Fishing Competition Raises Over £650 for Heroes on the Water

Posted: 5th July 2015

A group of 60 avid anglers had a brilliant time recently, when they took part in a charity fishing event at MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina in Poole in aid of UK charity, Heroes on the Water. 

Now in its 7th year, the popular Open Species Fishing Competition is run annually by ‘Dogfish’ Dave Wilson, Marina Manager, and raises money to help offer kayak angling to aid rehabilitation of wounded heroes injured while carrying out a public duty. 

For the second year running, Cobb’s Quay Marina teamed up with the Poole Bay Small Boat Angling Club and the competition saw 19 boats out on the water, reeling in, photographing and then releasing as many species of fish as possible. 

The winning team photographed an impressive 21 species aboard their boat, Kingfisher, and received their prize during a special ceremony at Cobb’s Yacht Club Bar & Restaurant, where participants enjoyed a delicious supper together.  

Dave Wilson commented: “The Cobb’s Quay fishing competition is always a great day out on the water and everyone really enjoys taking part. It was brilliant to once again have the support of the Poole Bay Small Boat Angling Club, and we are delighted to have raised over £650 for such a brilliant cause.”

For more information about Heroes on the Water please visit Southampton Boat Show 2017

From 15th September 2017 until 24th September 2017

Enjoy a great day out at the Southampton Boat Show, Britain’s great boating festival, from the 15–24 September 2017. Experience something new, learn from the experts and get out on the water free, with the Show’s signature attraction Try A Boat. Plus, compare and explore almost 1,000 boats, see new models, brands and products including the most prestigious marine brands, from Britain's iconic names to international favourites. Immerse yourself in new attractions as well as old Show favourites.

Come visit MDL Marinas on Stand E52, overlooking the marina. Freedom Berthing members will, as always, benefit from our exclusive hospitality in our customer lounge, free parking at Ocean Car Park, guest speakers, a Moët Ice bar and one of the best views at the Show!

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Call: 01784 223612

Hamble Boat Show Returns This May

Posted: 20th April 2015

If you are looking for a fantastic event to attend this spring with family and friends, then you need look no further than Hamble Boat Show. Taking place at Hamble Point Marina on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, this event is renowned as being one of the South’s leading new and used boat shows – attracting some great brands in a beautiful location and offering a fun day out.

With free entry for all, Hamble Boat Show offers the perfect opportunity to see new products and services, speak to expert brokers and find out more about the on-site marina services. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest selection of boats for sale onshore and afloat and this only expands during the event – with even more great brands showcasing and offering sea trials on a number of new models.

The show will once again be part of the BMF's "On the Water" initiative, which aims to encourage the nation to get on the water. Visitors will also be able to enjoy on-water displays, take part in informative workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme, as well as see how easy and convenient it is to use the dry stack services at the marina, with regular demonstrations taking place. Refreshments will be available from the Ketch Rigger bar and restaurant throughout both days, where visitors can enjoy a quick bite to eat, a long lunch, or just a delicious cup of coffee. Parking will be free all weekend.

Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 17th May between 10am and 3pm.

There will be official launches of these exciting new boats:

  • Shrimper 21 - the highly anticipated new addition to the Cornish Crabber range
  • Dufour 560 Grand Large – first one in the country of this new model will be at the show with Marco Marine
  • Dufour 382 – again, the first in the country of this new model and will be will be available to view at Port Hamble Marina during the show
  • C&C 30 – new into the country via Checkmate Sailing

A number of fantastic exhibitors have already signed up for the show including Hamble-based yacht brokerages SD Marine and MGM Boats; hands-on sailing experience provider, Blue Box Sailing; training provider Sail Power Courses; children’s clothing retailer, Little Waterproofs; Hambledon Wineries Ltd; and international wine specialists, Pieroth.

Exhibitors are from a variety of sectors, and alongside a fantastic array of boats for sale previous shows have also included car, food and drink, clothing and lifestyle brands.

For more information, visit If you would like to exhibit at this year’s show, contact Nic Parton at Hamble Point Marina by calling 023 8045 2464, or email

MDL Marinas to Exhibit at Inaugural Poole Harbour Boat Show

Posted: 17th April 2015

MDL Marinas are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at the inaugural Poole Harbour Boat Show (9th – 10th May). By popular demand, the show will be held at the Poole Quay Boat Haven.

MDL staff from nearby Cobb’s Quay Marina will be on hand on Stand QS17 to talk visitors through their marina’s facilities and MDL’s Freedom Berthing package, which gives customers access to over 90 marina destinations in the UK and Europe.

Visitors to the MDL stand will also be able to enter a competition to win a summer berth at the marina, ensuring one lucky winner enjoys a very exciting start to the boating season. The stand’s remote-controlled dry stack demonstration will keep younger visitors entertained, giving them a chance to have a go at manoeuvring boats in and out of dry stack storage. 

Dave Wilson, Manager at Cobb’s Quay Marina commented: “This is a key event for us. Cobb’s Quay offers the widest range of berthing options in Poole Harbour and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase them.”

The Poole Harbour Boat Show is organised and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC). For more information about the show, visit

2015 Bournemouth Air Festival

From 20th August 2015 until 23rd August 2015

As the only summer destination for the UK’s best aviation, Bournemouth will be hosting 4 days of Red Arrows displays, alongside the mighty Typhoon and Hawk role demo - a first for the event. Supported with a multitude of Royal Navy assets, Pier to Pier county show trading stalls and Wave105 staging three nights of music, including Proms on the Beach, the best chart acts and a celebration of dance music, the festival is more than an air show!

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Cobb's Quay Crabbing Competition

On the 1st August 2015

Whe-hay, it's back! Preparations are underway and we are already "debaiting" the rules. Claws 23.1 - no shellfish behaviour will be tolerated. Claws 23.2 - no side-stepping the rules. This is a fun (but incredibly competitive) event for the children, yes THE CHILDREN! Free to enter with prizes for the most crabs and the biggest crab caught. More details to follow.

For More Information
Call: 01202 674299
Email: Kerry Waters

Summer Party in Association with CQBHA

On the 18th July 2015

For those who are new to Cobb's Quay, this is our big event of the year and YOU are invited! Bring your friends and family along for an evening of fine food, fizz and friendly faces! Back by popular demand, we have Icarus providing us with the music (and a little ad lib entertainment!) and the Cobb's Team on hand to make it a night to remember! Tickets are £5 each from the marina office in July.

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Call: 01202 674299
Email: The Cobb's Quay Team

MDL Partners with One Water to Deliver Life-Changing Gift

Posted: 30th March 2015

Europe’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, recently partnered with UK charity water brand, One Water, to provide its customers with a gift that will not only help to save lives in Africa’s developing countries, but also keep them hydrated whilst afloat this summer.  

MDL purchased over 5,000 1.5 litre bottles of One Water to send out to their customers in special water cooler bags, ahead of the new boating season. As well as being the perfect practical gift for a long day out on the water, 100% of the profit generated by One Water’s bottled water is donated to bringing safe, sustainable water supplies to communities across Africa. 

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing for MDL Marinas, commented: “We are really pleased to have collaborated with One Water to give our berth holders a renewal gift that will help transform lives. We feel there is great synergy between our two organisations and hope the water we purchased will help make a real difference.”

Since launching 11 years ago, One Water has raised more than £11 million and changed the lives of 2.7 million people, funding water programmes in countries such as Malawi, South Sudan, Angola, Kenya and Niger. Ian Spooner, Marketing Director at One Water, commented: “Teaming up with a prestigious marina organisation such as MDL Marinas provides an excellent way of informing an audience, which is passionate about water, about the global water crisis, and how they can help.”

If you would like to help this hugely worthwhile cause, MDL has set up their own JustGiving page. Alternatively, you can donate to One Water by simply texting MDLM47 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.

For more information about One Water and their life changing work, visit

Cobb's Quay Meet The Team Day

On the 2nd May 2015

We are putting the TEA into TEAM by welcoming you to our coffee n' cake morning. This is an opportunity to meet our berth holders and for our berth holders to meet one another. We will be telling you more about the Cobb's Quay Experience, the year ahead and our events calender which has something for everyone! Come and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

For More Information
Call: 01202 674299
Email: Kelly Trewern

Cobb's Quay Easter Eggs-Travaganza

From 3rd April 2015 until 6th April 2015

This Easter the Cobb's kids (even the grown up ones) can join us is hunting out Easter Eggs in the marina.  We will be keeping the parents happy by keeping the kids happy! We have a colouring competition, the Egg Hunt, and an Alpha-Boat challenge. Join us for our first big event of the year!

For More Information
Call: 01202 674299
Email: The Cobb's Quay Team