Monaco Boat Club Inc.
1956 - 2006
By Barry and Kay Bartlett.
Formation of the Club:
The Monaco Boat Club was formed in September/October 1956 and in the early days of Monaco's history, there were no roads running around Monaco.
The traffic drove along the beach connecting to Songer Street by a track across the mud flats at the end of the street and the ever present tide came up to the garages below the Club House on the east side.
In 1956 the present Club House was a dairy and grocery shop with the very first meeting being held in the shed next to the present Club House on it's north side. The people attending the meeting sat on wooden planks on top of wooden apple boxes.
The very first Club House was at The Point on the seaward side of Monaco. It was an old rennovated house that sat on four acres of land where boat shows were often held. The money these show raised, paid for the Club House. Subscriptions were first set at ten shillings a year – i.e. $1.00. Present day subscriptions are currently set at $25.00 per year.
Fishing, scalloping and diving are pursued in Golden Bay, Tasman Bay and The Marlborough Sounds and the fishing is still good at Monaco and the Blind Channel. An interesting fact of history is the number of High Tides at Monaco since 1956. There has been approximately 36,525 including Leap Year days.