Working to Build an Even Better Marina Experience

Posted: 18th December 2013

At MDL Marinas 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 and improvements planned for the coming months are:

  • A complete re-deck of the catamaran berths at Sparkes Marina, alongside improvements to car park lighting and the installation of a new refuse area which will improve the appearance of the marina entrance
  • Comprehensive maintenance works over the winter at Northney Marina, helping to improve the appearance of the marina and making the grounds look fantastic for the new season
  • The opening of a new on-site restaurant, Quay Fifteen, at Shamrock Quay
  • New dining options at Cobb’s Quay as The Boathouse bar and restaurant comes under new management
  • Continuing maintenance works at Hythe Village Marina and Ocean Village Marina following the refurbishment of the North Side facilities block at Ocean Village
  • Further improvements to the pontoons, marina electrics and facilities at both Mercury Yacht Harbour and Port Hamble Marina
  • Upgrading the main facilities block and marina reception/administration facilities at Hamble Point Marina, as well as improving CCTV coverage and increasing the number of pontoon trolleys available

 

Already completed this year has been extensive refurbishment of the facilities at Queen Anne’s Battery, providing beautiful modern showers, toilets and washing facilities, and customers at both Brixham and Torquay marinas are now able to use the new boat lift, making boat maintenance more convenient than ever. The 60 new berths opened at Chatham Maritime Marina earlier this year have also already reached capacity.


RYA VHF Radio License Course £69

From 22nd November 2013 until 16th December 2013
Solent Boat Charters & Training, Ocean Village Marina
Avoid the new radio license exam by taking the course before the end of the year This is your last chance to obtain your RYA VHF Radio license before the course changes to its new longer and more expensive format. On the 2nd January 2014 the RYA Radio course will increase by £30 to cover the new exam at the end of the course, so avoid this increase by booking onto a December 2013 course now via our website at www.solentboattraining.co.uk

Youngsters Rewarded in MDL Sail Training Awards

Posted: 5th November 2013

Six deserving youngsters who won a place on our Sail Training Awards this year are now back on dry land, after setting sail from Woolverstone Marina in late August for six days at sea. The winners were presented with their trophies on our stand at the PSP Southampton Boat show by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe.

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. 
 
This year’s week-long trip, which travelled from Woolverstone to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, saw the youngsters 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.

Nominations are already open for next year’s awards, with a round-trip from Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina taking place from Wednesday 16th to Monday 21st April. The deadline for submissions is Friday 10th January 2014, so if you know a young person who deserves a place on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, make sure to place your nominations as soon as possible.

For more information or to nominate a young person for next year’s awards, please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.


MDL Marinas Donates £60,000 to Ocean Youth Trust South

Posted: 31st October 2013

Following a year of fundraising activities as part of its 40th anniversary year, MDL Marinas has made a generous donation of £60,000 to Ocean Youth Trust South, a charity dedicated to providing ‘adventure under sail’ to young people aged between 12 and 25.

The £60,000 cheque was presented to the John Laing skipper Andrew Viney at Ocean Village Marina, with some of the young people the charity supports in attendance. The group came from Community Links, a charity based in Canning Town in East London which runs a wide range of community projects for over 16,000 people every year.

The money was raised through various activities throughout the year in particular during a special charity auction held at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. There were some fantastic lots on offer including a skiing holiday in the Alps, a half-day Land Rover experience, a luxury hotel stay in Devon and a five-night sail training voyage. Funds were also raised through activities at each of our 19 UK marinas and boatyards throughout 2013, with MDL matching these amounts to reach the impressive total.

The donation will go towards the build of a brand new training vessel, which will provide ‘adventure under sail’ to young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. With the charity’s current vessel, John Laing requiring constant maintenance after more than 20 years in service, the new vessel will allow Ocean Youth Trust South to open up the experience to a new group of disadvantaged young people.
 
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are very pleased and proud to have raised a significant amount for such a worthy cause. We have worked with Ocean Youth Trust South for over half of our 40 year history, and so it seemed only natural to further this relationship with fundraising during our anniversary year. It was an honour to be able to present the cheque to the charity, where we know it will be put to very good use.”

Mark Todd, CEO of Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “This donation is a fantastic stepping stone in our quest to raise approximately £3million to build our new training vessel. Whilst we rely on the goodwill of public contributions, we are absolutely delighted to receive such a large donation which puts us closer to our ultimate goal.”

Pictured with the cheque are Terry Bufton, Lucinda Neal, Mark Todd, Dean Smith, Andrew Viney, David Heffer and Amy Brown.


MDL Rolls Out ‘Zero to Landfill’ Policy Across its UK Marinas

Posted: 25th October 2013

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina provider, has overhauled its recycling and waste management strategy in order to divert 75 per cent of its waste away from landfill.

MDL has been working with leading recycling and waste management company, SITA UK, in order to prevent up to 750 tonnes of refuse generated at its 19 UK marinas and boatyards from entering landfill each year.

MDL’s new ‘zero to landfill’ waste solution involves regular collections of glass, mixed recycling (cardboard, plastic and cans), wood and metals at each marina. Berth holders are even able to recycle marine shrinkwrap – which will be turned into biodiesel – as part of the extended recycling services. Residual waste will be turned into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF, which is used to power cement plants and power stations.

Anna Wyse, Environmental Policy Manager at MDL Marinas, said: “I believe MDL is one of the first UK marina operators to go down the 'zero to landfill' route for waste management. Working with SITA, we’ll be able to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, whilst also tightening up on costs. It’s a win-win situation and will benefit both our berth holders and our business.”

Leah Francis, National Accounts Manager at SITA UK, said: “This contract will mean that berth holders can do their bit for the environment. We look forward to helping MDL and its berth holders to be even more sustainable in the future.”

MDL already recycles 100% of its hazardous waste and purchases 100% renewable electricity for its sites. MDL is constantly striving to reduce its impact on the environment and in 2012 was the recipient of the Practical Boat Owner Magazine Award for Most Sustainable Service Provider.

‘Zero to landfill’ is a waste management philosophy designed to capture and re-use as much of the resource in the waste as possible.


Store Your Sails This Winter FREE of Charge

From 10th October 2013 until 10th December 2013
Doyle Sails, Shamrock Quay
Need Somewhere Dry and Warm to store your sails this winter FREE of Charge?* We will be collecting sails for winter service in your area over the next month for return delivery in March / April 2014. We can provide quotations and supply of New Sails and Covers, Sail and Cover Repairs, as well as Laundry and reproofing. We provide a full sail and cover service at our base in Shamrock Quay, Southampton. If you would like us to take care of your sails over the winter give us a call or send an email using the contact details below. Get the Doyle advantage today. *We offer free storage until delivery, for all sails serviced and/or laundered if payment is received within 30 days of the invoice date.
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Special Offers on MDL's Winter Berthing and Boatyard Services

Posted: 2nd October 2013

Boat owners across the UK will be able to ensure that their boats are kept safe and well-maintained throughout the winter months, with great discounts on essential maintenance and berthing packages from MDL Marinas.

Visitors to many of MDL’s marinas on the south and east coasts can benefit from great value winter berthing packages, with prices ranging from as little as £27 per metre for a boat of up to 7m in length at Hythe Marina Village. Many of MDL’s marinas are also providing a further 10% discount on winter berthing for three months or more when paid in full in advance, an ideal option for those seeking out a home for their boat for the whole winter. More details of which can be found at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/winter-berthing.

In addition to the winter berthing offers, marinas in all three of MDL’s UK Freedom Berthing zones are providing non-berth holders with the chance to experience MDL’s renowned service, with a 20% discount on lift, scrub, block off and re-launch at any of seven of MDL’s leading marinas, with some also providing storage ashore for a specified period.* There are additional packages at selected marinas, details of which can be found at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/winter-boatyard-offers.
 
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the winter season when it tends to be used less frequently and is most at risk from adverse weather conditions. It’s important these options represent good value and we would encourage customers to book early as they are always popular.”

* Marinas offering 20% discount on lift, scrub, block off and re-launch are:
Hythe Marina Village, Shamrock Quay, Hamble Point Marina, Northney Marina, Sparkes Marina, Penton Hook Marina and Chatham Maritime Marina.


Brixham Marina Unveils New Lifting Service for Torbay Boaters

Posted: 27th September 2013

Boat owners in Torbay will soon be able to benefit from the very latest marine maintenance technology, thanks to the installation of a new lift at MDL’s Brixham Marina. The new boat lift dock will be open for business on Tuesday 7th October, bringing this exciting new technology to the area for the first time.

The new boat lift is only the third of its kind, with a state-of-the-art system capable of lifting boats of up to 50 tons and 60ft in length in just ten minutes, allowing quick and easy access for essential maintenance tasks. The whole process of lifting the boat, scrubbing the hull and returning it to the water can be completed in under an hour – far quicker and more convieinient than traditional methods. The new boat lift will be staffed by fully-trained operators and supported by MDL’s nearby Dartside Quay Marine Service Centre who will be on hand to provide a raft of maintenance packages, bringing their years of experience to a whole new group of customers in and around Torbay.

Shaw Smith, Manager at Dartside Quay Marine Service Centre and Brixham Marina, commented: “This new boat lift is set to be a real asset for all boaters in the area, whether they are local residents or visiting our beautiful coast for the first time. This is a unique service that cannot currently be found outside the Solent in the UK, and one, which we know will be hugely appreciated by the thriving marine community in Torbay.

“The extensive packages on offer will help boat owners get more out of their time spent on board – we can oversee the lifting and all aspects of maintenance, allowing owners simply to enjoy their leisure time. We hope to see many berth holders and visitors taking advantage of the new service over the coming months.”

Read more about the new Brixham Marina boat lift here.


FREE Active Marina Workshops at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 27th August 2013

Following the success of last year's inaugural RYA Active Marina Experience, we will once again be offering you the opportunity to refresh your boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors.
 
Once you have entered the PSP Southampton Boat Show with a valid entry ticket, you can sign up for FREE on-water and shorebased workshops in partnership with WHICH MARINA? and on-the-water.
 
From berthing and boat handling to man overboard recovery, engine maintenance to radar operation, workshops will run each day and will provide you with some real hands-on experience.
 
Places are very limited, so it is highly recommended you book your shorebased workshop session in advance now and from the 27th August limited on-water workshops will be available (Valid entry ticket required for the day).
 
This year's offer provides even more opportunity to refresh your boating skills with two F40 yachts, Sealine 390 Flybridge, Pilothouse Cruiser (Quiksilver 580) and a RIB powered by Suzuki.

For further information on the courses available, please click here.


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