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On the Water Family Open Weekend at Ocean Village Marina

Posted: 18th March 2014

Ocean Village Marina is looking forward to welcoming visitors for an action-packed day on the water on Saturday 26th April, in conjunction with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme initiative. Open to all, this event offers a great day out for all the family with a range of activities, stands and demonstrations on offer.

From 10am to 5pm, Ocean Village Marina will be opening its facilities to local residents, boating enthusiasts and MDL berth holders and their families. Visitors are invited to experience exhilarating RIB rides, jet ski sessions and motorboat training, during ‘Try a Boat’ sessions provided by Solent Boat Training. There will also be on-shore demonstration sessions, covering sea safety, first aid and boat maintenance.

Visitors will be able to take advantage of a complimentary water taxi, running between Hythe and Ocean Village. Refreshments will also be available at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club.

Debbie Burns, Marina Manager at Ocean Village Marina, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming the local community and our berth holders into the marina for an action-packed day of water activities. It’s a great opportunity for people to enjoy an exhilarating spell out on the water, brush up on their safety and maintenance skills, and enjoy our facilities here at the marina. The money raised by the open day will be donated to the Ocean Youth Trust South, a charity providing adventure under sail for young people.”

The open day 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 holder groups and yacht clubs to establish or enhance a programme of training, cruising and social opportunities.

Booking for on-water activities is essential. To book your place, call 023 8022 9385 or click on the button.


MDL: Investing in our Marinas

Posted: 12th March 2014

At MDL we have been hard at work investing in all of our marinas over the winter to achieve our ambitious target of continually improving the MDL estate with new facilities, new developments and extensive renovation work across many of our sites.

We’re continually reviewing and planning for the maintenance and renewal of our key marina infrastructure across the group, continuing our commitment to offering class-leading marinas and the finest customer experience.

Demonstrating our commitment, we are pleased to announce our plans to invest a minimum of £20 million across our 19 UK marinas over the next five years, marking the halfway point in our long term £34 million investment programme. 

Here are just a few examples of where that money is going…

£650,000 renovation works at Woolverstone
This major redevelopment project, which has taken three months to complete, has enhanced the layout of the marina with all piles and pontoons on piers A to D replaced, giving a completely new look to the marina. Find out more here.

£150,000 investment in new facilities at Shamrock Quay
This full refurbishment of berth holder facilities at Shamrock Quay, which includes the redesign and upgrade of the existing showers including completely new hot water generation and supplies, upgraded heating, ventilation, toilets and lighting throughout, is set to be completed in time for the new boating season. Find out more here.

£500,000 winter dredge programme
Routine dredging operations are essential to maintaining full tidal access in the marinas and this is always a top priority. Dredging work is constrained to the winter months to preserve the sensitive marine environment and so as not to interfere with the boating season. This also means that our dredging teams and contractors are regularly faced with challenges from the weather, none more so than this year!

Despite the relentless strong winds and heavy rainfall, MDL is making good progress with its £500,000 winter 2013/14 dredge programme, with dredging works already completed at Cobb’s Quay, Hythe, Hamble Point and Mercury. Dredging at Northney, Sparkes and Saxon Wharf is planned for the remainder of March, and will be complete in time for the boating season and better weather. Next year’s dredging programme is already being planned with projects expected to total around £600,000 spread across many more of MDL’s marinas.

Further planned investment projects for 2014 - Further projects planned for the coming year include pontoon re-decking and replacements across many of the marinas, replacement of some of the pontoon mooring piles at Shamrock Quay, Port Hamble and Northney, ongoing maintenance of wavescreens, yard and roadway re-surfacing. There will also be investment in new berth holder facilities at Hythe Marina Village, which like Shamrock Quay will see a full refurbishment of the berth holder toilet and shower facilities.


Turn Every Weekend into an Adventure with Freedom Berthing

Posted: 11th March 2014

With our first taste of spring warmth last weekend and the season bringing with it increasing daylight and the rebirth of flora and fauna, why not take the opportunity to discover some of the UK’s stunning coastline? Freedom Berthing allows you to explore the seashore from the West Country round to East Anglia, including cruising the Hamble and the world-famous Poole Harbour. Freedom Berthing members can stay at any of the marinas in our UK network for FREE* – perfect for stays away.

If you fancy something more adventurous why not sample the delights of cruising in France, Spain or Italy? As Europe’s largest marina operator, we are proud to offer the most comprehensive berthing package available, which will give you the chance to take advantage of unique and unrivalled access to some of Europe’s very best cruising destinations.

And as summer approaches you can start planning your European getaway, with access to our MDL marinas in Spain and Italy, as well as over 50 marinas on the northwest coast of France, from Granville on the Normandy coast right round to Port Médoc in the Gironde. Ideal for those who are keen to extend their cruising and discover new destinations without the additional cost of visitor berthing fees.
 
As part of your Freedom Berthing package you also receive a whole host of other benefits and savings throughout the year including fuel at cost, up to 30% off MDL boatyard services and various events and social activities - click here to see our events calendar. Your Freedom Berthing pack, which contains all the information you need to take advantage of the benefits, will be available for collection from the Marina Office. The pack will also include your Freedom Berthing card and a Tide Table booklet – we hope you find it useful.

You can also log on to MyMDL – the customer online portal - for the latest discounts and offers and to see at a glance all the benefits of Freedom Berthing. Don’t forget you can also use MyMDL to book and manage your marina visits and arrange berth swaps at other marinas, giving you – and your boat - even greater freedom than ever before.

* Subject to availability


Shamrock Quay Announces New £150,000 Investment

Posted: 10th March 2014

As part of MDL’s plans to invest a minimum of £20 million across its 19 UK marinas and boatyards over the next five years, Shamrock Quay is pleased to announce a £150,000 refurbishment of its berth holder facilities. The project is set to be completed by the end of this month, in time for the new boating season.

Demonstrating its commitment to continually improving and investing in all its 19 UK marinas and boatyards, MDL has invested over £14 million across its sites since the start of the economic downturn in 2009. Over £800,000 of this total has been spent at Shamrock Quay, not only on property refurbishment, but also in plant, cradles, dredging, a new hoist, upgraded security and a new launch to assist with free movements for berth holders. MDL’s commitment to these levels of investment reflects the general improvement in the wider economy and a growing level of optimism being seen within the marine industry.

The latest project to refurbish the male and female berth holders’ facilities includes the redesign and upgrade of the existing showers including completely new hot water generation and supplies, upgraded heating, ventilation, toilets and lighting throughout.

The fruits of MDL’s investment in Shamrock Quay are evident, with a full house of office and retail tenants now in place at the marina and a strong pipeline of new enquiries. The site is now home to a diverse range of businesses, from marine specialists such as Fleming Yachts, Oil Spill Response and RIB Shack Marine, to exciting offerings such as hair and beauty specialist Beauty Bay, Tonneville Sound recording studio and bespoke kitchen specialist Inderkitchen. The latest new addition to the marina is Quay Fifteen, the exciting new family owned, family run restaurant where five-star chef Raz and his brother Rocky offer a “fine dining experience without the fuss”.

Jonathan Walcroft, Marina Manager at Shamrock Quay, said: “This latest round of refurbishment is great news for the marina, and further demonstrates MDL’s strong commitment to investing in all its sites over a number of years. We believe the marina is in a really good position to thrive, with its diverse range of businesses, easy access to the city centre and pleasant marine surroundings, and we will continue to plan further refurbishment works over the coming years to maintain our top class facilities.”

All UK property management is handled by a dedicated in-house team and MDL Estates are always keen to build strong relationships with tenants to help both individual businesses and the wider marina flourish. To view available properties to let, click here or contact the MDL Estates team on 0845 6001813.

To view all on-site businesses at Shamrock Quay, please click here.


New Faces at MDL Marinas – Investing in the Future

Posted: 7th March 2014

Berth holders at MDL's marinas will be benefitting from several new faces for this coming season, as new businesses open on site at many of our marinas.

Shamrock Quay will be providing a brand new dining experience with the opening of the new Quay Fifteen restaurant. Tucked away in a spot overlooking the River Itchen, just a stone’s throw from the centre of Southampton, Quay Fifteen’s aim is to deliver fine dining without the fuss, to exceed expectation and give its guests an all round dining experience.

Quay Fifteen will join other recently-opened tenants at Shamrock Quay, Oil Spill Response, RIB Shack Marine and Inderkitchen. Existing tenant, Sakks Menswear, has also extended its premises on the site, whilst beauty parlour Beauty Bay also opened its doors late last year.

Berth holders and visitors to Cobb’s Quay in Poole can also try a new eating experience, with The Boathouse bar and restaurant now under new management and renamed Cobb’s Yacht Club Bar & Restaurant.

The restaurant’s new owner Julia Sweatman (pictured above with the team) said: “With superb marina views of Cobb’s Quay and Holes Bay, we offer a stylish and friendly environment for enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Our team has created an exciting range of dishes based upon what is fresh local & seasonal, with a special emphasis on fish & seafood. We are proud to offer an extensive range of beers, ales and ciders, an attractive modern wine list and freshly ground Illy coffee. We look forward to welcoming all to the Club.”

Meanwhile at Saxon Wharf, yacht upholstery firm Passmore of Southampton is now operating from its new unit at the marina. Amongst other customers, the established Colchester-based firm supplies Oyster Yachts, already a neighbouring tenant at Saxon Wharf.

Dream Yacht Charters, the largest privately owned charter company worldwide, is also now based within an MDL marina, following the opening of a base at Port Hamble Marina late last year. Managed under a joint venture with Britannia Corporate Events and Fairview Sailing, the firm will be welcoming sailors to explore the cruising available in the area, from Cowes to Lymington, Yarmouth to Gunwharf Quays, Hamble to Beaulieu and numerous other destinations in the Solent.

You can search our entire online Services Directory here.


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Ocean Youth Trust South – Investing in Young People

Posted: 7th March 2014

MDL is very proud to have worked with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years, helping to provide adventure under sail to young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others.

The winners of our annual Sail Training Awards are now being chosen, with a final team of six due to set sail for an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South's training yacht John Laing next month. The youngsters selected will spend five nights living and sailing on board, and will become involved in all aspects of life at sea, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew.

The Sail Training Awards have so far allowed over 140 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on board the John Laing, something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners.

And it doesn’t stop there. Through fundraising activities carried out as part of our 40th anniversary year in 2013, we were able to present the charity with a cheque for £60,000 at the end of last year (pictured above).

Ocean Youth Trust South is now looking to launch a major new campaign to enable them to purchase a new training yacht for use by the young people helped by the charity. The campaign is being dubbed “A new boat for a new generation” and the charity is keen to spread the word and get more people involved in this long term project to replace the John Laing.

Get involved…

Donations and gifts will help to ensure that young people continue to enjoy the benefits of Adventure Under Sail. If you would like to contribute, you can do so in a number of ways:

  • Online - with your PayPal account or with a credit card using this link
  • By phone - just call the office on 023 9260 2278
  • By post - send a cheque made payable to "Ocean Youth Trust South" to Ocean Youth Trust South, 8 North Meadow, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1BP


To find out more about the important work carried out by Ocean Youth Trust South, and to find out how you can help in their fundraising efforts, click here.


10% off Spring Engine Servicing

From 17th February 2014 until 30th April 2014
At 4 Golden Arrow Marine branches in Southampton, Poole, Portsmouth & Chichester
Get 10% off all engine servicing this spring from Golden Arrow Marine. This discount is available from our branches in Southampton, Poole, Portsmouth & Chichester. To redeem, simply present this voucher with your MDL Club Outlook card. This offer is applicable to to retail customers only, full payment is required immediately upon submission of invoice.

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