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Fall Boating

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Fall is finally upon us and while you may be sad to see the summer boating season go, boating in the fall has many advantages! Fewer people are on the water and temperatures are a bit cooler, giving you the opportunity to have a peaceful trip out on the waters that you wouldn’t frequently get to experience during the prime summer boating months. Continue reading below to learn some advantages of fall boating and some tips for boating this season as well! The fall season offers many of the same advantages to boaters as spring does. Less congested waterways, boat ramps, and fuel docks, and so on. But boating into the fall offers other benefits of its own. Extended Quality Boating Time By continuing to boat into the fall, you get more weeks or even months of quality boating time. You don’t have to feel compelled to take your boat out every weekend like during the summer months to get the most out of it, making for a more relaxed boating season. Boating into fall also means enjoying trips

Distraction and Boating Recipe for Disaster

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  While motorists are constantly warned against the dangers of distracted driving, it turns out that boaters are also in need of a reminder. According to statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard,  operator inattention  was the number one reason for boating accidents. Distracted boat drivers were the cause of over 500 incidents, making it an important topic for discussion. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators reported that 22-24 percent of boating accidents were due to improper lookout and operator inattention combined. Between 9 and 14 percent of fatalities related to boating were also caused by distraction. Common causes of boating accidents include many different types of distractions. Electronic distraction can include a phone or spotlight but can also mean the driver was attempting to use a radio, radar or navigation device. Objects on the boat, such as electronics, can also cause a lighting glare that prevents drivers from being able to see well. Lighting

Too Fast For Conditions"

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- An Illinois man is dead after being thrown overboard from a Cigarette boat at the 8-Mile Marker.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Timothy R. Ridens, 41, of Staunton, Ill., was driving the 1994 Cigarette  "too fast for conditions"  at 6:45 p.m., Friday, July 29, when the vessel hit a wake, ejecting Ridens and injuring multiple occupants.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.  Safe boating is the aim of all boaters and comes from education/training and experience. This excerpt from a recent Boating Statistics report, provided by the United States Coast Guard, is presented in the interest of safety by helping boaters learn from the experience of others.  FATALITY RATE Historically, one indicator of safety in recreational boating is the fatality rate, e.g., the number of reported fatalities as compared to the number of registered recreational boats.  the Coast Guard counted 5,265 accidents that involved 767 deaths, 3,191 injurie

Summer Heat

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  Summer solstice is here and so is the heat and with summer   boating season is in full swing. It’s the time of year for water sports, fishing off  boat docks  or catamarans, and just simply enjoying that summer sun. But it’s also the time of year when it can get dangerously hot. It can be difficult to know just how to stay cool when working outside in the heat for hours at a time. That’s why taking the proper summer heat safety precautions is a must. Follow these summer heat safety tips, and you’ll be cool and comfortable all day long. Stay Hydrated One of the most basic (and one of the most forgotten) ways to keep your body cool on hot days is by keeping yourself hydrated. When your body is hot, it perspires as a way to regulate your body temperature. So, you need to frequently replenish liquids in order to remain hydrated on extra hot days. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, you need to drink plenty of water in order to keep your body cool. If you don’t drink enough fluids, you ma

Water Safety Is Every Day

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  Making the Lake of the Ozarks Safe For Our Visitors … That is what the Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council is all about. Through Promoting water and boating safety and education.   The Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council (WSC) is a group of businesses, organization, and private citizens that are dedicated to promoting water safety here at Lake of the Ozarks.   The Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council was formed in 2007.   WSC is a non for profit 501c3 public service organization that Promote boating and water safety at the Lake Of The Ozarks. Serve as a local (or regional) source for boating and water safety information for the general public. Encourage cooperation, networking, and communication between the member agencies of the council as well as other organizations. Promote wearing life jackets and designating sober captains while recreating on the Lake of the Ozarks. Our mission is simple: We want to keep our Lake safe. We want everyone

Hire A Charter Captain Or Not

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  It that time of year to enjoy the open water.  You may be vacationing at a lake, river, or open ocean where you or not that familiar or feel comfortable in operating a boat in.    So, what is the best option for you, your family and friends’ safety and pleasure?   There are a few options:   1. Hire the service of a USCG Captain to pilot your personal vessel 2. Hire a USCG Captain to pilot a boat that you rent. 3. Hire a USCG Captain that offers a comprehensive charter service (Boat, crew and associated service)   What is a USCG Captain?    A United States Coast Guard Credentialed Captain is a individual that has a Coast Guard issued Merchant Mariner’s Credential suitable for the vessel’s service. Credentialed mariners have met rigorous training and testing requirements along with background checks by Homeland Security, FBI. Competed a drug testing program and is tested on a periodically; as well as having their vessels and inspected and insured to meet high safety standar

Thinking About Purchasing A Boat? Pick The Right One

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Sales of new powerboats in the U.S. increased by about 12% in 2020 to more than 310,000 compared with 2019 as per the marine association.  Among the categories of boats consumers bought, freshwater fishing boats and pontoons boats were extremely popular, accounting for half of the powerboat sales. Boat sales skyrocketed during the pandemic.  The trend,continued  in 2021, shocked industry players who were certain they were in for rough times as the pandemic shut down the economy. Now, dealerships are struggling to maintain inventory and manufacturers are expanding production capacity to meet demand. Wait times for buyers have jumped from a few weeks to several months. What’s more, first-time buyers are entering the market in larger numbers, a sign that the growth has staying power. The global recreational boating market was valued at USD 29.0 Billion in 2019 and is projected to reach  USD 35.4 Billion by 2027 , registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.1% from 2020 to 2027.