MDL Marinas has launched a unique integrated partnership with leading online boat accommodation platform, Beds on Board, marking its continued position as a pioneer within the marine industry.
In a world-first tie-up between a marina group and a sharing economy platform, the exclusive partnership will provide MDL’s members with a fully managed service to rent out accommodation on their yachts. The platform allows holidaymakers to access unique getaway experiences in unrivalled locations across Europe, whilst offering the boat owner a tried and tested model through which to securely rent out their vessel.
Dean Smith, Commercial Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Within the tourism industry there is a growing appetite for alternative, unique accommodation and we’re thrilled to offer our members access to this audience through our partnership with Beds on Board. The platform will offer our members a hassle-free, safe and fully-managed approach to book out accommodation on their yachts, helping our members to create additional value through their boat ownership.
“At MDL Marinas our unshakeable benchmark is to maintain a leading position within the industry, so it is essential we continue to evolve and provide access to services such as Beds on Board. Our dynamic network of marinas across the UK and Europe are situated in a variety of stunning locations, affording users of Beds on Board the opportunity to experience a stay on the water and see the local area from a novel perspective.”
Launching in 2015, Beds on Board is a peer-to-peer marketplace that allows owners to rent their boat to guests looking for an alternative to traditional accommodation, such as hotels and bed & breakfasts. Users of the site can search for boats in their desired location, before chatting to the owner through a secure Message Centre. After a stay, both the user and owner are encouraged to write reviews in order to grow trust and the community.
Co-founder of Beds on Board, Jason Ludlow, added: “This exciting partnership shows our commitment to working with the marine industry to help grow the boating community and to help owners offset their costs. We’re looking forward to working with MDL to offer their members a managed solution for renting their boat on bedsonboard.com.”
Existing MDL members can list their boats at bedsonboard.com.
The group behind Drift Bar - one of Southsea’s best-known entertainment venues - has taken over the former Piranha Bar at MDL Sparkes Marina, on the Eastern tip of the Hayling Island and, this month, will be opening an exciting new all-day dining destination – Drift Hayling.
Drift Hayling will be open seven days a week, 8am to 11pm serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. It will feature an open, wood fired kitchen which will enable the new team to cook up an extensive range of mouth-watering dishes, using locally sourced and seasonal produce.
To accompany the new menu there is an extensive, hand-picked wine list - with wines sourced from all over the world - a large range of cocktails, craft beers and an award winning selection of premium spirits.
Colin Jefferies, Marina Manager at MDL Sparkes Marina, said: “We have been counting down to the days to the opening of Drift Hayling, which is set to celebrate and showcase the fantastic variety of local produce on the south coast. At Sparkes Marina we strive to provide the ultimate marina experience, which encompasses not just sailing but a bustling leisure hub for all to enjoy. Drift Hayling is a fantastic addition to our marina offering and we hope our members and the community alike embrace this exciting new venue.”
The restaurant will feature an exclusive private dining area and large alfresco deck, offering relaxed summer dining and drinking. The venue also houses a delightful rooftop terrace with spectacular views over Chichester Harbour and the Witterings. The perfect place to enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down and the world sail by.
Drift Hayling has been designed and fitted by world renowned architects ADI, designers of over 300 bars and restaurants including the Ritz Carlton. The exciting new venue will boast a light and airy interior and will reflect coastal themes of exposed timber, natural stone and soft and muted colours in keeping with the history of this former boat house.
There’s even doggie ice creams and doggie beer to quench the thirst of four-legged patrons.
Drift Hayling – come and see what all the fuss is about…
To celebrate the start of the summer sailing season, MDL Marinas is releasing a fantastic range of exclusive offers for boat owners across the UK to enjoy. From pressure washing, hull scrubs and summer berthing packages, owners will be able to ensure their boats are in tip top condition to make the most of those beautiful days on the water.
To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of eleven 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, Ocean Village and Shamrock Quay Marina in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island. A full list of participating marinas can be found on our Summer Offers webpage.
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 £16 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch 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 visit our Summer Offers webpage
Join us on the 12th August for an overnight rally to Ocean Village Marina where you can sample the delights of the Cosmopolitan bars and restaurants on offer.
I've got the need... The need for speed!
The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn't only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he's also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood.
Fasten your seatbelts for a night of rock and roll, big engines and one of the most iconic sountracks of all time!
You are the Dancing Queen...
On Friday 25th August, Venture Cinema and MDL Chichester Harbour Marinas proudly present Mamma Mia, the fun and vibrant musical about life, love & ABBA.
Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya.
Bring your blankets, bottle and picnic baskets to enjoy while singing along to this musical masterpiece.
The film starts just after sunset (approximately 8.45pm). The temperature drops considerably after sunset so bring warm clothes.