Why choose an MDL marina?

Posted: 17th February 2020

Making the right decision when it comes to finding a home for you boat, can make a huge difference to your overall boating enjoyment. After all, a marina berth isn’t just a place to keep your boat, it’s the gateway for all your on-water adventures as well as the hub for socialising with your boating friends and family.

When choosing a marina, you need to consider what is right for you and the type of boating and boating lifestyle you enjoy.

To help you make the right decision for you, check out the top ten reasons our loyal berth holders choose to stay with us and what keeps them with us year after year.

Onsite Restaurants 

The waterside bars and eateries across our marina network are a hub of après sail socialising, preparing tasty treats from simple lunchtime sandwiches to la carte dining. Enjoying a drink and a delicious bite to eat with friends after a good day out on the water is one of the joys of boating.

Complimentary stays at 150 marinas

Once you have left the marina, where will you go? Our marinas are in some of the most beautiful boating destinations, with plenty of places to cruise to. For anyone wanting to venture further afield, Freedom Berthing enables you to explore any of the 18 marinas in our UK network stretching from Devon to Suffolk with unlimited* free visitor nights. Plus, choose from over 130 European destinations in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

"We visited 14 marinas in France saving in excess of £800 on mooring fees – fantastic. No other marina company offers this opportunity and we are looking already on where to go next using Passeport Escales as the freedom of choice is wonderful." Mr Standing, Brixham Marina

Social Events

Our friendly marina teams put together an inclusive social programme, with events throughout the year. This year’s line-up includes screening Last Night of the Proms live, BBQs, gin tastings, Classics on the Quay, summer parties and berth holder rallies.

The varied social events get those new to boating together with the more experienced sailors to share stories and enjoy their time when ashore.

"Chatham is a great marina that we really enjoy our time at. During our four years as berth holders we’ve taken advantage of the social activities, including the Christmas trips to St Malo. The staff are really helpful and friendly and there are some great on-site facilities." Ken Black, Chatham Maritime Marina

Fuelling freedom with fuel at cost

Whether a sailor or motorboater, at some point you will need to top up your tanks. Fill up with us and you can save on your annual fuel costs. We provide high-quality, British standard, FAME-free fuel at cost. Just visit one of our 12 easy access UK fuel stations. Open 7 days a week.

"Location, customer service and the fuel discount are what stand out for us after two years at Ocean Village Marina. The staff are all very helpful and friendly and we’ve enjoyed some great days on the water in and out of the marina." Michael Howley, Ocean Village Marina

Introduce your friends and gain rewards

Getting out on the water is much more enjoyable when in company. Make sure your friends can experience amazing adventures with you by introducing them to the benefits of Freedom Berthing. You can earn up to £1000 in rewards if you do.

"I’ve been a berth holder at Hythe for the past 10 years. We joined as our friends were berth holders and we wanted to be with them. We haven’t looked back since. Hythe is not like the typical marina, it’s more of a community. The staff are friendly and helpful." Alan Watson, Hythe Marina Village

Discounted boatyard services

When it’s time for your boat to come ashore, enjoy discounts of up to 30% on boatyard services. Choose from one of our 13 designated boatyards and marine service centres in the UK. With Freedom Berthing, your time laid up ashore is unlimited* and also free.

"Sparkes Marina is ideally located in fantastic sailing grounds, with great facilities, and friendly helpful staff. What’s great is there’s a wide range of excellent marine businesses onsite, very useful. There’s Wi-Fi, and the Freedom Berthing discounts offer considerable savings on a range of services too." Tony Aitken, Sparkes Marina

Free unlimited super-fast WIFI

Stay connected with free, unlimited, super-fast WiFi. Available at all our UK marinas and boatyards. Share the memories and stories from your latest on water adventure or take the opportunity to work from an ‘office’ with an amazing view.

"The introduction of WiFi was a great benefit for me – giving me the flexibility to be on my boat and keep up with everything. It has certainly proved to be a very peaceful place for me to work all year round." Alan Watson, Hythe Marina Village

Berth swap and boat exchange facility

Looking for a longer stay away or want to explore another sailing area? You can exchange your berth with a fellow Freedom Berthing member, at any of our other UK marinas, at no extra cost.

Freedom to transfer to another marina

A permanent move to another of our marinas is not only possible, it’s simple and easy. Whether you’re moving to a different area or just want to enjoy boating in another part of the country, as long as there’s space you can transfer your credit across.

"We started boating at Hamble Point Dry Stack, before moving to Port Hamble. Having looked at other marinas, MDL offered a far more helpful, efficient and friendly service, with good all-round facilities, and great staff." Jeremy and Carol Phipps, Port Hamble Marina

Friendly marina staff and customer service

Our friendly marina staff are always on hand to assist you, give advice or just have a chat. Providing the best customer experience is only possible because we have fantastic, customer focused teams at our marinas. Whatever you need, they’ll be there to lend a hand. Our marinas are not just marinas, they are communities by the water.

"There are many things we like about Shamrock Quay – the friendliness of the staff we’ve come to know, the security of the marina and our boat, and the customer service, which is second to none." Susan and Graham Cope, Shamrock Quay