RYA Active Marina 'Between the Bridges' Training

On the 9th November 2013

Back by popular demand a useful session on Top Hat (a 30ft Botnia Targa) that looks at close quarter boat handling between the bridges. The time you spend afloat gives you hands on time at the helm and helps to build confidence in and around the bridges in Poole Harbour and of course back in the marina too. This will be a morning session although an afternoon session is possible if morning sessions are full.

To book pop into or contact The Quay Shop and speak to Ian. A refundable deposit will be required.

For More Information
Call: 01202 686666
Email: Paul Glatzel
Website: http://www.powerboat-training-uk.co.uk

RYA Active Marina Training Sessions at Cobb's Quay Marina

On the 19th October 2013

Don't let your boating stop just because the weather is turning a bit autumnal!

Powerboat Training UK will be running their popular training sessions which are free to CQBHA Association members (subject to a small refundable deposit). These events are:

Competent Crew – Morning Session
A 2 – 3 hour session looking at some of the obvious but often overlooked safety equipment that you have on your boat such as lifejackets, flares and the VHF radio. We'll also look at lassoing cleats and throwing lines – key skills for all skippers and crew. A fun session for all ages.

Pilotage and Passage Planning – Afternoon Session
Another 2 – 3 hour session that should provoke some thought about how to plan coastal passages and entries into harbours and estuaries. This is an invaluable session for those that want to think beyond Bournemouth Pier and Old Harry.

To book pop into or contact The Quay Shop and speak to Ian. A refundable deposit will be required.

For More Information
Call: 01202 686666
Email: Paul Glatzel
Website: http://www.powerboat-training-uk.co.uk/

Halloween Party at Cobb's Quay Marina

On the 2nd November 2013

Dig out out your scary-wear for a night of monster music and witches brew cocktails courtesy of The Boathouse. Chef is putting together some warming bar snacks and a cheeky chilli. Entry is free and there are prizes for the best dressed party animal. Starts at 8pm until late.

For More Information
Call: 01202 673690

Store Your Sails This Winter FREE of Charge

From 10th October 2013 until 10th December 2013
Doyle Sails, Shamrock Quay
Need Somewhere Dry and Warm to store your sails this winter FREE of Charge?* We will be collecting sails for winter service in your area over the next month for return delivery in March / April 2014. We can provide quotations and supply of New Sails and Covers, Sail and Cover Repairs, as well as Laundry and reproofing. We provide a full sail and cover service at our base in Shamrock Quay, Southampton. If you would like us to take care of your sails over the winter give us a call or send an email using the contact details below. Get the Doyle advantage today. *We offer free storage until delivery, for all sails serviced and/or laundered if payment is received within 30 days of the invoice date.

Special Offers on MDL's Winter Berthing and Boatyard Services

Posted: 2nd October 2013

Boat owners across the UK will be able to ensure that their boats are kept safe and well-maintained throughout the winter months, with great discounts on essential maintenance and berthing packages from MDL Marinas.

Visitors to many of MDL’s marinas on the south and east coasts can benefit from great value winter berthing packages, with prices ranging from as little as £27 per metre for a boat of up to 7m in length at Hythe Marina Village. Many of MDL’s marinas are also providing a further 10% discount on winter berthing for three months or more when paid in full in advance, an ideal option for those seeking out a home for their boat for the whole winter. More details of which can be found at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/winter-berthing.

In addition to the winter berthing offers, marinas in all three of MDL’s UK Freedom Berthing zones are providing non-berth holders with the chance to experience MDL’s renowned service, with a 20% discount on lift, scrub, block off and re-launch at any of seven of MDL’s leading marinas, with some also providing storage ashore for a specified period.* There are additional packages at selected marinas, details of which can be found at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/winter-boatyard-offers.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the winter season when it tends to be used less frequently and is most at risk from adverse weather conditions. It’s important these options represent good value and we would encourage customers to book early as they are always popular.”

* Marinas offering 20% discount on lift, scrub, block off and re-launch are:
Hythe Marina Village, Shamrock Quay, Hamble Point Marina, Northney Marina, Sparkes Marina, Penton Hook Marina and Chatham Maritime Marina.

Brixham Marina Unveils New Lifting Service for Torbay Boaters

Posted: 27th September 2013

Boat owners in Torbay will soon be able to benefit from the very latest marine maintenance technology, thanks to the installation of a new lift at MDL’s Brixham Marina. The new boat lift dock will be open for business on Tuesday 7th October, bringing this exciting new technology to the area for the first time.

The new boat lift is only the third of its kind, with a state-of-the-art system capable of lifting boats of up to 50 tons and 60ft in length in just ten minutes, allowing quick and easy access for essential maintenance tasks. The whole process of lifting the boat, scrubbing the hull and returning it to the water can be completed in under an hour – far quicker and more convieinient than traditional methods. The new boat lift will be staffed by fully-trained operators and supported by MDL’s nearby Dartside Quay Marine Service Centre who will be on hand to provide a raft of maintenance packages, bringing their years of experience to a whole new group of customers in and around Torbay.

Shaw Smith, Manager at Dartside Quay Marine Service Centre and Brixham Marina, commented: “This new boat lift is set to be a real asset for all boaters in the area, whether they are local residents or visiting our beautiful coast for the first time. This is a unique service that cannot currently be found outside the Solent in the UK, and one, which we know will be hugely appreciated by the thriving marine community in Torbay.

“The extensive packages on offer will help boat owners get more out of their time spent on board – we can oversee the lifting and all aspects of maintenance, allowing owners simply to enjoy their leisure time. We hope to see many berth holders and visitors taking advantage of the new service over the coming months.”

Read more about the new Brixham Marina boat lift here.

Early Bird Offer for Club Outlook Members

From 9th September 2013 until 31st December 2013
Lift, scrub, block off and relaunch with 40% discount for bookings made and paid in full by 31st October 2013
Get ready for Winter by taking advantage of our early bird discount by booking in advance for our lift and scrub offer. We are offering an extra 40% off all booking taken before 31st October 2013. Not used in conjunction with any other offers, trade discounts or Club Outlook discounts. In order to qualify for the above discount bookings must be made and paid in full prior to 31st December 2013. However, lifting dates will be available until 10th January 2014. Time slots subject to availability. Call Kerry on 01202 674299 or call into the office and we will schedule you in.

Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning at Cobb's Quay Marina

On the 27th September 2013

Cobb's Quay Marina are opening its doors to the public on Friday 27th September at 10am to show support for Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Come along and enjoy a slice of life - a cuppa, delicious homemade cakes and a pamper treat to choose from. What could be better that a little TLC set in the beautiful Poole Harbour to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

For More Information
Call: 01202 674299
Email: Claire Jeffery
Website: http://www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk

FREE Active Marina Workshops at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 27th August 2013

Following the success of last year's inaugural RYA Active Marina Experience, we will once again be offering you the opportunity to refresh your boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors.
Once you have entered the PSP Southampton Boat Show with a valid entry ticket, you can sign up for FREE on-water and shorebased workshops in partnership with WHICH MARINA? and on-the-water.
From berthing and boat handling to man overboard recovery, engine maintenance to radar operation, workshops will run each day and will provide you with some real hands-on experience.
Places are very limited, so it is highly recommended you book your shorebased workshop session in advance now and from the 27th August limited on-water workshops will be available (Valid entry ticket required for the day).
This year's offer provides even more opportunity to refresh your boating skills with two F40 yachts, Sealine 390 Flybridge, Pilothouse Cruiser (Quiksilver 580) and a RIB powered by Suzuki.

For further information on the courses available, please click here.

Join us at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 23rd August 2013

If you’re paying a visit to next month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show (13th to 22nd September), be sure to call into our new double-height Waterside Pavilion (stand E52) overlooking the Boat Show marina.

The show is the perfect opportunity for boat owners to find out more about our 22 marinas and boatyards including our international network of marinas. You can also learn about the benefits our Club Outlook members enjoy, from Freedom Berthing with unlimited free visitors nights and fuel at cost to discounted boat show tickets, Berth Swap and unlimited free WiFi at our marinas. Details will also be available on our upcoming winter boatyard and berthing offers – please also check our website as details will be available very soon. Car parking is available at our multi-storey Ocean Car Park at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show. The postcode for your sat nav to get to Ocean Car Park is SO14 3TJ.

Exclusive Benefits for Club Outlook Members
Club Outlook members will be able to enjoy the very best views of the show whilst sipping a refreshing drink, as well as soaking up the atmosphere either out on the terrace or within the stand. Don’t forget that Club Outlook members receive complimentary hospitality, so remember to bring your Club Outlook membership card!

Club Outlook members will also be able to enjoy free parking at Ocean Car Park at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show - for details visit www.oceancarpark.com. Simply bring your car parking ticket and Club Outlook card to the stand and we will give you an exit card for free.

Exciting Events on the MDL Stand
If you’re joining us on our Waterside Pavilion at this year’s show you will not only be able to find out what’s new at MDL, but you will also be treated to a series of special events on the stand throughout the show.

On Monday 16th September we will be welcoming international guests with an Andalusian Marinas presentation (click here for details on our new visitor berthing scheme).

We will be welcoming a group of deserving young visitors to the stand on Tuesday 17th September, as the winners of the MDL Sail Training Awards are presented with a trophy by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe, at 3pm.

Wednesday 18th September will see the return of our international team with a ‘Sant Carles and Catalonia day’.

On Thursday 19th September the wait will be over as the winners of the hotly-contested annual Photographer of the Year competition are revealed, with prizes presented in both the adult and under-16s category at 2pm. Later the same afternoon, we will be announcing the winners of the annual MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across all 19 UK sites. Always a closely-fought competition, the winners in each category will be presented with gift vouchers for the marina teams, as well as a coveted trophy to display at the marina.

The week’s activity will culminate in true festive style on Friday 20th September with our 40th birthday party taking place on the stand between 11am and 5pm. The celebratory event will include a live charity auction with auctioneer Nicholas Bonham in aid of our nominated charity Ocean Youth Trust South, with some fantastic lots including an annual berthing package with MDL Marinas, as well as live music from our house band The Saga Louts, and birthday tea and cake. A programme of events and further details of the live auction will be posted on our website very soon, so watch this space!