NSW Council

                     2014-2015 National APBA Rule Changes.

AMEND Rule 1112.14 (page 60, 2013-14 Rule Book) to read:

Rule 1112.14

EXHAUST – Local regulations or rules apply.

Zoomies are permitted.

AMEND Rule 1112.18 (page 60, 2013-14 Rule Book) to read:

Rule 1112.18

FUEL – Methanol only - the only additive allowed is an upper-cylinder lubricant.

Other fuel additives are not permitted.


AMEND 305.012 (page 23, 2013-14 Rule Book) to read:

Rule 305.012

Failure to comply with any of the 305 – Management of Event rules will result in disqualification from that race.

ADD as NEW RULE SECTION 808 (page 43, 2013-14 Rule Book) to read:

Rule 808 Formula Future Safety Orientation

808.01 All Formula Future Drivers must complete a Formula Future Driver Safety Orientation held in conjunction with a State Council approved Reinforced Cockpit Immersion test day or other State Council approved event.

The Safety Orientation can be overseen by any State Council approved Reinforced Cockpit Testing Supervisors, any State Council Executive Member or any affiliated Club Executive member.

808.02 The Formula Future Driver Safety Orientation is designed to acquaint the driver with a situation where they may be immersed in water, but in a controlled environment.

808.03 Formula Future Safety Orientations must be completed annually.

808.04 Formula Future Safety Orientations must include the following:

Drivers must free fall into the water in full race gear including race suit, shoes, life jacket, helmet and other apparel normally worn whilst racing

Drivers must fall backwards into the water in full race gear as mentioned previously.

Drivers must float in the water on their back for 60 seconds in full race gear.

Drivers must while in the water attempt to dive to the under the water in full race gear.

808.05 The organisers and participants should feel that the orientation has been completed satisfactorily and that a feeling of confidence has been achieved by the participant.

808.06 Formula Future drivers are encouraged to participate in a State council approved Reinforce Cockpit Immersion Orientations.

                                *        Novice drivers exempt from this rule.


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     Rule 1001.012

     All existing Reinforced Cockpit boats changing classes must have their Cockpit upgraded

     to comply with the Class being entered into.

     e.g.  F1 Tunnel converted to Inboard KT.

      Rule 1002.31

Remove the clause on Core Shear Strength and replace with:


The core must be a minimum of 100kg/cubic metre density.

      Rule 1002.40

Remove existing Rule in its entirety and replace with:


      1002.41     Sample Construction Requirements

  1.Sample quantity must be three (3) one of which must include a sample of the joint/bonding  of the cockpit halves, transverse to the length and in the middle of the sample.

  2.Trimmed sample size must be 100mm wide (+/-1.0mm) x 800mm long (+/-5mm) with the width being parallel.

3.For fibre orientation, the 800mm length being parallel with the bottom surface of the cockpit.

  4. Samples must be laminated on a flat surface using the same manufacturing process, materials and fibre orientations as the intended cockpit.


  5. The samples must have uniform thickness with no core crushing along any edge.

  6. The samples must have one moulded face and the other being unmoulded.

 The moulded face will be taken as the external surface of the cockpit during testing

  7. The samples must be representative of the thinnest lay-up of the cockpit

  8. The samples and reinforced cockpit must be manufactured using balance or unbiased materials.


                     Sample Test Method – Long Beam Flexure Strength Test

  1. The sample will be supported across its full width perpendicular to the 800mm

edge by two (2) parallel 25mm dia. steel bars at a distance of 500mm apart.

 The load will be applied equally through two (2) 25mm dia. steel bars at a distance of 167mm parallel from each support

  2. The moulded face of the sample will have the load applied and the unmoulded face     will  support the sample.

  3. The load will be applied at 0.4mm/sec and the deflection will be measured at the  

      two (2)  25mm dia. steel bars applying the load within two (2) minutes.

                      Sample Test Requirements.

      The sample when loaded with a force of either 2000, 3000 or 5000 Newton must

       have no more than a maximum deflection of 25mm without the sample failing.

1.       The sample weight in gram/m2 will be calculated; skin thickness and sample

2.        thickness will measured to enable inspection and comparison of damaged cockpits.


      Further non-destructive test analysis methods may be used to compare test samples with

      homologated cockpits during the life of each cockpit.

Sample Manufacturing Information Requirements.

    1. Ply laminating sequence stating which ply is the moulded face.

    2. Ply materials.

    3. Ply weave styles.

    4.  Ply material weight in gram/m2 (dry weight ie. without resin).

    5.  Ply orientation (where 0* is parallel with the 800mm edges).

    6.  Core material and density in lbs/ft3 or kg/m3.

    7.  Manufacturing method (stating vacuum, pressure and temperature).

    8.  A 100mm x 100mm sample of all materials used (resin samples not required).


Rule 1002.42

The tests will be carried out at Full Cost to the manufacturer

Rule 1002.43

Application, samples and cheques are to be sent to:

 The Secretary, National APBA

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     Rule 1002.11

The Aft panel (bulkhead) above the deckline of the capsule built after August 2014 must be of a convex shape in both the vertical and horizontal planes. The minimum acceptable curve in the plan view shall be 100mm. Rule a straight line from corner to corner of the capsule at deck line. The centerline of the capsule must project at least 100mm aft of this line.


  The curvature in the vertical plane must also be a minimum of 100mm. The aft most point of the capsule must not be above the deck line in any particular hull.

This part of the capsule may be an add on panel but must be built of the same    materials as the test panels supplied to the APBA and laminated,glued or bolted  into the capsule at the time of the capsule construction, if the manufacturer does not wish to alter his moulds.

Any bolts passing through this bulkhead, must be hard spotted for location of seats, seat belts and, or lifting eyes.

I.e. the coring must be removed, at least bigger than the corresponding fender washer of the bolt and replaced with a                              

material that cannot be crushed when the bolts and nuts are tightened.

New Rule:

Rule 1002.179

If a boat fitted with a Reinforced Cockpit is involved in a serious incident, the Seat Belts are to be removed and replaced.

Rule 1002.180

All Seat Belts are to be replaced every five (5) years or sooner if found to be frayed or damaged.

Start Date of use shall be from September 2014 when in Technical Inspection they will be recorded with a date.

Rule No:  1103.04   Only  automotive and or marine engines are permitted for use in the inboard Classes.  Non- automotive and non-marine engines may only be used in demonstrations. Demonstrations can only be approved by the Association or a Council


Rule No :  1103.05

The maximum capacity for engines in the inboard class is 10,000cc with the exception of boats participating in demonstrations.


Rule No:  305.013

All communications to cease immediately upon the start of each race with the exception of :-

         Yes and no answers to the driver

         Where red flag or caution flag is displayed, or                                                         

         In the event of an emergency eg: fire

Rule No: 305.013

To be reworded as

All communications to cease immediately upon the start of each race with the exception of :-

         Safety calls to driver

         Which flags are displayed

         In the event of an emergency eg: fire/where a boat is stopped on the course

Rule No:  203.021

The Entry Form, together with any prescribed fee (refer to Rule 203.072) is to be forwarded to the Secretary of the Council conducting the event thirteen (13) days before the Event or 7 days before the Event in the case of Drag Boat Championships.

To be reworded as:

The Entry Form, together with any prescribed fee (refer to Rule 203.072)are to be forwarded in the first instance  to the Secretary of the Council conducting the event (not Club, managing the event)  thirteen  (13) days before the Event or 7 days before the Event in the case of Drag Boat Championships.

National Council Meeting 3/3/2012

Rule Change Results

MOTION 1: Add to Rule 1103.4 Demonstration Power boat runs.

 Any boat that wishes to participate in demonstration runs must have a minimum of 30 years age difference from current day. The boat must also maintain the engine of that era. (No current spec engines allowed),

Voting: 8 For, 8 Against, 6 Abstained, President's casting vote.     Motion Lost

MOTION 2: Add as new Rule

1102.031. page 56 2011/2012 Rule Book to read.

 1102.031  Standard production forced induction (blower or turbo) engines under 3700cc in capacity are exempt from the minimum length in Rule 1102.03

Voting: 10 For, 5 Against, 8 Abstained, Motion carried

MOTION 3: Add as New Rules 305.- Management of Events.

305. Radio communications-For All Championships, Category 1 meetings and events with prize money.

305.01. All communications to the driver is to be done from a designated area for all teams competing, under the surveillance of a Club Official and / os Referee.

305.011 Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the race.

305.02. All communications are to cease after the dropping of the start flag or zero for clock starts, except for.

"Yes" and "No" answers to the driver.

Where there is a red flag or caution flag displayed on the course: or

Safety Emergency- e.g. a fire on board.

305.021 Failure to comply will result in a 30 second penalty.

Voting: 17 For, 3 Against, 3 Abstained. Motion carried

MOTION 4: Amend

Rule 802.034 (should be 801.034) page 39 2011/2012 Rule Book to read.

 -801.034 Any person aboard any race boat taking part in races must wear an

adequate helmet. All helmets must be either International Orange or Bright Yellow in colour. The colour of the helmet must contrast with the colour of the boat. The only writing on the helmet can be writing the competitors name with lettering not exceeding 20mm x 100mm. Once only on the helmet, preferably at the base or front of helmet.

 Whereas, a driver with a bright yellow helmet could easily be identified in amongst the orange debris and vice versa.

Voting: 17 For, 6 Against. Motion carried

MOTION 5: Rule 203.01 Page 18 Lodgement of Entry.

 203.01 For Championships and Speed & Time Trials, every entrant must lodge an Entry Form on the form prescribed by the Association, and must sign the standard declarations, give the data requested, and have the entry  form signed by an Executive Officer of the Club of which the entrant is a financial member.

Delete the last paragraph: And have the entry form signed by an Executive Official of the Club of which the entrant is a financial member.

Reason: The member is required to be a financial member of a Club before getting a race licence or boat owners licence. Deleting the last paragraph would make it easier for driver to confirm their entry without chasing up a Club Executive to sign the entry form. Therefore this would make it easier for the drivers to send their entries onto the participating Club.

Voting: 14 For, 9 Against. Motion carried

COMMENCING 1ST January 2010 Helmet Restraints and / or Breakaway Clips


801.041 – From 1 January 2010 – All Drivers and Riding Crew MUST use one of the following on their helmet:

A helmet restraint; of a type that restricts movement of the head and secures to the body or arms by straps or other means;


A plastic-type breakaway clip on the standard helmet strap 801.042 – The wearer is entirely responsible for the effectiveness of the helmet restraint or breakaway clip.

Ballistic Pants


801.061 – From 1 January 2010 – All Drivers and Riding Crew in addition to the protective clothing mentioned in 801.05 MUST wear pants (either long or short) made of a ballistic type material.


 Kevlar – a cut and abrasion resistant material

 Spectra – a cut and abrasion resistant material

 TUFF-N-LITE – the highest rated cut and abrasion resistant material

 1000 Devier Cordura Nylon – an abrasion resistant material

The definition comes from Security Race Products and Lifeline

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Rule changes 2015.

Rule 102.11

In table for Limited Inboard add the following Class.

Superstock Restricted.


Rule 605.02

Reword to remove the word two and of clear water.

The overtaking Boat must allow at least THREE boat lengths in the direction of travel….


Rule 801.04

Remove the words.………… and/or Breakaway Clips

Rule No.801.041

Remove the complete second sentence in this rule to eliminate reference to breakaway clips.

Rule No.801.042

Remove the words ……… or breakaway clip.


The Superstock Restricted Class will be open ONLY to Boats not fitted with a Reinforced Cockpit.

Boats fitted with reinforced cockpits are not permitted to compete in the Superstock Restricted Class.


New Rule 203.052:

If entry’s are not received as per rule 910.11 and 203.05 then that championship class shall be eligible to be reallocated with the consent of the original allocated host council not less than 30 days after the original allocated date.

Yellow Card- Any Driver, Riding Crew or Boat Owner who commits a breach of the Rules where the offence is not considered serious enough to warrant either declassing, disqualification, suspension or is not covered by an existing penalty, may be issue with a yellow card warning.

Any Official can report an incident to the Officer of the Day, who is the only person to issue a Yellow Card.



“ The National Appeal Sub Committee will notify all parties the dates when the Appeal will be heard..

 All paperwork must be in the hands of the Appeal Sub Committee by that date.

 No late correspondence will be accepted.



As per UIM Rule 541.01, in order to comply with parity in all Outboard

Classes, low emission power heads complying with EPA 2006 emission will be allowed 30% greater capacity.



All drivers must have a functional on-board air supply (SCUBA) available.



The air bottle must be carried on the drivers or securely mounted to the hull.



 It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that air bottles are fully charged at all times and in test.

Please note: According to Australian Standards, all SCUBA cylinders must be hydrostatically tested annually.



The visibility of the driver must be through a horizontal arc of 180 degrees (90 degrees either side of the centre line of the boat).



 Anti-cavitation plates on motors cannot be increased in size by more than 120mm to either side and not more than 150mm to the rear of the standard anti-cavitation plate.


. .Rule 1002.34

All Inboard Displacement Capsules manufactured after September 2015 shall have an integral floor separate to the bottom of the boat, or if the bottom of the boat is used as the floor it must meet as a minimum the 3000 Newton rating and the side, front and rear bulkheads are to be laminated to the floor or bearers as required to seal the base area of the cockpit from the ingress of fluids etc.


Change in Rule 1002.151

 ……with engines exceeding 800cc capacity…Implementation date of 01 September 2016.


Change in wording in some of the 1002.180 Rules AIR SYSTEMS

Rule 1002.181

All Drivers must have an approved on-board air supply (SCUBA) available through a fixed mask system commencing September 2017.

It is strongly recommended that this is implemented by Drivers now.

Rule 1002.182

The air supply bottle can be carried on the Driver and/or securely mounted to the Boat.

Rule 1002.183

It is the responsibility of the Driver to have a fully charged bottle at all times with a minimum capacity of 6 cu.ft. (30cu.ft. recommended in Displacement boats)

Rule 1002.184

The regulator of the air supply bottle and mask must work in any position.

Rule 1002.186

......or brass no. BH1-60 and Parker stainless steel part no.SH1-63 or brass no. BH1-61 on the line from the air bottle regulator.

New Rule

Rule 1002.187

It is recommended that the Drivers mask air line be a maximum of 600mm to the detachable fitting and the line from the air bottle regulator to the detachable fitting, to be of sufficient length to allow the Driver to be clear of the boat.










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