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.