The Club




A close call in 1966 prompted the beginning of the Manawatu Marine Boating Club. Stan Nolan nearly lost his life when he hit a log at sea while boating  and as a consequence,  called a meeting of interested people to form a club to establish a shore based marine radio at Foxton Beach. The club was formed with eighty people and a radio base was installed at Donna Raikes Store at Foxton Beach.

Work quickly got underway to build a launching ramp for boats at the current site at Hartley Street and twelve months later a small clubroom of two rooms was moved on to the current  site. A tractor was acquired and over the next two years the ramp was widened and the wharf was installed. Club membership grew steadily during the next ten years, this necessitated larger clubrooms and further widening of the ramp and wharf which were built with voluntary labour and donated materials.

Further club membership necessitated a still larger building so a tilt slab base was built on the site and the original building lifted on top of this structure. This increased floor and outside deck areas and provides a wonderful facility for members and visitors.

The merge of the local Sailing Club with the MMBC, and a close relationship with the Coastguard has made the Club stronger, and today – with a membership of over 650 people – the club caters for the boating fraternity in Manawatu and Horowhenua.


The Manawatu Marine Boating Club holds seminars and courses to encourage boating safety. It boasts a very strong fishing section and an increasingly strong sailing section with both young and older sailors. Pool club meets on Thursday nights at the Clubrooms. Coastguard has a close association with the boating club and uses many of its facilities. An active social committee holds many functions from car rallys to pumpkin growing competitions.

The club is open seven days a week from Monday to Thursday from 4.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4.00 p.m. until late;  and Sunday 4.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. Meals are available on Friday and Saturday nights. The clubrooms can be hired out for functions and it provides a catering service for these.

VHF Radio Service
The MMBC has a small team of volunteers who operate “Foxton Sports Radio” a VHF radio service on channel 60.

The radio call-sign is Foxton Sports Radio.

  • Before crossing the bar, call Foxton Sports Radio with your boat name and number of people on board
  • After crossing the bar, call again with your trip plan and estimated time of arrival (ETA).
  • Call before crossing the bar on your return.
  • Call again once safely back in the river.

Lifejackets MUST be worn when crossing the bar (both ways).
Please call if you change your plans.

Launching Facilities

The Manawatu Marine Boating Club has built a twin launching ramp to enable boats to launch into the Manawatu River, and then travel out to sea. The launching facility is for the use of Club Members and visitors to the area, using a ‘Pay and Display’ system.
If you are a MMBC Member you don’t need to pay a daily fee as your annual membership covers use of the boat ramp.
If you have registered your vessel when renewing this year’s membership you will have received an annual launching ramp permit to display on your tow vehicles dash when parked after using the boat ramp. If you have not received a display card with your club renewal please contact the club and request that a launching ramp permit to be issued.
Non MMBC members who want to use the boat ramp facility need to pay the $10 daily fee, place in the envelope provided and display the tear off strip on the tow vehicle dash.
To maintain this launching ramp to an acceptable level is not cheap, if the club had to replace just the concrete ramp alone, (not the wharf walls) it would cost in the vicinity of $140,000 – $160,000. Over the past year MMBC have removed the centre floating walkway and repaired the floats and woodwork at a cost of $8,600 plus many hours of voluntary labour.
As this facility belongs to MMBC and has no outside funding from local Councils we have no option but to have all users pay to use the club ramp.
An alternative to the $10 daily fee for holidaymakers is to pay $40 for a 4 week Launching Ramp Permit available from the clubrooms
Boaties who are not members of MMBC can purchase an annual Launching Ramp Permit for a fee of $80.00, these permits are only available at the Manawatu Marine Boating Club.
All money collected from Ramp fees will assist in maintaining this facility to the standard we presently enjoy.