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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Recent Posts

Upgrades for 2019

Play d'eau's new carpet

We started planning this year’s upgrades by having new carpets in December 2018, ready for Christmas.

After 16 years of sterling service the backing of our brown saloon and companionway carpets was sad and disintegrating. It was decided …

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Gearbox and tacho – sorted

Gary checked the shims

Wanting to jump straight onto the gearbox technical issues quickly, I called TwinDisc’s UK distributors on Monday and explained the oil spill from the flywheel housing.

‘We’ll fly in first thing on Thursday and take the late evening flight back on Friday,’ said Paul Masey, Service Manager. What service. What a star. …

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Two clever mods

The hinged flap the covers the cooker extractor tube

Play d’eau’s had two clever modifications recently, and both have fully achieved their objective.

Lin and I had spent ages trying to track down stale cooking smells. The galley was spotlessly clean, the curtains and woodwork were cleaned, so where were those horrid old cooking smells coming from? …

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We’re off to celebrate

Christmas tree landscapes

After a short night in Oslo’s Royal Christiana, we board a train for the seven hour journey of wonderment across the mountains to Bergen. Our eyes feast on pure white snow, ice covered rivers and lakes, ski slopes, a house here and there under thick layers of snow to keep warm. Fresh coffee (tea for Lin) comes from the buffet carriage. …

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Roscoff Bloscon Marina

Bloscon marina

Bloscon is already a great marina, and next year will be simply superb. M. Frédérie Boccou, Maître du Port, spent forty minutes with me unravelling the creation of the Bloscon complex, and detailed the next and last developments to bring the marina to completion by May 2014 …

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Play d’eau goes up in the world

The offending anode bolt was knocked out

In cleaning the bilges I’d found a slight weep from one of the four bolts used to secure the two main anodes to the hull. Its washer was rusted leaving a slight rust stain where water must have oozed from the bolt and dribbled into the bilge. The concern was if the hull was wet from the water ingress …

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Lady Jazz interrupts her music making

Lady Jazz, Sealine F43, owned by Bernie and Lynn

Logging into the Motor Boat Forum at ybw.com a week ago to catch up with news, I found ‘Thepipdoc’ had come into Beaucette Marina the previous evening on one engine having had an engine failure part way across the English Channel …

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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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Fitting a Stern Thruster

The hole is cut for the stern thruster

We eventually bit the bullet and had a stern thruster fitted. Watching the hole being cut in the transom was unnerving to say the least …

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