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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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.

5 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

  • Aymeric

    Hi Piers, we just put our boat in the water and i was rhinking of you and your feelings with the smell of a beginning season ? Cheers

    • Hi Aymeric. My (our) feelings?

      On the one hand, we sometimes really yearn to be on the water. Looking out to sea on a hot, balmy day, makes us long to be back on board travelling on a new and exciting adventure to a far away land. On the other hand, not having to keep up the constant and ever growing maintenance gives us so much more time to plan other adventures.

      Graciously, a friend has offered the use of his 18′ dory so we can zip around to Herm and Sark for the day, which at least gives us sea-time.

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