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Piers and Lin du Pré are the owners of the Fleming 55 Play d'eau, based in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350.

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The anchor’s swallowed

Play d'eau is sold

Play d’eau is sold

After 18 years of owning Play d’eau from new, she was sold on Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Although I’d been expecting the phone call from David Miles of Fleming Yachts Europe to advise the transfer of ownership was complete, I found I was by no means ready, emotionally. Feelings of guilt and betrayal flooded through me.

New Owner

Would you believe it? The new owner lives in Guernsey. He’ll be keeping the name of Play d’eau and using same berth in Beaucette. If you see or hear her on the seas, please remember it’s neither Lin nor myself!


Looking on the positive side, Lin and I have had so many brilliant times on Play d’eau and the memories remain.

What next?

Will we take on another boat? Will we charter? if we do, where? Maybe the world’s our oyster, as they say. With the call of 34 years of boating from speed boats to trawler yachts, and all the sea-experience which goes with it, something is bound to happen, whether we trigger it or it triggers us.

So until then, we wait and see. There’s no way we’ll become landlubbers. It’s just not possible. We’ll be back – sometime.

3 comments to The anchor’s swallowed

  • Glynis Reynolds

    Can’t see you being totally landlubbers! Enjoy your next excursion, however it’s triggered. Glyn xxx

  • Tim and Karen OLVER

    Hi both,
    The best day and the worst day, as they say! We too have sold Saradan after 22 years, all very difficult. We wish you all the best for the future.

    Tim and Karen
    Ex Saradan

  • Piers – you can’t not be on board for anything like a significant amount of time without going a bit potty, so stay sane and stay at sea!!

    Rob x

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