Life Jackets Why Wear One... It will Save Your Life.

How many adults wear life jackets, when then are out boating?  be honest now.  We make our children wear them,  why not the adults?Missouri's state law is Children under seven years old are required by law to wear a PFD while aboard any vessel, unless they are in a totally enclosed cabin, such as on a houseboat. Before heading out, make sure the life jacket fits the child well, so he or she won't slip out of it after falling into the water.Children ages one to four have the highest drowning rates. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children one to four than any other cause.According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri has averaged more than 46 non-boating related drownings per year on streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, over the past five years. These numbers do not include drownings that occurred in swimming pools. As of May 2019, there were seven fatality drownings this year. There were a total of 34 drownings in 2018, 59 in 2017 and 38 in 2016.Drowning r…

Fire Loss is Preventable

One of the worst scenario on a boat, is fire.  .

Fire ranked number five among the causes of loss for BoatUS Marine Insurance. The majority of these fires start in a few very specific places aboard, with many of them originating in the engine compartment where fuel and an ignition source have a high likelihood of coming together. 
Maintaining your boat well, particularly with respect to the electrical and fuel systems, is the best way to prevent fires aboard. However, there are five specific areas that lead to most of the fires we see in our claim files. If every boater paid attention to these five things, we could prevent a third or more of all fires aboard boats.
Improper Fueling Procedures
Proper care when fueling your boat is a must,  oil and fuel in the water can impact bottom sediment, marine life and shore birds. You are responsible for any environmental damage caused by your fuel spill. So... preventing spills will be beneficial for you and the boating environment! The LawAccid…

In a Heart Beat - Tragedy

ROBERTS, Wis. published by KSDK-TV — A western Wisconsin woman hopes the wounds on her back are enough to get a message across to other boaters. Tera Busker was injured by a boat propeller after falling off the bow of her pontoon. “The takeaway is never ride on the front of a pontoon. As much as it looks like a lot of fun, it’s not worth it,” Tera says.It was 4th of July.  Tera and her 3-year-old niece were sitting on the pontoon’s bow, with Tera’s legs hanging over the edge. Tera’s husband slowly steered the boat through a no wake zone. “Somebody came into the no wake zone going way too fast and it actually created a pretty big wave,” Tera says. “It grabbed my feet and because I had my arm around her, it pulled both of us under the boat.” Tera’s niece was tucked in front of her and made it through the tunnel between the boat’s two floats.But Tera’s back came in contact with the boat’s propeller.   Family members and people on another boat quickly came to her aid. Tera was airlifted to an Ea…

Don't hold up the launch or Boat Ramp Etiquette

Launching & Retrieving Boats

Lake of the Ozarks has over 70,000 docks and over 160,000 boats that are here year round.  Add the number of visitors and tournament fisher men the number of boats greatly increases. as well as the congestion at the various boat ramps and marinas.When using a boat ramp, here are some steps to ensure that you have a smooth experience at the boat launch..The first step is to get your boat ready away from the launch area itself. This will make sure that you aren’t blocking any other boaters who are waiting to use the launch—keeping everybody happy.Prepare your boat away from the ramp to avoid creating unnecessary delays at the launch area.Some of the steps you can take care of before approaching the ramp include:Removing all the tie-downs, with the exception of the; winch line.Loading any additional supplies and equipment into the boat;Inserting the drain plug; Disconnecting the trailer’s brake lights – so you don’t burn out any bulbs;Removing the motor tr…

How to stay put in the water or Anchoring just weigh it

So you want to cove out, or spend overnight on your boat, but not sure how to anchor.  Also is the anchor secure will I end up on shore. Do I have the correct anchor for my boat?
What do anchors do??
Anchors dig into the seabed to hold a boat in position. They serve a safety role by keeping boats out of the surf or off the rocks. They also allow boaters to secure the boat temporarily while fishing, having lunch or spending the night.
How do they work
When an anchor penetrates the surface of the seabed, suction generates resistance, created by the bottom material plus the weight of the material above the anchor. As the boat pulls on the anchor rode, the anchor digs in deeper, creating additional resistance. In rocky bottoms, anchors can't dig in, but rather snag on protrusions and hold precariously.
What part of the boat should you always anchor from?
A proper method for lowering an anchor is from the bow. Anchoring from the stern could cause the boat to swamp or capsize. Pick a spot wit…

Lost ? How Do I Find My Way

I live at Lake of the Ozarks, There are more than 1,150 miles of shoreline along the Lake of the Ozarks - more than the coast of California!, 93 miles of lake, The surface of the Lake covers approximately 61,000 square miles. 
So how do you not get lost?  So as Captain Ron would say

In the past it was with charting maps, Sexton and following the stars and what ever direction the wind blows.   But now with GPS, Goggle and other Apps, finding your way on many bodies of water is every easy.
Now here at Lake of the Ozarks, and several other lakes, there are physical signs, such as 911 addresses.  On LOZ every dock as a 911 address, it will indicate the numerical property address, city and zip.  Most condominiums and on the water /lake side restaurants will have a name or address on the water side.  This is also true for sea stores/gas docks and marinas.
Also at LOZ we have Mile Markers along the shore line,  However it is import to know, that if you are providing information to emergency pers…

Docking or 2 hours of boating with 5 minutes of Terror

Part of navigation is casting off and docking, both are essential skills to learn.  
Casting off
Casting off is just that, preparing to leave the slip or dock / pier.  There are some steps to occurs for a successful start to a day on the water.
Boarding passenger and loading items on board:
Loading items When loading bulky item, such as coolers, water toys, etc.  hand them to someone board, don't attempt to carry them/  Many people have slipped and fell off the dock or worst fell between the boat and walkway. This would be a disastrous way to start your boating adventure.Store your items so that they are secure and do not impede movement around the boat. As well as block any accessibility to emergency items.Boarding Passengers Ensure every one has a life jacket, or the life jackets is readily accessible.  Review your state laws regarding age limits for life jackets.  Missouri law requires boaters to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board and accessible for each occupant o…