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.

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Where’s Play d’eau?

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Recent Posts

Mud, mud, glorious mud

The beautiful river Charente at Rochefort
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As the song goes, ‘mud mud, glorious mud’!

On our way was to Rochefort we travelled 12 miles up the beautiful river Charente, where the colour of the water became more and more brown-green. By the time we arrived the colour was so dense that nothing could be seen if it was much more than an inch below the surface.

Walking along the river bank at low tide showed just how muddy and silty the banks were, looking as though it was ‘quick mud’ if there is such a thing. Piers found a small pebble and tossed it at the mud. It sank out of sight causing a spurt of brown water to jump into the air.

Would I want to fall into this? A beauty treatment, maybe? No thank you.

from the Saloon of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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The mud bank by the entry to the lock from the river
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You can see the mud-trail left by this paddling tern
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When the lock gate opens the mud is stirred in the marina
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Just before the lock opens, the mud builds against the gate
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Play d’eau needed a good cruise in clean water after sitting in this for five days
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The banks of the river Charente were covered in reeds. Clumps floated everywhere
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