Friday, June 29, 2018

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks with a Boat Rental!

The 4th of July holiday is nearly here and if you plan to celebrate at the Lake of the Ozarks you will have plenty of options to keep you busy! Since the 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, many people will be visiting the Lake for the entire week. Of course, of one the best ways to celebrate Independence Day is to make plans to spend time out on the water with a BomBay Boat rental! It's not too late to make plans to rent a boat for 4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks. Check out a few ways to enjoy your boat rental this year!

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Hit Up a Waterfront Resturant! 

While you're out enjoying the sun on your boat rental at the Lake of the Ozarks you are sure to work up a big appetite! Skip packing a cooler and stop at one of the many delicious waterfront restaurants the lake has to offer! From Cajun-inspired cuisine, Italian, unique appetizers, BBQ, burgers, and more, there is a restaurant for every food palate out there. Enjoy a few cocktails and great food but don't stay too long because you will want to spend as much time as possible on the water!

4th of July Fun for the Family

When you want to take the family out for some fun on the water, we have two boat models that will be perfect. Our ski boat is ideal if you want to get active on the water, while our tritoon is equally great when you want to enjoy a bit of activity and still socialize with friends or family for a quiet day on the water. Sometimes just good family time on the water is the perfect way to spend the holiday!

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Fireworks From the Water! 

Of course, no 4th of July is complete without a few fireworks! The Lake of the Ozarks takes their firework displays seriously and you won't be short of options for firework displays on the water! Check out where this year's fireworks will be! 

The Inn at Grand Glaize
Date: Saturday, June 30th
Time: Display begins at dusk.
Location: 5142 Osage Beach Pkwy in Osage Beach
View by Water at the 1MM of the Grand Glaize Arm
Enjoy the view from the Inn at Grand Glaize at the boat dock or the tiki bar, outdoor pool area, or from the outdoor lounge!
Call for details: 573-348-4731

Bear Bottom Resort
Date: Saturday, June 30th; Wednesday, July 4th; Saturday, July 7th
Time: 9:45 pm Each Night
Location: 123 Bear Bottom Drive in Sunrise Beach
View by Water at the 38MM, Osage Arm
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
Call for details: 573-374-6905

Runaway II Resort & Campground
Date: Saturday, June 30th; Wednesday, July 4th; Saturday, July 7th
Time: 9:30 pm
Location: 267 Runaway Drive in Climax Springs
View by water at the 45 Mile Marker
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
Call for details: 573-345-4116

Captain Ron's Bar & Grill
Date: Tuesday, July 3rd
Time: Dusk
Location: 82 Aloha Lane in Sunrise Beach
View by water at the 34.5 MM
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
Call for details: 573-374-5852

The Lodge of Four Seasons
Date: Wednesday, July 4th
Time: Display begins at Dusk
Location: 315 Four Seasons Drive in Lake Ozark
View by water at the 13 Mile Marker
Call for details: 573-365-3000

Tan-Tar-A Resort
Date: Wednesday, July 4th
Time: 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: 494 Tan Tar A Drive in Osage Beach
Viewing by land on the Tan-Tar-A property reserved for resort guests only.
View by water at the 26 Mile Marker
Call for details: 573-348-3131

With our THREE convenient locations around the lake, Dog Days, Camden on the Lake, and Village Marina, renting a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks for the holiday has never been easier! Don't want to come to us? We will deliver it to you! You will want to act quickly though because as the holiday get's closer our rentals will be booking fast! Don't miss out on time spent on the water with family and friends and make your boat rental reservations NOW! From slicing through the water on one of our boat rentals, relaxing, and watching fireworks, the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the best places to celebrate! Happy 4th of July from all of us at BomBay Boat Rental!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

7 Tips for Safe Boating

At Bombay Boat Rental, we love helping people make amazing memories out on the water.  Boating is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your family and friends.  However, it comes with a lot of responsibility and it is important to follow the proper safety measures.  We have compiled some boating safety tips to follow so you can have fun boating at the Lake of the Ozarks and return home safely.

1. Designate a First Mate

Driving a boat can be stressful, especially if you are a new driver.  Navigating the water, keeping your eye out for debris, and looking out for other boaters all while making sure all of your passengers are safe is a lot of things to do at once.  Having a "first mate" or an assistant to be on the lookout while you're driving helps keep you aware of everything going on.  It is also good to have a second set of eyes to make sure everyone is accounted for and out of the water before starting the engine.  It is best if your first mate also has some boating knowledge and experience so they know how to act in the event of an emergency.  However, if none of your passengers have boating experience, just ask if one of them could help you watch out for other boaters and potential debris in the water.

2. Check the Weather

A fun day on the water can suddenly turn treacherous when a storm rolls in.  During storms, the wind picks up which causes the water to get choppy and can make it more difficult to navigate.  Rain decreases visibility which can make it hard to see other boats, rock dikes, or debris.  Additionally, you may not be able to find anywhere to seek shelter from the storm while out on the open water.  To avoid these potential dangers, check the weather before you go boating and be sure to head for shelter if it looks like a storm is rolling in.

3. Avoid Alcohol

You should obviously have a designated sober skipper.  Operating a boat while intoxicated is not only incredibly dangerous, but it is also illegal.  However, you should also try to encourage your passengers to avoid alcohol as well.  Alcohol can inhibit a person's balance and could make it easier for one of your passengers to fall overboard.  It can also affect a person's ability to swim and increase their likelihood of drowning.  At the very least, make sure your passengers are consuming alcohol in a responsible way and have a sober first mate in case of emergency.

4. Use Life Jackets

It is actually the law that there is a coast guard approved life jacket on board and accessible for each occupant of the boat.  Be sure to check that you have the correct number of life jackets for everyone on the boat before you leave the dock.  It is also a law that children under the age of seven are required to wear a life jacket while on board a boat. We recommend that any child under the age of 12 should wear a life jacket while on board, especially if they are not strong swimmers.  We also recommend that any elderly persons or poor swimmers wear life jackets while on board.

5. Know Where You're Going

Have a plan and tell someone who isn't joining you where you will be boating and how long you will be gone.  Make sure you adequately prepare for your journey by knowing how much gas it will take to get there and directions to where you're going.  You should also bring adequate food, water, and clothing if you will be out for an extended period of time.  It is important to know the area and the body of water you will be boating on.  Some rivers and lakes can have treacherous areas to avoid such as strong currents, rock dikes, or shallow water.

These boating safety tips are not a complete list of boating laws or boating safety regulations.  We just wanted to give you a few of our favorite tips to help keep you safe on the water.  We also want to make boating more accessible and more affordable, and that's why we live by the motto "better product, better prices, better people."  We offer boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks ranging from hourly to weekly plans. We even have jet ski and boat rental memberships if you are looking for boat access all season long.  Don't wait to start making amazing memories on the water.  Call today to make a boat or jet ski rental reservation at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Friday, June 15, 2018

5 Reasons Boating is Great for Your Overall Health!

We haven't met very many people that are unhappy when they are boating. There is just something about getting out on the open waters at the Lake of the Ozarks that puts you in a great mood! In fact, boating leads to a happier, healthier life! That's why here at BomBay Boat Rental Company we live by our motto, "Better Product, Better Prices, Better People!" Our team is made up of devoted boat lovers and we know that boating leads to a happier, healthier life. Not convinced? We had a feeling some of you may not be... that's why we put together a list of reasons boating is good for your overall health and wellbeing!

1) Excellent Way to Relieve Stress! 

Many studies have been done that show simply being near water is a natural way to lower your anxiety. In a survey of over 1,000 households, boating was listed in the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities. If you are in need of a calming activity in your life, boating is a great hobby to take up.

2) It's Healthy For You 

Taking in some fresh air in the great outdoors is proven to be good for your overall health. It can increase a person's concentration skills, and increase creativity. When you spend the day on a boat rental from BomBay Boat Renal, you will provide your body with lots of Vitam D from the sun. Of course, this doesn't mean you shouldn't wear sunscreen!

3) Great Exercise

While boating itself isn't necessarily exercising, the activities that go along with boating can involve exercise. Swimming, skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding are all great ways to get a workout and have fun while doing so! 

4) Unplug! 

With technology these days we tend to spend a lot of time behind screens. A day out boating is a great way to put away the electronics and spend some time enjoying the outdoors with your family and friends. Take your mind off of work, school, and any other stresses in your life and just relax while taking in the breathtaking scenery! 


When you are having fun, your body has a way of just feeling great. Boating is an addictive activity and that is always so much fun! Like we said earlier, we don't know very many people that are unhappy when they are on a boat. Having fun on the water relieves stress and allows you to take a much-needed break from everyday life. 

There you have it, five reasons boating leads to a happier, healthier life! BomBay Boat Rental Company makes becoming an avid boater an affordable pastime. We offer many different rate plans to accommodate everyone: hourly, daily, multi-day, and weekly. Military, senior, and preferred customer discounts are available, and best of all, our waverunner and boat rental memberships allow you to get out on the water all season long. When you are ready to start leading a happier, healthier life make your boat rental reservations at the Lake of the Ozarks

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Obtain Your Boating Certification in 3 Easy Steps!

The best boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks are a great way to truly enjoy the "lake experience." Everyone that visits our incredible area for vacation, and even all of the lucky people that live here year-round, should visit BomBay Boat Rental Company and take out one of our amazing boats or jet ski rentals. However, if you were born after January 1, 1984  you should obtain your Missouri Boating Certificate before getting out on the water.

Before you get behind the wheel, you will need to obtain your Boater Education Card. It's not hard to get and can be done online. Once you earn it, it is yours for life. An approved boater safety course is required for anyone over the age of 14 that will be operating any vessel on the lakes of Missouri. Under the age of 14, a person may only operate a motorboat or PWC if they are under the direct, onboard supervision of someone 16 years of age or older. There is no minimum age for taking the test though, so children under the age of 14 are welcome to go ahead and earn their own card. Follow these three easy steps below to get your Missouri Boaters Certificate!

1)  Study and Pass the Missouri Boaters Course 

All you need to do is go to to take the course. This site provides great resources for success, including a study guide! The cost to take the course is $24.50 and an additional $17 state fee. You will have two exam attempts, and you don't have to pay until you pass the exam. 

2) Print Your Temporary Certification  

Once you pass the exam, you will be all set to rent a boat at the best boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks! You can print a temporary operating permit that will allow you to get on the water immediately. Your official lifetime Boating Certification Card will come in the mail in about 45 days. 

3) Go Boating!

Now that you have passed your exam and you have your tempory printed certification, you are ready to get out and rent a boat from BomBay Boat Rental Company! The best news is your card is good for a lifetime, allowing you to enjoy any Missouri waterway forever! This is perfect for enjoying the Lake of the Ozarks all Summer long. 

Even though it may be a pain to obtain your lifetime Missouri Boating Certification, both the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Divison and BomBay Boat Rental Company only have your safety in mind. Once you complete the course, you should know everything you need to stay safe out on the water. Plus, having the Boater Education Card is the law. We will still allow you to rent a watercraft without your certification but anyone operating a boat or PWC without it could be fined.  You've still got time to complete the course just in time for the Summer season! So get online and take your test today if you have yet to do so. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Delicious Snack Ideas PERFECT for Boating!

Renting a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks is a great way to get the whole gang together and enjoy an all-day activity at the Lake! Cruise the lake on one of our pontoon rentals or take an exhilarating ride on our ski boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. Enjoy tubing or simply make it a relaxation day out on the water. However you decide to spend your day on one of our boat rentals, you are sure to work up an appetite after being on the water for a few hours! We don't know the science behind it but being out in the sun and on the water makes you hungry! Check out these snack ideas to bring along, perfect for a day out on the water!

Hawaiian Roll Sandwiches

Hawaiian roll sandwiches are the PERFECT way to make on the go sandwiches! All you need to do to make these delicious sandwiches is first to choose your favorite lunch meat, cheese, condiments, and toppings. Take out the rolls and DO NOT CUT THEM, this is what makes these so easy to make! Simply pile on your meat, cheese, and whatever else you would like and put the top back on. Put your sandwiches back on the cardboard and then cut them. These sandwiches are so easy to transport because you just put them back in the Hawaiian Roll bag and throw them in the cooler. 

Salad in a Cup 

If you are looking for a healthy option, purchase to go cups with a lid. Pick your favorite salad ingredients and layer in the cup. These will travel easily and make for the perfect lunch or snack. You can make any kind of salad that you want but here is a recipe that we thought sounded pretty tasty!

Tropical Spinach Salad 


3 c. fresh baby spinach
⅓ c. strawberries, chopped
⅓ c. pineapple, chopped
½ avocado, cubed
1 slice red onion, quartered ⅛ c.
⅛ c. chopped pecans
fresh-shaved parmesan cheese, to taste


Layer ingredients in medium salad bowl and top with Sweet Lime Vinaigrette.

Sweet Lime Vinaigrette

8 c. olive oil
8 c. vinegar
Tbsp. lime juice
Tbsp. agave nectar
Combine ingredients in a small container with a lid; shake well.

Recipe Courtesy of Pinterest posted by Cathy See full recipe here

Fruit Kabobs

Fruit Kabobs are easy to put together and so fun! Again, this is a versatile recipe that you can make your own. Choose your favorite fruits and cut into cubes. Use bamboo skewers and alternate the fruit until your skewer is full. Fruits that work great for these skewers include: watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi, grapes, and strawberries. You can use your favorite fruits but you should stick with fruits that are easily diced. We don't suggest using bananas or apples because often they turn brown before you eat them. These skewers store well in a Tupperware container or a gallon sized bag. 

Get creative and have fun making snacks to bring aboard our boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks! Sure you can stop at a restaurant to grab a bite to eat but why not spend as much time out on the water as possible when you pack delicious snacks with you. Spending time out on the water is the perfect activity for large and small groups. We even have 15 passenger boats for rent. For the best boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact BomBay Boat Rentals!