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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Recent Posts

Intentions, intentions

Our dear friends John and Beryl
came to stay for a week
click to enlarge

I’ve failed! Despite all the best intentions, I haven’t kept our website up to date.

With Play d’eau bringing us safely home to Beaucette on 26 September 2013 after a glorious 980nm summer cruise, the plan was to post at least one update a week. Have I achieved this? No. Only one, and I’ve been making all the excuses known to mankind.

There’s an old expression that I’ve used so often when mentoring businesses, “We judge ourselves by our intentions, yet we judge others by their actions.” Need I say more?

So, no excuses – but just in case…

Our dear friends John and Beryl came to see us for a week; our son Diccon and wife Charlotte brought their two children, Oscar and Maia, to see us for another week; I was asked to fly to the Middle East for a fortnight to survey some Double First schools; I attended METS 2013 in Amsterdam; du Pré (Guernsey) Ltd was contracted to produce a new website for Beaucette Marina which went live just before Christmas.

Grandchildren Oscar and Maia – ‘the weasels’
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And, we celebrated Christmas for the first time with no family which actually turned into an endless party with many Beaucette liveaboards having ‘open boats’ and sore heads, including Play d’eau; it was Lin’s 65th birthday; January was taken up with creating another new website for Beaucette Restaurant and Lin had two days in Amsterdam to meet with her sister from Australia.

Lin’s 65th birthday

Lin’s birthday? An important one, but how to celebrate it? Aha! That’s the subject of the next post.

From the Man Cave of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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Diccon, Maia and Oscar
click to enlarge

2 comments to Intentions, intentions

  • Hi, Piers and Lyn,

    Taking a break now you arte home is understandable.

    I assume you will be cruising again this year, so how about some comments about te planning process; how you decide the dates, route, provisions, and all the other minutiae you need to think about.

    Just in case you are at a loss for things to write about, while you are in dock.

    your blog is often a topic in the GYC on Friday nights, when some of the Cruising Section meet.

    keep it up, there is a silent majority reading the blog.

    Best wishes


    • Hi Andy,

      It’s always good to hear we have readers. Writing a post takes about 4 hours, what with subject planning, photography, writing the copy, creating the post and finally having it edited by Lin.

      So thanks for being a reader. I’m happy to write something for you. Let’s see where this goes.

      BTW, I heard we’d won the cruise log cup from the RCITC for the posts we’d been making. Sadly, we’ll be in Norway when the cups are handed out.

      See you soon, and have fun working on Play d’eau. Give her a hug from us.

      Piers and Lin

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