Dana Point Boaters Association


About The Dana Point Boaters Association

The Dana Point Boaters Association is the champion of recreational boating and the jewel that is Dana Point Harbor.

The Dana Point Boaters Association advocates the preservation, enhancement, and expansion of affordable recreational boating. We work to improve the family friendly atmosphere and breadth of water-oriented activities we all enjoy in the harbor.  We serve as the watchdog by ethically protecting the rights of all boaters and representing them when collective action is most effective.  We actively gather information and communicate our views to educate boaters, external interests, and public officials.  We build and maintain constructive, working relationships to achieve common goals with other harbor stakeholders.  We will pass on our harbor to the next generation of recreational boaters in better condition than it is today.

The Association:
The Dana Point Boaters Association is a California Not-For-Profit IRC §501(c)(4) Corporation.   The Association intends to be a permanent organization/association within Dana Point Harbor now and in the years to come.

While the Association focuses on many issues presented to recreational boaters in Dana Point Harbor, one of the more significant efforts will be what the County of Orange refers to as the "Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan".  The Association’s membership are boaters & non-boaters who are interested in and committed to helping promote, develop, and implement the best Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan.  This is accomplished by working with County Board of Supervisors, OC Parks, City of Dana Point, Department of Boating and Waterways, South Coast Water District, California Coastal Commission, other Governmental Agencies and Harbor Stakeholders.  It is our mission to involve all boaters and make sure our needs, wants, and ideas are heard and acted on. Together we can have a positive impact going forward for the next 50 years.

If you should have any questions, comments, ideas, and/or suggestions please send them to us by email at: Leadership, (see below) or by calling at (949) 485-5656.  We appreciate any and all comments in helping our cause, efforts, and look forward to hearing from you.

This page has been created to help the first time visitor get acquainted with who we are, what we do, how we would like to help you, and what you need to do to take full advantage of the Association.  If you have difficulties at any time, please feel free to use this link to contact our IT Officer.

The Association hosts meetings and different safety and educational venues for its members. To control costs, leverage each others skills, react quickly, solicit feedback, collect ideas and keep everyone informed we utilize a number of different electronic tools.  In addition to our website, which you have already discovered, we also send out emails, Subscribe To Our eNewsletter Emails

The Best Way to support the Boaters Association is by Donating or by Volunteering/Joinning with your assistance.  By donating or volunteering to the Association it not only shows your support for the Association and your fellow boaters it also gives you access to information, updates, and discounts at local and national businesses.  Please consider donating, together we can make our collective voices heard and acted upon.
We are a grass roots organization and need your help to spread the word.  We are still reaching out to obtain contact information for all boaters who make use of our harbor.  This leaves us with the press, emails, public speaking opportunities and most importantly you by contacting other boaters.  You know lots of other people that love and use our “Harbor with a Park.”  Please pass along the information about our/your Association.  A little effort on your part can make a huge impact for all in our boating community.  Once you’ve joined the Association you will find links that allow you to forward our emails. Please encourage your family, friends, and contacts to join DPBA.
In closing we would like to say thank you, we know everyone is incredibly busy and will have a hard time juggling another cause and working to help it.  We understand that and this is the reason that our Association was created.  Your Board of Directors endeavors to do as much of the work as possible and to prepare things for your digestion in as little time as possible.  If you are interested in helping more than just taking the survey, joining the Association, signing up for the Boater eNewsletter then please contact us at DPBA Officers.

We thank you for your time and your support,
Thank You,
DPBA Board of Directors


If you should have any questions, comments, ideas, and/or suggestions please send them to us at the following contact links or by calling our DPBA phone number at (949) 485-5656.  We appreciate any and all comments in helping our cause/efforts, look forward to hearing from you.

James Lenthall, President, contact James at: James Lenthall
Don't ask James about his first visit to Dana Point Harbor - he was barely a year old. He moved with his family to Dana Point in 1971 and has quite literally grown up with our beloved harbor. His family has had boats in the harbor almost continuously since it opened, and James was raised in the boating lifestyle and developed an early respect and love for the ocean, boating and our harbor which continues to this day. James lives in Dana Point with his wife Stephanie and two young boys - Carsen and Riley - who he is raising with the same love and respect for the ocean and our harbor; his boys are members of the DPYC youth sailing program, and Carsen races his sabot for the DPYC youth sailing team. James has been deeply and passionately involved in the harbor revitalization project since 2006, was elected to the DPBA board of directors in 2011, and strives to protect and promote our Dana Point boating culture.

Alan Johnson, Secretary, contact Alan at: Alan Johnson
Alan has loved Dana Point since he first learned to surf at Doheny Beach in 1965. Gone are the days of surfing all day for $1.00…(75 cents for gas and 25 cents for lunch), yet what happens to the harbor and boating still matters much. He has been boating since 1968.  That is when he built his first boat, a Winard Sabot. Chaffey College Sailing Club is where he learned to crew by coastal racing an Islander 44. While raising a family he went to the “dark side” for 15 yrs. having lots of fun with a 23’ Sea Ray.  The “kids” like to go fast!  Currently he maintains a trailerable sailboat in the Embarcadero, racing, day sailing, and cruising to Catalina whenever possible. Alan is married, with 4 kids, 4 grand kids, and enjoys being a Family Dentist in Mission Viejo since 1979.

Steve Carpenter, Treasurer, IT Officer, contact Steve at: Steve Carpenter
An Orange County native, Steve has lived most of his life in Capistrano Beach since 1959. He attended school in the CUSD. Upon completion of high school, he enlisted in the USAF as a Medic in the 944th Medical Air-Evac Squadron. After his discharge, he continued furthering his education at Saddleback College and simultaneously applied for entry into the IBEW Apprenticeship Program, and was accepted in 1979. Having worked as a journeyman electrician for 10 years, he went on to open his Electrical Contracting Businesses. Steve, Linda, children and grandchildren, enjoy boating on their Monterey Express Cruiser, slipped in Dana Point Harbor.

Rodger Beard, Co-Founder, Director, contact Rodger at: Rodger Beard
A former enterprise software development executive with technology consulting and program management background within the private and public sectors, Rodger is a “numbers guy” and lifelong sailor who grew up on the water during long summers spent at his parents’ cottage on a lake in Northern Michigan.  Rodger first visited beautiful Dana Point Harbor while on a business trip from Chicago in February, 1978.  Then he went racing with a friend and one month later Orange County was home.  While Rodger and wife Dede have since lived in several different coastal cities within both Northern and Southern California, they returned to Dana Point for good in 1998.

Dan Streech, Director, contact Dan at: Dan Streech
Dan is a Dana Point Harbor institution... quite literally.  Having grown up camping, surfing, fishing and diving our Dana Point waters before our harbor was built, Dan then built an impressive career in our harbor from its earliest days.   After cruising for a year aboard the Alden Schooner Malabar VII, Dan took a job in 1973 selling boats for Kettenburg Marine in Dana Point Harbor.  By 1978, Dan co-founded Lemest Yacht Sales, which evolved into Pacific Asian Enterprises / Nordhavn Yachts.  Today Nordhavn is one of the world's preeminent yacht builders with over 800 boats delivered.  Nordhavn maintains its world headquarters in Dana Point Harbor, where Dan has served as co-owner and president for 39 years.  Not only is Dan owner of a premier Dana Point boating institution, he is an experienced boater in his own right, having logged thousands of offshore miles on Mason and Nordhavn boats.  Dan knows Dana Point Harbor as well as anyone; he possesses a strong appreciation for the history of Dana Point and a desire to protect and maintain the unique culture of our harbor as the decisions for redevelopment are made.

Anne Eubanks, Director, contact Anne at: Anne Eubanks
Anne is not only a long-time Dana Point boat owner and avid sailor, she has grown into a respected leader in our boating community, presently serving as Vice Commodore of Dana Point Yacht Club. While Anne's experience as a Dana Point sailor adds to our breadth of boating community knowledge, her role as a DPYC flag officer provides our team with valuable insight into the more than 1000 Dana Point boaters who participate in Dana Point yacht clubs and sailing associations.


Victoria Winters, contact Victoria at: Victoria Winters

Jeff Brown, contact Jeff at: Jeff Brown

Dr. Jim Lenthall, (In Remembrance, Charter Member)