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.

 Boat Club Trafalgar


New Finnmaster T7


Used Ballistic 7.8m RIB


Joining Fee000
Boat purchase091,50049,995
Berthing /storage04,0404,500
Safety equipment0155155
Break down cover09696
FuelPer tripPer tripPer trip
Boat trailer & covers04,8004,800
Boat Club Trafalgar:   
  • Gold membership – £495 pcm
Additional considerations:   
  • Depreciation (estimated)
  • Resale value after depreciation

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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Why join?


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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