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.

Click here.

Zoom in and our position will be shown on a map.

Recent Posts

It’s Christmas!

Play d’eau follows the bright star…
(photo courtesy Kim Hollamby)
click to enlarge

Happy Christmas, everyone!

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, spent time with family and dear friends, cruised the west coast of France (again), remedied some difficult faults on Play d’eau, and, and, and….

I mean, they say that when you retire you become more busy than ever and we can attest this to be absolutely true.

Now it’s Christmas 2017

So after such a long period of silence, the keys of my new laptop have started clattering away as I renew friendship with our website. Hence, we take this opportunity to trust you will all have a magnificent Christmas and an exciting New Year.

The Reason for the Season

As we know, the reason for the season is Jesus. Hallelujah indeed!


Whilst we contemplate 2018 and make plans, one of our New Year’s resolutions is to keep the website up to date. So we thank you for your patience and ask you to keep a listening watch on this channel.

On a personal note

Whilst thinking of the reason for the season, Lin and I especially thank Him for the recent miraculous healing of a dear friend of ours. And we mean miraculous. Reality is reality.

Happy Christmas!

from the Pilot House of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

5 comments to It’s Christmas!

  • Pip and Pete Flynn

    Great to see the website is back live and kicking! We’ve missed it.
    Looking forward to hearing more updates of your adventures, plans, etc.
    In the meantime, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
    With our love and best wishes to you both,

  • Nice Christmas present, hearing from you again, hope you can sustain it.

    Please enjoy the rest of the Christmas holiday, and I wish you all the best for 2018.


  • Ingo Bahlmann

    Merry christmess best whishes for a happy and healthy new year Ingo Cologne

  • Hi Piers, nice to read this e-mail

    merry christmess from Cologne. Our ALBATROS is sleeping in the harbour here in Cologne and we are looking for 2018 normally we go to the Netherlands in may.

    In our holidays ( 2 weeks we go to the dutch islands Terschelling or Vlieland .

    I don`t know wether you have been there .

    many greetings from Ingo and Ulrike Albatros Fleming 55 / 88 with the best whishes for a happy 2018

  • I am so pleased your Play d’eau website is up and running again-I love it! What a stunning photo! I looked at it and pondered for some while before deciding (with some help from Piers) that it is just beautiful and inspired, too. Thank you for starting up again. Hil x x x

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