Thursday, 20 December 2018

Opening times, Christmas video and news-letter

The Trafalgar Wharf office and The Drystack will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, otherwise it's business as usual.

The Beach Hut Café will be closed from 4pm today (Thursday 20th December) and will re-open on Wednesday 16th January at 9am.  From Wednesday 16th January the new longer opening times will be Monday through Sunday 9am to 4pm.

Oh, and if you haven't seen our Christmas video then you're seriously missing out  Watch it by clicking here.

And finally, here is our latest news-letter if you fancy a bit of light reading over the festive season. Click here to read.  Enjoy.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

The 2018 Trafalgar Wharf Group Christmas Video

Well, it's finally here. The long awaited Trafalgar Wharf Group 2018 Christmas Video.

We hope you enjoy watching it - we certainly had fun making it :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year x

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Are you stuck for what you buy your loved one this Christmas?

Did you know that our sister company, JBT Marine, not only sell new and used RIBs and powerboats, but they are also an RYA training school, and that they have just passed their yearly RYA inspection with flying colours.

JBT'S RYA Courses and Gift Vouchers help to take away the stress of finding the perfect gift.

The Powerboat level II costs £289 and is a two-day entry level course providing the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

RYA VHF Radio Course costs £100 and is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment in the UK. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

Starting in the Spring, JBT will also be running the British Water Ski and Wakeboard Boat Course (Ski Boat Driver 2 Course) and the RYA Intermediate Powerboat Course.  Perfect for those wanting to advance their boating skills to the next level.

All of the powerboat courses are run on Brand new Ballistic RIBs and operate from Trafalgar Wharf here is Portsmouth (Portchester).  We're just off the M27.  We also has fantastic facilities including The Beach Hut Café (opening times Weds to Fri 9am to 4pm.  Sat and Sun 9am to 5pm) and our huge fully indoor drystack.

For more information contact or call her on 02392 397000.  She can book you or your partner onto any of the courses, and arrange your gift certificate just in time for Christmas.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Do you know what your boat winter storage options are?

Don't miss out on storing your boat somewhere safe and sheltered this winter.  Bring her to us here at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth this winter and we'll make sure that she stays nice and safe throughout the cold and frosty season.
Give Corinne a call today for a quote, and if you book your space by the 14th December she'll give you a 5% discount.

02392 387833  

If you like the sound of saving money then pay up front and in full on your boats arrival and Corinne will knock a further 5% off.

That really is AMAZING ;)

Thursday, 25 October 2018

FREE winter storage at Thornham Marina, Emsworth

Our sister-site, Thornham Marina in Emsworth, are offering free winter storage this year.  So if you, or a friend or colleague of yours is looking to store a boat in the Emsworth area then you should give them a call.

Thorham Marina is at the top of the beautiful Prinsted Bay in Chichester Harbour.  It's a tidal marina and suitable for sailing and motor boats with a maximum draft of 1.8 meters, and up to 12 tons in weight.

Book your winter storage package at Thornham Marina, pay a £100 deposit by 31st October, and your boat name will be entered into their prize draw where you could receive your whole winter package absolutely free.  The winner will be announced at the Thornham Marina Mulled Wine & Mince Pies event on 8th December 2018, which of course you are welcome to attend.
Your inclusive package includes:
Lift out, pressure wash, storage ashore for 6 months, mast un-step/step (if required), cradle hire (if required) and re-launch.

Interested? Wait…there’s more!
With this super-duper all-inclusive package you will also receive:

A complimentary taxi journey to and from your home port upon your arrival and departure (within a 20-mile radius).
Flexible lifting and launch dates.
Free trailer/cradle storage if you return to us the following year saving you up to £450 during the summer.
Free car parking.
Luxurious toilet/shower facilities .
Marine trades on-site to suit your every boating need.
Invitations to their annual summer BBQ and annual Mulled Wine & Mince Pie event.

You can also be the proud owner of an exclusive Thornham Marina beanie hat which you will be presented with upon arrival, to keep you warm through those cold winter days.

Thornham Marina have a cosy customer beach hut which is available 24/7 for you to use to chat to like-minded boat owners and keep warm whilst you are working on your boat.  Complimentary tea and coffee is available.

They offer a service that is second to none and will care for your boat as if it were their own. They extend a warm, welcoming, friendly atmosphere when you join for winter and you will become part of their extended family.  

To join or get further information call Wendy on 01243 375335, email, or pop in and meet the team.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Are you the winner of a year’s free storage in The Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth?

If you attended the Southampton Boat Show back in September you'd have no doubt stopped by our stand to say hello.
We were running a prize draw to win a year’s free storage in our drystack here at Trafalgar Wharf which is situated at the top of Portsmouth harbour.  We had loads of entries and today we made this sort video to announce the winner.
Did you enter?  Could it be you?  Fingers crossed :)
The Drystack can accommodate RIBs and Powerboats up to 10 tons in weight and 13 meters in length.
So remember, if you weren't lucky this time and you're keen to find out more information then give Corinne, our sales manager, a call and she'll happily show you around and answer any questions you have.  Likewise, if you have a friend, family member or colleague who'd like to store their boat at The Drystack then give Corinne a call and let her know as there will definitely be a nice big thank you in it for you ;)
We also offer several other types of boat storage too.
You can get Corinne Monday to Friday on 02392 706384.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Winter Storage. Have you got yours arranged yet?

Make sure you have your boat stored safely this year ready for winter.  Here at Trafalgar Wharf Portsmouth we have a variety of safe and sheltered moorings.

Our marina is suitable for boats up to 9 meters in length.

Our storage ashore is available for boats up to 18 meters.

Our fully trained and insured boat yard team can lift and launch most types of boats up to 24 tonnes with our Sublift.

We are ideally situated at the top end of Portsmouth Harbour (only minutes away from the M27) where we're protected from the gales and rough seas to give you peace of mind whilst your boat is stored with us.  We have plenty of free parking on-site as well and water and power hook ups.

We have a very friendly marine community on-site who are on hand for your spares and repairs, we also have our very own chandlery in our reception for any bits that you may have forgotten, as well as a lovely new café to warm you up with hot drinks and food served by the log burner.  Hmmm, cosy :)

Look after your boat over the winter so she can look after you when you're out enjoying yourself on the water the rest of the year.

Call Corinne now on 02392 387833 before the winter arrives and she'll give you a quote to get your pride and joy safely tucked up for the winter. 

Book by the 19th October with a refundable £50.00 deposit and receive a 5% discount.  We will also give you another 5% discount if you pay upfront in full upon arrival.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Trafalgar Wharf Helps Rowers with Trans-Atlantic Challenge

Trafalgar Wharf has signed up to help a team of four intrepid rowers take on the Atlantic this December. 

You may see this in the press over the next couple of days...but here's a sneak peek.

The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is the world's premier annual rowing event covering more than 3000 miles from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua. 

“Up to 30 teams participate from all around the world and Justin Evelegh is a good friend of mine” said Jonny Boys, MD of Trafalgar Wharf.  “To be honest, I think this challenge starting in December is pretty mad!” 

“When Justin asked if we could store the boat and be their pre-race base of course we said we would help, especially as they are raising money for such a worthwhile charity.” 

“The team at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth are great and have been really encouraging” said Justin.  “It really helps us having a base like this before we start our row.  We’ll be doing a few training rows on The Solent which we hope will prepare us for the Atlantic and get us used to our very special boat.” 

“We’re raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation which is a national children’s charity that is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness.” Justin added. 

“We know that this event is going to be extremely tough so we are delighted that along with our sponsors Land Rover and JLT, Trafalgar Wharf has become a very valuable part of this team.” 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Exciting news - Win a years free drystack storage at the Southampton Boat Show this September.

Exciting news - The Trafalgar Wharf Group will be exhibiting at the Southampton Boat Show this September.

The show will run from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd September.

We'll be on stand C008, near the Sunseeker International stand, with information about The Drystack, alongside our sister companies JBT Marine, Ballistic RIBs and Boat Club Trafalgar.

As always, we'll be running a free prize draw for one lucky person to win a year’s free storage in The Drystack.  All you have to do is visit Corinne on the stand, fill in your details and receive a free gift! Easy peasy.

Last years winner of a years free drystack storage was Robin Walker with his Bayliner 185.  This year it could be you.  Make sure you go and see Corinne :)

For more information about the show, The Drystack, JBT Marine, Ballistic RIBs or Boat Club Trafalgar, or how to get your free boat show ticket, please give Corinne a call on 02392 387833 or email her at

We look forward to seeing you at the show.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Our very own 'Clipper Round the World Yacht Race' crew member...well kind of!

Get a load of this!  Heather, who works at our RIB sales company JBT Marine, is married to one of the Skippers who has just returned from the Round the World Race.
She, along with some of the guys from JBT, took some of their Ballistic RIBs up to Liverpool to welcome Lance (her hubby) and his crew on Liverpool 2018, affectionately known as the Pink Panther because of the colour,  and all the other crews back from the their long and tiring journey. 
They set off from Albert Dock, Liverpool on the 20th August 2017 and visited many places along the way...finally returning to Liverpool last week.
Uruguay, Cape Town, Freemantle, Sydney, Hobart, Whistundays, Sanya, Qingdoa, Seattle, Panama, New York and Derry-Londonderry.

1st place went to Wendy Tucker.  She is the first female skipper to win a round the world race.  Wendy is from Sydney Australia.
2nd place went to Nikki Henderson.  She is the youngest person to skipper the race and had her 25th birthday just before the race finished - happy birthday Nikki.
Lance's boat came 7th, having had to divert to New Foundland along the way.  Well done Lance and crew :)
Lance’s crew also won Team Spirit for the complete race.   
Well done to everyone who took part in this race, whether on the boats, arranging the event or waiting patiently back home for their loved ones to return.  Great effort. 

Friday, 27 July 2018

How to keep cool on your boat this weekend

Well the hot weather has certainly arrived with a bang and it looks like it's going to be hanging around for a while yet (yay!). So with that in mind, here are some handy tips on how to keep yourself, your family and your friends cool whilst out on your boat.
Staying hydrated is about more than just being on or in the water.  When you swim, it’s tempting to feel a bit more hydrated than you really are.  Anyone who’s using your boat for swimming or water skiing etc. might feel the same.  The key point to remember is that simply being exposed to water doesn’t hydrate you.  You have to drink it.
Staying hydrated is about more than just water, too. If you want to feel your best, you can’t only drink water, particularly if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors.   As any long-distance runner will tell you, you lose more than water when you sweat. Replacing water and electrolytes with just water isn’t enough, you have to keep some snacks handy to replace some sodium and potassium and other electrolytes as well.  The best solution is take a lunch break when the sun is at its hottest.
Wear white. White is the most efficient reflector of light, which means it will do the best job of keeping the sun’s rays out.  White towels, shirts, shorts, and hats are in season for this very reason.  So make use of them.  Not only will they add to your protection from the sun, but they’ll generally feel 'lighter' throughout the day thanks to their reflective properties.
Find shade whenever you can.  If your boat has a canopy, that’s great, it will be a great way to keep out of the sun while staying out on the water.  But if it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to take frequent breaks.  Breaks aren’t only important to make sure that you feel refreshed, but the symptoms of dehydration can sneak up on you, so taking a break is a great way to check on yourself and others.
Bring a cooler box or bag.  There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink on a hot day, but if it’s a hot day, you’ve got to bring some cool storage with you to ensure those cool drinks actually last.  A cooler bag can bring enough drinks for a boat trip without getting in everyone’s way. Or hang them over the side of your boat in a netted bag.
Keep protected.  Sunburn, as well as being so bad for you, also 'feels' hot as it develops, which is why it’s important to protect your skin from the sun with a nice water-resistant sunscreen.
Make sure to keep every boat outing a reasonable length and follow these tips and you'll be sure to curb some of the summer heat, but remember your limits too.  

Sometimes, the sun simply gets the better of you and it’s a good idea to know when to call it quits and stay comfortable so you can enjoy boating just as much tomorrow as you did today.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Local Business Owners Donate Money To Sailing Trust At Networking Event

Local Business Owners Donate Money To Sailing Trust At Networking Event

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Portsmouth’s generous business community presented a cheque to Portsmouth Sailing Training Trust at their lunch-time networking event held at Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester.
A bumper turn out of Portsmouth Business Exchange networking group tucked into delicious paella (made by the MD) served with a helping of pre-lunch boating on the Solent, before presenting the cheque to Ben Lee who accepted on behalf of the Trust.
“We always like to help charity and good causes here at Trafalgar Wharf,” said Jonny Boys, Managing Director of the marine business."
The Business Exchange members raised £220 that will really help the Portsmouth Sail Training Trust.  It’s a charity that raises the aspirations of young people from some of Portsmouth's most socially disadvantaged areas – primarily through sailing.  "As a sailor myself, I know how brilliant the Trust is.” said Jonny.

The local business owners who attended also got Jonny’s story of how he has turned the old Vosper Thorneycroft site into a thriving marine business. 
“We’ve been here ten years and it’s surprising that lots of local business people don’t know everything we do or how we do it,” says Jonny. “Although I think that with the glorious weather, the highlight was probably not my paella or the shipyard tour, but the fact the PBE members were treated to an hour-long trip on The Solent on two of our Boat Club boats!”

So what charity is the Portsmouth Business Exchange and Trafalgar Wharf raising money for next?
“We’re helping Music Fusion,” Jonny explains. “It’s the Havant-based charity whose workshops provide activities for young people, teaching them transferable skills such as team work, negotiation and professionalism as well as boosting confidence and self esteem.”
For more information head to or email or or call 02392 706599.

Friday, 13 July 2018

The Beach Hut Cafe, Trafalgar Wharf. How to get there and how to claim your free cup of coffee

Watch this quick video of Jonny explaining what The Beach Hut Café has to offer, how you can find it (at the end of Castle Trading Estate in Portchester), and how to claim your free coffee it the next week (by Wednesday 18th July 2018).

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hampshire’s Cricket Cup Winners Blast Their Way Round Solent on Speedboats with Boat Club Trafalgar

Hampshire’s Cricket Cup Winners Blast Their Way Round Solent on Speedboats

Portsmouth – July 4th 2018 – for immediate release
Fresh from their Royal London Cup win at Lords, a group of Hampshire’s finest cricketers were treated to a blast round the Solent, thanks to the Boat Club at Trafalgar Wharf.

Players from the ageasbowl-based club travelled at up to 35 knots on three specially-built Ballistic RIB boats.

“It was great to welcome the team down to Trafalgar,” said Jonny Boys, Managing Director at the Portchester shipyard.
“Elite sportsman appreciate a day away from training to refresh their batteries and there’s nothing quite like a spin on The Solent under blue-skies to freshen things up.”

Some of the team that went out had never been on The Solent before. Players James Vince (Captain), Tom Alsop, Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast, Ian Holland, Lewis McManus, Gareth Berg, Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Colin Munro, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jimmy Adams all took part in the event.

The team, who beat Kent by 61 runs to lift the Royal London One Day Cup last weekend are now lining up for the T20 Vitality Blast tournament.

“We’re delighted to be supporting our local county team,” said Jonny Boys.

“Let’s hope that they are successful in The Blast. And if any cricket fans want to come down and have a look at our boat club, they are more than welcome.”

“I am sure we’ll be seeing some of the players back again.  Boat Club Trafalgar is ideal for them as they can have a fast blast on a RIB, or take their families and friends out on a day cruiser. They’ve got all the choice they could ever need, without the hassle of ownership.” 

For more information head to  or email or call 02392 706599

Friday, 29 June 2018

Boat Ownership Vs Boat Club Membership

Owning your own boat is great if you can afford it and have the time to arrange all the maintenance, insurance, cleaning, fuelling etc.  It’s a great investment and will give you years of fun and wonderful memories.

However, if you don’t want to own a boat, or perhaps you’ve sold your boat (or are thinking of selling your boat), but you still want to spend time on the water, then a boat club is the answer you’ve been looking for.

Similarly, if you’re new to boating and are looking to buy but can’t decide on the type of boat you want, then you can get loads of experience from a boat club with a large fleet of boats.

Picture this for a moment:
The sun is shining and the cloudless sky is bright blue.  You pull up in the car park with your friends and family and walk down the pontoon.  You step aboard your choice of 1 of 7 beautiful boats which has been launched, cleaned and fuelled especially for you…there is even a picnic waiting on board.  The water is twinkling as you cast off and you’re free to explore and swim in the Solent’s waters, enjoy bbq’s on the various beaches and visit sea-side towns.  What better way to spend a day.

With Boat Club Trafalgar, this could be you every day.

Twice a month Boat Club Trafalgar runs guided tours around the Solent for its members. Current Drystack members, marina and boat storage customers are also very welcome to join these trips on their own boats, there is no charge for this.  Just book on with Jake or Steve.  These tours are led by highly experience RYA Instructors.  It’s such a great way to spend the day.

Last Tuesday, Boat Club Trafalgar ran a Solent guided tour with 5 boats and 12 members to Colwell Bay.  All the images shown here were taken on this trip.  On the way they popped into Newtown Creek, a very picturesque anchorage on the Isle of Wight.  From there they carried onto Colwell Bay where they all dropped anchor and relaxed for an hour or so enjoying the amazing 28 degree sunshine and weather.  It was like being in the Mediterranean with crystal clear waters and sandy sea bed, perfect for a swim.  After this they headed to Lymington to the Yacht Haven for lunch, which is one of many stunning locations within the Solent. The crews then boarded their boats and started the route back to Trafalgar Wharf on the mirror calm sea.  A very enjoyable trip.

The next trip will be on the 12th July which is to Yarmouth via Newtown creek.

If you’d like to book a place on the next guided trip with your own boat, or if you’d like more information about joining Boat Club Trafalgar then give either Jake or Steve a call or email.  02392 706599 or

If you’re thinking of selling your boat, then give Tom or Gareth a call at JBT Marine on 02392 397000 or

We’re all part of The Trafalgar Wharf Group and all based together down at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Boat Club Trafalgar - rough and ready!!

This is what happens when the MD borrows the company iPhone, goes out into the yard and makes a video all by himself, ha-ha!

It's a bit rough and ready (not our usual polished style) but still interesting and informative and you'll learn a thing or two about the boat club. 

You may have thought that we 'just store boats' at Trafalgar Wharf - but there is most certainly more going on here than meets the eye.  Boat Club Trafalgar is part of the Trafalgar Wharf Group, based here in Portsmouth, and offers unlimited boating for a simple monthly fee.  It’s the perfect, zero hassle way to get out on the water whether you are a total beginner or super experienced.

If you'd like any further information on anything Jonny has spoken about in the video then please do give Steve or Jake from the boat club a call and they'll be happy to help. You can get them on 02392 706599.  Alternatively check out the website or ping them a quick email -

Friday, 8 June 2018

Our very own weather station

Did you know that we have our very own weather station here at The Trafalgar Wharf Group.
So what is a weather station and what does it do?
A weather station is an observation facility or post, either on land or sea, where weather conditions and meteorological data are observed and recorded with instruments and equipment to provide information for weather forecasts and to study the weather and climate.  Manual observations are taken at least once daily, while automated measurements are taken at least once an hour. 
Weather conditions out at sea are taken by ships and buoys, which measure slightly different meteorological quantities such as sea surface temperature (SST), wave height, and wave period.  Drifting weather buoys outnumber their moored versions by a significant amount. 
It's vital that you ALWAYS check the weather before you go out on the water.
Here are 5 vital  weather checks you should do before every boating trip:
1. Are warnings current for your boating area?

2. Are there weather conditions affecting safe navigation and comfort?
3. What are the wind trends?
4. What are the wave conditions?
5. When is the next high and low tide?
And here is a pre-departure checklist (you can never be too safe):
Weather Forecast; always check the weather forecast before going boating and have a radio on board to receive weather updates.
Life Jackets; make sure you have at least one life jacket per person on board.  A little tip – attach a whistle and light to each jacket.
Sound Producing Devices; a horn capable of producing a four-second blast audible for at least 1/2 mile and a spare can or air.
Lights; make sure you have all the navigation lights as required for your boat and check that all instrument lights are working.  Don’t forget a flash light and spar batteries.
Distress Signals; make sure your flares, day signals, etc. are accessible and ensure they are stored in a dry location.  Also inform anyone on your boat of the location and safety rules for proper usage.
Tools and Spares; make sure you carry a basic toolbox with tools and spares appropriate for your boat.  Spares should including fuel filter, light bulbs, head parts, through-hull plugs, etc. and always remember you first-aid kit.
Fuel and Oil; top up your fuel tanks and make sure you have enough fuel to provide a reasonable margin of safety for your return.  Check the engine oil and coolant levels too.
Fire Extinguishers; carry at least one fire extinguisher and make sure it is accessible. Check to be sure mounts are secure and functional before departure and make sure everyone on your boat knows where this is and how to use it.
Bilges; check that the bilges are reasonably dry and that pumps are not running excessively.  Clean up any spilled oil or waste in bilges to prevent overboard discharge.
Battery Care; if you have a dual charging system, make sure the selector switch in the correct position and make sure the power is on to the entire vessel.  Have aboard spare batteries for accessories such as your handheld radio, flashlight, portable navigational aid, etc.
Docking and Anchoring Tips; have at least one anchor set up and bent-on to your anchor line.  Carry two or three extra dock lines in case you encounter unusual conditions dockside. Visually inspect the lines you use for chafe or wear and carry at least two fenders on-board for docking or towing if required.
Enjoy your time afloat and stay safe :)