Premier Marinas has completed the purchase of Universal Marina located on the River Hamble, for an undisclosed sum, and are looking forward to integrating the site into the Premier Marinas group. Avia Willmet, the previous owner of Universal Marina will step down from her role as Managing Director and long-serving General Manager at Premier, Graham Bristowe will manage the newly named ‘Premier Universal Marina’ alongside Premier’s Swanwick site. For more information please visit PremierMarinas.com or speak to the onsite marina team. 



1st April - 31st October

Sun - Mon:  0800 - 1700



Avia Willment, passionate metre boat sailor and entrepreneur bought Universal, a very run down shipyard in 1997. Hidden down a tunnel of ancient trees on the east bank of the Hamble, Universal built naval vessels throughout the war and had subsequently changed hands many times. By 2007 Avia’s architectural flair and passion started the reinvention, transforming it into the elegant and vibrant marina that it is today.

During the ongoing development of the marina, Avia believes her ultimate responsibility is to create a legacy to pass on Universal to future generations who can enjoy its tranquil ambiance and feeling of freedom.

At the centre of this ethos is her commitment to building a modern marina with sustainability and eco-friendly values at it’s heart. Avia and her team strive to protect the delicate banks of the river and the surrounding lush vegetation and prolific wildlife. It’s all about resting the mind and body, having fun, realising one’s passions – and being at one with the world.




Family Run Business

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Free Parking for our Clients and Tenants

Café & Restaurant onsite

24 - Hour Security

Berthholders Lounge with Laundry

Dog & Child friendly

Free Electricity & Water on the Pontoons

Within walking distance of pubs, shops and countryside walking/cycling routes