Presidents Message — 2019 

RBOC President Ray Durazo

RBOC President Ray Durazo

As the 2019 President of Recreational Boaters of California, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. 2018 was another successful year under the leadership of John Marshall of Newport Beach. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts.

What is RBOC and why should you care?

Every year, RBOC staff and officers review approximately 2,500 new bills introduced in the state legislature. There are also new proposed regulations issued by the numerous state agencies that could have an impact on recreational boaters.

Many of these are seemingly routine and harmless. But, as the old saying goes, the devil is in the details. A prime example is a “rider” that was quietly attached to the 2018 federal budget bill that would have prevented judicial review of the Twin Tunnels project in the Delta, also known as the California Water Fix. The problematic language was buried deep in hundreds of pages of documentation. RBOC sounded the alarm and, with help from our friends at BoatU.S., we were able to get the dangerous provision removed.

Another example is the state’s efforts to ban the use of copper-based bottom paints. Based on faulty science, the proposed restrictions would cost individual boaters thousands of dollars to have their boats hauled, stripped and painted with products that are expensive and of questionable benefit. RBOC continues to carefully monitor this process and is at the table, speaking out on behalf of the boating community.

There are many such matters we are working on. If you want a complete list, please go to the section of this website under the heading of “ISSUES.” If you want more information on any of these, just drop us a note and we will be happy to provide you with details.

All of our directors, including myself, are available to make presentations to your yacht club, sailing association, kayak and paddleboard club, or harbor boat owners association at no cost or obligation. We will discuss the programs that we are currently working on and answer any questions you may have. Just let us know when and where and we will be there!

RBOC looks forward to serving recreational boaters throughout California in the coming year. We wish you all fair winds and following seas.

Sincerely,

Ray Durazo
President
 

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