Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Basic Boating Terms You Should Know

Do you love the Lake of the Ozarks? BomBay Boat Rental Company not only loves the Lake of the Ozarks, we love boating on the Lake of the Ozarks! Next time you find yourself ready to rent one of the best rental boats on the lake we want you to be prepared. Whether you're interested in learning boat terminology because you want to increase your nautical knowledge or you want to impress your friends as you captain them through the water, there are so many things to study when it comes to boating. Before venturing out into open waters, it's important to have a basic understanding of common boat terms associated with the positions and directions of your boat. We want to make sure that you have the best experience possible on your boating journey, so take a look at our list of basic boating terms.

Common Boating Terms

1. Bow

The front end of a boat is the bow. When you move toward the bow, it is called going forward.

2. Stern

 Refers to the rear of the boat. When you move toward the stern, you are going aft.

3. Aft

When you moving towards the stern, you are going aft.

4. Forward

When you are moving towards the front end of a boat, this is called going forward.

5. Underway

When a boat is moving, either by power or sail, it is called being underway. A boat moving forward is moving ahead. When the boat moves backwards, it is going astern.

6. Port

If you are standing in the rear of the boat looking forward, port refers to the entire right side of the boat. 

7. Starboard

Standing at the rear of the boat and looking forward, starboard refers to the entire right side of the boat.

8. Amidships

Amidships is the central part of the boat, while athwartships is an imaginary line running from one side of the boat, to the other. 

9. Topside & Below

Going topside is moving from a lower deck to an upper deck of the boat, while going below is moving from an upper deck to a lower deck.

10. Windward & Leeward

Windward is the direction from which the wind is blowing; leeward is the opposite direction from which the wind is blowing. Knowing the windward side and leeward side is particularly helpful when you are operating in strong weather. 

11. Helm

The station from which a captain operates the boat is called the helm.

12. Cockpit

The cockpit is the space somewhere behind the helm where people can gather. 

13. Bow line

A bow line is a line that leads from the front of the boat, the bow, to the dock. It is used to tie the boat to the dock. (You'll toss this to a dock assistant when you're docking at your favorite Lake of the Ozarks shoreside restaurant!)

14. Inboard Motor

An inboard motor is a motor that is inside of the vessel.

15. Outboard Motor

An outboard motor is a motor that is outside of the vessel. It is attached to the transom. The transom is the flat part of the stern, or back, of the boat.

BomBay Boat Rental Company has armed you with these basic boating terms to help you enjoy a safe boating excursion for you and your passengers. You may find these boat terms come in handy when speaking with dock staff and communicating with service departments. Practice and memorize these useful terms and you'll be speaking the boating lingo in no time! When you rent your next boat from BomBay Boat Rental Co. you'll feel confident and ready to have a great day on the lake!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday Happenings at The Lake of the Ozarks

With the unseasonably warm weather we've been experiencing at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. The 2016 rental season for BomBay Boat Rental Company was exceptional, and we couldn't have asked for a better season, but we're ready to get into the holiday spirit. Now that you're not spending as much time on the water and have more free time, check out a few fun upcoming Lake area events and celebrations.

Nov. 17-19:  Gala of Trees

Wobbly Boots Roadhouse is the new host for this annual event the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Trees that have been decorated by local businesses and organizations will be on display and up for bid through a silent auction. While participation in the silent auction throughout the gala is free.   All of the proceeds raised from the auction benefit Candyland and the Idiot's Club to purchase toys for local children.  

Nov. 18 - Jan. 1:  Enchanted Village of Lights

The Laurie Fairgrounds is host to one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in Mid-Missouri.  It is open nightly at 5:00 pm, and runs until 9:00 pm weekdays and until 10:00 pm on the weekends.  There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcomed.      

Nov. 24 - Jan. 1:  St Patrick's Festival of Lights

Claiming to have the oldest light park in the area, having been around since 1981, is the Shrine of St. Patrick, also known as the Mothers Shrine.  It displays 4,000 strings of lights daily from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Guests will enjoy hot chocolate and hot cider Thursday - Sunday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm and this is free and open to the public.  

Nov. 25 - Dec. 25:  Christmas Village & Ice Skating At Old Kinderhook

Every weekend from Thanksgiving until Christmas you can enjoy the holidays at Old Kinderhook. They offer s'mores around the fire pit, carolers, Santa, gingerbread house making, horse drawn carriage rides, elf storytelling, and more.  All of this, plus their incredible outdoor ice skating rink.  

Nov. 25 - Dec. 30:  Deck the Docks Holiday Light Cruise

Proceeds from this wonderful boat cruise benefit the Dogwood Animal Shelter. For $25, the Celebration's dinner cruise will pass by many beautifully decorated waterfront homes and docks.  All cruises leave at 5:30 pm.  Reservations are required. 

Nov. 26 - Dec. 31:  Osage Beach Holiday Lights

The Osage Beach City Park and various locations along Osage Beach Parkway will be lit up for the holidays.  Take a leisurely drive through the park, then venture up and down the parkway for some holiday cheer.  

Nov. 26-27:  The Nutcracker Ballet

Steps dance studio will be performing their 16th year of the Nutcracker ballet at the School of the Osage in Cummings Auditorium.  Reserved tickets are $12-$15, and general admission tickets are $10.  Performances are Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.    

Nov. 27:  Lake Area Community Orchestra

Talented local musicians get together to perform concerts all around the Lake area throughout the holiday season.  The first one for the season will be at the Community Christian Church in Camdenton, MO at 7:00 pm.  If you cannot make it to this performance, they will be performing five more concerts throughout December.  The full schedule is at ww.lakeareacommunityorchestra.org.   

There are lots and lots of fun activities in the area to keep you and your family and friends entertained around Thanksgiving.  We are still renting boats at the Lake of the Ozarks by reservation.  Give us a call if you would like to cruise the Lake on one of these sunny November days.  BomBay Boat Rental Company would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.    


Friday, November 11, 2016

Boat Memberships - An Affordable Alternative To Owning

Did you know there's an affordable alternative to boat ownership? BomBay Boat Rental Company has revolutionized the way many people at the Lake of the Ozarks enjoy boating! Whether you prefer the quiet lake days for fishing or watching your children catch air on a tube, our rental options are sure to provide you with the enjoyment you're looking for. Our membership program makes boating easy, fun and affordable. If you've rented with us before but are looking for a few fringe benefits, you'll love our options for membership.

All of our memberships run for six months, April 1st - September 1st. With three convenient locations at the Lake of the Ozarks, members have access to all locations. Whenever you're ready to go boating, we will be waiting for you! The pick up and drop off process will be smooth, however, if delivery is needed we can accommodate that as well. We currently operate at the following locations:

  • Village Marina in Lake Ozark
  • Camden on the Lake in Lake Ozark
  • Dog Days Bar & Grill in Osage Beach

With BomBay Boat Rental Company the possibilities are endless. We offer three different boat memberships to ensure a plan fits perfectly with your lifestyle.

  • 5 day membership (Monday - Friday)
  • 7 day membership (Monday - Sunday)
  • Shared 7 day membership Family or shared plan (Monday - Sunday)

Boat Rental Memberships 

As a member you will receive six days of advanced reservations. These can be 6 separate days, two 2 day rentals, or, one 6 day rental. We want you to have access when you need it, so these days can be divided up at your discretion. Don't forget, if you have a boat membership with BomBay Boat Rental Company, you will have access to our waverunners. Boat members can take waverunners for 4 hour intervals and can reserve a waverunner up to 7 days in advance.

WaveRunner Rental Memberships

Your Bombay Boat Rental waverunner membership affords you 2 days of advanced reservations. These can be 2 separate days or one 2 day rental. Like our boat memberships, the customer can choose how he or she prefers to dived the days. With advanced reservation, you will have unlimited access and can reserve the personal water crafts for up to 4 hours at a time. 

Why choose membership?

Imagine boating without the hassles of cleaning, waxing, storage, maintenance, repair, and winterizations. The staff at BomBay Boat Rental Company takes care of all the typical hassles of boat ownership. No waiting for lengthy repairs - with access to our fleet of boats, they're ready when you're ready!  

So what are you waiting for? The friendly staff at the best boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks is just a phone call away. For pricing information visit our website or call 573-365-1800. Summer 2017 will be here before you know it, will you be ready to explore the Lake of the Ozarks in a BomBay boat?


Friday, November 4, 2016

Enjoying the Outdoors at The Lake of the Ozarks

It happens every year as we enter November. The cool, crisp air brings people out of doors to enjoy the warm sunshine as they gravitate toward their favorite fall hobbies. The Lake of the Ozarks is host to some of the best summer activities the Midwest has to offer, but we want to share why our area is just as fun in the fall. As a result of the unusually warm weather, BomBay Boat Rental Company has had an extended season, still renting boats into November! This weekend is no exception as the forecast predicts 70 degrees - give us a call and reserve your watercraft, we're waiting for you! If you want to get outside but prefer to keep your feet planted on the ground, grab your sneakers and head outside - there's plenty to do!


Looking for that catch of the day? It may be getting cold outside but the fishing around the Lake of the Ozarks is heating up - note, the increase of bass boats flying up and down and in and out of coves. Time to pack that fishing gear and head down to the dock (or out in a BomBay boat) and start casting. You may find that the bass are feeding near the surface or in the shallow sections of the lake. Your "big bass" may be out there, good luck!


Locals and visitors alike find the woods and fields around the Lake of the Ozarks to be filled with a wide variety of wild game this fall. During the designated seasons, you'll be able to test your skill and fill the freezer, if that's something you enjoy. If hunting is your hobby, the fall is a great time to look for that trophy buck, turkey and other migratory birds. 

Hiking and Biking

The Lake of the Ozarks is a great place to discover nature by foot or tire! There are 12 hiking trails at Ha Ha Tonka State Park and 11 trails at Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Take in the serene, natural characteristics of the Ozarks as you walk or ride your bike around the area.


With the unseasonably warm temperatures the Lake of the Ozarks is experiencing, we're noticing boaters are out - still soaking up the sun! The calm water will have you rocking to your fall beat, and the stunning scenery is simply the best. 

As you plan your weekend, pencil in time to get outside and soak up this exceptional weather. It's hard to beat a 70 degree day in November! And don't forget, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks boat rental company is offering HALF PRICE rentals! Make your reservation for this weekend. Give 573-365-1800 a call, or visit us online to make your reservation request through our website. An amazing time is waiting for you OUTSIDE.