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?

If the new owners have the AIS on, you can find where Play d'eau is right now.

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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
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The Cougar

When we bought our 50kt Cougar Predator 35 in 1992, we had the task of deciding on her name. We wanted the name to be distinctive and memorable.

The Cougar was long, sleek and fast with a low profile. And that’s where the start of the play on French word for water came from – we called her L’eau Profile.

The Princess

Moving up to the Princess V39 in 1995, the name L’eau Profile didn’t suit her. However, we wanted to keep play on the word ‘eau’.

As the time for ownership came close, the whole family went into a huddle and brainstormed. Suddenly, our youngest son said, ‘It’s obvious! Since the boat’s Dad’s new toy, it has to be called Play d’eau.’

Play d’eau
Our Fleming 55
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(Just in case you haven’t understood, the double play on words for us, is that in the UK there’s a children’s plasticine modelling material called Play Doh….)

And on 21 March 2002, the URL playdeau.com was registered with the intention of developing a website around our future adventures.

The Fleming 55

When we upgraded our Princess V39 for the Fleming 55 in 2003, there was no contest for the name. It just had to remain as Play d’eau.

Part 1 registration

Play d’eau is Part 1 registered on the British Registry in Guernsey.

Piers and Lin
from the Saloon of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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