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Hi Vanessa, I just wanted to pass on a huge thank you from Andy, Yvonne and myself.We had a thoroughly enjoyable two days and Adam was a fantastic instructor.We all found the course extremely rewarding and would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone looking to learn boating.I am very keen to get as many of the team “afloat” so will be in touch again soon no doubt.Very best wishes,  Mike

I also learned more than I had perhaps expected to learn.  My past experience is mostly sail (I’ve got Day Skipper sail, theory and practical) and whilst I do have past experience with power boat driving in the form of use of company boats and driving sailing club safety boats, my power boat experience is not recent.

As well as learning some new things in specific relation to power boats that I had not been taught before, the course also highlighted just how rusty I’ve become and how much of my former Day Skipper knowledge has ebbed away through skills fade and lack of use.  It was quite eye opening in that respect and I was a little disappointed with myself once or twice when I didn’t know answers to questions that, as a Day Skipper, I really should have known.

What was nice was that a lot of the feel started to come back fairly rapidly,  when I spent more time on the helm.

Adam was a great instructor and he did a superb job.  He’s a really nice guy, made the course fun, explains things clearly and he is enjoyable to be around. I’d recommend him wholeheartedly and would be very happy to learn under him again on other courses. Andy

Mike W and Andy C (PANTAENIUS UK Limited)
Own boat PB2 September 2020

Thought I should thank you for arranging my own boat tuition with Adam Travell.Much appreciated being able to split the training over Monday and Tuesday of last week.We had excellent conditions and two really useful days on the water.


I enjoyed Adam’s company and his patient style of instruction.As a result, I learned some new things and re-learned some things that I hadn’t been able to do for some time.I’ve realised my intention of generally improving my boat handling skills and building confidence at the helm.

I’m very pleased that I came to Mendez for my training, please keep me posted about your training events, particularly through the Winter.

Kind regards


Stewart W
Teach an old dog new tricks

Thank you very much. It was a great course taught extremely well and professionally by Adam (Travell), couldn’t of asked for more, without doubt the best approach to instructing I have come across in a long time, coupled with excellent communication with yourself I will be recommending the Mendez program to anyone who will listen.

Carl MacKay
Advanced PB - September 2020

Morning Vanessa,

… If Carlsberg did training centres, instructors and examiners I’m pretty sure Mendez, Adam and James would be the Benchmark standard. All very professional, thorough at the same time great company and fun; thank you.


Barnes C
Advanced PB + CoC - September 2020
A quick line to thank you VERY much for organising the PBI course.
James (Davies) is an absolutely superb trainer – who provided instruction insights and methodologies that will have value way beyond PB L2 course management.
I’m looking forward to my next course with Mendez Marine.
Dan Rees
PBI course August 2020
Hi Vanessa,
Just to say a big thanks to you and Adam for a great couple of days. Was just right for us – we all learnt loads, very relaxed and had lot of fun.
See you again soon
Gordon, sally , Alex and Anna
Gordon C and Family
RYA PB2 Assessment - Own Boat

I’ve been meaning to write for a few days but wanted to drop you a quick note to say a huge thanks for last weekend. Gaz is a fantastic tutor and did a great job representing your company. I will certainly be looking to further my journey and would have no hesitation in recommending and using you guys again.


Gareth Mullaney
RYA Helmsman August 2020

Facilities Great – boat in excellent condition for her age.  Instructor (John Bearman) superb – lots of time spent explaining things in detail, excellent manner. Had a great time! M Pritchard

John (Bearman) was a superb instructor – perfect. P Harris

Really enjoyed the courses, everything was great.  John was brilliant, great guy made the course fun and entertaining as well as educational.  C Pritchard




Pritchard & Harris
RYA Day Skipper Practical

Excellent support from Vanessa to meet my needs in a short timescale – big thank you.  Vessel was ‘busy’ with lots of ‘stuff’ out in the open with no real place to put it!  Vessel was clearly well maintained with good supply of safety gear.  Food supplied was more than satisfactory.  Montys’s attitude to coaching is an asset to your business.


Ted T
Conversion Sail to Power
Hi Vanessa
Thank you so much for all your help.  Such an amazing experience.
James is very very good at what he does. His knowledge is unreal. As is Adams they were both brilliant. As an assessor he must be used to people trying to be best friends with him but he remains extremely professional, whilst still having a good conversation.  Everyone involved including all of you were very accommodating and it was an absolute pleasure
Thank you again
Dominic T
Advanced PB + CoC - 4.2.20

I just wanted to say thank you for putting on the Cruising Instructors course last week.  I enjoyed the course and the boat was great.  In particular the boat handling day was very beneficial, as it removed a layer of challenge on the course, and I think that both Mike and I felt the same.

Chris B
Cruising Instructor Course - December 2019
Please thank everyone at Mendez Marine for your help and support last week. It was great to be in such a supportive environment.
Please past on my huge thank you to Julie for putting up with me for a week.
Jules W
RYA YM/Coastal Shorebased Theory

Good Communication and Advice. Very happy with all aspects (of the course) thought condition of the boat very good.  Like the the relaxed but professional approach – Tim B

Good email contact before the course and quick response to emails.  Office smart, easy to find and staff welcoming.  Fenland Dancer a high spec for a school boat, comfortable and had everything required.  Lots of learning material.  learnt lots, very windy weekQ – Jon B

Jon and Tim - YM Sail holders
Bespoke Conversion course - October 2019

Advice and information given (before the course) was very thorough, more than adequate, very helpful.  Thoroughly enjoyed (our time with Mendez Marine).  Excellent course.  Great instructor (Paul) teaching friendly patient and good Company – Rebecca H

Excellent, patient instructor (Paul) helpful and Informative.  Absolutely loved it! (the course) – Andy H

Andy, Rebecca and Leigh
Family Helmsman course

Did we make it fun? Yes – very varied, good atmosphere, Knowledgable Instructor (Monty) – Chris H

Instructor (Monty) – Very knowledgable, laid back – recognised levels of ability and constantly looking for ways to challenge / test us.  Night experience was particularly interesting / fun.  Nice boat – Pete B

Really good range of activities – want to do Day Skipper or Yachtmaster theory – Lewis W


Chris, Lewis, Pete
Day Skipper Motor

Thoroughly enjoyed the course, great instruction, great boat (Swiss T).  very much appreciated that the course ran with only 1 candidate

Mark Welch
RYA Intermediate Powerboat course

I write to thank Mendez Marine for a great experience in the PB2 course. I didn’t know what to expect and I ended up loving and understanding the passion that Mendez feels for boats. Cristina

Adam was very confident, calm and humorous – Thank you.  Barbara

Really useful course, lots of information. boat was great, Instructor (Adam) was great. just booked the VHF course for next week …. In the next couple of days I will know more about the boat I’m hoping to buy and when it becomes mine 😊 Once I have that info I’ll definitely be booking in some own boat training days. But in the meantime I will see you next week.  You may as well cut me a set of keys for the office now, I think I’ll be spending a lot of time there. Vincent

Feedback from Students
RYA PB2 course - 28 + 29 September 2019

We should also thank you very much for the day.  I know it was only a small assignment for you but the attention to detail and level of service given was incredible – Paul and Kit were fantastic. Geoff genuinely had one of the most memorable experiences of his life and has not stopped talking about it since.

Tom and Ann-Marie

Tom and Ann-Marie W
80th Birthday Celebration

Instruction was great, it was well structure, friendly and we learnt loads.  The facilities and equipment on Fenland Dancer were really good.

Going to Beaulieu was fantastic and then the isle of Wight was a treat.  Crossing on a busy day taught me loads.

I was quite worried before coming on the course but Monty was a great instructor who made learning fun and his encouraging comments I felt confident.

Denzi and Sezin
Helmsman Course

Feedback from two students on their RYA Day Skipper course

‘Excellent boat for learning the skills’

‘Great learning boat – Monty was a very good teacher’

Michael P and John S
RYA Day Skipper

Happy with everything: facilities – great,  instruction – wonderful.  Sharon was really patient.

Deborah WJ
PB2 May 2019

Facilities – excellent, clean, appropriately furnished, professional

Equipment – excellent – boat fully equipped

Instruction – excellent – fantastic communication, Knowledgable, very clear theory Instruction. Adam gave calm clear practical training with encouragement.

Thank you – you are reccommended

Bruce James
PB2 may 2019

Gary (Martin) was excellent.  Very Clear instructions and clear communication makes you feel very confident.

It was fabulous – I now feel confident.  Very good instruction, clear, calm and patient.

Great Instructor, positive, encouraging and supportive

Caroline and Annabelle Body and Jessia Bodie
Own Boat - PB2

Easy to book. Very friendly team.

Paul helped us all the way, clear explanations, always available and willing to answer our questions. Superb instructor.  Very nice boat.

My aim is to get the yachtmaster – I’m sure you will help me get there.

Tomas D'Agnone
Day Skipper Practical

Paul is an excellent instructor.  He is very calm and helps calm your nerves when trying something new.  He has props to her you visualise new things – this helps with my learning style.

I had lots of fun and feel so much more confident than 4 days ago.

Add Watton
Day Skipper Plus


From beginning to end the whole course was fun, enjoyable and a great learning experience, run by complete professionals on an excellent boat, and they also make you feel like part of the family.

The booking process simple and informative with good follow up.

Julie is absolutely the best teacher I have ever encountered in doing courses in 30 odd years of professional yachting including at the MCA at Warsash.

Professional, knowledgeable, an excellent teacher, kind, and made it a fun learning experience.

The boat was kitted out with the latest navigational and safety gear.

Both the guinea pig and student on the last day were top drawer in analysis and informative feedback, designed to help us teach to the best of our ability. Bravo.

If you want a school to get a piece of paper, this is not it. There are no yellow cards at Mendez Marine, just a great learning experience. If you are not up to the mark (pardon the pun) you are going to be encouraged to go away and learn more before coming back.

This is a genuine teaching school run by professionals who do it in a very pleasant manner to give you confidence. But, you had better know your stuff !

I would recommend Mendez Marine wholeheartedly and without reservation to professional mariners and leisure boaters of all ages and different levels of experience.

In good faith,


Patrick Ebbitt
Cruising Instructor 15 - 18 April 2019

Did we make it fun?  A Lot!  Julie is a very nice person, with her smile and sympathy she could teach everything with lightness.

Fabrizio Morgia
CI Course

Feedback from students:

Before we arrived ” simple clear booking process, immediate confirmation (of booking) and follow up information clear and timely.”

Facilities “Excellent instruction, First class facilities and Equipment” “Welcoming, Steve maintained the right level of professionalism throughout” “”Instructor go us straight into it 9rib) amazing to have a go so quickly”

Was it fun “Enjoyed the course very much”. “absolutely super couple of days”

feedback forms
RYA PB2 with Steve Monk

Really enjoyed the course.  Brilliant Facilities, professional and fun atmosphere – Hannah H

Excellent! Great explanations and knowledge.  good progression over the 4 days.  Good facilities – Vic D

Excellent integration, patient and allowed time to concentrate on skills that needed refinement.  boat in good condition and latest equipment. – David G

Hannah, Vic and David
Day Skipper Practical

’10/10 for everything. Very Satisfied Customer’ Jonathan W

‘Great Time, Lots of fun, learnt a lot – came from no boating experience now feel very confident’ Edward T

‘Loved Paul and Fenland Dancer’ Will G


Student Feedback forms

Steve was professional, encouraging, kind and Inspiring.

totally dedicated to providing the highest level training.  He was patient too.  what a delightful man – who the rest of the boat yard clearly adore.

Naomi J
PB2 24.3.2019

‘Fantastic Instruction from Julie – very relaxed but constructive’

Booking process – ‘Excellent information on the course before I arrived’


Student feedback forms

‘Tim was great, made the course fun and interesting.  Much better than watching a PP Presentation’. Hannah

‘I can honestly say it’s the best first aid course I have been on for first aid.  Tim is knowledgeable, displaying a wealth of experience.  He put many stories of incidents to back up the learning’ Gaz Hall, RYA Instructor


Student feedback forms

Great 2-days theory.  Monty was consummate professional throughout, which made it so much easier be use he had an obvious enthusiasm for the subjects he was teaching . . . . ‘did we make it fun’ in one word ABSOLUTELY. I really enjoyed the theory and it made it such a wonderful experience because everyone was so kind and helpful.  I would definitely recommend the school.

Alan Stewart
Day Skipper Plus
I just wanted to give some feedback and let you know my son Adam enjoyed the Sailing and nautical info on your page, https://www.mendezmarine.co.uk/links/ . He recently did a project about the British navy, and the age of discovery, and learned quite a bit about sea-faring and ship building. It really got him hooked! He’s been doing quite a bit of research during his computer free time- he had mentioned your page a few times, and I thought you’d be glad to hear!
Adam has struggled to find hobbies and subjects that interest him lately, so I was thrilled when he expressed an interest in Sailing and boating!
We are going to get him some lessons in the spring hopefully, but He wanted to send you a note and suggest an article to share on your page about various knots that are helpful for any sailor to know, https://www.hmy.com/a-scouts-guide-to-boating-knots , which he really enjoyed. I thought it was a really neat article, and was hoping you  might be able to include it on your page? I would love to show him he could contribute another cool nautical article!
Thanks again for encouraging Adam’s interest in the high seas! Hope you enjoy the article, and if you end up being able to include it, please let me know! Happy New Year, and hope to speak again soon.
Adam fuller
Website information

” I contacted Vanessa and Paul, as I’m on my pathway to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, and asked them to help me with my development. From the outset they have been nothing but supportive and have taken the time to see me as an individual. Recently we completed my first Qualifying Passages cross channel to Guernsey and back (210 Nm) as part of their ‘Motor Cruising Mile Building’ product on their 37ft Princess. So many learning opportunities along the way and lots to take onto my next week long mile building package in February. For any budding YMO’s out there, Mendez Marine is the place to do your training!”

Tim P
Mile Builder

Many thanks for your help (Vanessa) yesterday on board and for Paul throughout the week making my stay as comfortable as possible!! It was a great day and finished today also especially great knowing I passed my yachtmaster 😁

I seriously enjoyed the week and the exam also which is strange because exams usually end up being really nerve racking but I managed to keep my cool and succeed in passing 😁😁 super happy.

Mat Norman
YM Prep and Exam

From the very get-go of this course: the email and phone interactions before it began, I have experienced nothing but positive encounters. The staff were friendly, enthusiastic, and welcoming and the service provided by Mendez Marine was efficient and of a very high quality from start to finish.

Monty was a fabulous and thorough teacher, and made the course really fun. He (and Paul!) were fantastic teachers throughout the course – at all times I felt confident, reassured, and in safe hands. I feel as though I learnt quickly, and that’s because of the quality of teaching provided.

Cecily Warner
Day skipper Practical

“Excellent instruction, Sharon was patient and explained everything well. RIB was in good condition and well maintained.”

RYA Powerboat Level 2

“Amazing Time, Amazing everything.”

RYA Powerboat Level 2

Had the pleasure of a days tuition yesterday with Mendez Marine and was lucky enough to have the man himself doing the tuition. Jon was superb, and has now given me the confidence to helm my newly acquired T40! He even had my wife taking the boat up the marina and turning it around, which is something I never thought she would do!

I had the misfortune of being given poor advice when my T40 was delivered by being told to use the central helm and the sticks which is why I was not confident with what I was doing. It was yesterdays tuition with Jon that showed me just how manoeuvrable my boat is with my stern thrusting outdrives. Absolutely brilliant stuff and 10/10 to Jon and Mendez Marine.

Own Boat Tuition

Just to say a big thanks to Keiran for his great attitude and attention to detail with boat handling. Also to Jules for putting us at ease during the exam. We had trying conditions but I enjoyed the week, start to finish. Great team.

Many thanks, Simon…

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