Own a Boat VS Boat Club Membership?

Is joining the Boat Club Trafalgar value for money?

Many people dream of buying a boat, yet the practicalities or costs can be a step too far. Boat Club Trafalgar offers an affordable way to get afloat.

We have members who have previously owned a boat and have switched to the Boat Club. It saves them both time and money. We have members who want to start boating and get out on the water, yet are unsure whether buying a boat is right for them.

To help you decide which way to go, we’ve put together this cost comparison between buying and owning or joining Boat Club Trafalgar.

Purchase costs – comparison

Boat Club Trafalgar

New Finnmaster T7

Second hand Ballistic 7.8m RIB

 Boat + essential equipment £0 £91,755 £54,950
 Boat Club Gold membership – per annum £6,780 £0 £0
 Running costs – per annum      
 Cost of capital (5%) & depreciation (7%) £0 £11,011 £6,594
 Berthing, insurance, maintenance etc. £0 £5,670 £6,196
 Year 1 – Total purchase & running cost £6,780 £108,436 £67,740
 Year 2 (& per annum) – Total running cost £6,780 £16,681 £12,790

And that’s all without extras such as safety and navigation equipment, or local harbour dues and launching fees.

See our guide to what’s involved with boat ownership.

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Boat Club Trafalgar is pioneering better ways for you to enjoy boating. It’s great value for money and it costs less to join the than to buy and run a boat.

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