Presidents Message — 2018 

RBOC President John Marshall

RBOC President John Marshall

Hello, fellow boaters.  I’m John Marshall, 2018 President of Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC).  2018 celebrates the 50th Anniversary of RBOC. Recreational Boating in California would be vastly different if not for the 18 RBOC Directors fighting for boaters’ rights at state and local levels. The Legislature has reconvened in Sacramento to begin the second half of the 2017-2018 session. I am reminded yet again of Mark Twain’s quote of “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” RBOC’s efforts mitigate that risk for boaters.

Whether you enjoy your boat on lakes, rivers, in bays or on the ocean, RBOC is your voice in the legislature, regulatory agencies, and public boards and commissions at the state and local levels.  We also work on nationwide issues with our effective national partner Boat U.S. RBOC was founded in 1968 and over the last 50 years has reviewed thousands of proposed bills and regulations, always looking out for you and your family’s best interests with respect to your favorite leisure activity.
Vessel Registration fees are $20, instead of $250. RBOC has defeated five attempts to raise fees and divert the money to legislators’ pet social programs. You can thank RBOC for that. If your vessel is never in fresh water, you don’t have to pay the $16 Quagga Mussel Abatement fee. You can thank RBOC for that. Boaters don’t have to pay an annual assessment for water use so that the state can buy more water in drought years. You can thank RBOC for that. You can enjoy an adult beverage while your boat is underway. You can thank RBOC for that.

Currently, we are heavily involved in issues such as boating safety, anti-fouling paints, ethanol in boat fuels, invasive species and the operator certification program, to name a few. You’ll find a complete list on this website,
You can help RBOC be successful in its mission.  One way is to sign up to receive bulletins and updates about issues you care about.  Another way is to react to our “calls to action” by writing or calling your legislator and/or sending your views to regulators who are proposing new rules that negatively affect recreational boating.
A third way is to become a Friend of RBOC.  With a nominal donation, you can help fund the important work we do.  Our 18 volunteers donate their time and travel expenses as well as their expertise.  Thus, any money you send goes directly to protecting your interests. Due to our extensive and critical lobbying activities, donations are not tax deductible. 

All of our directors, including myself, are available by email.  Also, we can come to your harbor or club and inform your boating colleagues on the issues we all face.  We hope to hear from you.

We’ll see you on the water!

John Marshall

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