Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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


Trafalgar Wharf Newsletter Issue 12





















SAILORS DICTONARY…

continued from last issue.

M = Mushroom Anchor—Handy galley accessory that keeps this popular and flavourful fungus form rolling off plates in high seas.
N = Nylon Rope—A durable synthetic rope that has the curious property that its strength decreases over time in almost exact proportion to the increase in its retail price.
O = Overboard—No longer on board ship-usually used in reference to a person who has fallen off one. One of the limited number of circumstances when disembarkation from a boat implies a shortening rather than a lengthening of the life span of the individual involved.
P = Propeller—Underwater winch designed to wind up at high speed any lines or painters left hanging over the stern
Q=Quarantine—traditional four-masted plague ship.
R= Racing—Popular nautical contact sport.

Looking good….Our  Marina is having its finishing touches, the berths are being named after exotic places, Tahiti, Bahamas and St Tropez to name but a few.
Power and  water pods have been added for customers convenience and lovely blue, atmospheric lighting adds to the boutique feeling.


Corinne Marshall (Sales Manager) spent 10 days at the Southampton Boat Show in September.

Sharing a stand with JBT Marine she had a really successful time enticing customers to enter into a competition to win a years free boat storage in The Drystack worth up to £6,000. 

Anybody that entered was given a free bottle of BBQ sauce,
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Why BBQ sauce?

‘Cause its good with RIBS…Get it?

Corinne Marshall (Sales Manager) presenting Paul Wilson with his prize

To Paul Wilson on winning the Weber Smoky Joe Premium BBQ.
For your chance to win and enter into our monthly competition, just visit our  Facebook page Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack and “like us”. Scroll to the latest competition post and follow the instructions to enter. We have lots of lovely marine related prizes to be won.  Good Luck!


EMMA & FANNY (named after Lord Nelson’s wife and mistress!) Custom built Marina Bull Forklifts used in the Drystack which offers launch and recovery on demand, just like valet parking for boats.

GERTRUDE the Cherry Picker  extends up to 85ft in the air helping us to maintain our buildings and work on masts without the need to un-step.

MARY the Merlo or tele-handler as she is more commonly knows, is our green beast. She provides us with a 4 tonne multi lifting capability. She can lift anything from pallets and small boats to masts.

SUZIE the Sublift is one of the key machines in our boatyard, allowing us to lift up to 25 tonnes of boat in ultimate safety. Suzie is a state of the art, fully submersible, remote controlled lift. This means your boat is never more than 1-2ft from the ground.

You have met the team now meet the machines…..

1925, Harry Pounds opened his original ship breaking yard on what is the northern quarter of the Trafalgar Wharf site. Pounds scrap business would blossom after the war, so much so that in the 50’s he moved the yard to Copnor and can still be seen today from the M27 on the way to Portsmouth.

1949,  Vospers partnered John Cobb to design and build a new record breaking craft that could reach 250mph. The result was the Crusader which was basically a center hull with two outriggers. The project ended disastrously with the death of John Cobb at the helm.

1947,    Prior to  the famous Mother Kelly’s fish and chip shop being built. (situated on the main Southampton Road near Trafalgar House), the locals used Bert’s CafĂ©, which was an old Isle of Wight paddle steamer that was saved from being broken up. It provided a diner/hostel for truckers, bikers and local workers.

Rob Adams,Tom Harding and Leah Davis  (the first female to pass this exam  at Trafalgar Wharf) were all successful on the Merlo telehandler course and passed the test with flying colours. They will all now be able to  handle our Green Beast with ease.

Moving on up!
The second layer of offices were craned carefully into place ready for a balcony and staircase to be fitted for access to the upper offices. Interiors will be finished soon ready for our tenants to move in over the winter.

Our first summer BBQ was held on an overcast afternoon in August. The live trio, JESSY RAY BAND, a brilliant rock and roll trio entertained guests while they tucked into the lovely food.
'Wolf Shock Mitigation Systems Ltd’ is a new company which was launched this year. They manufacture bespoke SHOCK MITIGATION DECKING for any power boat or RIB.
They sponsored the Pimms Bar at this years Trafalgar Wharf Summer BBQ and are very pleased to announce they raised £150 on behalf of the R.N.L.I.
You can website www.wolfshock.com email mike@wolfshock.com '
 
BRING YOUR MOTORBOAT OR SAILBOAT TO US FOR WINTER STORAGE ASHORE
Trafalgar Wharf is situated at the top of Portsmouth Harbour
*Experienced, trained and friendly staff will lift and re-launch your boat
*State of the art submersible boat lift to safely lift your boat
*Your boat will receive a loving pressure wash to ensure it has a clean bottom
*Power and water available
*Toilets, showers and marine   tenants all on site

Sir Malcom Campbell’s Bluebird K4 seen at Vosper’s yard in Portchester


Wheels on the horizon

Have you seen our new hamster exercise wheels at the entrance to Trafalgar Wharf?

Well not quite hamster wheels, but a new installation by MAGMA GLOBAL making carbon fibre pipe for the gas and oil industry.

Martin Jones Magma’s  CEO comments:“Our carbon fibre pipes for oil and gas exploration and production are unique and combine the most advanced materials and production processes in the world today. We are becoming    established within the global oil industry as a supplier to offshore developments in many areas such as Angola and the Gulf of Mexico. This expansion of our manufacturing facilities anchors our  production at Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester
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What else would you use the wheels for? Prize for the funniest answer, send ideas to corinne@trafalgarwharf.com

Are you looking for SAFE, SHELTERED  WINTER STORAGE for your boat?

Mr Geen of Southampton was the lucky winner of the prize draw to win a years free storage in our drystack. He was absolutely surprised and delighted at winning. To see our little video visit our website www.trafalgarwharf.com and click News.
ISSUE 12 
SAILBOAT & MOTORBOAT MOORINGS
Our new boutique marina is now open and offers berthing for boats of all shapes and sizes.  It is well sheltered and dredged to approximately 1.5m with good tidal access.
MOTORBOAT UNDERCOVER STORAGE
In our completely undercover, indoor drystack, offering the ultimate protection for your boat from the elements. Unlimited lifts and launches throughout the winter so you can still enjoy taking your boat out on sunny winter days.
Call Corinne now on  02392 387833 for our special offers.

Our annual pumpkin boat race took place on  30th October. Each team made a boat that had to include a pumpkin. Designs included bits of stationary, wood, string, sticky tape and even a firework!
The race took place in our new marina and the winner would be the boat that travelled the furthest in 10 minutes.            Winners were the Boatyard team with their boat ‘HMS CONCH’, see a brilliant video on our website www.trafalgarwharf.com and click on the News. on news

SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW 2014

The Crusader

First pod is carefully positioned...

Second one slots neatly in place,

Followed by the third, fourth etc until all twelve are beautifully lined up.

Forgotten to bring that stuff from home….

Well we are here to save the day!  Our little boaty shop is now open in our main reception, please ask the team and if we don’t stock it now we are taking suggestions for new items.

1945, Post war saw a decline in naval contracts forcing Vospers to diversify. Under the guidance of director Sir John Rix the company was steered towards design and construction of motor yachts, trawlers, caravans and even fair ground rides! 

‘Tales of the Riverbank ‘
Adrian White who has worked with us for a year or so (some of you may know him as a Yacht Surveyor) is taking on an exciting adventure on the water. Adrian and his wife Myra are moving to a new home on a 62ft traditional narrow boat called Hereward.  They are in the process of moving the boat at the moment and as soon as they get moored up they are going to let us know how they are getting on. A few  interesting stories for sure, so watch this space….

TRAFALGAR WHARF HISTORICAL SNIPPETS

1930, Saw the emergence of a small but rapidly expanding shipbuilder by the name of Vospers, who operated out of the Camber in Old Portsmouth. With war clouds looming the Navy required the space to expand the Navel Base. The Admiralty moved Vospers to Portchester and rewarded them with a contract to build fast launches to be carried by the Navy’s battleships.

1939, Malcolm Campbell approached the Vospers yard to re-design his high speed K4 Blue Bird and improve on his water speed record set in this year. Sadly K4 failed to match its earlier success and was eventually replaced by the jet powered K7 in 1951.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Gas safety on-board your boat

After watching the fireworks last night I thought this video might be apt to send today as we don’t want any explosions on your boat!  Click here to watch it.

Also, click here to watch a controlled explosion on a boat!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

WEBSITE PHOTO-BOMB WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Well done to the people who correctly identified the 2 photo-bombed pictures on the Trafalgar Wharf & Drystack websites, we hope you enjoyed your wine.

Send us a photo of you enjoying it and the best photo will win another bottle!

John Douglas
Bryan Grayer
Jeremy Lee
Graham Parker
Paul Bambrough-Smith
Justin Evelegh
Tim Howlett
Adrian Smith
Martin - Birchell Marine
Sarah, Kelly and Debbie – Bates Wharf
Marcus – Waterside Boat Sales
Steve and Ben – Clipper Marine

Thursday, 16 October 2014

You've met the team, now meet the machines!

Our mighty Marina Bull forklifts, Emma and Fanny (named after Lord Nelson’s wife and mistress!!) are used in our Drystack which offers launch and recovery on demand, just like valet parking for boats. These custom built machines allow us to retrieve your boat from the lowest of tides, some 22ft below ground level, and store her safely away up to 60ft in the air in our indoor Drystack.  Fanny and Emma can launch and recover boats in a matter of minutes.

Gertrude the Cherry Picker extends up to 85ft in the air helping us to maintain our buildings and work on masts without the need to un-step.

Mary the Merlo, or tele-handle as she is more commonly known, is our green beast.  She provides us with a 4ton multi lifting capability.  She can lift anything from pallets and small boats to masts.

Suzie The Sublift is one of the key machines in our boatyard arsenal allowing us to lift up to 25tons of boat in ultimate safety.  Suzie is a state of the art, fully submersible, remote controlled lift.  This means your boat is never more than 1-2ft from the ground.

Tallulah the Tractor and Chloe the Cono-Lift enable us to move your boat out of tight places in and around the Boatyard and Drystack.



Friday, 10 October 2014

Find the photo-bombed picture and we’ll send you a bottle of wine

Be one of the first 10 people to find the photo-bombed picture on the Trafalgar Wharf website and The Drystack website, and we’ll send you a bottle of wine. 

Remember, you have to find both pictures.

Email me back and let me know where they are and I’ll send you a bottle of wine, red or white, it’s your choice. 

Keep your eye out for the winners on our Blog.

Have fun and good luck.
 

Friday, 26 September 2014

TAKE THE TRAFALGAR WHARF QUIZ

 

Click here to see our quiz questions and answers.  But no cheating now, don't click on the answers link until you have taken the quiz.


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Top tips for choosing marinas, boatyards, drystacks, storage and moorings.

Owning a boat is about getting the most out of your leisure time, so selecting the perfect place to lift, launch and store your boat is one of the most important decisions you’ll make – get it wrong at your peril! 

With so many different options available, it is important to know what you should consider when choosing the best marina, boatyard, drystack, storage or mooring for you.

Jonny Boys, our MD, marina and boatyard expert, has put together this unique guide explaining his top tips and advice for making sure that you find the perfect place to keep your boat.

Click on this link to receive your FREE .pdf copy, and I’ll also put a copy in the post to you straight away.

Once you have read the guide, if you have any questions at all then please give Corinne a call on 02392 387833.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Stop me and buy one! Keep cool at Trafalgar Wharf


Have you seen our traditional ice cream bike?  We bring it out on sunny days and park it just by the beach hut.


It’s always stocked with delicious, cooling ice creams and ice lollies such as Magnums, Feasts,  Cornettos, Calippos and even Funny Feet (do you remember them?)


There’s an honest box on the bike so drop in your £1 for your cold treat.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Thinking of changing the name of your boat? Then you have to read this!

How to change your boat’s name without tempting fate!

Tempting fate. It's not a thing any of us likes to do very often, unless you have a death wish, or just like to live on the edge. But most of us like our comfort, and actively try to fend off any of those little twists and surprises that could throw a kink into our securities.

Boats are like people. They have a history, a legacy of hours behind them. Memories of every little cruise out to the point, or the longer jaunts to the secluded, secret spots down the bay.

When a boat changes owners, its name usually changes as well. But, unfortunately, most people in this "enlightened" day and age ignore one of the most basic tenets of seafaring folk and take much too lightly the fine art of dealing with the gods. A vessel's moniker, seemingly only as lasting as the next coat of paint, is nothing short of the most important item to consider after buying a new boat.

Most people, preferring to shy away from tempting the unknown, will just keep the same name. Sure, they'll use some excuse like they don't have time, or that good boat graphics are too expensive, but they're really just trying not to anger Poseidon, the lord of the deep.

Those people are right to fear. The bottoms of all of the seven seas are littered with the shells of boats whose captains got on the wrong side of Poseidon. Think back to that guy you knew a few years back who bought himself an expensive, shiny new 37- ft. plaything with all of the bells and whistles only to be stuck at the dock all summer with engine trouble. Ask yourself, did he really buy a lemon or was he just too careless with those important few letters across the transom?

So if it's such a risk, you ask, why change it at all? Why not just keep whatever name the boat comes with? Well, there are the obvious reasons. Who would want to be the 30th boat in the marina named "Fanta-Sea"? And something like "French Tickler" with pictures of topless mermaids doesn't exactly make for a good weekend getaway boat with the wife and kids.

But perhaps the best reason of all is that it's your boat. All of the good times and adventures to come on board will be yours. With every voyage, every new excursion that boat will take on your characteristics, your personality, and its name should reflect that.

Spending all those great moments on a boat christened by someone you don't even know can be like sleeping with another man's wife. Sure, it's fun, but ultimately, it'll be unsatisfying.

What can you do to safely change your new boat's title and appease those testy gods? The same tried and true method that gets so many of us through those tortuous family get-togethers -- lots of booze.

According to legend, each and every vessel is recorded by name in a great log book on the bottom of the sea by Poseidon himself. The first step is to ask the great lord of the seas to have the boat's old name stricken from that log.

To do this, you first have to rid the boat of each and every trace of the old name. And be thorough. Something as small as a key ring fallen behind a seat cushion with the offending name on it could be seen as an affront to the gods and lead to doom.  Now it's time to break out the champagne. And don't skimp, the gods will know!  By the way, this entire exercise is an excellent opportunity to gather together a group of friends and celebrate.

After wiping off all traces of the old name and popping the cork on the bubbly, take a position on the bow. Make sure you have some little trinket bearing the old name.  This represents the last vestiges of that name.

First, catch Poseidon's attention by calling his name. To do this, say things like: "Oh great and mighty ruler of the seas." Gods like that sort of thing, makes them feel important.

After summoning Poseidon, ask him to purge the name from the log and drop the trinket over the bow. And for his trouble, pour a goodly portion of the bottle of champagne after it. Then spread around the rest amongst yourself and your friends and drink up.

Now the old name will be no more. The next step is to ask Poseidon for another favor, to list the new name of your choice in his log bo

What you want to do now is pop open a fresh bottle of champagne and summon up Poseidon again, this time making sure to call him gracious and kind. A little sucking up never hurts.

Ask him, if he wouldn't mind too much, if he could list your boat's new name in his records. Then pour yourself a glass of champagne, maybe one for your first mate and pour the rest over the bow. Nothing like greasing the skids with a little libation.

Now, if you like, you can also ask the Four Winds: Boreas, Zephyrus, Eurus and Notus, for their blessings. I can hear some of you now, "I have twin 454s, what do I need the four winds for?" Well, you probably don't, but it never hurts to ask.

Pop yourself open another bottle and split it four ways, pouring some over the east, west, north and south sides of your boat. Ask the winds, in your best and most humble voice and manner, for their help and good fortune in the future.

After that, you should be ok. Your boat will have a new name and the gods will be happy to see you on your merry way. Doom will have been averted. Now it's time to honor your guests by circulating a few more bottles and celebrating good times to come.

One last thing. The next morning, you should once again take a position on the bow, this time with a glass of water and two packets of Alka Seltzer. Drop one packet into your water and toss the other overboard. After all of that champagne the day before, Poseidon will thank you for it.
ok. It's a little like dealing with an accountant. To do one simple thing, like replacing one name with another, you have to go through a half-dozen complicated steps.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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

Newsletter Issue 11GREAT OFFERS FROM NOW UNTIL THE END  OF AUGUST DON’T MISS OUT BOOK NOW!
‘Wash & Go’
Do you need to have a bottom wash or do some quick maintenance? We are offering a lift, scrub, hold for up to 1 hour in the slings and a re-launch from now until August 2014.  A 15% discount will be given on our published rates (extra charge for particularly dirty bottoms!)
‘Maintenance Month’
Are all those little jobs giving you that sinking feeling? Don’t put it off any longer. We have free storage ashore for 30 days, so all you pay for is a lift and re-launch. Available until August 2014.
CALL CORINNE 02392 387833
OR A FREE QUOTE
Our new Boutique Marina is now open and provides a lovely place to moor your boat. With new pontoons, lighting, electricity, water, shiny balustrades and even a ‘party pontoon’ for all those lovely picnics and bbq’s.
The Marina is suitable for boats big and small, motorboats, sailboats and catamarans that are happy to sit in 1.5 meters of water. It offers sheltered and safe moorings, with electricity, water and lighting on our brand new pontoons.
Our Risk Free Guarantee
We’re so confident that you’ll love it here at The Drystack, that if after 30 days you are not absolutely convinced your boat is safer, cleaner, better looked after and better protected from the elements than ever before, and you are not totally convinced that our service is second to none, then not only will we give you your money back, but we will also deliver your boat to any Solent marina or drystack completely free of charge. 
Call Corinne today on 02392 706384 to book your boat in.
Andrew Oats  on his boat Modi  doing some maintenance  with the assistance of his crew
SAILORS DICTONARY…
continued from last issue.
H = HEELING. A basic process affecting all sailboats, which begins with the boat leaning over as the wind presses on one side of its sails and ends as the sailboat finally exhibits its natural tendency to come to a state of rest on the sea bottom.
I = ICE BOAT. A sailboat having such characteristics that it is statistically more likely to crash than sink; that in the event of a mishap, its crew will be able to walk to shore.
J =JURY RIG. An emergency arrangement of sails, lines, spars, etc usually put together in a period of temporary insanity.
K = KNOT. Any connection between two or more ropes, involving a number of loops, ties and twists, and having the property that the link cannot be parted or broken, in any way or through any means, other than by severing it with a knife. Except if it is subjected to steady stress in the course of normal use. There are dozens of highly specialised nautical knots, of which the most common are the half-snarl, the trip knot, the reef tangle, the rats foot, the lubbers loop and the fouline. A seaman who really knows his ropes is referred to as a “Knut” a “Knerd” a “Kninny” or a “Knumbskull”.
L = LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE
A series of imaginary lines on the earth’s surface, drawn at intervals parallel to the Equator for (latitude) or the pole to pole (longitude) as an aid to navigation. Since they are invisible, many mariners find them of limited usefulness.
Alex  (“One Man and His Dog”)      Dubois, Secures His 25 Years Guarding Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth.
Kylie Minogue was number one in the charts with ‘Hand on Your Heart’, Ford was selling bucket loads of the Escort, and Arsenal won the Football League when Fareham man Alex Dubois joined Vosper Thorneycroft as a security officer.
Twenty five years on and Alex is still working at Trafalgar Wharf as a guard for Securitas, but now it’s motorboats and super yachts he’s guarding rather than secret army and navy vessels.
  “I’ve always been a security officer, even before VT, I was in security for a packaging firm,” Alex says. “Making sure everything is taken care of and secure is something I’m proud to do. I’ve been here at Trafalgar longer than I’ve been married and not many people work in the same place for a quarter of a century.
I’ve been lucky.” It’s nice that despite the massive changes taking place in the marine industry in Portsmouth, a little bit of loyalty does bring its rewards.
Look out for our new ice cream  bike which is now in operation, ready for those hot, sunny days.  A ‘help yourself’ (with honesty box) facility that will be available whenever the sun shines!  Ideal for keeping cool. Send us a picture of the ice creams being enjoyed and we will give a prize for the funniest.
WINNERS OF OUR FACE BOOK PRIZE, Richard Bird won A Moorfast Mooring Aid in February which was presented by Tom at The Drystack.
We hope Richard will now be able to moor up to all sorts of buoys easily.
For your chance to win and enter into our monthly competition, just visit our  Facebook page (Trafalgar Wharf and The Drystack) “like us” then follow the instructions to enter. Lots of lovely marine related prizes to be won.  Good Luck!
We are on the move! We now have lovely new offices. A new reception for both The Drystack and Trafalgar Wharf along with staff offices, store rooms, staff ‘chill out’ room (not that our staff need it!) and a room for all those important wheelings and dealings.
Shemara’s  departure….

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….took place last month, after her refit (which took over three years) She slowly edged her way through The Drystack in the dead of night and out onto the ship launch area. She then sailed to Southampton a couple of days later.
Trafalgar Wharf Managing Director Jonny Boys said: “Shemara is a beautiful super-yacht and it has been a privilege to have her here and see her totally rebuilt”.
Nicholas Warren of Burgess Marine said, “Seeing her emerge from the shed where she has been carefully and exquisitely rebuilt, it is clear that this has been a project of considerable scope. As the sun glinted off her fresh white hull and she made her way – albeit backwards to begin with – down the channel through Portsmouth Harbour, it was clear that this was a renaissance worthy of attention”.
MY Shemera berthed in Southampton with one of  the Cunard’s fleet of cruise liners in the background, and we thought MY Shemera had a big bottom!
STORAGE HUTS FOR RENT
Have you seen our 12 storage huts situated by The Drystack.
Available to all customers of Trafalgar Wharf. Designed as bathing huts and named after areas on the Isle of Wight. Handy to keep your bits and pieces in!
Rent for only £25.00 per month
Call Corinne on 02392 387833
FREE BOOZE?
Do you fancy a free case of wine and a months free boat storage for your friend?  You do!
Then refer a friend who joins us in The Drystack or Marina, we will send you a free case of wine to say thank you and your friend will get 1 month free added to  the end of their contract. Call Corinne on 02392 387833
That just on our doorstep is a wonderfully interesting castle. A five minute walk from Trafalgar Wharf (just outside the main gate, a small path leads you around the waters edge and past a lovely park arriving at Portchester Castle) the grounds and the church are free to wander around. A small charge is made to go into the main castle turret.
The Doomsday Book listed Portchester as a village of 20 persons, with a strong emphasis on farming. Portchester had the advantage of a waterfront albeit marsh land, which was the focus of trade in the harbor, until the creation of Old Portsmouth in medieval times.
From Roman origins, a castle eventually rose in the 11th century, falling into the possession of King Edward the Elder who used it to ward off attacks by the Vikings. Later the castle would act as staging posts for attacks into Normandy by king John who stayed there frequently.
By the 15th century the nearby town of Portsmouth (some 6 miles away) grew to become a significant economic center and an important port. It took over from Portchester as a place of military importance, and the castle entered a period of decline. A survey from 1441 noted the castle was "right ruinous and feeble".
Over time the castle would find use as a prison, notably during the English Civil War and the Napoleonic wars.
Owing to the success of British Admirals such as Nelson, and the sheer number of French prisoners. The result was to see lines of old wooden warships (similar to the HMS Victory) moored bow to stern down through Portchester Creek, providing extra accommodation for the prisoners, virtually in the area where the current Drystack pontoons are today.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Exciting job opportunity at JBT Marine

Trainee RIB Sales person required - JBT Marine are currently looking for someone to join our fantastic team selling new and used RIBs. A can do, enthusiastic and motivated personality a must. If you or someone you know would be interested in this exciting role please contact tom@ribsforsale.com

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Look at our beautiful customer beach hut

Did you know that as a Drystack or Marina member, you can use our beautiful beach hut that is situated just next to the launch pad at The Drystack.

The beach hut is equipped with:

•    Free customer Wi-Fi
•    Free tea, coffee and cold drinks
•    Fridge
•    Large table with chairs
•    Comfy inside seating area, as well as an outside seating area, so you can watch your boat being launched
•    And last but no means least, the beach hut is home to Captain Pugwash.  Take him on your boating adventures and record the journey in his log book.

For more information on joining us here at The Drystack or Marina, call Corinne on 02392 706384.

P.S.  Don’t forget that we have mini-bathing huts too that are great for storing your boaty bits in - saves you taking it all home after a day out on the water.  At only £25 per month to rent you’d better snap one up quickly before the summer comes and they all get taken. Call Corrine today on 02392 706384 to book yours.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

How to get to us by water from the main Port Solent channel


We have made this short but very handy video to show you how to get to Trafalgar Wharf by water from the main Port Solent channel.

Click here to watch it.

We hope you find it helpful.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

ASV Launches Military Targets at Trafalgar Wharf

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), designers and builders of unmanned marine vehicles, are the latest marine company to use the new facilities here at Trafalgar Wharf’s marina and Drystack. It’s another feather in our cap as we continue to attract fast-growing, hi-tech companies to the former Vosper Thorneycroft site.

ASV is an exciting company and we’re particularly impressed with their Fast Inshore Attack Craft targets which allow the military to practise against this type of threat.  They have a great range that spans military, oil and gas and surveying and ASV fits alongside many of our other business tenants, some of which they are already doing business with.

The qualities that made our site ideal for military boat production are hugely beneficial for companies like ASV.

Daniel Hook, Managing Director of ASV told us, “We have a range of exclusive production contracts with local suppliers and partners which allow us to rapidly prototype and produce vehicles.  Trafalgar Wharf is a great location. It provides easy access for our international clients. And the on-demand launch and recovery systems allow us to make rapid technical adjustments with minimum downtime.”

ASV is rapidly growing and looks set to increase job prospects for local marine professionals.

We’re proving that Trafalgar Wharf is a great location. We’ve created a hub of marine engineering excellence at Portchester that’s keeping the local tradition of boat building alive with an added international export dimension.