Friday, 28 October 2016

Press Release - Boat Club Trafalgar proves to be a massive hit

Friday 28th November 2016

When Steve Anam signed up to be the first founder member of Boat Club Trafalgar, it was a gut instinct decision.

“I hadn’t thought about joining a boat club before. In fact, I didn’t even know what one was until it was explained to me,” he said.

“But when I saw I could choose from a fleet of brand new boats to head out onto the Solent, for about the same price as annual storage, I thought it was an unbelievably good way to get out on the water.”

Billed as the ultimate in convenience, the concept of a boat club is all about getting on the water – without the hassle of owning your own boat.

Jonny Boys, MD of Boat Club Trafalgar explains the new club concept.

 “Members get unlimited use of a fleet of brand new premium boats. Using the 24hr smart phone app members can instantly check availability. They can book up to four boats at any one time, so they can easily plan ahead.  It’s zero hassle, maximum joy.”

Steve says he’s already had great value from his first month and that joining Boat Club Trafalgar was simply a no-brainer.

“The fact is that I’ve never been out as much since joining the boat club and I think it’s fantastic. As well as the fleet, the free RYA Level II Powerboat training is part of the membership and the guys at Trafalgar Wharf will get you handling the boats with confidence and skill.”

As Jonny Boys explains, a boat club is the Airbnb of the marine world.

 “The sharing economy is part of the future. Why pay for a boat, pay for the depreciation, get the hassle of cleaning, insurance and storage when you can just turn up and go? It’s the smart choice for intelligent people who want an effortless way to have fun.”

For more information:

Call on Boat Club Trafalgar on Portsmouth 02392 706599 or email

Please quote Boat Show for your special membership offer.

Steve Anam, Boat Club Trafalgar's founder member:

Friday, 21 October 2016

Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier - Changes in Portsmouth Harbour

Earlier this week the Deputy Queen’s harbour Master, Gideon Sherwood, talked to a meeting of Gosport NCI (the local Coastwatch station) about the work going on in Portsmouth Harbour in preparation for the arrival of the new aircraft carrier, Queen Elizabeth (provisionally taking place in May 2017). The harbour entrance area is the busiest water space in the UK.

The current dredging activity is going OK, with only about two million cubic metres to go. The channel itself will be dredged to 9.5m for its full width with the main part having 10.5m. The notorious hazard of Hamilton Bank, just outside the Portsmouth channel to the NW of Spit Bank Fort, has already been reduced considerably in height but the plan is to deepen it by a further 4.2m. It is pretty likely that maintenance dredging will be needed at intervals after the current work is finished. Apart from the bulk dredging, fishing for ferrous objects detected by scanning has produced, among other things, a German unexploded bomb as well as the “friendly” torpedo that received good news coverage recently. More alarming was a non-ferrous German “ship-destroyer” mine that was picked up by accident.

The problem is that Queen Elizabeth needs to be on a straight course with only a six-degree margin approaching and passing through the harbour entrance, unlike the current ferries and freighters which can enter on a curving track. These limits mean that during entry or exit the harbour entrance will be closed to both outbound and inbound traffic (including small vessel traffic in the Boat Channel on the West side). Carrier movements are only likely to take place around HW Springs, and entry or exit will not take place if the wind exceeds 20 knots. 

Lots of new navigation marks have turned up over recent months. These mainly provide navigational transits for the carrier’s use.

• The large green pile between 2 Bar and Castle buoys (Castle Pile) provides a transit with the War Memorial.

• The sets of yellow piles in the Bomb Ketch area provide an entrance transit, while the sets in the Spit Bank Fort area provide exit transits.

You will have noticed some changes to buoyage – the movement westward of Outer Spit SC buoy is the most obvious. Most of these changes are temporary while dredging is taking place, but Admiralty charts are corrected very frequently so it would probably not be a good time to buy new charts or update your chart-plotter cards until all this has settled down. However, a permanent R channel buoy named Spit Elbow will be placed between Spit Refuge R and Outer Spit SC buoys.

Details of impending changes will appear in Navigational Warnings and Local Notices to Mariners.

Given the difficulty of entry and exit for the carrier, it may be expected that routine visits will use the anchorage near Stokes Bay, and escort vessels will be picked up at sea.

As might be expected, the MOD police presence on the water will be considerably beefed up, and QHM is getting new and better radar.

Friday, 7 October 2016

What do you have to swap with us?

You may have seen the video we sent out this time last year about barter deals, or trade exchange, but if you didn't then have a quick watch now.

Swapping trades, goods or services is a great way to do business.  Since sending this video last year we have 'swapped' with 7 new and existing customers. 

Let us know what you have, or can do, and we'll see if we can swap with you.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Who is the winner of 1 year’s free membership to Boat Club Trafalgar?

As you know, we launched Boat Club Trafalgar at the Southampton Boat Show last month, and whilst we were there we gathered just over 500 entries for our competition.

Watch the video to see who the winner is.

If you weren’t the lucky winner then just remember, if you join in the coming weeks you will get free use of the boats until the 1st March 2017.  No, we're not kidding!  Just join, then pay no monthly fee until 1st March next year.

Just imagine yourself with your friends or family, enjoying time out on the water on one of our 7 brand new boats.  Whether it be fishing, cruising or a blast over to the Isle of White.  Join Boat Club Trafalgar and start making the most of your leisure time.

Call Steve today on 02392 706599 for more information on joining.