How to join the OBC

Auckland's best boating club

How to join the OBC

Welcome to the OBC!

(All relevant joining forms are at the bottom of the page.)


We are delighted that you are considering becoming a member of the Outboard Boating Club. Our members are very proud of our Club for which we actively encourage new membership.  The application and joining process is an easy three step process: 

  1. Complete a New Member Application Form (print here)
  2. Attend at a New Member Orientation Evening (register here)
  3. Undertake a OBC Vessel Safety Inspection (must pass)

Joining the OBC generally takes less than 3 weeks provided the steps above are attended to promptly. 


  1. Attend the next New Member Orientation Evening (held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:00pm for an hour and a half)
  2. Make a booking for a Vessel Safety inspection on a Saturday following the New Member Orientation evening that you plan to attend.  (Bookings can be made either at the OBC Office or by phone.)


Reap the benefits of an OBC Membership: 

  • Encouraging safe boating practices for all
  • A vibrant community who enjoy boating in the Hauraki Gulf while fostering the environmental protection and development of the Hauraki Gulf for future generations and encouraging safe boating practices for all
  • Orderly vessel launching from 14 all-weather ramps
  • Secure parking facilities for both car and trailer
  • 24 hour access to Clubhouse and invitations to the many social club functions such as - fishing and boating events and talks, and themed dinners
  • Fish filleting / waste station 
  • On site boat and ice sales
  • Boat / motor wash down facilities
  • Temporary boat storage facilities while trailer away for servicing
  • Permanent trailer parking (subject to waiting list periods)
  • A club monthly magazine "The Outboarder" containing information about the Club and matters relevant to those with boats.
  • An invitation to attend club meetings and become involved in developing the future direction of the club


  • Family Member
  • Ordinary Member


  1. Complete the New Member Application form (print here
  2. New members must be proposed by two existing Club Members 
  3. Submit the application form along with Entrance and Annual Subscription Fees to the OBC office by email, in person or by mail
  4. Application acceptance by the Club Committee
  5. Attendance at a New Member Orientation Evening (held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month)
  6. OBC Vessel Safety Inspection pass, issue of Club Membership gate card, pennant and stickers

Becoming an OBC Club member is an easy process but please note:

  1. You must fully complete your New Member Application Form and pay the fees due
  2. Your application must be approved by the Club (all New Members' names are forwarded to the monthly Executive Committee meetings for their consideration and approval. Members will be advised of their acceptance after this meeting)
  3. You must attend a New Member Orientation Evening
  4. Your boat must pass the OBC Vessel Safety Inspection



OBC has a very reasonable Annual Subscription Fee which is paid annually in August/September. Like many clubs who provide high value facilities to members, there is an initial New Member Entrance Fee payable on joining the club. For the second and future years only the Annual Subscription Fee is payable. Please note the New Member Entrance Fee is not refundable on your leaving the club.

(All prices include GST)

New Member Entrance Fee: $450.00

(Your Entrance Fee is a contribution to the Club's outstanding facilities and availability to partake in the Club's numerous events.)  

Annual Subscription Fee
Ordinary Member Category: $450.00 
Total: $900.00 
Family Member Category: $483.00          
Total: $933.00

Family membership covers partner/spouse and sons/daughters aged between 15-25 years of age who are permanently residing in the family home.   Refer to the Club Rules and Bylaws for further clarification.


The New Member Orientation Evening will inform you of the great facilities the OBC has to offer, how we would like you and all members to care for those facilities, and the safety standards we expect members to uphold while boating.  Discussions will also briefly cover the history of the OBC and their various social functions many of which are family based.  Both new and returning members must attend.

New Members Evenings are on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 6:00pm (for one hour and a half). 

Register here


Before full membership is confirmed the following must be completed:

  1. Vessel Safety Inspection Form: A list of the equipment required to be carried is shown in the link. (Or Launch Inspection FormJetski Inspection Form)
  2. Skipper Safety Questionnaire:  The questionnaire for the applicant to pass is based on the contents of 'Safety in Small Craft' copy of which is required for the Vessel Safety Inspection form. The completed and correctly answered questionnaire is to be handed to the Inspector on arrival
  3. Trailer reversing competency: The applicant test is to ensure the trailer is able to reverse down the ramp within the ramp markings with the vessel then detached and recovered back onto the trailer.


The inspection process takes about 30 minutes and is carried out by qualified club members on a voluntary basis most Saturday mornings or Wednesdays by appointment.

Bookings can be made by contacting the OBC office on 09 522 0774. The club will not allow the applicant to launch their vessel from the ramp until the test and inspections have been completed and passed.

For applicants joining a vessel partnership the same tests and attendance at a new member night is still required. It is important that all the partners are aware of what and where the safety equipment is stored.