Couldn't Happen to Me.

Lake of the Ozarks is home to many fishermen and women.   Many are  semi professional,  and professional. but the majority are hobbyist, vacationers, with a mix that enter local tournaments such as the Big Bash Bass, Surkdyke Yamaha Go Fish Crappie  and many others.Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake  and other lakes in Missouri have fishing tournaments year round, day and night.
Recently, myself and two friends were fishing in one of many tournaments,  the weather conditions was partly cloudy, winds were starting to increase 5 -15 miles per hour. coupled with other boats in the area. our boat was being rocked.  The boat it self has a wide beam and is very stable.    One of my friends was up and moving back to the bow seat.   At the given moment a wake broadsided the boat, and the wind picked up.  He took a headed, almost fell overboard,, but was able to catch himself on the gunraill and fall in the boat.  knocked the wind out of him and broke a index finger.  Over all very lucky.   A…

Navigation and Recreational Lights at Night – The Good, The Bad, the Distracting - Author Capt. Glenn

Here at Lake of the Ozarks (and in fact all of Missouri’s waterways and lakes), State Law requires the use of certain combinations of lights (Red, Green, and White), called “Navigation Lights” when boating at night. Missouri Law also regulates certain other styles of lights that boaters use at night, called “Recreational Lighting”.  Recreational lighting on boats has become more popular in recent years.  Recreational light can include Rub Rail lighting, Deck Rail lighting, or Underwater lighting.  These can come in a variety of colors and intensities.  The newest recreational lighting configurations use LED lights, which, by nature, are usually brighter than filament bulbs.So, what’s the problem?Well, there are a few; let’s discuss those.First, USCG Regulations, Rule 20 again, states “The Rules concerning lights shall be complied with from sunset to sunrise, and during such times no other lights shall be exhibited, except such lights as cannot be mistaken for the lights specified in t…

Are You The Designated Captain?

It’s nearly Friday! Getting ready to go kick back on the boat this weekend? Relax, unwind, invite some friends and have some beers, right? Think twice before you get behind the wheel of a boat while intoxicated, though. Jail time, lawsuits, injury and death can all result from driving a boat drunk. Boozing and boating is definitely a great way to ruin a good time. While alcohol consumption is not illegal while boatingboat operators should be aware of the laws and potential penalties for operating the vessel while under the influence. ... Just like with driving a motor vehicle on land, there is technically no safe amount of alcohol that someone can drink and then operate a boat.Here are 6 of the most common rumors about alcohol and boating:1. Drinking alcohol while operating a boat isn’t a big deal; it’s not as dangerous as drinking and driving a car.The fact is, alcohol is responsible for 16% of boating fatalities. It’s the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths. …

Winter is Coming What To Do To Prepare Till Next Boating Season

There is a nip in the air, the leaves are starting to change color.  It is time to start thinking about putting the boat away until next year.
BoatUS offers the Following information:
The bad news about winterizing your boat is that if you forget something critical or you do something incorrectly, you may be faced with expensive repair bills and a long delay to get back on the water next spring. The good news is that most winterizing chores are not that hard, and we can show you how to avoid the vast majority of problems in a single page (though you'll want to download our winterizing guide for a much more in-depth look). In a nutshell, winterizing means storing your boat properly, making sure engines and drives are protected, and making the plumbing freeze-proof.Taking a few moments now to think about how you'll put your boat to bed for the off season, as the days grow shorter and the ducks fly south, will pay dividends later. Whether this is your first or your 51st year winter…

PWCs; Wave Runners Fun for Some, Other Not So Fun

You've always wanted apersonal water craft (PWC)such as a Jetski, Wave Runner or a Sea-Doo, and now you've got one. Now what? If you plan on taking your new toy out and testing its limits on your favorite lake, river or ocean, there are basic essentials to keeping  yourself and children safe.Personal Water Craft are fast and injuries occur. In a recent study in over a 30-month period, there were 82 wrecks, 57 injuries, and four deaths alone involving PWCs.  About half of all injuries were people under the age of 19. The most common cause of the accidens were cited as inexperience (50 percent), inattention (28 percent), and negligent operation (10 percent). In the U.S., only 16 states require boating education and 10 require special training for using PWC. There are 43 states that have age limitations for PWC, but these range dramatically from age 10 to 16.   Missouri Boating Laws and Regulations All persons must be at least14 years of ageto legally operate a motorboat or PWC u…

When, How and Where to Tube

Tubing is a exhilarating ride, and can be fun.  But also a event that is potentially  dangerous and could end with tragic results.
Your kids are more than ready for a fun-filled daytubing on the water. They’re begging you to take them out on the water when the weather’s nice. Your on Vacation, They have been on their best behavior, in the hopes of staying in your good graces. Any parent with a boat and kids are familiar with this scenario.
But do you know how to keep them safe? Tubing accidents  and injuries are on the rise. Water tubing, a recreational activity in which participants ride an inner tube which is pulled behind a boat by a tow rope, has grown in popularity in recent years.  According to a new study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the annual number of water tubing-related injuries increased 250 percent over the 19-year study period, rising from 2,068 injuries in 1991 to 7,216 injuries in 2…

Time for a Shoot Out !!!

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the US, named one of the nation’s eight “must-see” boating events according to Powerboat Magazine, the Shootout will take place for the ninth year at Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill in Sunrise Beach (Lake Road 5-50, mile marker 34.5). The event raises funds for eight Lake-area rescue teams and numerous other charitable organizations; last year, $357,000.00 to 32 different Charities and 8 Fire Departments. The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is alive and well and looking forward to the 32nd year in August of 2020.  The event is August 28 Thur 29th.The Lake Rescue Shootout started in 1988 as an event in which many local boats participated simply to establish who had the fastest boat. As the years went by it became a bigger and bigger event that also helped supplement the Lake Area Fire Departments water rescue efforts.To keep this a safe and fun fill week end here are some suggestions:1. Need to leave early to get a good…