Murrays Bay Sailing Club rhibs have in the most part been funded via community grants / funding but are maintained by club out of club revenues. The club aims to cover all operational costs of the rhibs via membership subscriptions for Normal club activities and on a user-pays basis for all other activities while still encouraging sailors and coaches to get on the water and sail.

MBSC rhibs can be used under several different scenarios:

Non-charged rhib hire

Non-charged rhib hire relate to supporting Community activities, where club members are in attendance, can take the following forms:

  1. Local community school regatta safety boat (Rangitoto, Westlake, Murrays Bay, Mairangi Bay School, Campbells Bay School)
  2. Safety boat as requested by another club for a regatta where club members will be attending. e.g. if KYC requested safety boat support for Auckland Championship Regatta
  3. Safety boat for a schools regatta where a number of club members will be in attendance. e.g. AIMs Games, National Schools Teams racing regatta
  4. As a safety boat where the club is supporting a community event e.g. Birdman
  5. Emergency situations where an individual or individuals’ health and safety is at risk e.g. on water rescue etc.
Normal club activities

Rhib usage for normal club activities is included in a sailor’s annual club membership subscription so no additional hire fee is required. Normal club activities are planned and agreed at the start of the season and are placed into the club calendar as the class standard coaching. This includes the following:

  1. Scheduled class club coaching (i.e. Typically for junior classes they will be mid-week and Sunday coaching seasons)
  2. Sunday club racing
  3. Usage during club hosted regattas

Note: Normal club activities must be planned at the start of the season and go through the normal Sailing Committee / Vice Commadore approval process to ensure class usage is fair and equitable and sessions don’t clash.

Non-member rhib usage

Non-member rhib hiring may occur when a person or organisation requests to hire a rhib.

Rates for non-member rhib hire will be charged at rates three (3) times the club standard hire rates

Typically, activities that fall into this category are:

  1. Rhib hire by Yachting New Zealand when running coaching at the club
  2. Rhib hire by a coach for use during pre-regatta and regatta coaching e.g. a foreign coach and their sailors competing in a New Zealand regatta
  3. Historic Club members request to hire a rhib
Alumni rhib hire

If an Alumni member requests to hire a rhib then they will be charged at the same rates as the private rhib hire rates below.

When we won’t hire a rhib

There are times when the club won’t hire a rhib.

  1. The general public, who are unknown to any club member
  2. For any activity other than sailing safety, regatta/race support, race official or coach boat e.g. joy ride to the gulf islands, fishing in the harbour etc.
Private rhib hire by club members

All other activities outside of the above activities 1 – 4 fall into private rhib hire and will be charged at the rates shown below.

Typical private rhib hire activities include:

  1. Private coaching
  2. Club class pre-regatta and regatta coaching e.g. Optimist Nationals
  1. May only be hired if it doesn’t interfere with club coaching or club regatta usage
  2. May be hired by club members on approval of the Club Manager or Club Captain and by non-club members on approval of Rear Commodore, or if unavailable, Commodore. 
  3. Boats are to be used for sailing activities only i.e. private coaching
  4. Brin Wilson and Y3 are only to be used for club racing or by permission from RC, VC or C 
  5. Hire charges apply in full or half day rates only
  6. Condition of hire is that on return boats are washed down and gear returned (light boards, tie downs, safety boxes etc) put away.
  7. Club member and non-club member charges will differ, with non-club member charges being triple that of club member charges 

All persons hiring a rhib MUST:

  1. be 15 years or older or accompanied by a qualified rhib driver (who is 15 years or older)
  2. have completed the MBSC rhib course or Yachting New Zealand coaching course
  3. maintain 5 knots or less within 200m of shore
  4. wear a life jacket at all times
  5. ensure any passengers wear a life jacket at all times
  6. wear a kill cord at all times
  7. Carry a VHF and/or communication equipment in case of emergency

Club ribs are an asset for members to use with care. Subject to availability ribs are available for private coaching, clinics, regatta support, etc.

Rhib Rates for Members  Half Day       Full Day 
Tiller Steer    $30    $60
Centre Console           $50     $100
Initial Fuel included, but if additional required, will be at renter’s expense.

*Hire costs are subject to change


To hire a rhib you must:

  1. Request to hire a rhib from the Club Manager or Club Captain
  2. If a rhib is available, then the Club Manager will book your hire and add the associated rhib charge to:
    1. For club members: to the club members friendly manager account for payment
    1. For non-club members: collect the hirers details and provide them to the club treasurer for invoicing.

If boat is not starting:

  1. Turn on battery via battery switch
  2. Check kill cord correctly inserted into cut-off switch
  3. Check throttle in neutral position
  4. Check fuel line straight with no kinks
  5. Check fuel air bleeder open so air can get into petrol tank (small metal knock on top of black cap)
  6. Check fuel blub has fuel pumped to it (black bulb should be hard to push when full of fuel)
  7. Check fuel line is connected onto the tank correctly

Engine not going:

  1. Always stay with the boat!
  2. Drop your anchor
  3. Radio for assistance – Club channels 77 or 17, Emergency (coast guard) channel 21

Pre-launch checklist

  1. Insert bung
  2. Check Tubes, if flat then pump them up
  3. Get Orange safety box containing key, kill cord, basic tools and first aid kit
  4. Get VHF radio
  5. Get life jackets for all aboard
  6. Get fuel tank and attach fuel line
  7. Manually pump fuel to engine via fuel bulb
  8. Insert key and kill cord and, with water, run the engine to check it




  • be 16 years or older
  • have completed the MBSC Tractor driving course
  • Not allow any other person to ride on the tractor or tray while moving

To Start:

  1. Push kill switch in (red knob on right-hand side)
  2. Ensure High / Low ratio gear level is in neutral
  3. Ensure Gear level is in neutral
  4. Check throttle is in idle position (throttle is silver level on right-hand side under steering wheel)
  5. Put your foot on the foot brake
  6. Turn key to start engine

Once engine going:

  1. Ensure tray is up off the ground (lever on right-hand side directly between the seat and mudguard. Has a square top)
  2. Take off the hand brake (right-hand side near the floor)
  3. Press clutch (left foot peddle)
  4. Place tractor in gear – note: both the high / low ratio gear lever and the gear level need to be in gear. Typically, High ratio, gear 5 is a good starting point.
  5. Apply throttle
  6. Check surroundings are clear
  7. Slowly release throttle and tractor will move