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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.

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Rubis refuelling at St Sampsons by tanker
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I have always been fastidious in ensuring Play d’eau’s diesel comes from a known source and kept well dosed with anti-diesel bug treatments.

Is all diesel the same?

No. An emphatic no. Diesel has changed and continues to change as further laws are introduced.

Bio-diesel, with its damaging water content, is now commonplace. Sulphur content is being altered and current legistlation is set to make boating diesel less and less marine engine friendly.

What precautions do we take?

Diesel bug – we dose our fuel within 24 hours of taking a fresh delivery, plus a full dose in November and March, each year, currently using Grotomar 82.

Water – as well as checking the Racor water separators as part of our pre-departure routine, we check the sumps of each fuel tank for water, bi-annually.


Simple. Bio-diesel increases the likelyhood of diesel bug, thereby clogging filters and stopping engines, and normally at the most inconvenient time such as in an emotional sea when the fuel in your tanks is being stirred up.

Bio-diesel and higher sulphur cotent can both lead to damaged injectors and seals.

Effect on power

Furthermore, a side effect of a high sulphur content is a decrease in cetane meaning a lesser power output for your fuel. In coloquial terms, less bang for your buck.


Using bio-free and low sulphur content diesel will keep your heart rate down, and your wallet more secure.

Enter Rubis (Channel Islands)

Now I can’t help it. A plug for Rubis in Guernsey and its own Rubis page on our website.

Living in Guernsey, I wanted a reliable source of fuel. Having spoken with Rubis, I was guaranteed that all their diesel was bio-free as well as being ultra-low sulphur. Seeing the quantites they turn over, the source would be clean. All in all, thumbs up all round.


And the bonus is that Rubis diesel taken by tanker at St Sampsons (minimium delivery 300 ltrs) is the least expensive in the Channel Islands. Even nmore thumbs up!

A page for Rubis and their special offers

It’s not often I feel I want to shout about something, but in this case I will. Hence, a dedicated page on our website for Rubis – which includes a link for their special offers.

Put them to the test

Test them out – call (+44 (0) 1481 200 800) and ask.

from the clean fuel tanks of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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