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?

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Beaucette Marina – our new home

Beaucette Marina
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Having arrived to live onboard Play d’eau in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey was bathed in sunshine. That’s until the gales started two days later.

Beaucette Marina used to be a granite quarry. After World War II, the owner called the Royal Engineers and asked if they’d like something to blow up. ‘Of course,’ was the reply. ‘We are always looking for things to practice on.’

Arriving in Guernsey, the Royal Engineers began, and over a period of some six months the wall between the quarry and the sea was breached creating an entrance with a natural sill for the new 115 berth marina.

A detailed history of Beaucette is on a separate page of this website.

The Marina Manager, Ricky, has measured the entrance when there’s 3m of tide over the sill, and it’s 50′ wide. Boats up to 70′ regularly use the marina.

There’s an excellent restaurant at the marina. The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina has been under new management by James and Valerie since June 1012 and is well worth a visit. Booking is advisable since it’s becoming very popular.

from the saloon of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

9 comments to Beaucette Marina – our new home

  • Pip Flynn

    Looking forward to seeing the photos and update on the blizzards that hit Guernsey shortly after you arrived! Hope you are both settling into your new life and enjoying the peace and quiet. Px

  • Brian & Dawne

    Hello you two ….. Well you finally did it!!

    We’ll be passing your way some time in June so will be sure to look you up. Play D’eau is looking fabulous.

    B & D

  • The “boat” is somewhat larger than the last one I saw – no wonder you can call it Home!
    Congrats on acheiving your dream – we hope you will both be very happy.
    As for the camera download cable, that may be on a long list of things you cannot find…..

    Take care and God bless

    Jeremy & Lisa xx

    • Hi Jeremy & Lisa. So sorry we didn’t make it to Costa del Norfolk before we left. We never imagined how much time it would take to plan, arrange and finally move from the UK. It was exhausting. Do call us if you ever plan to take a break in this glorious island. Love to all. P & L.

  • Charles Hampton

    Hooray. I am SO pleased for you both. It has been such a long trail. I hope you have good weather, calm seas, sunshine… a relaxed and happy life together. You richly deserve it.
    Charles xxx

    • Hi Charles, without your help it would never have happened. A long trail? Yes. A long held dream? Oh Yes. And now it’s a reality. Hallelujah! Thank you. If you ever plan to take a break in Guernsey, do please let us know. P & L

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