MDL Encourages All to “Push the Boat Out” at RYA Active Marina Open Day

Posted: 16th May 2013

MDL owned Ocean Village Marina in Southampton will be opening its doors on Saturday 18th May, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to come and have a go at watersports. The leading marina is one of the locations across the country taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out weekend, which will see hundreds of people enjoy free on-the-water activities, and benefit from expert advice on matters such as marina berthing and sea safety.

All the family can enjoy an action-packed day with free RIB rides and jet ski experiences from 10am. There’s also plenty to see and do on land with an on shore sailing simulator – giving visitors the chance to experience dinghy sailing before even taking to the water. In addition, as part of the RYA Active Marina Programme, boat owners and MDL’s berth holders can enjoy tuition to help improve manoeuvring in and out of the marina, engine maintenance, sea safety and first aid. These sessions are free of charge but booking is recommended as a limited number of spaces are available. There is also the opportunity to book a motor boat own boat 90 minute training session for just £35.

Debbie Burns, Marina Manager at Ocean Village Marina, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in RYA Push the Boat Out. We are inviting our local community to get involved and have a go at watersports, which for many may be their first experience of being out on the water. It is set to be a fantastic day and there will be something fun for all the family to enjoy, as well as lots to benefit our berth holders.” 

The open day at Ocean Village Marina is part of the RYA’s Active Marina Programme which encourages and supports increased berth holder activity by partnering with marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holders groups and yacht clubs to establish or enhance a programme of training, cruising and social opportunities.

The open day will run from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 18th May 2013. For further information contact Ocean Village Marina or visit www.solentboattraining.co.uk/rya-active-marina.


Sunseeker, Bentley and MDL Marinas – we’re all at the Devon County Show!

Posted: 16th May 2013

This year at the Devon County Show, MDL Marinas will, for the very first time, be exhibiting at the biggest show in Devon. Amongst the cattle showing, cup-cake decorating and a Royal visit, MDL Marinas will be onsite enjoying the sunshine alongside Sunseeker and Bentley. Why not pop by and meet Mike Smith from Torquay Marina who will be manning the stand along with Sunseeker Torquay. Come and speak to us about the benefits of being an MDL Annual Berth Holder as well as our latest benefit of Passeport Escales, offering you even more free cruising destinations off the coast of northwest France. 

The Devon Country Show takes place at Westpoint, just 3 minutes from junction 30 of the M5, at Exeter. It runs for three days on 16th, 17th and 18th May and is a show to entertain the whole family.   

If you would like to know more about the Devon Country Show, please visit www.devoncountyshow.co.uk.


Berth Holders Take Control with MyMDL

Posted: 19th March 2013

Annual berth holders at MDL Marinas this season are set to benefit from being able to access a whole host of boating information at the touch of a button with the launch of the innovative MyMDL system.

MyMDL will now allow annual berth holders to book their Freedom Berthing free visitor nights online, where the system will automatically check availability and confirm the reservation should a visitor berth be available.

For those looking for a longer stay away, the new Berth Swap function allows members to experience another marina by agreeing to swap their berth with another berth holder as part of their Club Outlook membership. MDL Berth Swap is open to annual berth holders at no additional berthing cost, with no restrictions on where users can travel, opening up a whole host of fantastic new cruising grounds to MDL boat owners.

For annual berth holders staying closer to home, MyMDL’s personalised content will also provide users with exclusive, tailored offers from their home marina and marina tenants. Boat owners logging in will also be able to access details of news and events related to their home marina as well as extensive weather forecasting and tide times, invaluable when planning their next cruise.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to launch the new MyMDL system, which has been designed to give our berth holders even greater control when it comes to getting the most out of their berth and their Club Outlook membership. This is all about adding value for our customers and gives 24 hour access to a wealth of information and services all at the touch of a button, with easy access to not only the latest news and offers, but also opening up our marina network like never before with the online Freedom Berthing and Berth Swap booking system.”


Cobb's Quay Marina Announces Family Open Weekend

Posted: 19th March 2013

Cobb’s Quay Marina will be opening its doors to visitors on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April, with a fun-packed open day in conjunction with the RYA as part of the Active Marina Programme initiative. This free event is open to all, and promises to be a great weekend for all the family.

Cobb’s Quay Marina – a 1,090-berth marina, located within Poole Harbour - is opening up its marina facilities from 10am to 5pm across the weekend, for boating enthusiasts and local residents to come along and explore the marina for themselves, whilst enjoying the fun activities, stalls and demonstrations on offer.

The RNLI will be showcasing a selection of its lifeboats, with the team carrying out boat safety checks, lifejacket checks and giving tours of the facility. Chalis will be giving fire extinguisher demos, and Sunseeker will have its apprentices stand on site, as well as a number of boats on display. Other models will also be on show from Ancasta, EP Barrus, Gibbs Marine, Stingray Sports Boats, Boatylicious and Fine Design.

For visitors who like to get active, PTUK Powerboat Training will be carrying out a number of exciting powerboat training sessions across the two days, and will be on hand to discuss any training requirements boaters or potential boaters may have. Cobb’s Quay Marina has also arranged a climbing wall and will offer have-a-go sessions with remote controlled boats and dry stack forklift trucks.

For the children, there will be a bouncy castle and a colouring competition as well as fairground attractions, and for the ladies there will be nail painting. A treasure hunt will also be arranged, giving away a free RYA Powerboat Level 1 course as first prize.

The Cobb's Quay Berth Holders Association will be on hand to discuss and answer any queries regarding being a berth holder at the marina, and the team will be running a boat jumble in front of the marina office.

Peter Hogsden, Marina Manager at Cobb’s Quay Marina, said: “The open weekend at Cobb’s Quay Marina is all about letting people see for themselves what our marina has to offer. We have a lot of exciting plans for the weekend and urge anyone interested to come along and experience the great atmosphere for themselves.”

Free berthing will be offered across the weekend for visitors who wish to attend the Cobb’s Quay Marina open weekend by boat. Please call Cobb’s Quay Marina in advance for details and availability on (01202) 674299.


MDL Supports OYT South in Celebration of our 40th Anniversary

Posted: 14th March 2013

In celebration of our 40th birthday, we are aiming to host a series of fundraising events for Ocean Youth Trust South throughout 2013. As well as this, nominations are once again open for MDL’s Sail Training Awards, offering deserving youngsters the opportunity to experience a week aboard a sailing yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.

MDL Marinas is pleased to announce that we have selected Ocean Youth Trust South as our chosen charity for our 40th anniversary year, with a series of charitable events including raffles and prize auctions. We’re also encouraging marina tenants and businesses run by berth holders to get involved and choose Ocean Youth Trust South as their nominated charity for 2013.

MDL’s Managing Director, Eamonn Feeney commented: “We’re proud of our continued commitment to Ocean Youth Trust South, and are delighted to be providing the charity with even greater support this year through our 40th anniversary events. The Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred youngsters to experience something truly exceptional.

Mark Todd, Chief Executive from Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “MDL’s support has been absolutely critical to us for many years. The staff in MDL marinas do a great job and go out of their way to be helpful and welcoming to vessels including our own John Laing. And the young people who come to us through MDL’s sponsorship are always exceptionally deserving – and some are truly inspirational. Ocean Youth Trust South is very proud to be working with MDL and honoured to be the chosen charity for their 40th year: with their generous support and that of their berth holders and marina tenants, we can go on to provide adventure under sail to many more young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. We wish MDL a happy birthday and many successful years to come!”

For further information about the Ocean Youth Trust South and its vital work with young people visit www.oytsouth.org,or to book a voyage for yourself visit www.oytsouth.org/availability.asp.


MDL Marinas Offers a Free Berth at Mercury Yacht Harbour

Posted: 27th February 2013

MDL Marinas is marking its 40th anniversary celebrations by giving one lucky boat owner the chance to win an incredible one year’s free berthing at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the renowned River Hamble, as well as membership of Club Outlook and all its exclusive benefits.

Boat owners can enter the competition online to be in with a chance to receive free berthing at this sought-after Hamble marina. Open for entries for 40 days, the competition closes at midnight on 25th March 2013.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to launch this competition in recognition of our 40th anniversary. We have had many happy customers over the past 40 years, so it’s great to be offering one more boat owner the chance to experience our renowned customer service and exclusive benefits for free over the coming season.

“The competition is one of the many activities we have planned to celebrate our ruby anniversary. It’s certainly going to be an exciting year.”

The prize includes membership to MDL’s Club Outlook, which offers UK annual berth holders a range of outstanding benefits including unlimited visitor nights, fuel at cost, discounted boatyard services and access to MyMDL, MDL Marinas’ new online customer portal where members can book visitor berths, arrange berth swaps, receive exclusive offers and more, which is set to launch in April for the start of the new season.

The winner will receive a full year’s free berthing from April 2013 until March 2014 at Mercury Yacht Harbour, situated on the famous River Hamble. Originally built by Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Mercury Yacht Harbour offers berthing for 360 boats and enjoys deep water at all states of tide. Among its excellent facilities are a fully-stocked chandlery as well as a welcoming bar and restaurant with waterfront views.


MDL Signs Deal to Grow Network to 70 Marinas Across Europe

Posted: 26th February 2013

We are delighted to announce that MDL has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor to offer unparalleled cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders. This completely unique package sees our annual berth holders join “Passeport Escales” to gain access to free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee.

This deal, which was signed at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, will allow our Club Outlook members the opportunity to visit more than 70 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator and reaffirming our clear market leader position.

All of our annual berth holders will be able to take advantage of the scheme which is an easy-to-use, fully automated online system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been working hard to expand our European marina portfolio and we are delighted to have signed a deal with Sagemor. The private marina operator has a collection of wonderful marinas to explore in some beautiful and interesting areas of France, from Granville on the Normandy Coast right round to Port Médoc in the Gironde.

“This is fantastic news for our customers, with our annual berthing package just getting bigger and better every year. It also immediately opens up brilliant cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders to carry out their boating freely and effortlessly without any additional bills to worry about.”

The established scheme will be backed by our proven experience, knowledge and professionalism, and will not only give our customers a very simple solution to cruising, but will also give owners access to discounts and offers at local tourist destinations and places of interest during their stay.

Pictured above (from left): Glidas Mottais, Mike Gates, Arnauld Devys, Jon Eads, Nicolas Gonzales and Xavier Labouret


Cobb’s Quay Marina Welcomes the RNLI

Posted: 11th February 2013

Cobb’s Quay Marina has become the home of Poole RNLI’s repair and maintenance operation as the charity begins work on its new state-of-the-art All Weather Lifeboat Centre. Located just across the water from the RNLI headquarters, the marina will play host to several lifeboats and the RNLI’s repair and maintenance team who will continue their work, uninterrupted, while the development gets underway.

Peter Hogsden, Marina Manager at Cobb’s Quay, said: “We are delighted to welcome the RNLI to Cobb’s Quay. The lifeboats provide an essential service to sailors and others that use the sea in the local area, so it is great to be able to help them while their new facilities are being constructed. It also gives visitors and our berth holders at the marina a great chance to get up-close and see the day-to-day care of the RNLI’s fleet.”

The RNLI’s Head of Construction and Refit, Angus Watson, said: “Having a suitable location on the doorstep to continue our vital work on the fleet allowed us to have a seamless transition of work. We will remain at Cobb’s Quay while we develop the All-weather Lifeboat Centre where the next generation of lifeboats will be built and others already in service around the UK and Ireland will be maintained; some will be refitted to extend their lifesaving capability for many more years.

“The support and cooperation extended to us from MDL Marinas has been excellent over the past few months while we moved and established our operation at Cobb’s, we look forward to working alongside everyone that utilises Cobb’s Quay during our stay.”


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