Friday, 13 July 2018

The Beach Hut Cafe, Trafalgar Wharf. How to get there and how to claim your free cup of coffee

Watch this quick video of Jonny explaining what The Beach Hut Café has to offer, how you can find it (at the end of Castle Trading Estate in Portchester), and how to claim your free coffee it the next week (by Wednesday 18th July 2018).

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hampshire’s Cricket Cup Winners Blast Their Way Round Solent on Speedboats with Boat Club Trafalgar

Hampshire’s Cricket Cup Winners Blast Their Way Round Solent on Speedboats

Portsmouth – July 4th 2018 – for immediate release
Fresh from their Royal London Cup win at Lords, a group of Hampshire’s finest cricketers were treated to a blast round the Solent, thanks to the Boat Club at Trafalgar Wharf.

Players from the ageasbowl-based club travelled at up to 35 knots on three specially-built Ballistic RIB boats.

“It was great to welcome the team down to Trafalgar,” said Jonny Boys, Managing Director at the Portchester shipyard.
“Elite sportsman appreciate a day away from training to refresh their batteries and there’s nothing quite like a spin on The Solent under blue-skies to freshen things up.”

Some of the team that went out had never been on The Solent before. Players James Vince (Captain), Tom Alsop, Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast, Ian Holland, Lewis McManus, Gareth Berg, Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Colin Munro, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jimmy Adams all took part in the event.

The team, who beat Kent by 61 runs to lift the Royal London One Day Cup last weekend are now lining up for the T20 Vitality Blast tournament.

“We’re delighted to be supporting our local county team,” said Jonny Boys.

“Let’s hope that they are successful in The Blast. And if any cricket fans want to come down and have a look at our boat club, they are more than welcome.”

“I am sure we’ll be seeing some of the players back again.  Boat Club Trafalgar is ideal for them as they can have a fast blast on a RIB, or take their families and friends out on a day cruiser. They’ve got all the choice they could ever need, without the hassle of ownership.” 

For more information head to  or email or call 02392 706599

Friday, 29 June 2018

Boat Ownership Vs Boat Club Membership

Owning your own boat is great if you can afford it and have the time to arrange all the maintenance, insurance, cleaning, fuelling etc.  It’s a great investment and will give you years of fun and wonderful memories.

However, if you don’t want to own a boat, or perhaps you’ve sold your boat (or are thinking of selling your boat), but you still want to spend time on the water, then a boat club is the answer you’ve been looking for.

Similarly, if you’re new to boating and are looking to buy but can’t decide on the type of boat you want, then you can get loads of experience from a boat club with a large fleet of boats.

Picture this for a moment:
The sun is shining and the cloudless sky is bright blue.  You pull up in the car park with your friends and family and walk down the pontoon.  You step aboard your choice of 1 of 7 beautiful boats which has been launched, cleaned and fuelled especially for you…there is even a picnic waiting on board.  The water is twinkling as you cast off and you’re free to explore and swim in the Solent’s waters, enjoy bbq’s on the various beaches and visit sea-side towns.  What better way to spend a day.

With Boat Club Trafalgar, this could be you every day.

Twice a month Boat Club Trafalgar runs guided tours around the Solent for its members. Current Drystack members, marina and boat storage customers are also very welcome to join these trips on their own boats, there is no charge for this.  Just book on with Jake or Steve.  These tours are led by highly experience RYA Instructors.  It’s such a great way to spend the day.

Last Tuesday, Boat Club Trafalgar ran a Solent guided tour with 5 boats and 12 members to Colwell Bay.  All the images shown here were taken on this trip.  On the way they popped into Newtown Creek, a very picturesque anchorage on the Isle of Wight.  From there they carried onto Colwell Bay where they all dropped anchor and relaxed for an hour or so enjoying the amazing 28 degree sunshine and weather.  It was like being in the Mediterranean with crystal clear waters and sandy sea bed, perfect for a swim.  After this they headed to Lymington to the Yacht Haven for lunch, which is one of many stunning locations within the Solent. The crews then boarded their boats and started the route back to Trafalgar Wharf on the mirror calm sea.  A very enjoyable trip.

The next trip will be on the 12th July which is to Yarmouth via Newtown creek.

If you’d like to book a place on the next guided trip with your own boat, or if you’d like more information about joining Boat Club Trafalgar then give either Jake or Steve a call or email.  02392 706599 or

If you’re thinking of selling your boat, then give Tom or Gareth a call at JBT Marine on 02392 397000 or

We’re all part of The Trafalgar Wharf Group and all based together down at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Boat Club Trafalgar - rough and ready!!

This is what happens when the MD borrows the company iPhone, goes out into the yard and makes a video all by himself, ha-ha!

It's a bit rough and ready (not our usual polished style) but still interesting and informative and you'll learn a thing or two about the boat club. 

You may have thought that we 'just store boats' at Trafalgar Wharf - but there is most certainly more going on here than meets the eye.  Boat Club Trafalgar is part of the Trafalgar Wharf Group, based here in Portsmouth, and offers unlimited boating for a simple monthly fee.  It’s the perfect, zero hassle way to get out on the water whether you are a total beginner or super experienced.

If you'd like any further information on anything Jonny has spoken about in the video then please do give Steve or Jake from the boat club a call and they'll be happy to help. You can get them on 02392 706599.  Alternatively check out the website or ping them a quick email -

Friday, 8 June 2018

Our very own weather station

Did you know that we have our very own weather station here at The Trafalgar Wharf Group.
So what is a weather station and what does it do?
A weather station is an observation facility or post, either on land or sea, where weather conditions and meteorological data are observed and recorded with instruments and equipment to provide information for weather forecasts and to study the weather and climate.  Manual observations are taken at least once daily, while automated measurements are taken at least once an hour. 
Weather conditions out at sea are taken by ships and buoys, which measure slightly different meteorological quantities such as sea surface temperature (SST), wave height, and wave period.  Drifting weather buoys outnumber their moored versions by a significant amount. 
It's vital that you ALWAYS check the weather before you go out on the water.
Here are 5 vital  weather checks you should do before every boating trip:
1. Are warnings current for your boating area?

2. Are there weather conditions affecting safe navigation and comfort?
3. What are the wind trends?
4. What are the wave conditions?
5. When is the next high and low tide?
And here is a pre-departure checklist (you can never be too safe):
Weather Forecast; always check the weather forecast before going boating and have a radio on board to receive weather updates.
Life Jackets; make sure you have at least one life jacket per person on board.  A little tip – attach a whistle and light to each jacket.
Sound Producing Devices; a horn capable of producing a four-second blast audible for at least 1/2 mile and a spare can or air.
Lights; make sure you have all the navigation lights as required for your boat and check that all instrument lights are working.  Don’t forget a flash light and spar batteries.
Distress Signals; make sure your flares, day signals, etc. are accessible and ensure they are stored in a dry location.  Also inform anyone on your boat of the location and safety rules for proper usage.
Tools and Spares; make sure you carry a basic toolbox with tools and spares appropriate for your boat.  Spares should including fuel filter, light bulbs, head parts, through-hull plugs, etc. and always remember you first-aid kit.
Fuel and Oil; top up your fuel tanks and make sure you have enough fuel to provide a reasonable margin of safety for your return.  Check the engine oil and coolant levels too.
Fire Extinguishers; carry at least one fire extinguisher and make sure it is accessible. Check to be sure mounts are secure and functional before departure and make sure everyone on your boat knows where this is and how to use it.
Bilges; check that the bilges are reasonably dry and that pumps are not running excessively.  Clean up any spilled oil or waste in bilges to prevent overboard discharge.
Battery Care; if you have a dual charging system, make sure the selector switch in the correct position and make sure the power is on to the entire vessel.  Have aboard spare batteries for accessories such as your handheld radio, flashlight, portable navigational aid, etc.
Docking and Anchoring Tips; have at least one anchor set up and bent-on to your anchor line.  Carry two or three extra dock lines in case you encounter unusual conditions dockside. Visually inspect the lines you use for chafe or wear and carry at least two fenders on-board for docking or towing if required.
Enjoy your time afloat and stay safe :)

Thursday, 31 May 2018

England Win The World Cup And Solent Boaters Get Free Storage

Here's a copy of a press release that we sent out today:

Boat lovers will be rubbing their hands together when England lifts the World Cup Trophy in Russia in July, thanks to Jonny Boys, Managing Director at Portchester-based Trafalgar Wharf.
Jonny is offering to refund the entire drystack fee for a year when England win.
“England won the under-17 World Cup in October hammering Spain 5-2 in the final. With the senior team qualified for the main tournament in Russian they’ll go there without any pressure. Leicester won the Premier League and no-one expected it.  England might do the same.”
“When anyone new comes in and signs up for The Drystack before the tournament kicks-off, we’ll refund 100% of their fees when England wins the tournament in Russian.”

Anyone who fancies storing their boat at the Solent’s (and Europe’s) largest fully indoor drystack should head on down to Trafalgar Wharf to take a look at the facility. Boats are stored inside, away from the harsh elements.
As Jonny says, “The Drystack is the best way of storing and launching your boat. You simply let us know when you want it, we take the boat out of storage, get it ready for you and hand you the keys. It’s the complete valet service. Then when you come back in, hand us the keys, we’ll wash it down with fresh water and store it securely indoors. There are an unlimited amount of launches so you never have any hassle.”
If you think England might just do it and want to get a big refund if they do call 02392 706384 and take a look at The Drystack at Portchester. It’s convenient and has plenty of free parking, showers and a café on site. 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Classic cars take time out at Trafalgar Wharf before travelling to Grand Prix Historique in France.

Trafalgar Wharf played host to hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of classic motors when the Manx Classic Car Club stopped off before heading to France last week.

We’re used to seeing Super Yachts and high-performance RIBs at Trafalgar, but there’s something special about an E-Type Jaguar in perfect condition that you just can’t compare.

We invited the car club, which was formed in 1973 and has 130 members, to a grand tour of The Drystack and marina. With the café on site ...and plenty of parking, it proved to be a great secure stop-off for the owners of Ferraris, Jaguars and Porsches.

The club had driven down from Liverpool during the day and were heading off via the Portsmouth ferry to join up with the classic Grand Prix de Pau Historique, which takes place in the beautiful city of Pau at the base of the Pyrenees.

The Grand Prix de Pau Historique is one the favourites on the Historic Motor racing calendar with the oldest and most exciting of the remaining street circuits. 

We’re always trying to attract people to Trafalgar Wharf, not just for the marine business, but also for our other facilities. With car parking, café, toilets, showers, offices and indoor facilities, we’re here for everyone who wants a flexible space, even just for a day.

With Super Yachts and ferries being refurbished, a busy Boat Club, and a RIB sales company, the old Vosper Thorneycroft site is flourishing and continues to bring new business to Portchester.