Boat Club Trafalgar, a boat share club based in Portsmouth Harbour where members have a choice of a fleet of eight powerboats and RIBs, is reporting an 80% increase in enquiries. The club, owned by Jonny Boys, is also reporting an 18% increase in membership during the lockdown and easing of restrictions.
“Boat Club Trafalgar is where you pay a subscription – a few pounds a day – and you get to choose from a number of boats to go out on,” says Boys. “You don’t have to invest in your own boat and it’s perfect for staycationers. People want flexibility. They know that this summer and the rest of the year is uncertain in terms of leisure and work. So they want easy options they can enjoy.
“This summer is going to be one for staycationing for the majority of people. We just did 124 launches and recoveries from our Drystack on a weekday,” Boys says. “That’s a new record. And it looks like everyone really wants to get out on the water as much as possible. Whilst there are reports of £1m social distancing package holidays abroad for the super rich – with private jets, helicopter transfers and private villas – that’s not what most people are in the market for.”
With people looking for alternative activities to do with family and friends, Boys recommends boating as a great activity. “With a boat club you can go waterskiing, fishing, explore beaches and marinas, swim in deserted places and really have an adventure – without stepping on a plane. If you are going to make the most of the summer and autumn, then a boat club is a great way to do it.”
Last month, Boys gave away free boat storage to anyone buying or selling a new boat.