Thursday, 10 January 2019

Make your New Year’s Resolution to ‘use my boat more often!’

Here’s our top tips on how you can make this happen

I will use my boat more in 2019


No.1- Book the best 2019 tides
Check out the new tide tables. Mark in your diary the best weekends to visit the beaches.  There’s usually more beach to play on at low water at beauty spots such as East Head, Newtown Creek and Priory Bay.

No.2 - Free up your time
If you want to get afloat with your mates, arrange for your partner or family to have a few exciting days out. Maybe an adventure to London. Block those dates out as boating days for you – rain or shine! 

No.3 - Dodge the dog walking
If your dog is not water confident and it means you are restricted by walking and feeding times, check out local dog care services. Try borrowmydog.com or dogbuddy.com

No.4 It's festival time!
Make 2019 the year to visit new events or festivals. Check out the local spectacles and events you’ve always wanted to see and arrive by boat. Get these into your calendar now! Here’s a few on our hot list for you:

Isle of Wight Festival - 13 to 16 June
Rock the Boat, Bembridge music from 60s and 70s - 22 June
Rolex Fastnet Race Start - 3 August
Cowes Week Fireworks - Friday 16 August
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 17-18 August
The Wight Proms – 29 Aug to 1 Sept
Bembridge Harbour Food Festival – 21-22 Sept
Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular - 26 October

No.5 - Special days and precious times
Make sure you spend all the important birthdays and anniversaries on your boat.  Even if you come down and stay overnight in the marina. Book them out now in your diary.

No.6 - Catering made simple
Pick up a pre-packed picnic from The Beach Hut Café. Save yourself time shopping and preparing food.  Order these in advance.  Contact thebeachhutcafetw@icloud.com

No.7 - Pre-pack your boat bag
Have a check list of everything you need for a great day on the water.  Save time by keeping a bag ready and packed with everything you need from sun-cream, water bottles, towels and boat keys. Then you can just decide to go afloat at the drop of a hat.  No rushing around.

No.8 - Involve your crew
If there’s anyone in your crew who’s not sure about boating, could a training course in boat handling or driving help them? They will get more out of their day afloat, if they feel more involved and confident. Booking up some coaching with an approved RYA Powerboat Instructor could make a nice gift too.

No.9 - Take the hassle out of launching
Storing your boat in Trafalgar Drystack means your boat can be afloat and ready to go, within one hour of us receiving your APP message or call.  What’s not to like?


Thursday, 20 December 2018

Opening times, Christmas video and news-letter

The Trafalgar Wharf office and The Drystack will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, otherwise it's business as usual.

The Beach Hut Café will be closed from 4pm today (Thursday 20th December) and will re-open on Wednesday 16th January at 9am.  From Wednesday 16th January the new longer opening times will be Monday through Sunday 9am to 4pm.

Oh, and if you haven't seen our Christmas video then you're seriously missing out  Watch it by clicking here.


And finally, here is our latest news-letter if you fancy a bit of light reading over the festive season. Click here to read.  Enjoy.



Thursday, 13 December 2018

The 2018 Trafalgar Wharf Group Christmas Video


Well, it's finally here. The long awaited Trafalgar Wharf Group 2018 Christmas Video.

We hope you enjoy watching it - we certainly had fun making it :)


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year x



Thursday, 6 December 2018

Are you stuck for what you buy your loved one this Christmas?


Did you know that our sister company, JBT Marine, not only sell new and used RIBs and powerboats, but they are also an RYA training school, and that they have just passed their yearly RYA inspection with flying colours.


JBT'S RYA Courses and Gift Vouchers help to take away the stress of finding the perfect gift.

The Powerboat level II costs £289 and is a two-day entry level course providing the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

RYA VHF Radio Course costs £100 and is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment in the UK. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

Starting in the Spring, JBT will also be running the British Water Ski and Wakeboard Boat Course (Ski Boat Driver 2 Course) and the RYA Intermediate Powerboat Course.  Perfect for those wanting to advance their boating skills to the next level.

All of the powerboat courses are run on Brand new Ballistic RIBs and operate from Trafalgar Wharf here is Portsmouth (Portchester).  We're just off the M27.  We also has fantastic facilities including The Beach Hut Café (opening times Weds to Fri 9am to 4pm.  Sat and Sun 9am to 5pm) and our huge fully indoor drystack.

For more information contact Sophie@ribsforsale.com or call her on 02392 397000.  She can book you or your partner onto any of the courses, and arrange your gift certificate just in time for Christmas.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Do you know what your boat winter storage options are?

Don't miss out on storing your boat somewhere safe and sheltered this winter.  Bring her to us here at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth this winter and we'll make sure that she stays nice and safe throughout the cold and frosty season.
Give Corinne a call today for a quote, and if you book your space by the 14th December she'll give you a 5% discount.

02392 387833  


If you like the sound of saving money then pay up front and in full on your boats arrival and Corinne will knock a further 5% off.

That really is AMAZING ;)

Thursday, 25 October 2018

FREE winter storage at Thornham Marina, Emsworth

 
Our sister-site, Thornham Marina in Emsworth, are offering free winter storage this year.  So if you, or a friend or colleague of yours is looking to store a boat in the Emsworth area then you should give them a call.

Thorham Marina is at the top of the beautiful Prinsted Bay in Chichester Harbour.  It's a tidal marina and suitable for sailing and motor boats with a maximum draft of 1.8 meters, and up to 12 tons in weight.

Book your winter storage package at Thornham Marina, pay a £100 deposit by 31st October, and your boat name will be entered into their prize draw where you could receive your whole winter package absolutely free.  The winner will be announced at the Thornham Marina Mulled Wine & Mince Pies event on 8th December 2018, which of course you are welcome to attend.
 
 
Your inclusive package includes:
Lift out, pressure wash, storage ashore for 6 months, mast un-step/step (if required), cradle hire (if required) and re-launch.

Interested? Wait…there’s more!
 
 
 
 
With this super-duper all-inclusive package you will also receive:

A complimentary taxi journey to and from your home port upon your arrival and departure (within a 20-mile radius).
Flexible lifting and launch dates.
Free trailer/cradle storage if you return to us the following year saving you up to £450 during the summer.
Free car parking.
Luxurious toilet/shower facilities .
Marine trades on-site to suit your every boating need.
Invitations to their annual summer BBQ and annual Mulled Wine & Mince Pie event.

You can also be the proud owner of an exclusive Thornham Marina beanie hat which you will be presented with upon arrival, to keep you warm through those cold winter days.

Thornham Marina have a cosy customer beach hut which is available 24/7 for you to use to chat to like-minded boat owners and keep warm whilst you are working on your boat.  Complimentary tea and coffee is available.

They offer a service that is second to none and will care for your boat as if it were their own. They extend a warm, welcoming, friendly atmosphere when you join for winter and you will become part of their extended family.  

To join or get further information call Wendy on 01243 375335, email info@thornhammarina.com, or pop in and meet the team. www.thornhammarina.com
 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Are you the winner of a year’s free storage in The Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth?

If you attended the Southampton Boat Show back in September you'd have no doubt stopped by our stand to say hello.
 
We were running a prize draw to win a year’s free storage in our drystack here at Trafalgar Wharf which is situated at the top of Portsmouth harbour.  We had loads of entries and today we made this sort video to announce the winner.
 
Did you enter?  Could it be you?  Fingers crossed :)
 
The Drystack can accommodate RIBs and Powerboats up to 10 tons in weight and 13 meters in length.
 
So remember, if you weren't lucky this time and you're keen to find out more information then give Corinne, our sales manager, a call and she'll happily show you around and answer any questions you have.  Likewise, if you have a friend, family member or colleague who'd like to store their boat at The Drystack then give Corinne a call and let her know as there will definitely be a nice big thank you in it for you ;)
 
We also offer several other types of boat storage too.
 
You can get Corinne Monday to Friday on 02392 706384.