If you are looking for a fantastic event to attend this spring with family and friends, then you need look no further than Hamble Boat Show. Taking place at Hamble Point Marina on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, this event is renowned as being one of the South’s leading new and used boat shows – attracting some great brands in a beautiful location and offering a fun day out.
With free entry for all, Hamble Boat Show offers the perfect opportunity to see new products and services, speak to expert brokers and find out more about the on-site marina services. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest selection of boats for sale onshore and afloat and this only expands during the event – with even more great brands showcasing and offering sea trials on a number of new models.
The show will once again be part of the BMF's "On the Water" initiative, which aims to encourage the nation to get on the water. Visitors will also be able to enjoy on-water displays, take part in informative workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme, as well as see how easy and convenient it is to use the dry stack services at the marina, with regular demonstrations taking place. Refreshments will be available from the Ketch Rigger bar and restaurant throughout both days, where visitors can enjoy a quick bite to eat, a long lunch, or just a delicious cup of coffee. Parking will be free all weekend.
Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 17th May between 10am and 3pm.
There will be official launches of these exciting new boats:
A number of fantastic exhibitors have already signed up for the show including Hamble-based yacht brokerages SD Marine and MGM Boats; hands-on sailing experience provider, Blue Box Sailing; training provider Sail Power Courses; children’s clothing retailer, Little Waterproofs; Hambledon Wineries Ltd; and international wine specialists, Pieroth.
Exhibitors are from a variety of sectors, and alongside a fantastic array of boats for sale previous shows have also included car, food and drink, clothing and lifestyle brands.
For more information, visit www.hambleboatshow.co.uk. If you would like to exhibit at this year’s show, contact Nic Parton at Hamble Point Marina by calling 023 8045 2464, or email email@example.com.
Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 15th May 2016, which conincides with the second day of the Hamble Point Boats on Show.
The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for boat owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.
Come down to the marina between 10am and 3pm to dispose of your flares safely.
We would like to invite you to our open day on Saturday 25th April 2015 from 10am to 4pm.
Unit 2 The Boatyard, Endeavour Way, Hythe Marina, Hythe, Southampton SO45 6LA
You will be able to discuss full system design and installation services as well as all boat related technical advice, including fabrication, boatyard services and brokerage.
We are suppliers of Raymarine, Victron Energy, Kabola and Wallas Heating and are happy to answer any queries on these products.
Free refreshments will be on offer.
Europe’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, recently partnered with UK charity water brand, One Water, to provide its customers with a gift that will not only help to save lives in Africa’s developing countries, but also keep them hydrated whilst afloat this summer.
MDL purchased over 5,000 1.5 litre bottles of One Water to send out to their customers in special water cooler bags, ahead of the new boating season. As well as being the perfect practical gift for a long day out on the water, 100% of the profit generated by One Water’s bottled water is donated to bringing safe, sustainable water supplies to communities across Africa.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing for MDL Marinas, commented: “We are really pleased to have collaborated with One Water to give our berth holders a renewal gift that will help transform lives. We feel there is great synergy between our two organisations and hope the water we purchased will help make a real difference.”
Since launching 11 years ago, One Water has raised more than £11 million and changed the lives of 2.7 million people, funding water programmes in countries such as Malawi, South Sudan, Angola, Kenya and Niger. Ian Spooner, Marketing Director at One Water, commented: “Teaming up with a prestigious marina organisation such as MDL Marinas provides an excellent way of informing an audience, which is passionate about water, about the global water crisis, and how they can help.”
If you would like to help this hugely worthwhile cause, MDL has set up their own JustGiving page. Alternatively, you can donate to One Water by simply texting MDLM47 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.
For more information about One Water and their life changing work, visit www.onedifference.org/projects.
Make a note of the date of Sunday April 26th when the first annual ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K race is taking place in Southampton, and if you are heading for Ocean Village and the marina pontoons or the RSYC Clubhouse be prepared for your journey to take longer.
The race route passes along Platform Road, Canute Road and through Ocean Village and roads along the route will be closed between 8 and 11 am. Anyone who needs to be in Ocean Village early are particularly asked to avoid parking along the waterfront between RSYC and Pitcher and Piano as this will be directly where the runners will be running through.
Organisers expect the maximum 6,000 runners competing in two races on the day — a 10km and a half marathon — which will affect traffic and through road closures on the morning which could affect your journey.
The 10km race starts at 08:30, from the city centre with about 1,000 competitors who will be starting to arrive from 07:00. The Half Marathon starts at 10:00 with up to 5,000 runners who will be heading into the city from 08:00.
If you plan heading to the marina or the RSYC, the best plan is to set out early on that Sunday and leave approx 15 mins extra for your journey before 08:00 and 30 minutes extra after 08:00.
The runners will have cleared Ocean Village area by 10:45 and the road closures affecting the area will be cleared before 11:00.
Race director Chris Rees said: “We hope this does not affect your day too much and if you have any queries or concerns about accessing the RSYC between 08:00 and 11:00 please don't hesitate to contact the organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org".
CLICK HERE to view a map of the race routes.
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 Marinas is delighted to welcome a new marine tenant to its Hythe Marina Village. Bucklers Hard Boat Builders, notable for their Nelson range of motor yachts and the Laurent Giles designed BH46 cruising ketch, is opening a specialist boatyard services facility, showroom and sales office.
The company offers a number of services for both sail and motor boats, including GRP repairs, refits and refurbishments, marine electronics, engineering and rigging and mast maintenance. It also offers a wide selection of prop deflectors, electronics, engines and heating components that can be purchased on-site.
The picturesque Hythe Marina was the first marina village to be built in the UK and remains one of its finest. Located on Southampton Water’s western shore, it offers a unique development with a 206 berth marina, as well as waterside homes, shops, restaurants, bars and a boutique hotel.
Adrian Gilson, Marina Manager of Hythe Marina Village, commented: “We are delighted to welcome such a well-established and respected business to our marina. Bucklers Hard Boat Builders has a great reputation for high quality work that will no doubt be of a huge benefit to our berth holders. We wish them every success in their new premises.”
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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