Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Winter Storage Bookings At Trafalgar Wharf Are Going Mad

We know it’s only August and like the rest of you the last thing we want to think about are the cold dark nights of winter but….

Our Winter Storage spaces are flying of the shelf! We are doing some great offers for Yachts in need of Winter Storage whether your a new customers or have previously stayed with us! If you would like any more information please give us a call but make it quick to make sure you don’t miss out!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Fearsome Fastnet

Last Sunday Simon Oatley, Trafalgar Wharf’s Operations Manager, set sail from Cowes on his 3rd Fastnet yacht race! Sailing on a F40 Yacht named La Reponse he is sure to have an interesting week of sailing. Previously Simon has had successful results in the Fastnet, including a first and second in class so he has a tough reputation to live up to.

The Fastnet race has been made famous by highs such as this year’s record breaking time set by the Volvo 70 Abu Dhabi of 42 hours 18 minutes and lows including the disasters of 1979.

Probably the element that makes it most attractive to sailors is the diversity of boats which enter, from family cruisers to 100+ foot sailing yachts such as the ‘Maxi Banque Populaire'.

To follow the race in real time click here.

Good Luck Simon!

England Win The Rugby World Cup And You Get Free Boat Storage At Trafalgar Wharf Drystack

3 Trafalgar Wharf customers were hoping for a Murray win at Wimbledon to win their free Drystack storage at Trafalgar Wharf, but alas, there was no win! However, we have come up with another offer of FREE boat storage for any new customers who want to use this facility.

When anyone new comes in and signs up for our new indoor Drystack before the end of August, we’ll refund 100% of your money when England win the Rugby World Cup this September.

Motor Boat owners and RIB owners who want hassle free, fast and unlimited launching might want to take a gamble on the Drystack. It’s convenient for the Solent and if you think England are in with a good chance you might want to give us a call.

After all, who doesn’t fancy getting something for nothing?

Fuel arrives at Trafalgar Wharf

The pontoon is positioned, tanks are teeming and pipes ready to pump. Both Petrol and Diesel are available from the pontoon which is situated next to the Dry Stack pontoon. It will cater for all our customers and other local seafarers, saving the trip through the lock at Port Solent. The station will be manned by Dry Stack staff so you can fill up before or after your adventures on the water.

A few new faces at Trafalgar Wharf

We’ve been growing at quite a rate over the last few years and have recently extended the team to ensure we can continue to provide our first class service.

Luke is our new Drystack manager, he organises all the launches and recoveries at the Drystack as well as being on hand for customer service and inductions to the facility. Before joining Trafalgar he worked in the automotive industry while in Australia but after discovering a passion for sailing along the coast of Queensland he took a chance to change careers. Outside of work hours Luke is somewhat of an adrenalin junky whether it’s on a motorcycle or jumping out of plane.

Matt has also joint the team, he looks after reception and helps with the admin and sales at Trafalgar Wharf. He grew up in the area and has spent many years on the water both for leisure and professionally as a skipper and RYA Instructor. When he isn't in the office Matt is usually found on the Solent or playing sport in the sunshine.

Supporting Local Sailors

Since opening in 2008 we’ve always wanted to support local sailors and boat owners whenever we could.

Over the winter storage season we were happy to welcome many sailors from Portchester sailing club, many of whom were returning customers.

As a thank you for their support we’ve supported their fund raising efforts towards a new club house which will be enjoyed be local sailors for many years to come.

“Members of Portchester Sailing Club have benefited from using Trafalgar Wharf for the winter storage of their craft....The Management of Trafalgar Wharf has made every effort to store the PSC craft close together, enabling members to maintain a community feel within the yard. The agreement between Trafalgar Wharf and Portchester Sailing Club has assisted greatly’

Trevor Exelby-Commodore

Steam Pinnace 199

Here at Trafalgar Wharf we have become accustomed to boats of all shapes and sizes but this one was a little more special. The Steam Pinnace 199 came to us for an annual haul-out and maintenance program and we were only too glad to help them.

The Steam Pinnace 199 was built in Cowes 100 years ago as a capital ship for the Royal Navy, since then it has had a somewhat varied history but has fallen into the hands of ‘The Society of Friends of the Royal Naval Museum’ who see the boat is kept in pristine condition.

‘Please extend our thanks to Tony and his team for their usual excellent job.’

Ivan Steele (Society of Friends of the Royal Naval Museum)

We would like to thank the team of volunteers for their kind words and we look forward to seeing the boat again should it need any future services.

Trafalgar Wharf & Thornham Marina Staff In Battle To Get Fit For Boating Season...

While boat owners love nothing more than a leisurely sail on the Solent, spare a thought for the people who get those boats ready for action...namely the men and women who lift, shift and launch vessels on behalf of owners.

Simon Oatley, Operations Manager at Portsmouth Harbour’s Trafalgar Wharf isn’t leaving anything to chance this spring as he gets ready for the busy Easter period.

“I spent 13 years in the army and I see similarities between running a marina and a complex military operation. There are lots of things that have to happen all at once with precision.

“One of the things that I decided would help us was to be mentally and physically sharp. So I decided to get staff at Trafalgar Wharf into tip-top physical condition by using British Military fitness training. It’s something that I know works.

“It then seemed like a good idea to get our sister marina, Thornham Marina on the same programme and have a bit of competition between us.”

“We train a couple of times a week after work for an hour. We are all losing 640 calories each session. But I reckon some of us are shifting a lot more than others!”

Simon and his team will be launching more than 200 boats over the next few weeks and he is looking forward to seeing how everyone uses their new found fitness.

“Now that we are training I want to see how that training translates into action. I expect we may break our record of launches this spring and who knows...there may even be a little prize for the winning marina.”

Marine entrepreneur and MD of the group, Jonny Boys has also taken up the training; “I’ve had to exclude our Drystack at Trafalgar” he says, “as we can do 50 launches a day from it and it wouldn’t be fair to include them. But as for the’s game on"

Have a look at what The News had to say about The Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf

Trafalgar Wharf Portsmouth Invests In Latest Marina Drystack Technology To Create South Coast' Biggest Covered Boat Park

Trafalgar Wharf, the former Vosper Thorneycroft shipyard at Portchester, is embarking on its next phase of growth, under the guidance of marine entrepreneur Jonny Boys.

With the 22 acre marina now home to more than 20 businesses and hundreds of boat owners, Boys, its Managing Director, has set his sights on another 170 boat owners berthing their boats at Trafalgar.

“We’re building a drystack at Trafalgar. We’ve got huge undercover facilities where we can stack motorboats and RIBS on a specialised framework. We can then lift and launch boats in a matter of minutes for owners. It saves them time, maintenance money and keeps their boats in top condition”.

“We believe that the largest Drystack in the UK will be a massive boost to every boat owner looking for a boat berth on the Solent. More boat owners using our facilities will also mean a boost to the 30 marine-related businesses at Trafalgar Wharf.”

“It will be a great addition to the marine community and is another key piece of the transformation of the shipyard from military to commercial and leisure business use.”

The Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf, as it has been named, has invested in a huge marine boatlift truck from the American company Wiggins, the Rolls Royce of marine boatlift manufacturers. The boatlift is a custom-build which can lift boats 40 feet long 60ft up onto the framework and 22ft down below to the water.

Construction will be finished in February 2011 but the company are already taking pre-launch bookings. Visit for more info.

CYE's New Ship Blog

Have a look at CYE's new ship blog. It is really interesting to see how the boat is progressing. Click here to read the blog.

After a flurry of superyacht activity at Trafalgar Wharf earlier this year, it's now the turn of the less glamorous, but equally important side of our refit and maintenance business to take centre stage.

At the time of writing, we're lucky enough to have two vessels onsite - SD Moorfowl a former Mooring and Salvage vessel operated by Serco Denholm that is being converted into a diving support vessel and Split Two, a hopper barge owned by ML(UK) of Portsmouth with us for maintenance work.

First off is Split Two - more information on her can be found here

And here is SD Moorfowl.

More information on Serco Denholm's work is here and photos of SD Moorfowl in action can be found on this site.

Round The Island Race Success

Trafalgar Wharf's Operations Manager, Simon Oatley completed this years' Round the Island Race in " Grand Slam", a 37 foot Grand Soleil and stormed to a 1st in Class (Class 2A) and a fantastic top 50 spot overall, crossing the line in 48th position.

This year's Round the Island race has been described as one of the most successful on record, with good weather and close racing. Most of the 1700 boats finished before sunset and the monohull ICAP Leopard was the first monohull to finish, with Nordic folkboat "Nordic Bear" taking the Gold Roman Bowl.

Ben Ainslie, Shirley Robertson and Paul Goodison - all Olympic Gold medallists, all sailing stars and were all in Cowes for the race. Ben, Britain's most successful Olympic sailor of all time with three Gold medals to his name, was racing on board J.P. Morgan Asset Management Prince's Trust, a Ker 46, with a group of young ambassadors from the Trust who have been through their ‘Get into Maritime' programme and are now working in the industry. Shirley skippered Team Volvo for Life 1 John Merricks, a TP52. Shirley won consecutive Gold medals in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. Paul Goodison is the current Olympic, World, European and British Laser champion. Paul was on the VO60, Team Volvo for Life 2.

Historic TV Star at Trafalgar Wharf

In amongst the ocean girdling Velux 5 Oceans yachts and the carousel of super yachts that have graced Trafalgar Wharf of late, there's been one other very special guest with us recently.

High Speed Launch 102 is featured in ITV's current TV series "All At Sea" starring Mark Durden-Smith, Nick Hancock, Richard Madely, Dawn Porter and Rosemary Shrager.

HSL has a fascinating history - HSL 102 was one of the RAF 100 class High Speed Launches which joined the RAF fleet in 1937 to increase the operational range duties of the 200 class seaplane tenders. Built by The British Power Boat Company at Hythe, the 100 class HSLs were designed by Fred Cooper. The class were a stretched version of the 60ft MTB hull and the prototype was the format on which the RAF based their decision for a new type of high speed launch.

A full technical specification can be found on the warboats website here and details of her restoration programme are covered here.Here's a photo of her in action:

Australia's Velux 5 Ocean Yacht At Trafalgar Wharf

Garry Golding, the renowned Australian sailor conquered an important milestone in the preparation on his way to the start line of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, the round the world yacht race which starts on 17th October 2010 from La Rochelle.

Garry has spent the past few weeks in Gosport (UK) bringing together a handpicked team of people to assist him to get his Eco 60, OZ, out of the water.

First stop was “Endeavour Quays” to load the mast that Garry had purchased from Hugo Boss onto the deck (hopefully that will be the last time you see the mast carried in a horizontal position). It was then on up the channel to get safely to Trafalgar Wharf arriving just minutes before high tide. Garry says “We made good time up the channel doing about 5 knots and the tide was probably running at another 2 knots”.

Oz arriving at Trafalgar Wharf

Trafalgar Wharf in

Have a look at the article by clicking here

Superyachts at Trafalgar Wharf

May has seen a steady stream of new arrivals at Trafalgar Wharf, including some award winning superyachts here for routine maintenance and surveys. The calibre of our guests is testament not only to the facilities on offer here, but also the expertise that our on- site tenants bring to the superyacht sector.
T6, the 2008 winner of Motor Yacht of the Year and Best Displacement Motor Yacht (500T to 1,299T) categories!

At a little over 48m, this Dutch designed (Pieter Beeldsnijder Design) and New Zealand build super yacht is a stunning guest at Trafalgar Wharf - this time visiting us for a survey. A different style of superyacht "Kiring" has been with us for the last week or so - an expedition category yacht, she can be seen here lying ashore ahead of "Senses" whilst being worked on at Trafalgar Wharf.

More information on "Kiring" can be found here.

Last but certainly not least, we have welcomed "Senses" to Trafalgar Wharf. With a stunning Francis Design exterior and a Phillipe Starck interior, she is a real head turner and provided an impressive addition to the Trafalgar Wharf skyline whilst with us this month…

Moody owner tells Trafalgar Wharf what he really thinks...

BVT say farewell to Trafalgar Wharf

Friday 29th January 2010 was a sad day for the small team from BVT Halmatic said their final farewell to Trafalgar Wharf. They have now moved into HM Dockyard at Portsmouth under BAE Systems.

Senses arrives at Trafalgar Wharf

The Senses arrived at Trafalgar Wharf on Sunday 31st January 2010. She is the biggest superyacht that Trafalgar Wharf has welcomed to the yard since having taken it over in September 2007.

Have a look at the following video of the Senses. Click here to view.

Trafalgar Wharf - Team of the Year

January 2010

Trafalgar Wharf was awarded third place for Team of the Year. Jonny Boys, Simon Oatley, Lisa Simpson, Tony Parkinson and Phil Weight all went up to collect the award.

Congratulations and Well Done.

Left: Louise Boys, Jonny Boys, Simon Oatley, Matt Rogers (JBT Marine), Lisa Simpson, Tony Parkinson & Phil Weight

Trafalgar Wharf Nominated for Business Awards

January 2010

Shortly after completing its first year of trading Trafalgar Wharf have been nominated in three categories at The News Business Awards in association with Business Link. The winners are to be announced later this month at a gala dinner in the Portsmouth Guild Hall.

Our nominations are in the following categories;
Business of the year
Community Contribution
Team of the year

We will let you know how we get on......

Trafalgar Wharf in the Snow

January 2010

Have a look at the video below.

Christmas Celebrations

November 2009

Trafalgar Wharf, JBT Marine, Thornham Marina and JayKay Marine had their Christmas party on the 27th November. Go Karting in the afternoon followed by dinner at Brasserie Blanc at Gunwharf. Everyone had a fantastic time, as you can tell from all the smiling faces in the photograph below.

The Waterside Restaurant/Bar opens at Trafalgar Wharf

The Waterside Restaurant/Bar is now open at Trafalgar Wharf. Located just near the main entrance, the Waterside has an outside decked area for alfresco dining and comfortable leather sofa and table seating inside.

A varied menu of home cooked food and daily specials. Fresh cakes and sandwiches and take away. The Waterside is open from 7am for breakfast until early evening Tuesday to Saturday.

Wireless Internet comes to Trafalgar Wharf

Supplied by OCEANWAVE the internet connection is very easy to set up and pay for. Once you have an account you can use it at any of their locations. There are now more than 40 marinas covered by Ocean Wave! See their current UK locations here.

New workshop on the water for Highbury College

Tuesday 25th August, 2009

A new course venue will help Highbury College Portsmouth propel its students into exciting careers in the marine engineering industry.

Ship Lift re-opens

Trafalgar Wharf and Testbank Ship repair re-open the 1000ton ship lift which is now available for all to come and use. If you have any vessels up 1000tons/60mtrs LOA that you need lifting please contact us for a price 023 92 387833.

ASV choose Trafalgar Wharf to test their latest unmanned submersible

ASV Ltd designs and constructs unmanned marine vehicle systems. Used in both commercial and military applications, these craft are particularly effective for time-consuming or dangerous operations such as surveillance, hydrographic survey, gunnery training and mine-hunting. See:
See video below

Jaykay Marine Sales Established in 1993 have recently relocated to Trafalgar Wharf. This family run brokerage business specialise in the sale of secondhand sportsboats and motorcruisers. With this move to larger premises Jaykay will soon be able to offer the largest display of used motorboats on the South Coast. Contact Jaykay on 02392 376876
Thornham Marina came second at the Business of the year awards in the category Small Business of the Year. The awards were announced at a dinner in the Guildhall in Portsmouth.

A full report, photos and a video of the event can be seen on The News website
JBT Marine main dealers for Ballistic RIBs have moved from Thornham Marina in Emsworth to their new base at Trafalgar Wharf. Their range of new and used RIBs can now be viewed here just off the M27 or through their website