Presidents Message — 2017 

RBOC President Peter Robertson

RBOC President Peter Robertson

Hello, fellow boaters.  I’m Peter Robertson, 2017 president of Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC).  This year, our volunteer officers and directors are off to a fast start addressing several issues that impact your ability to access the state’s waterways.

Whether you enjoy your boat on lakes, rivers, in bays or on the ocean, we are 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 years has reviewed thousands of proposed bills and regulations, always looking out for you and your family’s best interests.

We have lobbied to keep your registration fees in check and keep the abandoned vessel fund from being pirated by those who would use it for other purposes. 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 affect recreational boating.

A third way is to become a member of Friends of RBOC.  With a nominal donation, you can help fund the important work we do.  Our 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.

See you on the water!


Peter Robertson

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