Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Forklift erection!

You've probably seen our huge Wiggins marine forklifts launching and moving boats around here at Trafalgar Wharf & The Drystack, but would you like to see one of these mighty machines being assembled?  Below is a quick time lapsed video of the lads putting together our newest forklift.  It's quite incredible.

Our newest marine forklift arrived on site back in February, all the way from the US, to join her two sisters Emma and Fanny.  Fitted with a super green Volvo Penta engine fitter she really is a clean, green, boat-moving machine. 

Enjoy the video, and if you want a little more information on the new girls green engine then click here, you'll also be able to read about the new HUSS diesel particulate filters we added to Emma and Fanny.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Did you know this about Ballistic RIBs?

You may already know that our MD, Jonny Boys, also owns JBT Marine RIB sales that is based here at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth.  JBT Marine specialise in building and selling Ballistic RIBs, along with selling other new and used RIBs and Powerboats.

But you probably don’t know that when he acquired the rights to build Ballistic RIBs, he not only used his years of experience to make many positive changes, he also ensured the boats went through rigorous testing before JBT Marine started to market them.

Jonny entered five Ballistic RIBs into the famously unforgiving 5-day Trans Agulhas race in South Africa to put the RIBs to the ultimate test. The Trans Agulhas is a 1000km race around the southernmost tip of Africa well known for unpredictable sea conditions and shark infested waters.  Whilst the Ballistic RIBs performed incredibly well throughout this race, many lessons were learnt and design adjustments were made accordingly, making the Ballistic RIB one of the most capable RIBs of its kind ever made.

If you’re thinking about buying a Ballistic RIB then click here to see JBT’s current selection of new and used Ballistic RIBs.

Alternatively, if you’d like information on their other stock RIBs and powerboats click here.

To arrange a viewing or sea trial here at Trafalgar Wharf on any of these RIBs, or for more information, please contact Jeremy or Gareth on 02392 397000 or email them at

You can find out more about the history of the Ballistic RIBs by clicking here.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Anyone can go out boating - even the Easter Bunny 🐰

With the arrival of the warm summer weather and the Easter bank holiday, there is no better time to get out on the water.

Enjoy Boat Club Trafalgar's unlimited, hassle free boating for the fraction of the cost and time investment of boat ownership.

Hop on down to Trafalgar Wharf on Good Friday to visit Steve (who may, or may not, be dressed as the Easter Bunny!) and ask him about the Club and our Easter special offers.

Bring the family or a friend, everyone is welcome.

Call Steve on 02392 706599, email or visit

Chocolate Easter Bunny GRAND PRIX 2017

We held our very own Easter Grand Prix but unlike the real Grand Prix our cars were remote controlled and we had to make it a quick race before our 'drivers' melted in the sunshine!

Check our Aaron's reverse action :)

Have a great Easter weekend.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

We Care for Air

We are working towards a cleaner and greener environmental set up here at Trafalgar Wharf & The Drystack and so we have fitted some new exhaust systems to our marine forklifts, Emma and Fanny, that we use in our Drystack.  These clever exhausts reduce up to 99.9% of the soot that comes out of the engines which is better for the people working around the machines, better for the boats in The Drystack, and of course better for the environment.

These HUSS diesel particulate filters are a very efficient way to collect soot.  They offer a certified way of collecting and burning the soot, used widely in California they meet CARB and International standards.

We flew one of HUSS's top engineers, a chap we call 'American Steve' (because we already have two of our own Steve's here), all the way from Palm Desert in California to help our Tom Harding and Mark Compton fit these exhaust systems to the girls.

If you're interested in the technology then click here to read about the system

Our newest Wiggins marine forklift (name still be to advised) who arrived last month already has a super green Volvo Penta engine fitter to her producing much lower emissions and a lot less noise.  There is a chemical called Adblue added to a separate tank which gets mixed within the engine and the chemical reaction that takes place creates nitrogen and steam (water) to ensure that the emissions that come out are less harmful to the environment. Nitrogen and water both naturally occur in the atmosphere. 

So this means that we now have 3 Wiggins marine forklifts. We are the only drystack in the Solent to have three marine forklifts so we are guaranteed to always be able to launch your boat.