Pre-Christmas Cruise to St Malo a Great Success

Posted: 28th December 2012

The sixth annual pre-Christmas cruise to the historic city of St Malo was again sold out this year, with 344 Club Outlook members, along with their friends and family, joining us for a great weekend away.

The ever-popular mini cruise took place on Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December and headed to the picturesque region of Brittany. Our group enjoyed a two night stay in cabin accommodation, a splendid four-course meal on Saturday evening, and plenty of opportunities to visit the beautiful area and stock up on Christmas ‘essentials’.

Joanna Young, who went on the pre-Christmas cruise, said: "Thank you to the team who organised the Pre-Christmas Cruise to St Malo for all their hard work. We were guests of our parents whose boat is based at Northney Marina, and we had a brilliant time. The kids enjoyed it and the food was amazing."

Mike Smith, organiser of the trip and Manager of Torquay Marina, commented: “It was fantastic that this year’s pre-Christmas cruise was again sold out. It was yet another successful and enjoyable weekend away and thank you to all of those who came along. A later start time on the Friday morning was definitely appreciated, as opposed to our usual renowned early boarding times, and we’re looking forward to arranging the cruise again next year.”


MDL's Annual UK Berth Holders Continue to Benefit with Club Outlook

Posted: 10th December 2012

As an annual or two-year berth holder, you also enjoy Club Outlook benefits and savings throughout the year.  Our Club Outlook scheme is the most comprehensive in the industry and offers great rewards, including the Mediterranean addition to the Freedom Berthing network and our new Introduce Your Friends scheme.

Other Club Outlook rewards include fuel at cost, unlimited free WiFi access at all of our marinas, as well as discounted boatyard services. Annual and two-year berth holders enjoy a standard discount of 30% - the most generous discount of any boatyard service provider. This means Club Outlook members receive high standard boat care services at the best possible rates.

New for Club Outlook members in 2013 is our new Berth Swap service and Smart MDL. Berth Swap is a great new initiative which allows Club Outlook members to get in touch with other like-minded customers who may be looking to swap berths as part of their cruising arrangements. Club Outlook members are automatically registered into Berth Swap and at the touch of a button can request or browse berths available.  Watch for details on our website.

We know you love your boat and that you’d love to spend more time on board. However, to make sure your time is well spent we are developing more ways for you to get in touch and get the things you want out of your boating – we’re calling this Smart MDL. This enables you to put your Club Outlook details on your smart phone and be the first to receive our latest discounts and offers, as well as get easy access to berth reservations and Berth Swap.

In addition to all of these services we also have our innovative Freedom Berthing scheme, which was launched last year. Freedom Berthing offers unlimited visitor nights across all of the network’s UK marinas, and has now been extended to include Sant Carles Marina in Spain, and Marina del Gargano in Italy when it opens next year.  This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine and all the facilities provided by these first-class marinas, as part of your Club Outlook membership.

Another of our innovative rewards schemes is Introduce Your Friends, allowing you to introduce friends and benefit from a wide-range of rewards. For each new friend that joins the network, the value of the rewards increases. Introducing one friend offers you and your friend £250 each in rewards, two friends £300, three friends £400 and so on, with a maximum of nine friends each receiving £1,000 in rewards. You can choose from a variety of rewards including vouchers to spend at participating marina tenant companies, wine vouchers from Club Outlook’s wine partner Naked Wines, credit on your MDL customer account to use for MDL services, or request a charity donation to the RNLI.

Last but by no means least, we have a number of Winter Boatyard Offers and there’s still time to book your winter lift! It’s important to keep your boat well-maintained over the winter months. Click here for special offers on Winter Boatyard Services.

Click 'Get a Quote' for a berthing quotation or to find out more about Club Outlook click here.


Long-Term Hardstanding Package

From 1st October 2012 until 30th November 2012
At Participating Marinas

Non MDL Customers: Lift, scrub, relaunch and up to 6 months ashore.
Includes cradle hire where required.
For bookings made 1st October 2012 to 30th November 2012.
Boat is to be released prior to 31st March 2013.
In order to qualify for the discount, bookings must be made and paid in full prior to or on the day of the lift out.

Package Price:
Up to 8m:
£900
8.1 to 10m:
£1,100
10.1 to 11m:
£1,200
11.1 to 12m:
£1,300

Other additional services are charged at normal tariff rate and for any period longer than 6 months.

Winter Boatyard Offer

From 1st October 2012 until 31st March 2013
At participating marinas

Non MDL Customers: 20% discount on lift, scrub, block off and re-launch and up to 6 weeks storage ashore.
Not used in conjunction with any other offers or Club Outlook discounts.
Available only up to 31st March 2013 and within set 6 week blocks.
Full tariff charged if re-launch date not met within package dates.
Maximum LOA 15 metres.

MDL Wins PBO Green Award

Posted: 20th September 2012

MDL Marinas, is proud to announce its prestigious win in this year’s Practical Boat Owner Green Awards. The marina network received the award for ‘Best Marine Service and Support’ in recognition of its efforts in reducing the environmental impact of its 21 marinas and boatyards.

MDL worked hard to implement a range of measures to promote marine-industry sustainability and achieve its outstanding eco-credentials. We now purchase 100% renewable energy, have installed solar technology, recycle 100% of our hazardous waste, and introduced water saving measures across all of our locations in Europe.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our efforts in reducing our environmental impact.”

Anna Wyse, MDL’s dedicated Environmental Policy Manager, commented: “The beautiful locations of our marinas deserve special consideration if we are to enjoy them in years to come and we have invested considerable time and energy into putting our environmental practices in place. MDL recognises that virtually all the activities of the company, and that of our customers and tenants, have some impact on the environment.

“All of MDL’s marinas are subject to environmental audits on a periodic basis and the company continues to invest in resources to educate berth holders and staff.”

MDL received its Green Award at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. The PBO Green Award for ‘Best Marine Service and Support’ was presented to Anna Wyse, and to MDL’s Managing Director, Eamonn Feeney and Chief Operating Officer, Jon Eads by Sarah Norbury, Editor of Practical Boat Owner.

In addition to this, Hythe Marina Village, MDL’s Southampton based marina, has also won a sustainability award from The Green Blue, for going above and beyond in its support of the environmental awareness campaign for the boating community. The MDL marina distributed free packs of environmental goodies to its berth holders encouraging their boaters to make quick practical changes onboard. 


Active Marina at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 6th September 2012



Many Club Outlook members will already be familiar with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, as successful workshops have been held at many MDL marinas across the summer season.

Visitors to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show will also have the chance to try out a sample of the workshops for themselves, as part of a brand new event at the show.

The Active Marina Experience offers show-goers the opportunity to refresh their boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors with free on-the-water and shore-based workshops.

From man overboard drills and berthing manoeuvres to engine maintenance and radar operation, workshops will run daily throughout the show, providing a real hands-on experience.

Places are limited for the workshops, so it’s recommended that sessions are booked either in advance for the shore-based workshops, or on the day for the on-the-water sessions.

To book an on-the-water workshop visit the ‘Try-a-Boat’ booking point on stand A140, when you arrive at the show.  (Unfortunately, on-the-water workshops cannot be booked in advance)

Shore-based workshops can be booked in advance by emailing bookings@which-marina.com, calling 01784 223816 or by visiting the Which Marina stand (F004) at the show.

For further information and a workshop schedule visit the RYA website.


Snap Happy with MDL - Photo Winners Announced

Posted: 4th September 2012

Entries flooded in this summer for MDL’s annual photo competition, which for the first time this year included an under-16s category, alongside the coveted best photograph.

Berth holders, visitors and members of the local community from across the marina network submitted photographs that captured time spent in and around our marinas in the UK and Europe, including fast-paced action shots and footage out on the water, as well as some stunning landscape shots.

Hugely impressed with the quality of entries this year, judges were looking for entries that have succeeded in capturing in images what really makes each of MDL’s 21 marinas a truly unique destination – through the eyes of people who experience the marinas for themselves.  

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 photography competition is David Thomas, with a winning image capturing a stunning sunset over Brixham Marina.

As this year’s winner, David will receive a Nikon Coolpix L810 camera, plus a workshop session with leading studio photographers at PhotoRed Commercial Photography, based at MDL’s Shamrock Quay. He will also be treated to a bottle of Champagne and tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show – where he will see his winning image displayed on MDL’s two-tier waterside pavilion.

Second place in the main competition, winning £100 worth of vouchers to use at London Camera Exchange, is awarded to Martin Makinen from Newton Abbott, for his beautiful shot of the sun breaking through the clouds at Holden Pier near to Brixham Marina.

For the first time, this year’s competition included a dedicated category for young photographers, with first prize in the under-16s competition going to Sophie Tuffier from Cherbourg. Sophie’s parents are Cruising Club members and were visiting Brixham Marina, where she snapped her winning shot of a beautiful sunny day in the water. Sophie will be presented with a Nikon Coolpix S30 underwater camera to help her continue her photographic endeavours.

Coming a close second in the under-16s category is 12–year-old Christopher Broughton, whose shot of sunset over Shamrock Quay has won him £50 to spend at London Camera Exchange.

All the winners will also receive tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be presented with their prizes at the MDL stand (E52) on Wednesday 19th September at 2pm.

To view the winning images, please click here.


Summer Discounts at MDL's Chichester Harbour Marinas

Posted: 4th July 2012

Boat owners will be able to get their boats looking and performing at their best for the summer season with great discounts on essential maintenance packages at MDL’s Chichester Harbour marinas.

Berth holders and visitors to Northney and Sparkes Marinas can benefit from the service throughout July and August, with prices starting from £22 per metre. The package includes lifting the boat from the water, a high-powered pressure wash, and re-launch of the vessel to ensure they are ready for a summer on the water.

A second service comprising lift, pressure wash, block-off, seven days storage ashore and re-launch is also available at both marinas.

Carl Jarmaine, Marina Manager at Northney Marina, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the summer season when it is most in use. It’s great to be able to offer this service at such a good price.”

Members of MDL’s Club Outlook will also receive an additional 50% discount on the summer services, with Cruising Club Members receiving an additional 30% off.

For more information on our summer boatyard offers, please read here.


Summer Discounts at MDL Marinas

From 4th July 2012 until 1st September 2012
Summer Discounts

Boat owners will be able to get their boats looking and performing at their best for the summer season with great discounts on essential maintenance packages at MDL’s Chichester Harbour marinas.

Berth holders and visitors to Northney and Sparkes Marinas can benefit from the service throughout July and August, with prices starting from £22 per metre. The package includes lifting the boat from the water, a high-powered pressure wash, and re-launch of the vessel to ensure they are ready for a summer on the water.

A second service comprising lift, pressure wash, block-off, seven days storage ashore and re-launch is also available at both marinas.

Carl Jarmaine, Marina Manager at Northney Marina, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the summer season when it is most in use. It’s great to be able to offer this service at such a good price.”

Members of MDL’s Club Outlook will also receive an additional 50% discount on the summer services, with Cruising Club Members receiving an additional 30% off.

For more information on our summer boatyard offers, please read here.
 

All 7 of the P&O Cruises Fleet Together in Southampton

Posted: 29th June 2012

P&O's story began in 1837 when the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company was awarded the British Government contract for a weekly mail service to the Iberian Peninsula. In celebration of this exciting anniversary, all seven ships of the P&O Cruises fleet will be together in their home port of Southampton on the same day, 3rd July 2012.

This will be a first in the history of the company and we are delighted that Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, is joining us for what promises to be a grand event. The ships with their gleaming white hulls and signature "buff" funnels will be alongside at seven different points in the port of Southampton.

Leaving their berths on this historic day, the ship's passengers and crew will enjoy a champagne deck party as the flutterfetti flies; the marching band plays and the ships sail past in a procession from Southampton Water out into the Solent, accompanied by a display by the famous RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team. Out in the open water the ships will meet again, saluting one another before they sail onwards to their various exciting destinations.

Fore more information please visit http://175.pocruises.com.


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