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

Back home and back in the water

Play d'eau on holiday at M&G

Play d’eau is back in the water after being on hols for almost four weeks at M&G Engineers.

Whilst we’ve been on our hols in Norway visiting the Arctic Circle, Play d’eau’s been pampered with a full spa treatment below her waterline.

She was ready. Ready for launch. Ready to go home to Beaucette. …

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LHR Terminal 4 to Beaucette

Granddaughter Maia

We arrived at the hotel just before midnight, checked in, had a beer and slept soundly after a long day’s travelling. Having collected the car from the other side of the airport we were on our way to Coventry to stay with our eldest and his family. It was strange travelling on motorways again, let alone at 70mph rather than Guernsey’s max of 35mph. …

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Previous boats

Our previous boats are all listed here. You’ll see we started with a Fletcher Arrowbolt 21 in 1988. What fun! What a learning curve….

From there to a Cougar Predator 35, a Princess V39 and finally, our Fleming 55.

Play d’eau (camper hood up) just off Lymington bound for Guernsey – MBM Channel …

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“Play d’eau”

The name Play d’eau

The origin of the name Play d’eau has its roots in 1992, and it was 1995 when the name was first used in earnest.

Play d’eau Our Princess V39 click to enlarge

The Cougar

When we bought our 50kt Cougar Predator 35 in 1992, we had the task of …

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A new helm seat

The new STIDD helm seat

We replaced the original helm seat with a beautiful new STIDD to overcome two drawbacks which, over time, had began to irritate us …

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Play d’eau is featured in MBY

Motor Boat & Yachting April 2013 edition

After 10 years of glorious cruising, we decided it was time to upgrade Play d’eau’s electronics. We spent considerable time researching which equipment, suppliers and installers would be used, and work finally began in the winter of 2012 and finished before the season started in 2013. …

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Fleming 55

Play d’eauBraye Harbour, Channel Islands, 2006 click to enlarge

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. …

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