Wednesday, 18 December 2013


It's that time of year again when we make fools of ourselves for your entertainment. We hope you enjoy this years festive movie from Trafalgar Wharf, The Drystack and JBT Marine.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Look what the Boss’s wife is doing…has she gone mad?!?

Last year, Jonny’s wife Louise was diagnosed with DCIS.  This is an early form of breast cancer, and sadly Louise had to have a mastectomy, but fortunately this was 100% successful and she didn't need any further treatment.

I'm pretty sure that we all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, and unfortunately many of us know people who have passed away from it too. 

Like many women, Louise has decided to stand up to cancer and not let it beat her, so she is raising money to support Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Now, you may have heard of HellRunner (Down South), it takes place at Longmoor Military Training Camp near Borden, and is not for the faint hearted!  To quote the website, it’s ‘trail running at its toughest and most enjoyable’! I’m not too sure about the word ‘enjoyable’!  It’s 10 to 12 miles of very challenging off-road running, through tough, twisting trails including the famed Hills of Hell and the Bog of Doom!

Louise has set her target at £3,500 and as of today has raised £2,515, this is 71% of her target. 

I’m writing to ask you to please sponsor her and help her breakthrough for breast cancer.

It’s so easy to donate, just go to her JustGiving page and press the pink donate button (you can't miss it).

She puts updates on there about her training so you can see how she is getting on.

Thank you very much

PS. Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK. 

With your help, people like Louise, her mum, and the thousands of other people affected by breast cancer can hopefully one day say ‘We Beat Cancer’.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Trafalgar Wharf Launches “Sweet Tooth Index” For On-Time Tenants

Portsmouth’s shipyards have been dealt a huge blow by the Government but businesses at Trafalgar Wharf are bucking the recession – something which is proven by the recently-launched Sweet Tooth Index.

Jonny Boys, MD of the former Vosper Thorneycroft dockyard reckons things are looking up for his army of tenants, who are marching forward on their well-fed stomachs.

“We recently launched our Sweet Tooth Index as a way of thanking our tenants and encouraging them pay on time,” Jonny said.

“It started off in March by rewarding our clients with Krispy Kreme donuts. We got 18 clients who pledged to pay on time and we delivered dozens of donuts. Our second quarter was even better when we offered Pryers Afternoon Tea as 24 clients paid on time.”

Incentivising on-time rental payments through sweet treats has resulted in faster cash flow for the Trafalgar Wharf business and Jonny continues his quest for the ultimate sugary reminder.

“We’ve just hit our best ever quarter with the current craze for cupcakes. It’s amazing to think that Ella’s Cupcakes, a local business, helped us encourage 28 tenants to pay on time.

We’re now searching for a new Sweet Tooth Index incentive to be Christmas
number one. If anyone has any good ideas I’d love to hear them because the winner will get a box delivered to their door!”

Friday, 15 November 2013

Thursday, 7 November 2013


If you are in Portsmouth on Sunday why not go to Portsmouth's annual service of remembrance that  will take place in the Guildhall Square on Sunday 10th November 2013.

Serving military personnel and members of ex-service groups will parade on to the square at 10:30am, where representatives of the Scouts and St John Ambulance will be present. The Royal Marines Band will lead the parade of serving military personnel, including representatives from Portsmouth Sea cadets, Air Training Corps, Territorial Army and the Army Cadet Force.

The ex-service military associations, including the Royal British Legion, Normandy Veterans Association, Women's Royal Army Corps Association and Parachute Regiment. These will be led by the Salvation Army Band at 10.50am.

A gun from HMS Nelson will fire at 11am to start the official two-minute silence and again at the end.

Hampshire Police Choir will lead the singing accompanied by the Salvation Army band. The Royal Marines Band will also play during the wreath laying. Wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph and WWII memorial to honor all those who have died in all wars and conflicts.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


Not yet completed your VHF marine radio course? Been meaning to get round to doing it? Well we have some important information that may help make up your mind! Starting in 2014, the RYA are making substantial changes to the VHF Radio Course and exam.

Why? ... well if you currently take your VHF Licence outside of the UK, you would have to do a longer course and must be examined by someone who is not also the course instructor.

What does that mean to you?... In order for the UK to come in line with European Regulations, all VHF courses in 2014 will change. Increasing from 1 day to 2 Day (approx 10 hours study time), which would then be followed by an exam that is separate from the teaching and is invigilated by someone who is not also the instructor. Although we are waiting on further final confirmation, this move means the courses will now have a greater impact on your time and will no doubt cost more to do.

So our advice... call Kim at the JBT Office today on: 0870 908 9336, if you want to avoid having to do a longer and more expensive course in 2014.

VHF Radio Courses
Location: Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth, PO6 4PX
Price: £100 (Inc Vat)
Saturday 2nd November 2013 - SPECIAL OFFER £50 (Inc VAT)
Saturday 30th November 2013  
•    If weekends are unsuitable, we are more than happy to offer mid week courses. For further information on these, please call Kim at the JBT office on: 0870 908 9336
•    An additional payment of £30, will be required on the day of the course. Which is payable to the RYA, for the issue of your VHF/SRC Operators Licence.
•    If you hold an 'old' VHF licence (pre -1999), you will need to complete the course to upgrade your qualification.

Sunday, 20 October 2013


On Tuesday 22nd October, subject to weather, contemporary artist, Dmitri Galitzine, will be attempting to cross from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight in a giant pumpkin. Galitzine will sit inside the vegetable and travel several miles across one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. 

The pumpkin will be fitted with a small outboard motor and will travel at a speed of about 1 or 2 knots.  It is the first heroic attempt in history to cross the Solent in a gourd.The starting point for the epic (some would say foolhardy) journey is Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth, where the pumpkin will be prepared, tested and made seaworthy. A tenant of Trafalgar Wharf, Crystal Covers, will make the spray deck to keep out the waves.

“Despite weighing 500kg, giant pumpkins are naturally buoyant and have a thick waterproof exterior. They are round in shape like Welsh coracles, which were an effective vessel in fast flowing rivers. My biggest challenge are the strong tides across the Solent,” said Dmitri Galitzine.

And as if the sailing across the Solent in a bright orange vegetable isn’t madcap enough, Galitzine will be trying for a double record attempt with a 100 metre dash on Wednesday 23rd October at 1300 in Trafalgar Wharf's new marina next to The Drystack.

“We’re also going to set a new ‘Guinness Fastest 100 Metres on Water in a Pumpkin World Record’, with a bit of luck,” said Jonny Boys. This will be done inside the harbour, racing against the clock to paddle 100 metres in under three minutes. We’ve got professional adjudicators including a champion rower, a surveyor to measure distance and two athletics coaches who will act as timekeepers.”

Thursday, 10 October 2013


Reg Sillence arrived at Trafalgar Wharf yesterday with his Aquastar 27, Bellatrix, for a few weeks boat maintenance.

He arrived a little early so played conkers with his crew, Ivan Burden, another customer of Trafalgar Wharf who has a J109.

After giving Ivan a few bruises, Reg conkered all!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


Alison is the Director of D&H Recruitment, a tenant at Trafalgar House. Alison successfully completed the memory walk in an hour and a half on Saturday 14th September. 

The memory walk raises money for The Alzheimer’s Society and due to some generous donations Alison  raise an amazing £500.

Well done from us all at Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack!

Monday, 19 August 2013


Do you need to shelter you boat and store it from the winter weather? Maybe take the chance to do some maintenance and servicing?

Situated in the Solent at the top end of Portsmouth Harbour, Trafalgar Wharf offers a fantastic location for storing you boat for the winter. We have friendly and welcoming staff, toilets and showers, a cafe, marine tenants and much more.

Also enjoy a 5% discount for payment upfront!

Call Corinne on 02392 387833 or email for more information.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Trafalgar Wharf, situated on the Solent at the top end of Portsmouth Harbour, are offering ideal storage for catamarans on our tidal pontoon berths that rise and fall with the tide. Access to the sea is approximately 3 hours either side of high tide.

-    Friendly and professional staff
-    Water and electric available on pontoons
-    Toilets and showers available
-    CafĂ© on the site
-    No extra charge for beamy catamarans
-    Marine tenants on site to help with maintenance work


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Monday, 5 August 2013



Harry Piggot won our Facebook competition!

If you would like to be in with a chance to win our next prize 'Like' our Facebook page and enter for FREE!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013


Click on the image to 'Like' Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack's Facebook page and enter our new competition.

You could be in with a chance of winning a FREE lift, pressure wash and relaunch for your boat. Terms and conditions apply.

Good Luck

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Do you want to know how your VHF Radio works? JBT are currently running VHF Courses at Trafalgar Wharf.

Spaces are available this Saturday, 27th July 2013 at a discounted price!
If you would like to find out more please email

Friday, 5 July 2013


There are a couple of new faces at Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack.

Steve is the new Assistant Manager at The Drystack, he started two weeks ago and is impressed by how much The Drystack customers use their boats.

Adrian started in the boat yard on Monday and can't believe how busy the yard is out of the winter lay up season.

If you happen to see either of them please give them a warm welcome.

We hope you are enjoying the summer so far but I think the best is yet to come!

Friday, 28 June 2013


We haven't seen the swans at Trafalgar Wharf for a couple of weeks but today they arrived for a visit. They have five healthy signets that are growing fast.

Maybe they have come back for the BBQ at The Drystack tomorrow. Fingers crossed for some nice weather.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013


Would you like to be in with a chance of winning a ballistic life jacket from Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack?

Then enter our Facebook competition by clicking the image!

Thursday, 6 June 2013


If you have taken a look at the latest newsletter from Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack you will have seen the exciting news that we are developing the wetdock!

We are installing new toilets and showers, pontoons and permanent and visitor moorings. 

We have already dredged and today the new pontoons arrived!

They are quickly being assembled and soon the new marina will start taking shape.

Keep checking our news page and our Facebook page for updates.

If you are interested in a mooring in the new marina please contact Corinne on or call 02392 387833.

Friday, 24 May 2013


Trafalgar Wharf Reception will be open on Saturday 25th May as normal from 9am until 5pm. For electric cards, queries and emergencies please go to The Drystack on the other days of the Spring Bank Holiday.

If you are a Drystack customer, then the team are here for the whole weekend, should you want your boat launched for a day out in Portsmouth Harbour!

Have you liked Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack on Facebook?  If not click on the Facebook picture on the right. We update our page regularly with photos, trivia, offers and interesting news.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend and we shall see you soon.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013


Trafalgar Wharf Reception will be open on Saturday 4th May as normal. For electric cards, queries and emergencies please go to The Drystack on the other days of the bank holiday.

If you are a Drystack customer, then the team are here for the whole weekend, should you want your boat launched for a sunny day out in the Solent!

Spring has definitely arrived as the tulips are blooming and we had our first signet hatch today. If you are lucky enough to see them please take care as both swans are a bit protective of their family.

We all hope you have a lovely weekend!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Swinging Moorings at Trafalgar Wharf

You may have noticed we have a few swinging moorings near The Drystack pontoon at Trafalgar Wharf. We will soon have a few more boats on these moorings but there are still some available!

The moorings are tidal so your boat needs to be happy sitting on the mud. Should you be interested and require further information please contact Corinne on

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Drystack Beach Huts get named!

You may have noticed a few beautifully painted beach huts on the way to The Drystack. They have now been individually named after some of our favourite spots on the Isle of Wight . So take a look when you are next passing and if you fancy renting Bembridge, Seaview or any of the other sunny spots for store of your boaty bits then contact Corinne on

If you fancy visiting some of the places the beach huts are named after, then you are in luck!

At The Drystack we have created information sheets showing how to get to some of our favourite destination. Please feel free to take the information sheet with you on your day out, just make sure you return it at the end of your trip and enjoy!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

An update on the swans on the Trafalgar Wharf slipway

It’s that time of the year again for us to give you an update on our resident swans at Trafalgar Wharf.

Emma and Horitio are doing well after braving the harsh winter. A few weeks ago they made their nest from the seaweed and stones on the shore and now they have laid eight lovely eggs.

We will keep you up to date with their progress.

Happy Spring!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Waterside Boat Sales at Trafalgar Wharf raises money for Help For Heroes

Waterside Boat Sales’ Marcus Munt at Trafalgar Wharf has now taken place in two charity rallies raising over £5,000 for HELP for HEROES.

The first rally was from Calais in France to Casablanca in Morocco.  The route is approximately 2,000 miles and it took him 6 days to complete.

The second rally took him from Calais to Prague in the Czech Republic, but going the wrong way around Europe via Switzerland, Italy and Austria.  He also took part in various challenges along the way.

Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack would like to say a huge congratulations to Marcus for his fund raising efforts!

Thursday, 28 March 2013


Good news! Spring must be on the way as some of our flowers have started to bloom and the swans have laid a clutch of eggs!

Trafalgar Wharf Reception will be open on Saturday 30th March. For electric cards, queries and emergencies please go to The Drystack on the other days of the bank holiday.

If you are a Drystack customer, then the team are here for the whole weekend, should you want your boat launched for chilly day out in the Solent!

We hope you all have a happy Easter weekend and don’t eat too much chocolate.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

VHF RADIO COURSE at Trafalgar Wharf, 23rd March

Hopefully you are looking forward to a few days relaxing over the Easter Holidays, maybe even planning to be out in the Solent? If so, have you remembered to get ready one of the most important items on your boat... your VHF Radio!

When using a marine VHF radio or VHF hand held radio on your boat, it is essential that you have completed and passed the SRC (Short Range Certificate) Radio Course. During the course, you will be taught using radio simulators and have a short written/multiple choice test at the end. On completion you will receive the Short Range Certificate (SRC) or Short Range Radio Licence from the RYA.

But don't worry if you don't yet have your licence, as there is still time!

VHF Radio Course : Saturday 23rd March 2013
Location:  Trafalgar Wharf
Price:  £100 Inc Vat

Call Kim at the JBT Office to book your place on: 0870 908 9336 or email her @

Friday, 15 March 2013


Take a look at the latest video from Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack for Red Nose Day. For each 'like' on our facebook page, Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack, we will make a donation to Comic Relief 2013.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Trafalgar Wharf now has SUPER FAST BROADBAND which covers our entire site.

The service provides 100MEG download and 100MEG upload, and will create fantastic new possibilities in communications and internet services for all of our current tenants,
and those who will join us in the future.

Trafalgar Wharf is one of only a small number of places in the Portsmouth area which can provide this sort of connection.

Every business can benefit from this high speed service, especially software developers, IT support companies and business who are heavy internet users.

If you would like to find out more, call Ed on 02393 233 130.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


A small unmanned boat the size of a large bath tub, which has been developed and produced by a tenant at Trafalgar Wharf is now being trialled in Japan.

Just 2.3 metres long and 1.3 metres wide, the C-Stat 2 developed by Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), is being used by Tohuku University in Japan to help predict earthquakes off the Japanese coast.

Made out of aluminium and powered by a hybrid diesel electric system it is controlled by a ultra high frequency (UHF) data link for line of sight control or a satellite link for global control and can stay in low-speed currents for more than 20 days.

The team behind the C-stat believe the vessel could be fitted with cameras for surveillance purposes. Vince Dobbin, head of business development for AVS, said: “It could monitor areas and be fitted with different cameras and a range of sensors for harbour security.”

For countries with shrinking navies, multiple use of the C-stat could help monitor waters while reducing costs and increasing intelligence data.

The vessel could also be used for dredging surveys and acoustic monitoring of sealife.

Mr Dobbin added: “It’s fantastic for such a young company as ours to be building such an exciting product and more importantly exporting the other way, a real one up for British manufacturing.”

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Take a look at the latest newsletter from Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack

We wanted to let you know all of the great things that are going on here at Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack. Check out our full newsletter by clicking on the summary below.

Thursday, 31 January 2013


A nice, clean, shiny bottom – lovely!   Treat your boat to a lift and wash before the sailing season at Trafalgar Wharf.

For a few selected dates (listed below) we are offering 25% discount* on a boat lift, scrub, hold and re-launch. 

That’s a saving of £47.50 on a 10 meter boat (was £19.00 per meter now £14.25 per meter).

Dates available: ~
FEBRUARY 2013        25th,26th,27th,28th
MARCH 2013        11th,12th,13th,14th,15th

*(max 1 hour in hold, extra charge for particularly dirty bottoms!)

02392 387833 or email

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Alex Thomson makes history in the Vendee Globe

The team at Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack would like to congratulate British sailor Alex Thomson for finishing the 24,000-mile, three-month solo race behind Frenchmen Francois Gabart, who came first and Armel Le Cleac'h in second. 

Thomson is only the third Briton to claim a top-three finish in the Vendee Globe after Ellen MacArthur was second in 2001 and Mike Golding finished third in 2004.

He also becomes the fastest Briton ever to sail around the world in a monohull boat, beating the previous record by nearly eight days.

Well Done Alex

Friday, 18 January 2013

Snow at Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack

We hope everyone is keeping warm and safe in from the snow, or is enjoying themselves playing in it.

Corinne managed to get to Trafalgar Wharf this morning but became a bit lonely so she made herself a friend out of the snow.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Fascinating Facts About Snow

As it is probably going to snow across the whole country tomorrow, we thought we would share a few fascinating facts about the white stuff.

Did you know that each winter one septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) snow crystals drop from the sky and that it takes about a million little droplets to make one snowflake.

An average snowflake is made up of 180 billion molecules of water. The biggest snowflake ever recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records states that a giant snowflake was found in Montana on January 28, 1887. It was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick!

It can never be too cold to snow. Actually, it can snow even at incredibly low temperatures as long as there is some source of moisture and some way to lift or cool the air.

Did you know that a single snowstorm can drop more than 39 million tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent to 120 atomic bombs? ‘The Great Blizzard of 1888’ was one of the most devastating snowstorms to hit New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The storm dumped up to 50 inches of snow.

And finally a team of 600 unveiled the world’s largest snow sculpture at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival of 2007. The Olympic Games were the source of inspiration for the staggering 656ft. long and 115ft. tall sculpture pictured here. 

If any of us from Trafalgar Wharf or The Drystack make it in to work tomorrow we will post our own snow sculptures. Not sure they will meet this high standard though.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Do you have a dirty bottom that needs attention?

You do!

Well for a few selected dates we are offering 25% discount on a boat lift, scrub and re-launch (max 1 hour in hold- extra charge for particularly dirty bottoms!)

That’s a saving of £47.50 on a 10 meter boat (was £19.00 per meter now £14.25 per meter).

Dates available in 2013 :~ February 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and March 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th.

Treat your boat to a shiny bottom and we will treat you with a free gift!


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Share a wish with us

As we say goodbye to the festive season and 2012 we thought it would be nice to look forward to what the New Year may bring. All the team at Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack have made a wish for 2013. 

We have presented these wishes on the board outside reception and we would love you to join us. You never know your wish may come true! Email me your name and your wish (as an image) and we will add it to our board. 

Our favourite wish will win a bottle of wine and the winner will be notified on 1st February 2013. Email me at 

Happy New Year