MDL’s Shamrock Quay marina and boatyard in Southampton has undergone a full spring clean and completed a number of improvements in preparation for the new season. The 255-berth marina is a major centre for refit and boat building, making it imperative to have everything ship-shape for berth holders and visitors.
The hoist dock, which lifts up to 75 tons, has been fully refurbished and parts of the marina have been dredged for safe passage. The turbulent winter weather meant that the dredging took over a week to complete, but the marina can now be easily enjoyed by all seafaring guests visiting Shamrock Quay.
Essential maintenance work has taken place, including pressure washing all the pontoons, with the unique 70-metre superyacht berth and 60-metre visitor berth ready to welcome visitors. A freshen up of the modern showers and toilet blocks was carried out as well as electricity checks on all dockside points.
The marina has a bumper calendar of spring events coming up this season, starting with the Mayor of Southampton, Linda Norris, opening the first ‘Classics on the Quay’ evening meet of the year on 17th April. Back by popular demand, the monthly event proved a huge success throughout 2015, with hundreds turning out to see classic cars and motorbikes, and enjoy the lively social scene and tasty food on offer.
Stormforce Coaching, based at Shamrock Quay, is organising its first ‘Cruise In Company’ of the year in late April, and will be cruising over to France with a stop off at the Channel Islands en route. The ‘Cruise in Company’ is always popular with berth holders and visitors alike, offering a friendly cruise with lots of social stopovers along the way.
Shamrock Quay visitors and berth holders are spoiled for choice with dining, with the marina being home to Trip Advisor’s number one rated restaurant in Hampshire, Quay Fifteen. This fantastic restaurant remains a great place to finish off a day’s sailing with first-class food and a great atmosphere. Coupled with all the exciting events planned at the marina, Shamrock Quay is bound to draw in the crowds – it’s a good job the team has made an extra special effort to be ready in time for spring.