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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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Fleming 55

Play d’eau
Braye Harbour, Channel Islands, 2006
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In 2003, our new Play d’eau was delivered after she had been displayed at the Dusseldorf 2003 Boat Show.

Hull No 129, built by Tony Fleming of Fleming Motor Yachts and certified ‘A Ocean’, was a significant change from our previous planing hull boats. The Fleming 55 is shaft driven, semi-displacement, displacing some 32 tonnes when loaded and cruising.

With a separate pilothouse, she is a beautiful motoryacht designed for serious cruising. Her hull gives her great flexibility in performance with a range of over 2,000 nautical miles at eight knots yet, with her standard twin Cummins 450 HP engines, she can attain speeds nearing seventeen.

We find a sensible and sustainable semi-displacement cruising speed to be twelve to fourteen knots, although we far prefer displacement cruising at 8 knots which rewards us with a comfy and enjoyable passage and excellent economy averaging over 1.7 nm to the UK gallon.

The Fleming’s deep keel provides protection for the running gear and gives good stability in following seas. To reduce noise and vibration, Play d’eau is maximised for quietness and smooth running thanks to the use of Aquadrive anti-vibration drive systems.

Play d’eau is registered in Guernsey on the British Registry, 910930.


(incl pulpit & transom)
60′ 9″ (18.52m)
(ex pulpit & Transom)
55′ 9″ (16.99m)
Water Line 50′ 10″ (15.49m)
Beam 16′ 0″ (4.88m)
Draft 5′ 0″ (1.53m)
Registered Net Tonnage 29.94 tonnes
Fuel 3,800 litres Diesel
4 GRP tanks with site gauges
Fuel Management control
Water 1,150 litres. Two polyethelyne tanks, with site gauges, strained and carbon filtered

The Fleming is built for self sufficiency and comfort at sea. In addition, Play’d’eau is fitted out for long distance cruising. Hence the long list.

Engines Twin Cummins 450C Diamond
Glendinning synchroniser
Aquadrive mounts and couplings
Stabilisers ABT TRAC, electronic / hydraulic
Bow Thruster Sidepower 10.7hp, 24v – SP155TC
Stern Thruster Sidepower 150kg, 24v – SP150
Anchor & Windlass 35kg CQR plough with 90m 3/8ths calibrated chain; Lofrans Falkon 24v 1500 watt c/w remote
Air Conditioning Cruisair, reverse cycle
Heating Webasto hydronic, 9kW
Throttles & gears Hynautic hydraulic
Trim tabs Bennet Electro-hydraulic
Davit Electric crane davit, 363 kgs max lift
Dinghy Avon 315
Torqeedo Travel 1003S
Electrics & Appliances
Generators 1 x Onan 13kw and 1 x Onan 7.5kw, each with a sealed AGM 12v battery
Main inverter Victron Phoenix Multi 2.5kw
AC Electrics 2 x AC Bus, selectable from Fwd or Aft Shore power, Gen 1 or 2, or Inverter
DC Electrics 1 x 24v Bus & 1 x 12v Bus, selectable from No 1 or No 2 bank, or Both
24v – 12v droppers for the 12v Bus 2 x Mastervolt, switchable.
These also charge the back-up 12v bus battery
24v – 24v smoothers 4 x Alfatronix, to provide precise 24v DC supplies
Batteries (24v) No 1 bank: 4 x 8D selaed AGM for domestics
No 2 bank: 2 x 8D sealed AGM for engine starting
Battery Charger (24v & 12v) Mastervolt Chargemaster 24/100-3 for No 1 & No 2 battery banks
Battery (12v) 1 x GPL-31T sealed AGM as back up for the 12v bus
Battery Charger (12v) Mastervolt 24/12 – 20A for the generator 12v batteries
12v battery display Displays the voltage of all three 12v batteries, located in the Pilot House
Fresh water pump Headhunter XRS-124
Salt water pump Headhunter XRS-124
Hot Water 20 gallon Torrid calorifier with 240v Immersion Heater
Washing Machine Asko
Tumble Dryer Asko
Fridge / Freezer Armana 20 cu ft, complete with ice and cold water dispensers
Cooker De Detrich 740v, 4 burner induction hob
Oven Neff B46C74N3GB, Single Electric Oven, Stainless Steel
Other galley equipment Garbage disposer, Trash compactor, Convection microwave
Entertainment – saloon Intellian i3 satellite TV, Humax 500Gb decoder, Panasonic TX-24FS500B LED TV
Bose Lifestyle surround sound
Entertainment – main & guest cabins Bose Wave – Radio/CD players
Telephone System Panasonic KX-TEA308 PABX with 8 telephone extensions
PSTN land-line connection capability
ADSL wi-fi PSTN splitter to a Cisco wi-fi router for boat-wide Internet access
Local wi-fi Booster Digital Yacht iNAVConnect & WL510 for boat-wide Internet access

Play d’eau
off the Belgian coast in 2006


For a description of the 2012/2013 electronics refresh program, refer to the post Play d’eau is featured in MBY

Magnetic Compasses Richie – Fly Bridge and Pilot House
Chart Plotter Furuno NavNet 3D black box
Back-up GPS Furuno GPS33
Satellite compass Furuno SC50 (3 aerial array)
Back-up steering compass Furuno PG500 fluxgate
Autopilot Simrad AP70
Other instruments B&G Triton T41. 1 for Wind, 1 for Depth & Speed, replicated on the flybridge
Wind B&G wind transducer
Radar Furuno 2117 black box with 6′ open scanner
Thermal Imaging & Daylight imaging camera FLIR M-618CS
Display Screens Pilot House – 2 x Hatteland 19″ optically bonded; 2 x Hatteland 12″ optically bonded
Fly Bridge – 1 x 12″ Hatteland High Bright, optically bonded
AIS Easy TRX2-IS Class B
Radar Transponder Echomax Dual Band active transponder (X & S bands)
VHF 1 x ICOM M610 with DSC, with two remote Command Mics (FB and Main cabin)
1 x ICOM M503
Aerials 2 x Shakespeare Galaxy 5309-R 23′ (7m) 9dB gain (Marine VHF1 & 2)
1 x Shakespeare 2.4m (AM/FM)
1 x Shakespeare 2.4m (AIS)
1 x Shakespeare 5248 (Wi-Fi)
1 x ICS stub aerial (Navtex)
1 x Shakespeare Omni-directional MAR14 (Terrestial TV)
Ship’s whistle (horn) Kahlenberg D1. Spun brass trumpets, cast bronze horn body & base, chrome finish
(IMO approved)
Ship’s whistle controller Kahlenberg M511C
Ship’s bell Kahlenberg 8″ bell. Cast in bell bronze with Play d’eau, chrome finished (IMO approved)
NavTex ICS Nav6 plus

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