Friday, July 31, 2015

25 Great Songs for Your Summer Boating Playlist

You're out in your awesome Lake of the Ozarks boat rental with the sun on your face, wind in your hair, and all you need now are some great tunes in ears. Every musical genre has paid homage to the glorious season of Summer and the fun world of boats.  Below you will find a few great Summer Songs to play while you are cruising the lake.   

  • Something 'Bout A Boat - Jimmy Buffett
  • Redneck Yacht Club - Craig Morgan
  • I'm Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
  • Pontoon - Little Big Town
  • Summertime – Will Smith
  • Come Sail Away - Styx
  • Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • A Pirate Looks at Forty - Jimmy Buffett
  • Sailing - Christopher Cross
  • Water - Brad Paisley
  • Soul of a Sailor - Kenny Chesney
  • Son of a Son of a Sailor - Jimmy Buffett
  • Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
  • Paradise City – Guns n Roses
  • Heaven Is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
  • Summertime – Sublime
  • Summer Girls – LFO
  • Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
  • Changes in Latitudes Changes in Attitudes – Jimmy Buffett
  • Feeling Alright – Joe Cocker
  • No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem – Kenny Chesney
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling – Eagles
  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Reading 
  • Rock the Boat - The Hues Corporation
  • The Boys of Summer - Don Henley

If you've got the time, make up a few different playlists.  One for sunny days, another for speeding down the channel, coving out, sunset watching, dance party on the deck...  You get the idea.  

Great music playing in the background makes an awesome day even better. When you go out on the water in one of our Lake of the Ozarks boat rentals, bring along your favorite songs to enjoy the day with.  What would you add to your playlist?  We'd love to check out what you are listening to, so send us some examples. 


Friday, July 24, 2015

How Well Do You Know the Lake of the Ozarks? Take Our Quiz!

How well do you think that you know our wonderful Lake of the Ozarks?  You may have lived here forever, or been vacationing here for as long as you can remember, but there are lots of fun little tidbits about this enjoyable vacation destination that you may or may not know.  BomBay Boat Rentals found a few interesting facts to quiz you on.  Try your hand at these 10 questions.  
(Answers will at the end of the blog.)

1. What year was Bagnell Dam completed?

2. What is the nickname given to the Lake of the Ozarks?  (Hint, it's the "shape" of the lake.)

3. Where can you find an actual castle at the Lake of the Ozarks?

4. What town is called the "Gateway to the Lake of the Ozarks?"

5. Are there MORE THAN or LESS THAN 10 golf courses in the Lake area?

6. What is the name of the amusement park from the 1980's that was located in Osage Beach?

7. Who stood across from the Indian on the Bagnell Dam Strip for years?

8. How long is the Lake of the Ozarks from end to end?

9. Which river was impounded to create the Lake of the Ozarks?

10. What is the best boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks? 

So, how do you think you did?  If you were stumped on any, the answers are right below this paragraph.  Challenge a friend and see if they can top your score!  The Lake is a pretty interesting and fun place to be.  When you are ready to explore it a little more, reserve one of our Lake of the Ozarks boat rentals or jet ski rentals and take a look around this amazing area.  

1. 1931, with construction beginning in 1929
2. The Magic Dragon
3. Ha Ha Tonka State Park
4. Eldon, MO
5. More - We found reports of 13-15 courses in the area, but we may have missed a few!
6. Fort of the Osage
7. The Country Bumpkin
8. 92 miles
9. The Osage River
10. BomBay Boat Rental, of course!  (We just couldn't resist!!!)


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AquaPalooza 2015 - A CAN'T MISS Family Boating Event

One of the very best annual events in this area is AquaPalooza, the largest family boating event at the Lake of the Ozarks.  This area favorite is held at Dog Days Bar and Grill, one of the three Lake of the Ozarks boat rental spots for BomBay Boat Rentals.  AquaPalooza is a giant, 5-hour concert on the water featuring four different entertaining bands.  


When:  Saturday, July 18, 2015
             Noon - 5 pm
Where:  Dog Days Bar and Grill
              1232 Jeffries Road, Osage Beach, MO 65065
              19 Mile Marker by water


Hundreds of boats will be parked in and around the Dog Days docks, and people will take to the water and float all afternoon while enjoying the entertainment. You don't have to come by water, though.  The stage is viewable from the restaurant too.  The Dog Days staff will be serving up delicious food and ice cold drinks all day.


This year four different acts will be taking the waterfront stage beginning at noon.  You will get to enjoy a good variety of musical styles throughout the day. 

State Line Drive - country/pop  
Double Vision - A Foreigner tribute band
Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs - 70's cover hits
Members Only - 80's tribute band

AquaPalooza is one more of the many, many reasons to get out on the water and enjoy boating at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Be sure to visit our BomBay Boat Rental Co. gas dock at Dog Days to fill up before you head home at the end of the day.  Have tons of fun, be safe, and enjoy one of the very best annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks.    



Friday, July 10, 2015

7 Fun Things To Do While Boating

Getting out on the water in a boat is an amazing experience in itself, but there are all kinds of activities besides just riding it it that you can do while you are out there.  Our Tritoon and Ski Boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks offer you an opportunity to try these activities yourself.  Some are relaxing, a few are adventurous, but they are all great ways to have a good time while on the water.     


There are quiet coves around the Lake of the Ozarks that offer some pretty impressive fishing spots.  You will have the chance to catch a large variety of fish in these waters.  Large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, white bass, walleye, and sunfish can all be found in our lake.    


Quiet coves are also a perfect place to drop anchor and jump into the water for a while.  A simple floatie to sit on keeps your head above water and gives you the chance to visit with your boating companions.  You can find all kinds of large floating contraptions at many stores around the area that can hold multiple people at a time.  Often boaters will tie boats up together and turn it into quite a water party.  


This is the super-fun act of being pulled behind a boat while sitting on top of a giant inner tube.  Depending on the speed of the boat, this can be a little bit of fun or a crazy ride.  This is a great thing for all ages to give a try.  


Water skiing is a difficult sport to master, but once you do, it is a great way to spend your afternoon on the lake.  


This is kind of a combination between skiiing, surfing, and snowboarding. Professional wakeboarders can perform flips and tricks that are pretty exciting to watch.  Once you master skiing, this might be a sport that you will want to try out.  


The Lake of the Ozarks is set up in a very interesting way.  Places that take you a few minutes to drive to can take you an hour to boat to, and vice versa. Taking out one of our boat rentals gives you a wonderful chance to venture to areas that you have not had the time to travel to yet.  There are numerous waterfront bars and restaurants all up and down the more than 1,150 miles of shoreline.   

Enjoy the experience

There is absolutely nothing wrong with simply getting in the boat and cruising. No need for sports or pre-planned stops, just get out on the water and drive. The beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks, the sun on your face, and the wind in your hair can make for one of the very best days ever.  

There are plenty of enjoyable things for you to do when you take a boat out on the water.  So many, in fact that you will most likely need to make reservations for our Lake of the Ozarks boat rentals quite a few times over the Summer.  If this is the case, you might be interested in our Boat Rental Memberships.  We have lots of plans to fit your boating needs:  Weekday plan, 7-day plan, or Family or Shared Plan.  Let us get you out there, having some amazing days on the water.  


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7 Safety Tips For This 4th of July Weekend

It's a holiday weekend at the Lake (YAY!)  This is an exciting place to live most of the time, especially in the Summer, but holidays seem to amp everything up an extra level. We expect our Lake of the Ozarks boat rentals to be very popular over the holiday.  The lake is expected to be much more full of traffic than other weekends, and it is very important to take precautions to keep yourself and your passengers safe when you are out there on a boat or jet ski.  

Learn the rules of the water

Driving a boat is not like driving a car.  There are no streets to follow or signals to direct traffic, so you need to keep a close eye on what everyone around you is doing.  There is an excellent video on showing key things that you should know.  You can also get your boater certification through their website, plus more videos on important boating subjects.  

Wear a life jacket

It's the law that you have enough life jackets for every person on board. Statistics note that 9 out of 10 drownings could have been prevented with a life jacket.  Even if you are a good swimmer, many scenarios are possible where you may not be able to help yourself in the event of a crash of accidental fall overboard.  It's always better to be safe than sorry.  

Maintain a safe speed and distance from other boats

Boats do not have breaks.  If you are cruising too close to other boats, you may not be able to stop or turn quickly enough to avoid a collision.  The same goes for speed.  Driving too fast makes it very difficult to slow down quickly enough if you are in the same path as another boater.

Don't drink and boat

Alcohol combined with boating is extremely dangerous.  It is illegal for the driver of the boat to drink at all. Passengers may, but drinking too much can make the boat a dangerous place.  You may not be thinking clearly, causing you to forget safety rules.  It is can be very easy for a drunken passenger to fall overboard.   

Know the weather forecast

Even if it's gorgeous when you head away from the dock, bad weather can sneak up on you if you aren't prepared.  Check the weather forecast before starting out for the day to be aware of what is expected.  You might also want to keep an occasional eye on it while you are out in case of changes. 

Create a float plan

A float plan lets someone that is not on the boat with you know what to do if you do not return or check-in when expected.  When renting a boat, you have the staff at BomBay Rental Company aware of when you should be returning, but if you go out on your own, it is wise to take care of this simple detail.  You can download a form to fill out at

Use common sense

Hopefully this is a normal thing for you in everyday life.  If it seems dangerous, don't do it.  If you are unsure of anything, ask for help.  The staff at BomBay Boat Rental will have answers to all of your questions, or find out the answer if we are not sure.  Your safety is very important to us, and we will do everything in our power to ensure it.  

Everyone here at the best watercraft rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to make sure that you stay safe while you are out on the water having an incredible holiday weekend  We would love to get you into one of our tritoons, ski boats, or jet ski rentals and get you out on the lake.  Have an excellent 4th of July holiday, and stay safe out there.