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Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Recreational Boaters of California Forum and the Southeast U.S. Boat Show.

The Dana Point (Calif.) Yacht Club and the Recreational Boaters of California are hosting the first RBOC Forum on Wednesday at the yacht club.

The event offers an opportunity to learn about key legislative issues that state and federal regulators are advancing. The boater group’s director of government relations Jerry Desmond Jr. will be the featured speaker.

Other speakers include yacht club commodore Daniel Hodge, who will offer a welcome; RBOC president Cleve Hardakerand; and Walt Kadyk, past president of the boater group and its current national government affairs liaison.

Regional RBOC representatives from Newport Beach and the surrounding areas will be there to answer questions about local issues.

Issues that will specifically be addressed at the forum include:

• A proposal to eliminate the state Department of Boating and Waterways, folding Cal Boating into a division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. Among the issues are questions about tax dollars from marine purchases being diverted from marine-related improvements into the general fund.

• Copper bottom paint: Proposed amendments to SB 623, including a reasoned, science-based assessment of the use of low-leach, low-copper-content paints.

• Mandatory wearing of life jackets: The Coast Guard Advisory Council’s consideration of a North American standard to include people older than ages 12-13, the typical current state limit. In waters regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers, that agency has full authority to mandate life jacket use by water users of all ages at all times, without hearings or public discussions.

• Propeller strikes: Regulation currently under discussion would require boaters to check behind the boat to ensure that propellers are clear of swimmers.

    Reservations are requested. Please phone the club at (949) 496-2900 or e-mail commodore@dpyc.org.

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    The Southeast U.S. Boat Show is set for April 20-22 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla., and is adjacent to EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    The 16th annual show recently expanded and it offers 7 acres of display space filled with all types of boats, as well as an on-site floating dock marina, complete with power and water.

    The Southeast U.S. Boat Show also will feature Sailing Showcase East, the annual spring East Coast sailing exhibition, presented by sailors for sailors.

    “One of the many great things about this event is that kids 16 and under get in free. Kids are the future of boating,” show producer Current Productions said in a statement. “They shouldn't be inside playing video games all day, when the real fun is out on the water. There is plenty to do for adults and kids at this exciting show.”

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