Cross Channel Cruise In Company

From 28th August 2015 until 31st August 2015

In association with RYA Active Marina and MDL Marinas, Stormforce Coaching will be hosting a Cross Channel Cruise in Company over the August Bank Holiday weekend especially for MDL berth holders.

Have you always wanted to cross the channel but never wanted to do you first trip alone? Stormforce Coaching will provide an experienced Skipper to accompany you and other like-minded sailors across the Channel. Enjoy the long weekend in France before heading back on Monday afternoon.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth

From 21st July 2016 until 24th July 2016

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series returns to Portsmouth from the 22-24 July 2016, and Land Rover BAR will be looking to repeat their 2015 victory in front of the home crowd. The three days of spectacular entertainment will be centred on Southsea seafront. The race village will include a hosted main stage, big screens with commentary to watch the racing, a market of shops and food stalls, and a visit by the RAF display team, the Red Arrows. Land Rover BAR’s home city of Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant place, with its proud naval and maritime heritage, towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful waterfront.

As Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing’s Official UK Marina Partner, staff at MDL Marinas are looking forward to exhibiting within the ACWS Marketplace. Up to 650,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day sporting and entertainment spectacular.

For More Information
Email: Charlotte Kootstra

Hot Summer Offers From MDL Marinas

Posted: 10th July 2015

Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers this summer, thanks to a range of great deals on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas. Owners will be able to ensure their boats are in top condition for those beautiful days on the water, as well as enjoy some great-value short term summer berthing in the finest UK marinas.

To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of nine participating MDL marinas. Packages start from just £499 for two month’s berthing at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, available on boats up to 8m. Participating marinas include Hamble Point and Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble, Cobb's Quay in Poole, Shamrock Quay in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island.

As well as the Summer Berthing Offer, MDL boatyards along the south and east coast are also running Summer Scrub Offers, with great discounts on hull scrubs and storage. Boat owners will be able to experience MDL Marinas’ renowned service and enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of their leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £13 per metre for a lift and pressure wash at Woolverstone Marina and from £31.50 per metre for a lift, pressure wash, up to 7 days storage ashore and relaunch at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re looking forward to seeing many boat owners taking up these great boatyard offers and enjoying a highly professional service. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers, so we’re delighted to be offering additional savings on boat care to help them make the most of a summer on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK and the chance to experience the renowned MDL customer service for themselves.”

For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit

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 2018

From 14th September 2018 until 23rd September 2018

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, enjoy a great day out at the Southampton Boat Show from the 14–23 September 2018. 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 and one of the best views at the Show!

For More Information
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.

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