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, or pop in and meet the team.

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.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Winter Storage. Have you got yours arranged yet?

Make sure you have your boat stored safely this year ready for winter.  Here at Trafalgar Wharf Portsmouth we have a variety of safe and sheltered moorings.

Our marina is suitable for boats up to 9 meters in length.

Our storage ashore is available for boats up to 18 meters.

Our fully trained and insured boat yard team can lift and launch most types of boats up to 24 tonnes with our Sublift.

We are ideally situated at the top end of Portsmouth Harbour (only minutes away from the M27) where we're protected from the gales and rough seas to give you peace of mind whilst your boat is stored with us.  We have plenty of free parking on-site as well and water and power hook ups.

We have a very friendly marine community on-site who are on hand for your spares and repairs, we also have our very own chandlery in our reception for any bits that you may have forgotten, as well as a lovely new cafĂ© to warm you up with hot drinks and food served by the log burner.  Hmmm, cosy :)

Look after your boat over the winter so she can look after you when you're out enjoying yourself on the water the rest of the year.

Call Corinne now on 02392 387833 before the winter arrives and she'll give you a quote to get your pride and joy safely tucked up for the winter. 

Book by the 19th October with a refundable £50.00 deposit and receive a 5% discount.  We will also give you another 5% discount if you pay upfront in full upon arrival.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Trafalgar Wharf Helps Rowers with Trans-Atlantic Challenge

Trafalgar Wharf has signed up to help a team of four intrepid rowers take on the Atlantic this December. 

You may see this in the press over the next couple of days...but here's a sneak peek.

The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is the world's premier annual rowing event covering more than 3000 miles from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua. 

“Up to 30 teams participate from all around the world and Justin Evelegh is a good friend of mine” said Jonny Boys, MD of Trafalgar Wharf.  “To be honest, I think this challenge starting in December is pretty mad!” 

“When Justin asked if we could store the boat and be their pre-race base of course we said we would help, especially as they are raising money for such a worthwhile charity.” 

“The team at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth are great and have been really encouraging” said Justin.  “It really helps us having a base like this before we start our row.  We’ll be doing a few training rows on The Solent which we hope will prepare us for the Atlantic and get us used to our very special boat.” 

“We’re raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation which is a national children’s charity that is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness.” Justin added. 

“We know that this event is going to be extremely tough so we are delighted that along with our sponsors Land Rover and JLT, Trafalgar Wharf has become a very valuable part of this team.” 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Exciting news - Win a years free drystack storage at the Southampton Boat Show this September.

Exciting news - The Trafalgar Wharf Group will be exhibiting at the Southampton Boat Show this September.

The show will run from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd September.

We'll be on stand C008, near the Sunseeker International stand, with information about The Drystack, alongside our sister companies JBT Marine, Ballistic RIBs and Boat Club Trafalgar.

As always, we'll be running a free prize draw for one lucky person to win a year’s free storage in The Drystack.  All you have to do is visit Corinne on the stand, fill in your details and receive a free gift! Easy peasy.

Last years winner of a years free drystack storage was Robin Walker with his Bayliner 185.  This year it could be you.  Make sure you go and see Corinne :)

For more information about the show, The Drystack, JBT Marine, Ballistic RIBs or Boat Club Trafalgar, or how to get your free boat show ticket, please give Corinne a call on 02392 387833 or email her at

We look forward to seeing you at the show.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Our very own 'Clipper Round the World Yacht Race' crew member...well kind of!

Get a load of this!  Heather, who works at our RIB sales company JBT Marine, is married to one of the Skippers who has just returned from the Round the World Race.
She, along with some of the guys from JBT, took some of their Ballistic RIBs up to Liverpool to welcome Lance (her hubby) and his crew on Liverpool 2018, affectionately known as the Pink Panther because of the colour,  and all the other crews back from the their long and tiring journey. 
They set off from Albert Dock, Liverpool on the 20th August 2017 and visited many places along the way...finally returning to Liverpool last week.
Uruguay, Cape Town, Freemantle, Sydney, Hobart, Whistundays, Sanya, Qingdoa, Seattle, Panama, New York and Derry-Londonderry.

1st place went to Wendy Tucker.  She is the first female skipper to win a round the world race.  Wendy is from Sydney Australia.
2nd place went to Nikki Henderson.  She is the youngest person to skipper the race and had her 25th birthday just before the race finished - happy birthday Nikki.
Lance's boat came 7th, having had to divert to New Foundland along the way.  Well done Lance and crew :)
Lance’s crew also won Team Spirit for the complete race.   
Well done to everyone who took part in this race, whether on the boats, arranging the event or waiting patiently back home for their loved ones to return.  Great effort. 

Friday, 27 July 2018

How to keep cool on your boat this weekend

Well the hot weather has certainly arrived with a bang and it looks like it's going to be hanging around for a while yet (yay!). So with that in mind, here are some handy tips on how to keep yourself, your family and your friends cool whilst out on your boat.
Staying hydrated is about more than just being on or in the water.  When you swim, it’s tempting to feel a bit more hydrated than you really are.  Anyone who’s using your boat for swimming or water skiing etc. might feel the same.  The key point to remember is that simply being exposed to water doesn’t hydrate you.  You have to drink it.
Staying hydrated is about more than just water, too. If you want to feel your best, you can’t only drink water, particularly if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors.   As any long-distance runner will tell you, you lose more than water when you sweat. Replacing water and electrolytes with just water isn’t enough, you have to keep some snacks handy to replace some sodium and potassium and other electrolytes as well.  The best solution is take a lunch break when the sun is at its hottest.
Wear white. White is the most efficient reflector of light, which means it will do the best job of keeping the sun’s rays out.  White towels, shirts, shorts, and hats are in season for this very reason.  So make use of them.  Not only will they add to your protection from the sun, but they’ll generally feel 'lighter' throughout the day thanks to their reflective properties.
Find shade whenever you can.  If your boat has a canopy, that’s great, it will be a great way to keep out of the sun while staying out on the water.  But if it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to take frequent breaks.  Breaks aren’t only important to make sure that you feel refreshed, but the symptoms of dehydration can sneak up on you, so taking a break is a great way to check on yourself and others.
Bring a cooler box or bag.  There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink on a hot day, but if it’s a hot day, you’ve got to bring some cool storage with you to ensure those cool drinks actually last.  A cooler bag can bring enough drinks for a boat trip without getting in everyone’s way. Or hang them over the side of your boat in a netted bag.
Keep protected.  Sunburn, as well as being so bad for you, also 'feels' hot as it develops, which is why it’s important to protect your skin from the sun with a nice water-resistant sunscreen.
Make sure to keep every boat outing a reasonable length and follow these tips and you'll be sure to curb some of the summer heat, but remember your limits too.  

Sometimes, the sun simply gets the better of you and it’s a good idea to know when to call it quits and stay comfortable so you can enjoy boating just as much tomorrow as you did today.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.