New Marina Berths for Chatham Maritime Marina

Posted: 14th June 2013

Chatham Maritime Marina will be able to offer even greater space for berth holders, with the official opening of 60 new marina berths. The new pontoons, which represent a significant investment in the Kent marina, were officially opened by the Mayor of Medway, Councillor Mrs Josie Iles. 

The construction work forms part of the Chatham Maritime Project, with MDL Marinas – Europe’s largest marina operator - working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Chatham Maritime Trust as part of extensive regeneration works in the area. Cllr Mrs Iles and other invited guests were treated to a tour of the marina by boat, learning more about the important maritime history of the area, before stepping onto the new pontoons for the official opening ceremony.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are committed to investing in our marinas, and these new berths will allow even more boat owners access to both the beautiful cruising opportunities in the Medway Estuary and the renowned MDL customer service that people using the new berths will experience. The local area has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, and we are proud to be part of this, whilst also ensuring our customer service and locations are of the very highest standards.

“We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and our other guests to this important occasion and look forward to seeing the new berths being well used this summer.”

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Live Music at Piranha Bar, Sparkes Marina

On the 7th June 2013

Piranha Bar will be again hosting one of their popular live events on Friday 7th June when you can relax and enjoy the sounds of Lauren Potter and her band followed by a disco until midnight.

For More Information
Call: 023 9246 9459
Email: Piranha Bar

Piranha Bar - Funk, Soul & Blues Night!

On the 24th May 2013

Pirahna Bar will be hosting a Funk, Soul & Blues night this Friday. Why not join them for a great evening with live entertainment from Gloria Miller followed by a disco until midnight. Join them and enjoy great entertainment and great food in a great setting. Come on....boogie your blues away!

For More Information
Call: 023 9246 9459
Email: Piranha Bar

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

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

MDL Invests £4m in On-Going UK Marina Investment Programme

Posted: 29th April 2013

Illustrating the company’s continued commitment to offering class-leading marinas and the finest customer experience for berth holders, Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas has recently completed another three refurbishment projects at its UK marinas. The leading operator has invested over £4m to-date, and has plans to continue to invest in the coming months.

Timed for the start of the new boating season, Sparkes Marina in Hayling Island has undergone a full refurbishment of its facilities with berth holders enjoying new toilet, washroom and laundry rooms. Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth has also undergone an extensive refurbishment with beautiful modern showers, toilets and washing facilities on-site. The two investments alone total over £500,000.

In addition, Ocean Village Marina in Southampton has seen upgrades to the internal décor, as well as upgraded modern facilities in line with Sparkes and Queen Anne’s Battery marina. All three upgrades have made significant improvements to the popular marinas and will be a very welcome addition to berth holders and visitors this season.

Jon Eads, Chief Operating Officer at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are committed to investing in our marinas and these three projects have transformed the berth holder facilities we offer. As Europe’s leading marina operator we are committed to not standing still and are continually looking at ways to not only improve and update our marinas, but also to ensure our customer service and locations are of the very highest standards. This is why many of our customers have been with us for years, and for us the focus always remains on ensuring our berth holders and visitors continue to get the very best out of their boating.”

Dredging at Sparkes Marina

Posted: 19th April 2013

The maintenance dredge of the dry boat sailing area at Sparkes Marina is now underway following delays due to high winds. The popular Dry Boat Sailing packages will still be in operation over the weekend and our experienced team will be on hand with any questions you may have.

New Berth Holders Coffee Morning at Sparkes Marina

On the 13th April 2013

Kerry Marriott, the Marina Manager will be hosting a 'New Berth Holders Meet & Greet' in Piranha Bar. This will be a great opportunity for our new berth holders to meet some of the team and learn more about the enhanced Club Outlook benefits.

For More Information
Call: 023 9246 3572
Email: Kerry Marriott

Great Value Trailer & Dry Sailing Packages

Posted: 21st March 2013

Just 90 minutes from the capital and with easy access for boaters from further afield, MDL’s Northney and Sparkes marinas offer London-based boat owners the chance to experience the unrivalled choice and outstanding levels of service common to all MDL marinas, with great value packages available for 2013.

In addition to annual berthing packages, the Five Gold Anchor-winning Northney Marina is offering great value secure compound storage packages from as little as £130 per metre, as well as unlimited use of a fully maintained slipway allowing all states of tide access. Sparkes Marina also offers a full range of berthing packages, from traditional marina berths and swinging moorings to Dry Boat Sailing packages for as little as £475 per metre per year which can be easily paid by a monthly direct debit. This package allows you the freedom to use your boat at any time, and with storage ashore there is no need for antifoul to protect from salt water, and marina staff are on hand to launch and recover your vessel on demand throughout the season.

Additional facilities at both marinas include 24-hour staffing, boat lifting and storage ashore, complimentary car-parking and CCTV.

Easy access to both marinas from London and further afield is provided by improved road links, and your boat can even be ready and waiting in the water for when you arrive. Situated within Chichester Harbour, the marinas offer easy access to one of Europe's largest natural harbours. An array of birds and marine life, stunning sunsets and calm waters are just some of the advantages of this beautiful location, with the harbour’s sheltered waters also provide safe cruising with access to the Solent close by.

Competitive summer and winter packages are also available at both marinas.