Thursday, 3 August 2017

We name the newest member of our forklift family

She's a sight to behold with her super green clean engine, picking the boats out of The Drystack racking system and launching them to the water. She works alongside our two current forklifts, Emma and Fanny, aptly named after Lord Nelsons wife and mistress.

So what did we call our newest family member? 

Watch this video to find out, and if you want a price to store your boat in The Drystack, or some information, then call Corinne on 02392 387833.






Thursday, 20 July 2017

How to get to Ryde Harbour by water

Have you ever been to Ryde Harbour in your boat?  If you have then you'll know its a tricky harbour to get into. Its not only tidal and drying, but the entrance is inbetween two stone walls and hard to spot on your approach. Not the easiest harbour, but well worth it once you're moored up.

You're able to access Ryde Harbour two hours either side of high tide which means a trip there has to be planned very carefully.  Oh, and don't forget to pay the Harbour Master for your stay when you leave.

Last week, Boat Club Trafalgar arranged a guided boat trip for some of its members across to Ryde with their RYA Instructor Chris Moody. This was their first guided boat trip and it was a huge success so I know they are planning some more.

I thought it was a pretty informative video and wanted to share it with you incase you fancy taking a trip over there sometime.  Enjoy :)

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Shark spotted in the Solent - But is it a Great White?

Last week, our MD, Jonny Boys, asked Solent boaters to keep their eyes peeled for the rumoured Great White of The Solent.

To his surprise he has already received an entry from someone who took a picture of a shark in Langstone Harbour. 

Simon Masson is the first person to enter the competition to spot a Great White in the Solent. "I saw this fin breaking the water in Langstone Harbour and I think it was a shark.  Although I was on the beach and it was some way out, I took the picture as it was such an unusual sight.  I saw the Boat Club Trafalgar competition to win a membership and thought I'd enter just in case it was a Great White!"

Jonny said, "There certainly is a lot of wildlife in the Solent and this proves that it's worth keeping your eyes open as you never know what you'll see. We'll have to send this photo off to the Shark Trust to see what they make of it."

Keep your eyes peeled when out on the water. You could be the first person to have a confirmed sighting of a Great White. And even if you don't - there's plenty of great things to see, including the Solent dolphins.

For more information on Boat Club Trafalgar call Steve on 02392 706 599 or email him at info@boatclubtrafalgar.com

 

Friday, 7 July 2017

Are you looking for a safe and sheltered marina to store your boat? If so we could save you a bucket load of cash.

If you own a boat that is 7m to 10m in length we’ll give you £50 per meter per year off your storage cost when you moor your boat in our sheltered boutique marina here in Portsmouth Harbour, PLUS, we’ll give you membership to Sea Start absolutely free (Sea Start is like the AA or RAC, but for boats).

We have modern pontoons with water and electricity, and even a grassed party pontoon you can book to have BBQ’s and drinks on with your friends. 

Park your car in our secure, free, on-site car park which is right next to the marina and stay on your boat over-night.  We have fantastic loos and shower rooms for you to use too at no extra charge.

Our normal price is £416.67 per meter per year, but take advantage of this limited offer and you’ll only pay £366.67 per meter per year.

Just think of all the lovely things you could spend that saved cash on :)

Call Corinne on 02392 387833 and come and have a look around to see how lovely it is here, but be quick, this offer won't last forever.
 
 

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
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
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.
 
Hamble
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.