Plenty to See and Do this Weekend at Hamble Point Marina

Posted: 14th October 2014

With news of a mini heat wave forecast this weekend, why not join the team at Hamble Point Marina and enjoy a number of events taking place, including the popular Flare Amnesty, as well as the chance to book a personal slot to step on board and sea trial a J Boat of your choice.

This Saturday (18th October) will be the J Boat Open Day – offering a fantastic opportunity to come and view the J Boat of your choice. On display will be the J/70, J/80, J/88, J/95, J/97E, J/109, J/111 and J/122E, along with a dazzling array of brokerage boats on show. If you wish to book a slot to look around any of the models, or to undertake a demo sail, please just get in touch with the Key Yachting team by emailing or calling 023 8045 5669. On the day, the team will also be at the Ketch Rigger from 9.30am to assist with viewings and sailings.

Following this will be the popular Flare Amnesty (Sunday 19th October) which runs from 10am to 3pm at Hamble Point Marina in conjunction with the Hampshire Constabulary Marine unit and Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies. This event is being held in response to the growing problem of out-of-date flare disposal, which can leave owners facing severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.
On the day, the parties will be offering a “distress flare amnesty” for private boat owners and the chance to dispose of up to 10 flares per person free of charge*, with a request for a charitable donation. The monies raised by the organisers will go towards the purchase of sailing dinghies which they will then donate to local sailing clubs to be used by young people that may not get the chance to experience the sport of sailing.

There will also be flare demonstrations taking place on the day, which always makes for a popular and rare viewing.

In addition to the Flare Amnesty, the RNLI will be at the marina from 10am to 3pm offering free lifejacket checks. The team will be on hand to check your lifejackets are safe and teach useful tips on how to choose, fit and maintain your lifejacket.

Across the two days the Ketch Rigger will be serving up its delicious range of food including their traditional Sunday carvery from 12pm. The chef will serve up roast beef or roast of the day with Yorkshire pudding, with a selection of delicious fresh vegetables for £10.50 per person.

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 your ideal solution this weekend.  For details about the onsite brokers and brands, please visit

We look forward to welcoming you this weekend.

*Disposal of more than ten flares will only be possible by prior agreement.

WhisperPower Piccolo 4Kva Marine Generator

From 13th October 2014 until 31st December 2014
Sailfish Marine, Shamrock Quay
Special introductory price on this compact and quiet running marine generator New! WhisperPower Piccolo 4Kva variable speed marine generator - special introductory price of £3,695.00 plus VAT and delivery until the end of December 2014. We're also offering special prices on installation packages. Full details can be found on our website.

10% Discount on Winter Lay Up & Service

From 10th October 2014 until 30th November 2014
Golden Arrow Marine, Shamrock Quay
IT’S TIME TO WINTERISE It may seem odd with the sun not long gone down at the end of a fantastic summer of boating, but it’s time to think about winter servicing and winterisation. Winter service is essential to the long term health of a marine engine no matter what size or type or how much use it has had. During use the oil absorbs contaminants and condensation from the combustion process and the harsh environment in which it operates. This contaminated oil should be removed and replaced with fresh clean marine grade lubricating oil and the best time to do this is before the winter layup. Leaving contaminated oil in the engine over the winter will lead to greater wear and tear and reduced engine life. Combining an end of season service with winterisation is the best care you can give your engine to maintain your investment. Arranging your winter service and winterisation now takes away the worry and sleepless nights when the weather forecasters predict a sudden cold snap. If you also book your recommissioning at the same time you can be sure your boat is up and running when you want it at the start on next season. For bookings received before the end of November 2104 we are offering 10% discount on parts used. So whether you have an outboard motor, a yacht auxiliary or a pair of high performance diesel engines it is time to get your winter maintenance booked. And don’t forget the generator if you have one fitted, they need the same maintenance as a propulsion engine.

RNLI Lifejacket Clinic at Hamble Point Marina

On the 19th October 2014

Are your lifejackets safe? Learn useful tips on how to choose, fit and maintain your lifejacket.  Bring along your lifejacket to a free RNLI Lifejacket clinic at Hamble Point Marina on 19th October between 10am and 3pm.

We will also have our Flare Amnesty running on the same day.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Hamble Point Marina

J Boats Open Day at Hamble Point Marina

On the 18th October 2014

The sun is out and shining here in Hamble still!! so come and join us on Saturday 18th October for a J Boat Day!!

A fantastic opportunity to come and view the J boat of your choice. We will have the J/70, J/80, J/88, J/95, J/97E, J/109, J/111 and J/122E and a dazzling array of brokerage boats to show you too.

To ensure you get maximum time to look round the boats please just drop us a line or ring the office to indicate your model(s) of interest and when you'd like to take a peek. Demo sails are also available on request.

The Key Yachting Team will be at the Ketch Rigger at Hamble Point from 09:30 onwards.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 5669
Email: Mary Sutherland

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 5669
Email: Mary Sutherland

Key Yachting Open Day at Hamble Point Marina

On the 11th October 2014

You are cordially invited on Saturday 11th October to an Open Day here at Hamble Point Marina to take a look at the beautiful Grand Soleil 39’ and 43’, the Nautitech Open 40 and the outstanding head turner from France - The Tofinou 8 & 7. We will also have further details of the new GS46LC (Long Cruise) which will make its debut next year.

Come along to Hamble Point Marina on the 11th October where all of the models listed will be available to view and board. To help us with our planning, if there is a specific model you would like to see please get in contact and let us know, otherwise take a couple of hours out of your busy Saturday and simply pop down for a trail sail!

The Key Yachting Team will be at the Ketch Rigger at Hamble Point from 09.30 onwards

If this date or boat choice doesn’t suit then look out for our J Boat open day on 18th October.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 5669
Email: Mary Sutherland

MDL Supports the Hamble Big Boat Championships as Lead Sponsor

Posted: 2nd October 2014

The MDL Hamble Big Boat Championships 2014 will run on Saturday 11th/Sunday 12th October and Saturday 24th/Sunday 25th October.

The event, held across two weekends when there is high water on the central Solent plateau, is renowned for close, competitive racing.  It regularly attracts a top grand prix race fleet from across the Solent, all seeking an exhilarating end to the season. 

The MDL Big Boat Championships offer 4 races each Saturday and 2 each Sunday.  Racing, under the experienced eye of Race Officers Jamie Wilkinson and Stephen Parry, is offered for Farr 45 and J/111 as one design and IRC rated boats with a minimum TCC of 1.040. Other One Design Classes with a minimum IRC TCC of 1.040 that can muster a minimum of six entries may also apply for a class start. Please contact HRSC to discuss.

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director, MDL said: “MDL Marinas is delighted to be the lead sponsor for this year’s Hamble Big Boat Championships. The series is a natural fit with MDL – being based just offshore from our Hamble Point Marina and involving much of the local community. MDL Marinas works hard to encourage young people to become active in sailing, working with the Ocean Youth Trust South to give deserving young people the chance to participate in the sport, so it’s great to be involved in another fantastic sailing event. We’re all looking forward to some great racing action over the coming weeks.”

The MDL Big Boat Championships are celebrating their 8th edition this year and have grown over the years to become a key component of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Prize giving is at 3.30pm each Sunday race day at Hamble River Sailing Club, which offers a warm welcome, hot food and competitively priced beer!

For more information and to enter:

PSP Southampton Boat Show Highlights

Posted: 25th September 2014

It was great to welcome so many berth holders and visitors to our stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. We hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed our hospitality, and we look forward to seeing you at our marinas very soon.

It was certainly an action packed 10 days, where we welcomed over 4,500 visitors to our stand, served just under 7,000 drinks (many of them containing alcohol!), and we hosted a number of great events, all in the lovely September sunshine.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of the show...

  • We raised over £2,000 for Ocean Youth Trust South, which will go towards the brilliant work they do and their initiative to raise money for a new boat – thank you to those of you who made additional donations at the bar!
  • We welcomed five young people to our stand who were presented with their MDL Sail Training Awards by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht. The five deserving young people returned from a trip at sea for six days in April this year in and around our marinas.
  • Dave Wilson, AKA “Dogfish Dave” presented a cheque to Heroes on the Water for £637.20 following the fantastic annual fishing competition at Cobb’s Quay earlier this year.
  • We LOVED all of your Selfies... and taking a few of our own... thanks to all of you who got involved in the campaign! 
  • We presented the winners of our annual photo competition, with MDL’s Photographer of the Year being presented to Neil O’Donoghue, who took a stunning landscape picture at Torquay Marina and will receive a one-day photographic shoot and tuition session with Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography. The winning image in the under-16s competition was captured at Brixham Marina – a beautiful sunset taken by Dan Parrish. Dan received the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera.
  • We rewarded our green fingered marinas as part of MDL in Bloom with Saxon Wharf in Southampton sweeping the board, scooping the ‘X’ Factor title, best hanging baskets and the coveted best overall award thanks to a hanging boat from a hoist which was the deciding factor that put the marina in the top running.
  • On Friday 19th September our international team hosted an ‘Italian Day’, with boat owners given the chance to uncover the many advantages of berthing and visiting our Italian Marinas – two exciting new additions to our Mediterranean network – Marinara in Ravenna and Marina di Stabia in the Bay of Naples.
  • We received a fantastic response to Freedom Berthing and lots of enquiries to berth at our marinas next season – we look forward to welcoming you, our valued berth holders, as well as seeing some new faces over the coming months.

We hope you enjoy the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing you over the coming months. Just a quick reminder we will also be at the London Boat Show from Friday 9th January and hope to see many of you there too!

Happy Boating from all the team at MDL.

Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

On the 26th September 2014

This is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event, where we ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2013, 154,000 people signed up, raising a record £20 million. Several of MDL's marinas will be hosting these mornings:

  • Cobb's Quay Marina, Poole (10am to midday)
  • Ketch Rigger at Hamble Point Marina (10am to 2pm)
  • Shamrock Quay, Southampton (10am to 1pm)


So come along for some coffee and baked goods in order to support this brilliant cause.

For More Information
Call: 0845 602 1246

Young People Rewarded at MDL Sail Training Awards

Posted: 17th September 2014

Six deserving young people who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards voyage were officially presented with their trophies yesterday at the PSP Southampton Boat Show by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending six days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South.

The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht.  

Joining a team on board the ketch John Laing were Callum Archibald, 14 from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
The week-long round trip, from Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, saw them plotting their intended course and getting involved with all elements of sailing. During the voyage the participants also had the opportunity to obtain the Competent Crew certificate, an RYA recognised qualification.

Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred young people to experience something truly exceptional. We are big supporters of the work of Ocean Youth Trust South and it’s fantastic that they can reward these youngsters with such a brilliant adventure that really does give them skills for life. We look forward to meeting this year’s winners and presenting them with their awards.”

For more photos of the presentation, please click here.