All the latest marina news on boating, berthing and harbour developments from around the UK.
Third UK venue for boat club
Freedom Boat Club UK has opened its third centre in the UK, in the beautiful setting of Lake Windermere. And a fourth is planned in the spring of 2023 in Torquay. With two popular clubs already established at Southampton and Portsmouth, the new site at Lake Windermere is located at the self-contained and well-equipped Aquatic Quays Marina. Freedom Boat Club was first founded in 1989 in Sarasota, Florida, USA. It is the oldest and largest boat club in the world. The vision and purpose in establishing the boat club model was simple and straightforward – to deliver a hassle-free recreational boating experience for its members – Boating Made Simple. Freedom Boat Club launched in the UK in April 2019 in Portsmouth, and experienced an overwhelming positive reaction from the market. In May 2022, FBC opened its second location in the Solent at Hythe Marina Village, followed now by Windermere.
Boat show moved to avoid coronation clash
MDL Marinas has announced new dates for the South Coast Boat Show in 2023. Hosted at MDL’s flagship Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, the popular boat show will now be held on April 21-23. The change is due to the news that King Charles’ coronation is to be held on May 6, which falls during the original show dates.
“Following consultation with our exhibitors, we’ve decided it’s in everyone’s best interests to move the dates of the show,” says Tim Mayer, sales and marketing director at MDL Marinas. The coronation of the King is a major event, which quite rightly will see many people watching in London or on the television from the comfort of their homes. The South Coast Boat Show is focused on showcasing power and sail brands to serious buyers, and to generate strong leads and direct sales for the boat dealers, we need to ensure that as many people can attend as possible. We feel that running the show alongside an event of national and historical significance could impact on visitor numbers and the overall success of the show.”
Now in its fifth year, the South Coast Boat Show features the marine industry’s most exciting and innovative boating brands, as well as an extensive range of ancillary services such as associated gear, finance and insurance. Set in its premium location in the heart of Southampton, Ocean Village Marina, with its state-of-the-art facilities, excellent transport links and numerous restaurants and bars, is the ideal venue for a boat show.
For more information on MDL’s boat shows visit: mdlmarinas.co.uk
Ancasta shores up full-service support for multihull owners
In response to a boom in multihull sales over recent years, Ancasta International Boat Sales is reinforcing its extensive multihull brokerage services to provide a turnkey service for multihull owners.
From buying a multihull for the first time, and commissioning a new build, to regular servicing, maintenance or repairs, and selling or trading in for a newer or larger model, Ancasta provides all of the services a multihull owner needs to maximise their time on the water with minimum fuss, for the lifetime of their multihull ownership.
As an award-winning dealer for leading multihull brands, Ancasta has been delivering buying and selling multihull brokerage services – new and used – for over 20 years. Furthermore, the company has processed over £57 million of multihull sales in the past decade, which is a testament to its expertise. And if all that wasn’t enough, Ancasta has recently launched a dedicated online multihull hub – ancasta.com/multihulls – which provides multihull fans with all of the latest multihull news, boat shows and events, multihull cruising guides and how-to articles. For more info: Ancasta International Boat Sales