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Celebrating Tenant Anniversaries At Port Solent Marina!


Port Solent Marina is celebrating the anniversaries of two long-serving tenants with MasterCovers Ltd. who have been trading at Port Solent for 30 years and Madge Marine Services Ltd. who are celebrating 25 years at Port Solent Marina. Premier prides itself on being able to support the very best marine services at its marinas, something that is demonstrated by both Madge Marine and MasterCovers whose excellent service has backed their success at Port Solent.

MasterCovers Ltd is a well-established family run business specialising in the bespoke manufacturing of boat covers and marine upholstery. Providing top quality products and service is at the heart of the company’s ethos and brand. Started in 1985 by Steve Pryke, his son Mitch later joined the venture back in 2002, the business has continued to grow at Port Solent, with many berth holders returning time and time again since they first started trading 30 years ago.

Customer loyalty plays a big part in the company’s success and is exhibited by the quality and range of their products and services offered to berth holders, which makes them the only choice for spray hoods, cockpit enclosures, boat covers, carpets, upholstery, sail and cover valeting and repairs. Their skills and services were also utilised in the restoration of the historic ‘Lively Lady’, famously sailed by Sir Alec Rose, by supplying the boat covers as part of this wonderful project.

Steve Pryke speaking on his company’s time at Port Solent said, “It has been a memorable 30 years at Port Solent with the opportunity to meet and help berth holders with all their boat cover, boat upholstery and sail repair and replacement requirements. We have customers who have been berthed at Port Solent for 25 years + and we continue to work with them and new berth holders alike whilst embracing the technological advances in cover making and mixing these with the traditional workmanship our customers have become accustomed to. Working with Premier has been a rewarding and pleasurable working relationship, which has been mutually beneficial to both parties. As we sign a new lease we look forward to many more years at Port Solent.”

Madge Marine was established back in 1994 at Port Solent, the same year that the marina became part of ‘Associated Marinas Ltd.’, changing its name to Premier Marinas the following year. Nick Madge, who has been at the helm of the company for the last 20 years, has an experienced team (some of whom have over 20 years of service with Madge Marine) resulting in a high quality personalised service for berth holders predominantly at Port Solent, but also at other Premier Marinas.

Nick and his team specialise in all GRP work whether it is minor or major, general cosmetic improvement, compounding and polishing, antifouling and Epoxy system application.  They also offer shipwright services, plumbing and seacock replacement, bow and/or stern thruster installations and are insurance work specialists.

Nick Madge, Director of Madge Marine said, “It has been a great 25 years at Port Solent and we are thrilled to be celebrating our Silver Jubilee!  We have met, worked and continue to work with some lovely people, many of whom we now call friends.  We look forward to the next 25 years!”

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