We have now drawn the winner of our free berth competition and are pleased to be welcoming Barry Walker and his family to Hamble Point Marina at the start of the new season.
Barry was offered the chance to berth at any of our UK marinas with his boat and will enjoy all of the benefits included in the Freedom Berthing package, including access to the largest cruising network in Europe with complimentary berthing at over 90 marinas, as well as benefits including fuel at cost, unlimited free WiFi and discounted boatyard services.
Barry was given a tour by marina manager, Nic Parton who also presented them with some flowers, chocolate and wine as a welcome.
Barry and his wife Mary took up sailing when he retired in 2011 and bought their yacht, a Hunter Legend 340 from MDL’s Port Hamble Marina. He was delighted with his win, commenting: “I was so surprised and excited when I received the phone call to let us know we’d won the berth. We chose Hamble Point Marina as most of our sailing is in and around the Solent so it is a perfect location for us. We were so pleased when we were told there was a berth available and we’d like to say a big thanks to the marina manager, Nic for the great welcome we got and for showing us around. We were very impressed with the facilities and look forward to berthing our boat there in April.”
More information on Hamble Point Marina can be found here.
Great for your boat – now even better value for you.
There’s great news for those looking for a convenient dry stack berth in an unbeatable location, with Hamble Point Marina offering excellent value for the season ahead. You can be safe in the knowledge you are storing your boat with the UK’s most experienced dry stack provider, and Europe’s leading marina group, with annual berths just £309 a month for a 7 metre boat.
The dry stack facility at Hamble Point Marina is one of the best in the UK, offering dry berthing for boats up to 10m at one of the UK’s most prestigious boating locations.
A fantastic way of storing RIBs and motorboats, the slick system offers unlimited launching on demand seven days a week, 365 days a year. You simply call ahead or turn up and have your boat placed in the water ready to go. When you don’t need your boat, it’s stored safely and securely out of the water.
There are so many benefits to dry stack berthing including:
Freedom Berthing members not only enjoy a 12-month home for their boat and access to the superb marina facilities and on-site services, but also receive a whole stack of benefits including complimentary stays at MDL’s entire network of marinas - perfect for a day trip to Ocean Village or to drop in for lunch at Banana Wharf in Port Hamble. The many other benefits include fuel at cost, unlimited WiFi and the most generous discount of any boatyard service provider.
Alan Weeks is a Freedom Berthing customer at Hamble Point Marina, who uses the dry stack storage facilities for his boat, Cordisque. He commented: “Hamble Point Marina is ideally located for easy access to the Solent and the dry stack storage services at the marina are very convenient. A quick phone call from me, and my boat is always in the water in less than an hour. The Freedom Berthing scheme offers even more flexibility, allowing us to berth at any other MDL marina when we go out on the water. In the past couple of months we have visited Cobb’s Quay Marina, Hythe Marina Village and Ocean Village Marina using this service. The marina’s prime location on the River Hamble, with its good facilities, together with the added benefits of Freedom Berthing and fuel at cost, makes remaining at Hamble Point an easy decision.”
Nic Parton, Marina Manager at Hamble Point Marina, commented: “We are delighted to be able to offer customers even greater value for the 2015 boating season. We are always looking at ways to enhance our customers’ boating and look forward to welcoming even more owners to dry stack this year. It is very important to us at MDL that we are constantly reviewing our offering in order to maintain our position as Europe’s leading marina operator.”
The dry stack facility at Hamble Point Marina is just one of the class-leading options from MDL Marinas. In addition, Cobb’s Quay Marina, which was the first dry stack system and the largest in the UK, offers 240 berths for motorboats up to 10m. However, if you are looking for secure dry berthing for larger models, Saxon Wharf in Southampton also offers berthing, on-demand launching and lifting for boats up to 13 metres.
What’s more, all dry stack berths are in prime boating locations within superb marinas. So alongside the convenience of your dry stack berth, you will find an unbeatable range of ancillary maintenance and repair services on-site, as well as great marina facilities such as showers, toilets and car parking.
Call Nic Parton and the team for a competitive quote today on 023 8045 2464. You can also visit www.mdldrystack.co.uk for more information.
MDL Marinas will once again be exhibiting at the CWM FX London Boat Show, taking place at London’s ExCel from 9th – 18th January 2015.
In what is the 61st year of Europe’s first ever boat show, the CWM FX London Boat Show promises a fantastic experience for all - whether you have a love of getting in or on the water or would like to try it for the first time, or if it’s boats, equipment, training or technology that captures you’re interest, the show will not leave you feeling disappointed.
If you’re heading to the show, come and visit the MDL team on stand AO13 to find out what’s coming up for MDL Marinas in 2015. You’ll also be able to enter our fantastic competition to win a free berth!
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director for MDL Marinas, commented: “The MDL team is looking forward to a busy CWM FX London Boat Show. There will be lots going on at our stand - AO13, including a brilliant opportunity to win a free berth at any of our 19 UK marinas so do stop by and say hello if you’re going along. We look forward to seeing you there!”
For more information on what’s on offer at the CWM FX London Boat Show 2015 or to buy tickets, visit www.londonboatshow.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
MDL berth holders celebrated the Christmas season in style last week, when they took part in MDL’s tenth annual pre-Christmas mini cruise to the historic city of St Malo for a festive weekend away.
Held each year especially for MDL’s Freedom Berthing members and their families, the cruise is a joint collaboration between MDL Marinas and Brittany Ferries and gives berth holders from across MDL’s marinas the chance to socialise and enjoy the festive period together.
This year, 335 MDL customers took part in the cruise, along with their friends and family – including berth holders from MDL’s Sant Carles Marina in Spain!
The ever-popular cruise took place on Friday 12 – Sunday 14 December and headed to the picturesque region of Brittany aboard Brittany Ferries’ flagship cruise ferry, the Pont Aven. The group enjoyed a two night stay in ensuite cabin accommodation, a drinks reception, and a splendid meal on Saturday evening.
The trip gave the group plenty of opportunities to visit the beautiful city, whether it was walking the bustling streets, exploring the Chateau de St Malo or the Grand Aquarium, or taking in St Malo’s exquisite shops to stock up on Christmas ‘essentials’.
Mike Smith, organiser of the trip and Manager at Torquay Marina, commented: “This year’s MDL pre-Christmas cruise was a great success! The trip was sold out and our group had a wonderful time exploring St Malo and doing some Christmas shopping. The cruise has become a Christmas tradition, which gives MDL berth holders from across our marinas the chance to get to know one another better in a relaxed setting and to enjoy the festive season together.”
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We pride ourselves on providing the very highest levels of quality and service at our marinas and facilities to our customers throughout the year. That’s why we’ll be investing further in our marina sites all over the country, to make sure that we maintain, and wherever possible improve your marina experience.
Just some of the works planned during 2015 include:
The 2015 season will also see Mercury Yacht Harbour adding boat lifting to its range of services.
Already completed this year was a re-deck of the catamaran berths at Sparkes Marina, along with improvements to the car park, marina entrance and resurfacing of the boatyard. We’ve also been kept busy resurfacing the car park and boatyard at Saxon Wharf. The berth holder facility block at Shamrock Quay was also refurbished, which was completed in time for the new season and has received lots of positive feedback.
Hamble Point Marina saw new cradle stock, upgraded site electrics, a new marina office and refurbished facilities. Some new dining options also arrived at Cobb’s Quay and Shamrock Quay, as well as continuing maintenance works at many MDL marinas including Hythe Marina Village and Ocean Village Marina.
We’re inviting you to nominate deserving young people for the trip of a lifetime, with nominations now open for the 2015 Sail Training Awards.
We are proud to have run the awards in conjunction with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years. The annual awards are designed to recognise, reward and challenge young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others.
The winners will receive an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South’s training yacht, John Laing from Monday 13th April for six nights. They will spend their time 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.
Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who never had the chance to travel abroad, and those with added family responsibilities.
Anyone working with young people can send in their nominations, including teachers, guide or scout leaders, youth group leaders, friends and employers. Anyone can nominate, apart from parents, guardians or close family. If this sounds like you or someone you know, click here for further information or to make your nomination.
All nominations must be received by Friday 16th January 2015.
You might already have noticed some Christmassy additions to your local marina recently as our teams get into the Christmas spirit! This year, we’re running a special competition to recognise the MDL marinas that pull out all the stops to spread Christmas cheer among our berth holders - and we need your help.
Our teams will be posting pictures of their festive efforts on social media throughout December and asking you to like and comment on how well you think they have done. Competition categories include: the Best Dressed Christmas Tree, Best Overall Christmas Decorations and the Best Christmas Team Selfie. Your response on our marinas' Facebook and Twitter pages will help us decide which of our marina teams should be awarded the exciting prizes we have on offer…
Our competition will be running right up until Christmas Eve and we will announce our winners in the New Year!
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