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This Marina Life is our monthly podcast, talking all things marinas, boating and the marine environment for those who share a love of the water. In each episode, marine podcaster, Ceri Hurford-Jones, is joined by members of the MDL senior management team together with leading experts, partners and berth holders across the MDL community to discuss a wide range of trending topics, from exciting marine innovations and events to pressing green issues.

Hear from professional adventurers, The Turner Twins, about their ambitious plastic research expedition to help reduce plastic pollution. Listen to leading brands like Raymarine and Aqua superPower on the new and exciting products on display at MDL boats shows.

Each episode is available on the following platforms:

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You can also listen via this web page by simply clicking the play button below to dive into our engaging and informative conversations.

A new episode is released each month, so make sure you subscribe on your chosen platform or follow our website to stay tuned to our latest exciting content, packed full of tips and marina info for boaters of all levels.

The South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show brings to Southampton a range of global power and sail brands, along with new innovative eco-friendly products, all at the same great venue for three days this spring. Guided by Raymarine and taking place from 19th to the 21st April 2024, visitor attendance is FREE, and you can also make appointments to view specific boats on display or meet with individual exhibitors.

Over 80 boats will be on display at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton plus many other companies will be exhibiting on the land. Convenient on-site parking is available in our multi-storey car park and you'll also find a great range of bars and restaurants around the marina itself to wine and dine in beautiful surroundings.

In this episode, you'll hear from MDL’s Sales and Marketing director Tim Mayer about the show itself and you’ll also hear from some of those exhibiting, including Steve Bruce from ePropulsion, Kate Fortnam, the RYA’s Green Blue Campaign Manager, Alasdair Marshall from SE Yachts and Jon Partridge, the CEO of the RS Marine Group.

The second half of this 2-part show is all about Boat Preparation and Fault Finding with the main aim to cover some of the most common issues we as boat owners experience. Amongst the brilliant guests in this second part are Nick Eales from Sea Start, Andy Postle from Allspars and Alistair Hackett from Ocean Safety. Each guest kindly give some real insights into getting our boats (and ourselves) better prepared for the forthcoming season.

This special 2-part show is all about Boat Preparation and fault finding with the main aim to cover some of the most common issues we as boat owners experience. It is designed to help provide you with some useful ideas to help you prepare your boat for the season ahead and also show you how MDL can offer some help to enable you to enjoy more time out on the water…...trouble free!

Among the Guests featured in this episode are Guy Addington from the RNLI, Peter Burgess from Motive Marine and Stuart Blake from Hamble Yacht Care. I also got to meet up with Barry Radband – an experienced MDL marina and boatyard manager from Shamrock Quay in Southampton who had some very useful observations to impart!

Most of us would regard sailing nearly 27,000 miles around the world via the three great capes and the Southern Ocean, an epic, life-changing achievement. But the 160 adventurers who will embrace the Ocean Globe Race are now acutely aware getting to the start line on September 10th is almost as challenging and as daunting as the race itself!!

In this episode Marine Podcaster Ceri talks to MDL’s Tim Mayer about how this amazing event came about. Also featured is the founder of the OGR itself, Don McIntyre. Then you'll hear from the three charities that the OGR is supporting; Mark Todd the CEO of Ocean Youth Trust South, the Restoration Science Officer from Blue Marine Foundation, Dr. Luke Helmer, and finally Tracy Edwards MBE, the owner of the much-loved Maiden, who of course skippered the first all-female crew in the 1989 Whitbread.

As with life itself, it’s the people we’ve meet over the last 50 years, and their stories, that have made our journey so memorable and shaped the development of MDL and our marinas. From our marina teams and berth holders to onsite tenants and visitors - it’s these people, not the pontoons, that have ensured our ongoing success.

And to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we’d like to tell some of these stories. For this episode marine podcaster Ceri has been collecting some reminiscences, thoughts, and comments from various berth holders, stakeholders and tenants from around a number of different MDL sites plus an exclusive interview with the MD of MDL, Mike Glanville.

In this episode Marine podcaster Ceri meets up with five Imray Pilot Book editors and authors to talk about their favourite spots and hidden anchorages within easy reach of the south and east coast of the UK. Among his guests are; Tom Cunliffe, Annabel Finding, Peter Harvey, Graham Adam and Garth Cooper.

For this episode marine podcaster Ceri Hurford-Jones meets up with four fascinating guests: Josh Masters from Lightning Craft, Kate Fortnam, the Campaign Manager for The Green Blue, Charlie Hall from Pixii and David Kendall from Optima Projects Ltd. The discussion focuses on what the future holds for boating and how boat owners can help protect the environment that we sail in.

In this episode, you'll hear from MDL’s Sales and Marketing director Tim Mayer about the forthcoming Show and you’ll also hear from some of those exhibiting including Steve Bruce from ePropulsion, Kate Fortnam, the Campaign Manager for The Green Blue and David Kendall from Optima Projects Ltd.

In this episode Ceri Hurford-Jones takes the chance to put some of your questions to Tim Mayer, the MDL Sales and Marketing Director. An area that seems to be generating quite a number of responses is about the Otium rewards scheme offered by MDL.

In this episode Ceri meets up with four different boat owners who all keep their boats in dry stack; a multi-storey parking area and valet service for speedboats. Dry stacks are located at a variety of our marinas on the UK South Coast, in Poole, Hamble and Southampton. The reason for talking to these owners was to find out how they make it work for them and their boat.

In this particular show, you’ll get to hear about where you can keep your boat safely and securely as Ceri meets up with three different boat owners who keep their boats in one of the many MDL Marinas on the South Coast.

Three guests in this episode make the case for being much more aware of our impact on the sea when we are using fuel and oils in our boats.....they also offer some really useful hints and tips to reducing the impact we have on the aquatic world we enjoy being on. More information can be found at

This particular show is all about the central role MDL are playing in helping to reduce plastic and waste in their marinas, and therefore helping to reduce the amount of plastics going into our oceans.

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