If you’re paying a visit to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show (12 - 21 September), come and see us at our Waterside Pavilion (stand E52) overlooking the Boat Show marina. The show is the perfect opportunity to find out more about our marinas and boatyards, as well as the benefits of Freedom Berthing, and how you can enjoy complimentary stays at over 90 marinas across the UK and Europe. Details will also be available on our winter offers - keep an eye on our website for details coming soon!
Exclusive Benefits for Freedom Berthing Members
Freedom Berthing members will be able to enjoy the very best views of the show whilst sipping a refreshing drink, as well as soaking up the atmosphere either out on the terrace or within the stand. Don’t forget that Freedom Berthing members receive complimentary hospitality, so remember to bring your membership card.
Freedom Berthing members will also be able to enjoy free car parking at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show - for details visit www.oceancarpark.com and the postcode for your sat nav is SO14 3TJ. Simply bring your car parking ticket and membership card to the stand and we'll give you an exit card.
Exciting Events at PSP Southampton Boat Show
We'll be hosting a series of special events on our stand throughout the show.
On Tuesday 16th September at 15:30 we will be welcoming a group of young visitors, as the winners of the MDL Sail Training Awards are presented with a trophy by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of the Yattendon Group, parent company of MDL. We will also be presenting Ocean Youth Trust South with a cheque following the #MyMDLSelfie campaign.
On Wednesday 17th September at 14:30 we will be announcing the winners of the annual MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across all our 19 UK sites. Always a hotly-contested competition, the winning marinas in each category will be presented with gift vouchers for the marina teams, as well as a coveted trophy to display at the marina. Later the same afternoon, the wait will be over as we reveal the winners of the 2014 MDL Photographer of the Year competition at 15:00.
On Friday 19th September our international team will be joining us for an 'Italian Day', where they will share details about the exciting new additions to our Mediterranean network - Marinara and Marina di Stabia.
Don’t miss our Tenants at PSP Southampton Boat Show
Over 40 tenants from our 19 UK sites will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, showcasing a number of new products and services at the 10-day event. Below are just some of the great brands to check out at this year's show.
Hamble Point Marina Broker's Village
To coincide with this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, Hamble Point Marina will be hosting an online ‘Brokers Village’ on its website for the first time. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest broker network on the south coast with thousands of boats for sale from some of the world’s leading brands. If you’re looking for a new or used boat, you can be sure to find the ideal solution – all from the comfort of your own home. Visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/brokers-village for full listings.
Fairview Sailing, in conjunction with Dream Yacht Charter, has partnered with MDL Marinas to offer MDL berth holders an exclusive £150 discount on global yacht charters.
A long-standing tenant at Port Hamble Marina for over 25 years, Fairview Sailing is delighted to have recently been selected as the UK base for worldwide yacht charter company, Dream Yacht Charter, offering bareboat and skippered yacht charters.
MDL Marinas is renowned for having the most comprehensive marina package in the marketplace with its Freedom Berthing package and continues to add even more benefits and discounts for its customers. In addition to complimentary visitor berthing, fuel at cost and free WiFi, MDL berth holders will now enjoy an exclusive £150 holiday discount which can be claimed when booking a charter at the Southampton Boat Show before 21st September. After the show, all bookings made will receive a £100 discount, which can be used in addition to repeat booking discounts, early booking and last minute offers.
Operations and Marketing Director, Dean Smith, commented: “It’s great news Fairview Sailing has been selected as the UK base for Dream Yacht Charter at Port Hamble Marina, and we are really pleased to welcome them as a partner, joining the likes of GJW Direct and the RNLI. We are always looking to add value to our Freedom Berthing package and hope many customers enjoy the discounts and incentives on offer.”
Dream Yacht Charter is the largest privately owned charter company in the world and on a range of monohull and catamaran yachts between 37ft – 80ft, from top quality boat manufacturers including Beneteau, Catana, Lagoon, Dufour and Pajot, most of which are under 4 years old.
To find out more about Dream Yacht Charter, the destinations and yachts available please visit www.dream-yacht-charter.com or pop along to the Southampton Boat Show from 12-21st September and visit stand J064 in the Mayflower hall.
Take a step back in time at Southampton Maritime Festival as it commemorates the wartime and maritime history of the South. During this two-day event many historic ships and vessels will be making their way into dock to join the festival. These include the national historic fleet’s HMS Medusa, ST Challenge, SS Shieldhall and many more. You can learn about each vessel’s role in the world wars, see heritage divers and experience Southampton’s wider wartime history.
You are cordially invited to a special preview day, in order to take a sneak peek at three models making their UK debut at the PSP Southampton Boat Show next month. Key Yachting will have all three boats on the water at Hamble Point Marina on Saturday 16th August from 09:30 to 17:00. The three debutantes are....
Key Yachting have just been appointed Tofinou distributor for the UK and Ireland and we are proud to present the gorgeous Tofinou 8M. These exquisite boats are designed and created using a mix of traditional and contemporary methods with ease of handling and pleasurable sailing in mind.
The Nautitech 40, a fabulous catamaran which combines elegance, sea-keeping, high passage speeds with renowned Nautitech interior design. This is Nautitech’s second collaboration with Marc Lombard, France’s leading designer of performance multihulls, whose influence can be seen in the long waterlines and high aspect rig with square top mainsail.
Last but my no means least is the J/97E, the new 'Evolution' of the super successful J/97. This family friendly 32 footer now sports several new features which enhance the exceptional cruising and racing qualities of her design. These include a revised cockpit layout, large wheel option and new design cabin and hull ports to add to her airy feel below deck.
If you would like to take a look at these models or indeed have any questions at all on any of the boats in the Key Yachting portfolio please pop along to their office at the entrance to the marina or call the team on the number below.
Join Fairview Sailing and Cruise in Company to Northney Marina ending with a BBQ and live band!
Fairview Sailing and their boats will be setting sail from Port Hamble Marina on a trip to Chichester Harbour ending with a BBQ and drinks at Northney Marina on Saturday 30th August. A pre-cruise passage briefing will be provided by Fairview Sailing at Port Hamble Marina where you can enjoy a tea or coffee before setting sail. Enjoy the day out sailing to Chichester harbour taking in the stunning coastline along the way - why not anchor off East Head for lunch and a quick swim or enjoy a picnic on board your boat before berthing at Northney Marina. The BBQ and live band starts at 6:30pm in the marquee.
A full itinerary and joining pack will be provided upon booking.
Don't have a boat but don't want to miss out?
If you would like to join Fairview Sailing all you need to do is contact us using the details below and book your place.
MDL Marinas is delighted to welcome a new tenant to its Hamble Point Marina. Fortis Marine, the exclusive UK dealer for Italia Yachts and a prestigious yacht service company is now officially open for business.
Italia Yachts is a new boat yard in Italy aimed at the luxury cruising market. Created by a hugely experienced and passionate team, one of its yachts, the Italia 15.98 has already been nominated for European Boat of the Year in the luxury cruiser category.
In addition to representing this brand, Fortis Marine also specialises in high quality yacht services, capable of servicing and maintaining all leading yacht brands.
Nicholas Parton, Marina Manager at Hamble Point Marina, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Fortis Marine. Hamble Point Marina is a busy hub for boaters and marine companies looking for an ideal base for their business. Fortis Marine join an already impressive list of tenants, including some of the world’s leading yacht manufacturers and dealers, and we wish them every success here.”
For further information about Fortis Marine visit www.fortismarine.co.uk.
There’s still time to enter our annual Photography Competition to find MDL’s 2014 Photographer of the Year, as well as MDL’s 2014 Junior Photographer of the Year for the Under-16s – but you’ll need to be quick, entries close at midnight on Sunday 10th August.
Open to both amateur and professional photographers, the lucky winner crowned Photographer of the Year will receive a boat portfolio taken by professional marine photographer, Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography, presented in a handcrafted leather bound album worth £700! The runner-up will get to enjoy a magnum of champagne.
In the Under-16 competition, the lucky winner will be presented with the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera – which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof – whilst the runner-up will be awarded £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.
Entries can be submitted via an online form or by post.
Remember, the competition closes at midnight on Sunday 10th August, with the winning shots set to be unveiled at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.
We are delighted to announce that two of our successful events will be taking place again next year at our marinas.
Returning in May is one of the south’s premier new and used boat shows, Hamble Point Boat Show. The always-popular free family event will run on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, featuring over 250 new and used boats for sale, ranging from day boats to sports boats and RIBs to suit a wide range of budgets. Visitors to the event can also enjoy some exciting on-water demonstrations, practical workshops and lots of entertainment for all the family.
This will be closely followed by the East Anglian Boat Show, which took place for the first time this year and proved to be a fantastic success with exhibitors and visitors alike. The 2015 event dates will be Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June at Woolverstone Marina, with the free event playing host again to leading boat brands and an array of new and used boats for sale, as well as great entertainment and on-water demonstrations.
So get these dates in your diary, or if you would like to feature in the lineup you can register your interest here.