MDL Marinas Donates £60,000 to Ocean Youth Trust South

Posted: 31st October 2013

Following a year of fundraising activities as part of its 40th anniversary year, MDL Marinas has made a generous donation of £60,000 to Ocean Youth Trust South, a charity dedicated to providing ‘adventure under sail’ to young people aged between 12 and 25.

The £60,000 cheque was presented to the John Laing skipper Andrew Viney at Ocean Village Marina, with some of the young people the charity supports in attendance. The group came from Community Links, a charity based in Canning Town in East London which runs a wide range of community projects for over 16,000 people every year.

The money was raised through various activities throughout the year in particular during a special charity auction held at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. There were some fantastic lots on offer including a skiing holiday in the Alps, a half-day Land Rover experience, a luxury hotel stay in Devon and a five-night sail training voyage. Funds were also raised through activities at each of our 19 UK marinas and boatyards throughout 2013, with MDL matching these amounts to reach the impressive total.

The donation will go towards the build of a brand new training vessel, which will provide ‘adventure under sail’ to young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. With the charity’s current vessel, John Laing requiring constant maintenance after more than 20 years in service, the new vessel will allow Ocean Youth Trust South to open up the experience to a new group of disadvantaged young people.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are very pleased and proud to have raised a significant amount for such a worthy cause. We have worked with Ocean Youth Trust South for over half of our 40 year history, and so it seemed only natural to further this relationship with fundraising during our anniversary year. It was an honour to be able to present the cheque to the charity, where we know it will be put to very good use.”

Mark Todd, CEO of Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “This donation is a fantastic stepping stone in our quest to raise approximately £3million to build our new training vessel. Whilst we rely on the goodwill of public contributions, we are absolutely delighted to receive such a large donation which puts us closer to our ultimate goal.”

Pictured with the cheque are Terry Bufton, Lucinda Neal, Mark Todd, Dean Smith, Andrew Viney, David Heffer and Amy Brown.

MDL Rolls Out ‘Zero to Landfill’ Policy Across its UK Marinas

Posted: 25th October 2013

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina provider, has overhauled its recycling and waste management strategy in order to divert 75 per cent of its waste away from landfill.

MDL has been working with leading recycling and waste management company, SITA UK, in order to prevent up to 750 tonnes of refuse generated at its 19 UK marinas and boatyards from entering landfill each year.

MDL’s new ‘zero to landfill’ waste solution involves regular collections of glass, mixed recycling (cardboard, plastic and cans), wood and metals at each marina. Berth holders are even able to recycle marine shrinkwrap – which will be turned into biodiesel – as part of the extended recycling services. Residual waste will be turned into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF, which is used to power cement plants and power stations.

Anna Wyse, Environmental Policy Manager at MDL Marinas, said: “I believe MDL is one of the first UK marina operators to go down the 'zero to landfill' route for waste management. Working with SITA, we’ll be able to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, whilst also tightening up on costs. It’s a win-win situation and will benefit both our berth holders and our business.”

Leah Francis, National Accounts Manager at SITA UK, said: “This contract will mean that berth holders can do their bit for the environment. We look forward to helping MDL and its berth holders to be even more sustainable in the future.”

MDL already recycles 100% of its hazardous waste and purchases 100% renewable electricity for its sites. MDL is constantly striving to reduce its impact on the environment and in 2012 was the recipient of the Practical Boat Owner Magazine Award for Most Sustainable Service Provider.

‘Zero to landfill’ is a waste management philosophy designed to capture and re-use as much of the resource in the waste as possible.

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

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

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

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
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