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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She’ll be home soon

Dawn rises over another tent for Play d’eau’s bootline painting
(photo courtesy Julian Willmott)
click to enlarge

Having delivered Play d’eau to Southampton over three and a half months ago, I took a call from GRP Repairs Ltd’s MD, Julian Willmott today to let me know she’ll soon be ready to come home to Beaucette Marina.

What’s the plan?

Julian said, ‘Provided the weather holds out, the plan is to launch her first thing on Monday 22 December, go straight to sea trial, acceptance testing and handover, before she sets off for Guernsey to arrive Tuesday morning.’

So what was wrong?

Well, rather than start explaining the issues, I will wait for my UK surveyor’s report.

Since arrival in Southampton he has analysed the problems and kept a photo diary of everything that’s been found. It’s a long report but hopefully one which will explain why the repairs have been so extensive – and expensive.

‘You’ll be wowed’

Through all the work, Julian of GRP Repairs has kept in close contact with us, explaining exactly what’s been happening. A great example of project management.

Lately, he’s been reassuring Lin and I. “She looks amazing. You’ll be wowed! Showroom.” We can’t wait – expectations are high.

On the plus side

Having had all the issues corrected, Play d’eau will be ‘bullet-proof’ and set for at least the next ten years.

From our temporary abode
not Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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