The Mana Cruising Club, Waikawa Boating Club and Pelorus Boating Club jointly own around 100 moorings in the Marlborough Sounds, Port Underwood, D’Urville, Mana Island and the entrance to Porirua Harbour.
On top of this we have a shared access agreement with Outward Bound NZ for the use of their nine moorings in Queen Charlotte Sound. These moorings are a great asset to the clubs, as they are in ideal locations and provide peace of mind especially in bad weather, or where holding is poor.
The social “events” that have spontaneously grown from raft ups on these moorings are legendary. Using moorings is a great way to meet fellow club members and a hassle free way to enjoy this world-famous cruising ground.
The mooring locations and other details are shown on a map that is available from the Mana Cruising Club office. The moorings are clearly marked with a large buoy with the letters WPM (in some cases PWM).
We would like our club members to be environmentally responsible by observing the general rules and etiquette listed below. This will greatly help our chances of keeping the moorings in the long term.
Only currently fully paid-up members of the Waikawa Boating Club, Pelorus Boating Club or Mana Cruising Club may use the moorings, except for some that are held under joint arrangements with other parties who have the same use rights as Club Members.
No Reciprocal Rights
No member of any Club other than Waikawa, Pelorus or Mana may claim reciprocal rights to use the Club moorings.
In respect of all Club moorings, all members acknowledge that they use the moorings at their own risk in all respects. Neither the Club(s) nor any officer of the Club(s) is liable on any grounds whatsoever for any loss, damage, cost or expense arising from, or incidental to, any use of such mooring.
Discharge of Sewage
Under the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 untreated sewage from boats must not be discharged-
- i) within 500 metres from land (mean high water spring)
- ii) in water less than 5 metres deep
- iii) within 500 metres from a marine farm or mataitai (traditional food collection) reserve
- iv) within 200 metres of a marine reserve
- v) within areas prohibited under rules in a Regional Coastal Plan.
Heavy fines can be imposed. Holding tanks or treatment systems must be used to avoid unlawful discharge, to protect the environment and to adhere to the Maori tikanga (customs and ways) of the tangata whenua.
- There must be a Regular Club member on board overnight.
- You must fly your Club Pennant, and the Mooring Burgee for the current financial year at all times while occupying a Club mooring.
- You may not occupy a Club mooring for more than three (3) consecutive nights unless you have vacated the mooring for at least three (3) hours during the day.
- No vessel may claim exclusive right to any mooring at any time unless those moorings are specified as being only suitable for one boat at a time.
- No more than five (5) boats shall raft up to a mooring unless otherwise specified on the moorings map, or on the mooring itself.
- The maximum combined weight of all boats rafted up on any mooring (where rafting up is allowed) is 35 tonnes unless otherwise specified.
- If you are on a mooring and another boat approaches to use the mooring you are required to allow the other boat to raft up with you on the mooring providing weather conditions are not adverse and the total tonnage (35 tonne) and number of boats (5) is not exceeded.
- To raft up with another boat, circle the boat on the mooring, and ask if you can raft–up and what side they would like you to raft. Generally yachts lie better against yachts, launches against launches.
- Incoming boat prepares bow/ stern lines, and puts down fenders. Receiving boat should have someone on bow and stern to take lines. Incoming boat comes in slowly from astern and parallel. Once bow and stern lines tied, put on two fore-to aft spring lines. The springs should be tight and are very important. Yachts need to watch spreaders. Adjust all lines as required to have boats parallel.
- Raft ups should be arranged so that the largest or heaviest vessel is placed in the centre and takes the mooring with the smaller vessel(s) rafted on each side.
- Once boats are safe introduce yourselves. If leaving early next morning tell your neighbour.
- When rafted up with other boats, be considerate when crossing over boats to reach another. It is normal practice to request permission before stepping aboard to cross a boat.
- Ensure that the mooring rope is not in contact with any sharp edges at the fairlead or deck cleat and is not able to be damaged by chafing.
- Sound carries a long way over water at night. Be considerate to others and keep the noise down late at night.
- When vacating a mooring, take care to feed the mooring rope down through the buoy tube to ensure that the loop is left clear of the water and stays dry.
- Back off after letting go of a mooring – do not drive forward over the mooring.
- In many parts of the Marlborough Sounds, private land extends to the high tide mark. Do not go ashore and walk across private land without first calling the landowner and asking for permission.
- In some parts of the Marlborough Sounds taking dogs ashore or landing at all is prohibited (reserves and some private land). Ensure that you are aware of these areas and observe the restrictions.
- If you have a dog on board and must toilet them onshore choose areas away from beaches. Ensure that you bury or collect their faeces. This is the biggest cause of complaints to the Clubs from landowners.
- Don’t leave litter on beaches or throw solid wastes into the sea. Take all your rubbish home to dispose of it.
- Any defects relating to moorings should be reported to your Club Manager as soon as practical.
The page also includes a text file containing a list of all the moorings. Alan will be maintaining the webpage as the moorings list changes.
Please see: http://www.island42.net/wpmgpx/