their new Fleming 55 / 129, Play d'eau, in 2003.

She was berthed in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350 until she was sold in October 2021.

This site charts the thrilling adventures they had in her.

You can contact us here.

Where’s Play d’eau?

If the new owners have the AIS on, you can find where Play d'eau is right now.

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Recent Posts

A Hippo Story

A wide open mouth is a warning sign
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On our safari around the Tala Private Game Reserve, the ranger took us to the Hippos.

Don’t underestimate a Hippo

He pointed out a Hippo Run, a track that a Hippo uses. Woe betide anything that gets in the way of the run – it will suffer.

Continuing, he told us of someone who had left their Toyota Landcruiser across a Hippo Run in the Kruger game reserve. Three tons of Hippo charged and T-boned it at 30 miles an hour.

The Landcruiser buckled and wedged itself around the Hippo’s head.

Pah! Not a problem. Lifting its head complete with the one and a half ton Landcruiser, the Hippo trotted 150 metres to the side of its run and simply tossed the Landcruiser aside.


Piers and Lin
Granny Mouse Country House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa,
…on temporary leave of absence from
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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