Maritime & Marine

Published: May 13, 2020 | Updated: May 13, 2020

Back afloat: Portland and Weymouth Marinas to reopen under new boatfolk brand name

Weymouth Marina, one of 11 marinas in the UK owned by the newly named boatfolk.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Portland and Weymouth Marinas are to reopen this week under a new group brand name – boatfolk.

Owners Dean & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas made the decision after the relaxation of travel and leisure restrictions.

Michael Prideaux, Managing Director at boatfolk, pictured right, said: “Since May 4, we have been following a phased reopening of our boatyards, with controlled access to contractors to maintain boats in preparation for welcoming customers back to the marina.

“Following the latest advice from the government, we will begin the reopening of our marinas from Wednesday May 13.

“We are putting in place all necessary measures to keep our teams and customers safe, which is of course our primary focus.

“However we are also committed to getting our berth holders back on their boats and out on the water again.

Portland Marina

“Boating is a great outdoor activity that can be safely carried out whilst maintaining social distancing and the boatfolk marina teams cannot wait to welcome back our incredibly loyal customers across England this week.

“We are also looking forward to opening our marinas in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when it is safe to do so.”

The new name and brand, boatfolk, is intended to create a fresh new vision of inclusive waterside destinations focused on people, places and experiences.

It follows the merger of Dean & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas in May 2019 creating a national marina group with 4,000 berths, 150 staff and 220 acres of land and sea.

boatfolk believes that post Covid-19, and with international travel reduced, people will be looking for new leisure activities and new ways to access the water to have fun afloat with friends and family.

The company is hoping to see the renaissance of the Great British seaside holiday.

Apart from Portland and Weymouth, boatfolk’s other sites are Rhu Marina (Clyde), Conwy Marina (North Wales), Royal Quays Marina (Newcastle), Penarth Marina (Cardiff), Haslar Marina (Portsmouth Harbour), Portishead Marina (Bristol),  Deacons Marina (Hamble), East Cowes Marina (Ise of Wight) and Bangor Marina (Northern Ireland).