About Us

Ballistic RIBS part of  the Trafalgar group of companies

Ballistic RIBS is one of the original Trafalgar companies, now based at the top of Portsmouth’s historic harbour.  Read more about Ballistic’s heritage.

Trafalgar is a young, dynamic group of businesses, driven to creating the highest value from your precious time.

For leisure boaters, the Trafalgar Wharf offers everything you need to get on the water, from initial powerboat training, personal access to boats and boat purchase, to boat storage. Plus, the Group businesses include SuperYacht and commercial shipyard services, and residential and commercial property lettings on site and locally around Portsmouth.

In 2008, Trafalgar Wharf’s owner, Jonny Boys, was seeking a site to expand his powerboat business.

Already the owner and renovator of Thornham Marina in Emsworth, he wanted a waterside venue to store and service the leisure powerboat market. His chance came with the opportunity to acquire and renovate the old Vosper Thornycroft site in Porchester, now called Trafalgar Wharf.

Since then the journey has been one of rapid expansion and development.

The Trafalgar team are completely focused on providing innovative, hassle free experiences and delivering the Trafalgar mission:

We make your life easier, enjoyable and fun. Boats, buildings or office space, our expert teams take care of all the details. Ensuring you maximise your time, and focus on the important stuff: relaxing or working as hard as you like with total peace of mind.
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All this is driven and achieved through a total belief in the Trafalgar vision to ensure a happy team, happy customers and happy suppliers.

The Trafalgar Wharf site now boasts The Drystack. Built in the largest of the original Vosper boat sheds, it is the largest indoor powerboat storage facility in the UK. Filled from floor to ceiling with large scale industrial racking, power boats up to 12m long are lifted on and off the racks using huge forklift trucks, and launched on demand ready for their owners.

If want to get afloat without owning a boat, The Boat Club Trafalgar is a subscription-based boat club. Members can book any of the club’s fleet of powerboats for a simple monthly fee, like a gym. Simply turn up and go, then hand the keys back afterwards and we’ll take care of the rest. On site we have our own RYA approved training centre too, so you can learn the skills and go afloat feeling confident and safe.

For those seeking to buy a boat, RibsForSale (formerly known as JBT Marine) will help you purchase a new or second-hand RIB (rigid inflatable boat) or powerboat. Specialising in quality boats, including our own innovative brand of Ballistic Ribs. These are a high quality, robustly engineered range of RIBS for family and commercial use designed and developed by Jonny Boys and his team of experts.

Boat storage options for boat owners include the indoor Drystack, plus berths in the Trafalgar Marina basin, drying moorings in Portsmouth Harbour and open air shoreside storage. The Beach Hut Café means you can sit and watch the world go by and enjoy a sumptuous lunch or tea after you come off the water. The peaceful setting of Thornham Marina offers an alternative boat berthing location at the top of Chichester Harbour.

Commercial vessels and large SuperYachts can book to use the Trafalgar Shipyard services, with a shiplift to lift vessels up to 877 tonnes for maintenance and commissioning. Here, your own contractors and engineers can come and work on site with no requirement to use on site operators.

As the marine leisure businesses have rapidly developed, so too has the Trafalgar Wharf site. Buildings and office spaces have been renovated and modernised. The Trafaglar Property Lettings arm of the business will help you rent office space for the smallest one-man band business, up to large corporate operations. Our easy in and easy out terms, cut out the hassle and stress, and will get your business up and running quickly.

Part of the Trafalgar Group
Contact Us

Trafalgar Wharf, Hamilton Road, Portsmouth,
Hampshire, PO6 4PX United Kingdom.
+44 (0) 2392 397 000

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