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.
VHF Radio Service
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.