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National Boat Racing Association

Submitted by the Executive Secretary August 18th, 2016 for posting to the web site.

2016 Amended Tech Weights

Class Descriptions, engines allowed and weights.

Class Information - Downloadable

1.      MEMBERSHIP: The National Boat Racing Association welcomes for membership all outboard racing clubs and their members, individuals interested in the sport of outboard racing, Manufacturers of outboard racing equipment, and social clubs interested in the sponsorship of outboard racing.

2.      OFFICERS: The officers of the association shall be the President, Vice President, Safety Director, and Secretary/Treasurer, and to be elected by majority vote cast by all members.

     A: All Officers, Directors, and appointed committee members, Referees, Starters, and Inspectors must be members in good standing of this association. 

     B: No one person may hold any national elected office for more than 2 consecutive terms.(Term is defined as 2 consecutive years)After 2 consecutive terms in any elected national office the individual must stand down for one term to be eligible to hold any future national elected office.C: Any NBRA member wishing to run for an NBRA Office; President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Safety Director must have been an NBRA Member for a period of Three consecutive years. 

3.      RACING COMMISSION: For each of the states of this association there shall be elected by its members, one individual to serve the year as a member of the Racing Commission. Commissioners will be elected by their respective state which have 1 racing or lifetime member by the annual meeting. Each state with the required 1 racing or lifetime member will be eligible for one commissioner. The maximum number of commissioners from each state is 1.The so elected individuals for the President, immediate past President, and the elected Officers will compose the Racing Commission. The current President will serve as Chairman of the Racing Commission. The Racing Commission will serve as trustees to the Non-Profit Corporation. All Members of the Racing Commission must be current members of the National Boat Racing Association and a member of a paid NBRA affiliated club, with their yearly dues paid prior to January 15th of each year.

4.      DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS: The duties of the officers of the Association shall be those usually pertaining to the respective offices.

     PRESIDENT-Will serve as Chairman of the Racing Commission ad conduct all meetings of that body. The President has the authority to appoint special committees to carry out the affairs of the Association and may call for a financial audit at any time. 

     VICE PRESIDENT-Will serve as President in the absence of the President. Will appoint Technical Committees. There will be a Chairman for each division and each committee will consist of no less than 3 members each.

      SECRETARY/TREASURER-Will be responsible for the annual publication of a comprehensive financial report of the Association to the Membership. Recording the minutes of all meetings, and receiving and dispersing all funds for the Association. The Secretary/Treasurer is bonded for an amount of funds the Association may accumulate as agreed upon by the Racing Commission. He/She will also assist the Executive Secretary.

      SAFETY DIRECTOR- Will be the Director of all safety matters concerning the National Boat Racing Association. The Safety Director will manage the Lifeline Novice Lifejacket Program.

       A:        Coordinate with local clubs Safety Inspectors to insure that Novice Drivers have properly fitting lifejackets.

       B: The Safety Director has the authority to sign out a National Boat Racing Association lifejacket to the parents of the driver that requires a good lifejacket, insuring it is returned at the end of the race season.

        C: When a lifejacket is returned, the Safety Director will inspect the lifejacket and send any lifejacket that needs repair to the Lifeline Company.


RACING COMMISSION - Will have the authority over the Association and the Associations safety program. It will establish financial, legal, public relations, and policies of the Association. The Racing Commission will hear any general members request for suspension proceedings against any member or impeachment charges filed against any Officer of the Association. Charges will be made in writing and mailed to any Racing Commissioner. The Racing Commission is required to review the request, investigate, and if cause is found submit it to the general membership with a ballot for removal of the accused. The Racing Commission will make appointment to serve out the un-expired term, or even full term, of any Official should the office become vacant for any reason. In its capacity as the Racing Commission, the Racing Commission shall have full authority over the enforcement of the Association rules. It will have jurisdiction to hear and make decisions on protests and controversies arising from racing and its decisions will be final. 51% of the racing Commission shall constitute a quorum, or voting may be by mail, telephone, and a simple majority vote will prevail on all matters after an attempt is made to contact all Racing Commissioners. New clubs wanting to join National Boat Racing Association must be voted on by the Racing Commission. 

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY - Is to be employed by a simple majority vote of the Racing Commission and will be the only compensated employee. The handling of the National Boat Racing Association funds shall be the duties of the Executive Secretary and the Secretary/Treasurer jointly. The Executive Secretary shall run the affairs of the National Boat Racing Association, subject to the direction of the Racing Commission. The Executive Secretary will act as secretary for all standing or appointed committees of the National Boat Racing Association, but will do so without the authority to cast a vote.

6. TECHNICAL COMMITTEE - The Technical Committee will act in the advisory capacity for the Racing Commission. They will make recommendations as to the changing of rules, and will maintain close observations for improved safety regulations for this sport. The Racing Commission will clarify rules adopted by the National Boat Racing Association for their respective divisions, but will not make rules.

7.      ELECTION OF OFFICERS-All members in good standing of the National Boat Racing Association have the authority to nominate individuals as candidates for offices of, President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Safety Director and Director of individuals respective state. Any member in good standing may be nominated except as outlined in paragraph 2. Individuals nominated must have agreed to serve if elected before their names are placed in nomination. The nominations must be forwarded to the NBRA National Office in writing on or before October 1st. The Executive Secretary will prepare a ballot and forward it to all members in good standing on or before October 15th. The ballots will be returned sealed via US mail or other postal services to The Executive Secretary by the date indicate don the ballot which must be a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the National Meeting. The Executive Secretary will have 4 days to count the ballots and make public the results of said elections. The individual receiving a simple majority of votes cast for any office shall be declared elected. Officers will hold office until the next election. The outgoing officers will conduct the next National Meeting up to a swearing in of the new officers following Old Business. The names of the current officers running for re-election shall appear on the ballots. Each officer and director must be elected each year. Write in nominations are permissible. Ballots must be brought to the National Meeting along with the envelopes they were received in.

8.      ELECTION OF RACING COMMISSION- the individual receiving a simple majority vote of the ballots cast in their respective state will be declared elected as Director of that state. This individual shall serve as a member of the Racing Commission. Each respective state is responsible for the election of their Directors. 

9.      AMENDMENTS- Amendments to these bi-laws must be recommended by the Racing Commission for approval of the membership.

10.    MEMBERSHIP- Membership to THE NATIONAL BOAT RACING ASSOCIATION shall be provided as follows: Individuals may put in an application for membership to this Association designating their affiliation as outlined below:

RACING MEMBER (EXCLUDING NOVICE)                                $85.00

NOVICE RACING MEMBERSHIP                                              $40.00

NON-RACING/OFFICAL MEMBERSHIP                                    $35.00



SINGLE EVENT MEMBERSHIP                                                  $45.00

NOTE:       Single event memberships are not honored at National Boat Racing Association National Championship events. Single event members are not eligible for National Championship recognition, prizes or awards. Single event membership may be credited towards a full yearly membership when the individual participates in their second event.

10A. Racing club dues must be paid by January 15th. A $20.00 late fee will be charged if paid after due date. The Calendar Year of the National Boat Racing Association is January1st - December 31st at which time all memberships expire. The sanction fee for all NATIONAL BOAT RACING ASSOCIATION events will be as follows-

        REGULAR SANCTIONED EVENTS               $100.00

        NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS         $150.00

        RECORD SETTING EVENTS                       $150.00

11.    DISCIPLINE:      Charges filed against any member of the National Boat Racing Association for violating the rules and bi-laws of the Association, or for conduct unbecoming of a gentleman or lady, or for acting in an unsportsmanlike manner, or against an officer for the mishandling of the Associations affairs shall be in writing and must be sent to the President and Executive Secretary with a full statement of facts and all matters concerning the charges within 30 days from the date of notification. The Racing Commission shall give the accused a hearing on the charges, or may delegate a committee to conduct the hearing and forward to the President ant the Executive Secretary the findings as well as recommendations. These facts and recommendations shall then be mailed by the Executive Secretary to each member of the Racing Commission. The Racing Commission shall have the authority to expel, censure, fine or assassinate the accused and the decision of the Racing Commission will be final. If a fine is imposed funds are to be paid to the treasury of the National Boat Racing Association.

12.    PROCEDURE FOR RULE CHANGES:          Any member desiring a rule change must submit the  suggested rule change in writing to the National  Office on or before October 1st. Suggestion may also be made at the National Meeting either orally or in writing. The Annual Meeting will be held near November 1st each year. All suggestions pertaining to rule changes which pertain to boats and motors will be checked by the Technical Committee concerned and submitted to members present at the National Meeting for discussion. If the majority of those members present vote in favor of the rule change, it will then be submitted to the Racing Commission for their approval to be placed on the ballot. The Racing Commission may vote for or against the proposed rule change. Their decision is final. Only Racing Commission members present at the National Meeting will be allowed to vote. No proxies are permitted. The Proposed rule change will then be placed on a ballot and forwarded by the National Office to all members concerned by January 1st.All changes except safety changes must be voted on by the members concerned. All changes voted on must receive a majority of votes cast, and at least 25% of the registered in the class(es) concerned. If through error in adopting or amending any rule, it is found unworkable, hazardous, or not in the best interest of the National Boat Racing Association, the Racing Commission may make a decision concerning such rule and issue to all members concerned a notice of change.

13.    PROCEDURE FOR ADOPTING NEW RACING CLASSES:   Any member in good standing may submit a request to the National Office, accompanied by a petition signed by 25 individuals indicating their desire for a new class. Such a request will be forwarded to the members of the Racing Commission for its decision as to whether or not the proposed class should be adopted. Included in the request must be complete data concerning the new class, with recommendations for proposed rules. The Racing Commission may at its discretion admit the new class on a probationary basis on a national scale, or designate that it be run in a designated district, or admit the class as an addition to other classes on a national scale.

14.    NATIONAL BOAT RACING ASSOCIATION PURCHASES:   Anything costing $500.00 or more is to be approved by the Racing Commission.

15.    NATIONAL BOAT RACING ASSOCIATION RACE FUNDING: National Boat Racing Association will provide the host club race funding as follows to help offset the costs of needed officials, scorers, inspectors and anything else relate to the National Event.


15A. Expenditure of these provided funds must be accounted for and provided to the National Office.

NBRA By Laws

Rule Book - Downloadable

2016 Rule book is available in a PDF format by clicking the following link, you can download it to your computer for reference or you can print it to put in your tool box.  The 2016 rule book will be uploaded as soon as it is finalized and published.