Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Would you cross The Solent in one of these?

You're probably familiar with the children's nursery rhyme about the owl and the pussycat going to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat, but, can you imagine going to see in a boat made out of a giant pumpkin?

Well that's exactly what Dmitri Galitzine did a few years ago, and today we received the official video.

Dimitri had the award winning giant pumpkin delivered here to Trafalgar Wharf & The Drystack and we helped him turn it into a sea-going vessel, complete with a couple of outboard motors.

Watch one man and his rather large vegetable boat crossing The Solent. 


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

We’re in The News

If you haven’t already seen this article then have a quick read now.

If you'd like some more information on Boat Club Trafalgar then call Steve on 02392 706599 or email him at

Entrepreneur sets up boat club in the Solent

Sea lovers who fancy cruising the Solent on top-of-the-range boats but don’t fancy blowing £100,000 on one can take their pick from a super fleet thanks to a new club.

A boat club, one of the only ones of its kind to feature powerboats on the Solent, has been set up by marine businessman Jonny Boys.

For a monthly fee, members of Boat Club Trafalgar, which runs from Trafalgar Wharf, get access to six boats, ranging from a 6m Ballistic rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to a Finnmaster T7. The scheme comes with training.

Jonny, MD of Trafalgar Wharf, The Drystack and Boat Club Trafalgar, said the idea was to make boating easy for people.

He said: ‘We suspected there was a gap in the market for people who want to go boating but who do not want to spend the capital on purchasing a boat and also do not want the hassle of ownership.

‘There are hassles of ownership as you have to buy a boat, have it maintained, cleaned, stored and insured.’

‘With this boat club, it’s a simple concept; it’s unlimited boating from our fleet of RIBs and powerboats for a simple monthly fee.’

He added: ‘It’s proving very popular both with people thinking about coming into boating who are not ready to make that step of buying a boat, but also with people who know about boating but who want a simpler way of boating.’

Jonny has a wealth of marine industry experience.  He set up JBT Marine, which specialises in RIBs, in 1999.

He also took over Thornham Marina in Emsworth in 2004. He set up Trafalgar Wharf with an investment company in September 2008 after Vosper Thornycroft vacated the area.

Tom Sanderson, who is running the boat club from the Portsmouth base, said: ‘People have busy lives. Some people just want to go out boating and want the experience, not necessarily own the product, it’s also a great stepping stone for someone who does not know much about the world of boating.’

The scheme, which was launched at Southampton Boat Show, officially goes live on March 1st.

There is a one-off joining fee of £4,400 and a monthly fee of between £295 and £595. For more go to or call (023) 9270 6599.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Who is the winner of a years free boating with Boat Club Trafalgar?

Yesterday, Steve Rodwell, manager of Boat Club Trafalgar, drew the winner of the London Boat Show 2017 competition to win a years free boating with Boat Club Trafalgar.

We're very excited to announce that the winner is Mark Berryman.  Congratulations Mark, we hope you're excited to get out on the water.

If you'd like to find out more regarding memberships, or you'd like to come and visit, give us a call on 02392 706599 or email

We're still running our special London Boat Show 2017 joining offer of half price joining fee (usually £4,400 now £2,200) which you can secure with a fully refundable £100 deposit, but remember, this offer ends at 5pm tonight (Friday 3rd February 2017) so contact us now for this fantastic saving.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Happy Australia Day Mate :)

I wonder how many of you remember the teams here at Trafalgar Wharf and JBT Marine celebrating Australia Day by wearing our bikinis and boardies to work.  It was freezing, but we made a gallant effort.

Here's the video to remind you, it's hard to believe this was 4 years ago!!

Happy Australia Day :)

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Trafalgar Wharf’s Donation Helps Portsmouth Sail Training Trust’s Falcon Fly Again

Portsmouth Sail Training Trust’s 29 foot safety launch Falcon is back on the water thanks to an incredible effort from a team of companies and individuals who donated their skills and services to get her back afloat.

Following accidental damage in late 2015, Falcon was off the water, causing a big setback to the PSTT’s valuable work.  Falcon is PSTT’s safety launch and supports more than 80 young people from disadvantaged areas in Portsmouth as they learn to sail and row and gain a variety of marine and other vocational qualifications.

As part of the restoration, Trafalgar Wharf stepped in to provide free storage space for Falcon.

“There was a fantastic community effort by a number of companies and the Royal Navy all working hard to get Falcon back into ship-shape,” said Jonny Boys, Managing Director of Trafalgar Wharf.

“We offered to lift, store and launch Falcon at our 24acre boating facility at the top of Portsmouth harbor. It helped the team get her back on the water in double quick time. It was great to be at the official presentation following the refit of Falcon and meet everyone who worked on her. On a personal note, it’s probably the only time I’ll get to have my photo taken with a Rear Admiral.”

Rear Admiral Paul Bennett presented a plaque celebrating her restoration to Alan Dorricott, BAE Systems’ operations lead for Fleet Time Engineering. The presentation was attended by representatives from the restoration team and many of the companies involved in the project.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Opening times over Christmas and the New Year


We'll be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day,
otherwise it's business as usual.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Here's our festive catwalk video for Macmillan! ⛄️

Earlier this week we held a festive catwalk show at the Trafalgar Wharf office.  We all wore our festive jumpers and strutted our stuff, as can be seen in our video.
The whole team took part with members of JBT Marine and The Drystack taking to the runway to show off their Christmas jumpers. Everyone who took part in the catwalk also gave a donation to Macmillan
We hope you enjoy the video! 🎄
Wishing you a very merry Christmas.