Thursday, 15 June 2017

Watch these boats being launched with our Sublift in this time-lapsed video

You may have seen our big blue Sublift (called Suzy) moving around site here at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth, but what is this machine used for, and what happens on a typical day in our boatyard?

You know that boats are lifted and launched, but have you seen Suzy in action for yourself?

Watch this quick time-lapsed video made by Tom Harding, Equipment Manager here at The Trafalgar Wharf Group, showing what a typical day looks like in our boatyard.  As you can see, Suzy and her operators are super efficient. 

She is suitable for lifting and launching motorboats and sail boats up to 24 tonnes and 18m in length.

Why not come to Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth to see her in action for yourself. 

If you need to do some maintenance on your boat and want to save money, we are offering free storage ashore for your first 30 days (between now and August 2017).  All you pay for is your lift out and re-launch.

Call Corinne now for a quote on 02392 387833.

The Trafalgar Wharf Group is also home to the UK's largest indoor drystack, suitable for storing powerboats, motor yachts and RIBs from 4 to 12 meters in length.  Check out The Drystck for more information.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

It's going to be sunny this weekend - here are some great day trips in the Solent

The summer is finally here (we think!) and we're loving it. With the arrival of the sun, there is no better time to get out on your boat and enjoy it. So, I thought I would give you some ideas of fantastic day trips around the Solent for you and your family.

Yarmouth town is located in the western Solent and has main ferry services operating from its harbour. Yarmouth is known locally as being a great spot for fishing and the harbour is always busy with ferries and small boats. During the summer, Yarmouth Castle is the perfect place to visit for fantastic sea views and family picnics. It will take you approximately 2 hours to reach Yarmouth from Trafalgar Wharf at an average cruising speed.
Lymington is a Georgian market town located on the southern edge of the New Forest. There are two large marinas giving you plenty of places to berth. Lymington has a large number of shops, boutiques, restaurants and pubs so you have a great choice of places to go for a relaxing day exploring the town. Lymington is around a 2.5 hour cruise from Trafalgar Wharf.
The Hamble River is a picturesque, quiet river at the entrance to Southampton Water with plenty of pubs and marinas dotted along its length. Hamble Point Marina at the mouth of the river has a chandlery, plenty of berths and a pub called the Ketch Rigger, a great choice for a Sunday lunch.
For an afternoon of shopping and a leisurely pub lunch, you can visit Hamble-le-Rice, a village full of cobbled streets and fine dining.
Much further along the Hamble is Swanwick Marina with plenty of pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area as well as the Boat House CafĂ© in the marina itself. The Hamble is around 1 hours cruise from Trafalgar Wharf. 
Wherever you go this weekend, have a brilliant time :)

Thursday, 25 May 2017

What happens on a typical day at The Drystack in Portsmouth?

Have you ever wondered what happens on a typical day at the UK’s largest indoor drystack? 

You know that boats get lifted and launched, but have you seen it for yourself? 

This quick time-lapsed video made by Tom Harding, Equipment Manager here at The Trafalgar Wharf Group, shows a typical morning.  As you can see, it’s busy busy busy! 

Why not come and see for yourself. 

Call Corinne on 02380 706384 for your very own buggy tour and she'll be able to answer any questions you have about boat storage, whether it’s in The Drystack itself, in the boutique marina, on the hard standing or a swinging mooring and you'll get a free bottle of wine for coming to visit.

We offer the best boat storage solutions here in The Solent.  Give her a call today 02380 706384.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

What do you know about the National Coastwatch?

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations closed.

NCI stations have been set up along the coast. Each station has a qualified and highly trained team to watch over its own particular area whether it's a popular seaside town, busy port or shipping area. Accidents will always happen at sea and along the coastline. Wherever there is an NCI station a watchkeeper will be looking out for danger and ensuring your safety on the water.

Each station is manned by a team of fully trained and dedicated volunteers who keep a daylight watch up to 365 days a year. Stations are equipped with telescopes, radar, telephone and weather instrumentation, as well as up to date charts.

A log of all water-based activities is kept during each watch and, when requested, weather conditions can be passed to yachtsmen and fishermen before they put to sea. Also with the new generation of web cams they can identify sea conditions for those who wish to check on the weather or sea state prior to doing any watersport activity, hopefully reducing the need for MCA response and RNLI call-outs. During each watch other activities such as canoeing and diving etc are closely observed, as are bathers, walkers and climbers who use the shoreline.

Trafalgar Wharf & The Drystack's local station is at Gosport.  You can receive radio checks and current local weather and sea conditions by calling on CH65 or by calling 02392 765194 during watch hours. A handy tip if you are planning a day trip on The Solent and you aren’t sure about the weather conditions.

You can find out more about your local NCI and the National Coastwatch Institution in general by clicking here.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Join Boat Club Trafalgar today - there's no joining fee

Boat Club Trafalgar, based at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth, has an exciting announcement to make.  Jonny Boys, the MD here at The Trafalgar Wharf Group, explains all in this short video. 

First of all, the joining fee has been completely removed so now all you have to pay when you sign up as a member is your monthly payment. 
Secondly, a one-month no commitment trial of Boat Club Trafalgar is being offered so if you aren’t completely sure whether it's for you, you are able to enjoy one full month of boating safe in the knowledge that you can leave at the end of the trial with no hidden ties.
And lastly, don't forget about the 60 day risk-free guarantee.  We’re so confident that you’ll love it here at Boat Club Trafalgar that if after 60 days you are not absolutely convinced that our membership plans are the most intelligent, effortless and fun way to go boating here on The Solent we will give you your money back.  No strings attached.
For more information about memberships call Steve today on 02392 706 599 or visit

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Are you interested in fishing?

Boat Club Trafalgar, who are based here at Trafalgar Wharf, are going to be exhibiting at the Southsea Marina Fishing Show this Saturday 6th May showing their Beneteau Barracuda 7 Fishing Boat 'Calypso' from their fleet of Club Boats.

If you would like to come along to the show and talk to Steve about Boat Club Trafalgar then give him a quick call on 02392 706599 or email him at

The show is set to be a fantastic day with an exciting range of exhibitors showing their specialist fishing products including bait and tackle providers, marine electronics, bespoke fishing kayaks and safety equipment.

There will also be a boat jumble running on the day and the RNLI will be there offering free lifejacket checks.

Dredging in Portsmouth Harbour; learn more about Harbour Regulations

You may have heard about the dredging in Portsmouth Harbour at the moment, this has meant some changes needed to be made to the small boat channel. Click here to read how this may affect you and your boat.

If you're interested in learning more about Harbour Regulations and local laws for The Solent, why not take part in an RYA Powerboat Level II course with our sister company JBT Marine RIB Sales.  They are based here with us at Trafalgar Wharf & The Drystack in Portsmouth.

This 2 day practical course will cover all the basic knowledge and skills you will need to be confident out on the water, plus, the RYA Powerboat Level II Certificate is a nationally recognised qualification for employers, marinas and charter companies.

The next course dates with JBT Marine are listed below.  If you'd like to book a date, or get some more information, then please call Kat on 02392 397000, or email her on

14th & 15th Jun
20th & 21st June
24th & 25th June
1st & 2nd July
15th & 16th July
29th & 30th July