Dana Point Boaters Association

Updated February 15, 2017

Safety, Alerts, Magazines, Newsletters, Reports, Manuals, Marine Notices, Education and How-To-Reference Documents

Your Dana Point Boaters Association has created this important and useful Webpage dedicated to information on Boater Guides, Safety, Alerts, Reports, Manuals, Education, Marine Notices and How-To-Reference Documents. Our thanks to all the Organizations, Flotilla and State & Federal Agencies for allowing us to pass on this very important information. If you know of any additional information that maybe useful to boaters please contact our Webmaster so he may add your information to our website; our thanks in advance!

The BoatUS Foundation offers the only FREE online boating safety course developed specifically for the State of California. Start your FREE oncourse by Clicking Here!


November 3, 2017

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported. Please CLICK HERE to read the recall notice and verify your vessels fire extinguishers are not on the recall list! (NEW)!

USCG Department Of Homeland Security/United States Coast Guard And USCGA

California Department Of Boating And Waterways ~ Cal Boating


The Bay Foundation

United States Coast Guard "PROCEEDINGS MAGAZINE"

Department Fish & Game "EYE ON INVASIVES"

The Bay Foundation ~ A California Clean Boating Network Publication presented by The Bay Foundation, Division of Boating And Waterways, California Coastal Commission, and the Keep the Delta Clean Program.   " Changing Tides"


Other Boater Safety Website:

DPBA Public Information Handouts:

Boating Safety Equipment & Updates:

DSC-equipped VHFs must meet new technical standards ~ On March 25, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prohibited the manufacture, importation, sale, and installation of fixed-mount (non-portable) digital selective calling (DSC)–equipped marine radios that do not meet certain new requirements. It is important to note that the FCC action does not affect previously installed radios that meet the old RTCM Standard SC-101.

Final Report 2005 Crew Overboard Rescue Symposium ~ The accident known as “crewoverboard,” “manoverboard,” or “person-in-the-water” presents the most demanding and agonizing challenge that any sailor or powerboater will face. It is no wonder that rescue methods and gear are in constant development. Rarely, however, are they tested side-by-side in a variety of boats. And more information may also be found at BoatUS Crew Overboard Rescues Webpage.

The West Advisor (R) ~ Federal Equipment Requirements For Boats ~ There are actually very few items you have to put on the average pleasure boat for it to be in compliance with Federal (Coast Guard) Regulations for safety gear. Most of us do a pretty good job when it comes to life jackets, horns, fire extinguishers, etc. And most boat builders supply boats with legal head installations, ventilation, backfire arrestors and navigation lights. Some Advice, Regardless of how you use your boat, the following items should be considered first when outfitting your boat for safety.

The West Advisor (R) Outfitting For Cruising ~ Going cruising and leaving the dry-land world behind for weeks, months or years, is a lifetime opportunity. Outfitting your boat right is critical to passagemaking that is both safe and fun. We've written this guide to help you take care of all the little details, and make sure that the checklists you prepare before you go have all the equipment you need.


"My Home Port"

Harbor Revitalization

Dana Point Harbor
Advisory Board

Boater Liaison
Program Submission

Boater Liaison
Program Responses

Boater Liaison
Program "FAQ's"

County of Orange
DP Harbor Budgets

Dana Point Harbor
Slip Map

Digital News & Guides:
Log Newspaper
2018 Slip Guide
2017 Guide to Pacific Harbor
2018 Boatyard Guide (NEW)!
Boater's Guide So. Cal.(SMBRF&DBW) (NEW)!

Bilge Pad Exchange
Local Weather Forecasts
Marine Weather Portal
Local Marine Forecasts
Latest DP Fish Count
Local DP Web Cams

American Waterways
Watch Program

AWW Full Flyer
AWW Boater Flyer
AWW Wallet Card


Mark Massara, Director
California Coastal Programs
Sierra Club
"Read Mark's

Fran Gibson, Board President
Coastwalk California
California Coastal Trail
"Read Fran's


This single full page float plan has all the information needed including a second page which has a boating emergency guide.

USCG ~ Float Plan (.pdf)

DBW ~ Float Plan (.pdf)