Friday, April 24, 2020

Rules of the Water for Jet Skis

Before you jump on the jet ski and get out on the water, it's important to know the rules and regulations of operating a personal watercraft (PWC). BomBay Boat Rental has the best rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have important information to help you get ready for your day on the water. Read on to learn more!

Legally Operating a PWC

When you are driving a jet ski (or PWC), it is important to remember that all of the same rules apply to you as they do to boaters. You still need to have a boater's license if you were born after January 1st, 1984. There are also specific rules that apply to jet skis that you should know before going out.

For example, the following activities are illegal when driving a PWC: 
  • Weave in and out of traffic.
  • Jump over other boats' wakes when you don't have a clear field of vision.
  • Jump into the air within one-hundred feet of a boat. 
  • Go too fast (over a no-wake speed) when you're within fifty feet of another boat or person. 
  • Driving recklessly and swerving at the last minute. 
  • Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
It's also important to note that you can be held liable if someone else illegally operates a jet ski that you own. 

Steering and Stopping a PWC

Jet skis don't operate in the same way that boats do, so it's important to know how to drive and steer them before heading out on the water. Read through this description from the Official Missouri Boating Safety Course Online, and review their study guide to make sure you're fully prepared. 

"PWC are propelled by a jet drive where water is drawn into a pump and then forced out under pressure through a steering nozzle at the back of the unit. This “jet” of pressurized water is directed by the steering control—when the steering control is turned, the steering nozzle turns in the same direction. For example, if the steering control is turned right, the nozzle turns right and the jet of water pushes the back of the vessel to the left, which causes the PWC to turn right.

The most important thing to remember about steering most PWC (and other jet-drive vessels) is that you always must have power in order to maintain control. If you allow the engine on a PWC or other jet-propelled vessel to return to idle or shut off during operation, you may lose all steering control. Many PWC will continue in the direction they were headed before the throttle was released or the engine was shut off, no matter which way the steering control is turned.

Always allow plenty of room for stopping. You may not stop immediately eve n after releasing the throttle or shutting off the engine. Even PWC that have a braking system do not stop immediately. Never use reverse (if equipped) to stop a PWC because you or your passengers could be thrown from it."

Safety Tips for PWC 

It's easy to get into trouble quickly when operating a jet ski because of how quickly they move. To stay safe, make sure you follow these guidelines. 
  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Don't drive too close to other vehicles or people. 
  • Always look both ways over your shoulder before turning or stopping suddenly. 
  • Be aware of all traffic in your area. 
  • Pay attention to blind spots - both yours and other boaters'.
  • Passengers must sit behind PWC drivers, not in front.
  • Keep loose items away from the pump intake. 
  • Never exceed the recommended capacity of the PWC.

Jet Ski Rental Lake of the Ozarks

BomBay Boat Rentals has the best jet ski rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks! We have four convenient locations for you to choose from in several locations on the Lake. While you have a great time on the Lake of the Ozarks, remember to stay alert and safe while you follow the rules and precautions above. Give us a call to make your reservation!


Friday, April 17, 2020

Fishing Tips from BomBay Boat Rental!

With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to get out on the water and go fishing. Fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks is a wonderful pastime that can help you relax and enjoy the great outdoors. BomBay Boat Rental has the best boat rental at the Lake of the Ozarks to help you enjoy your fun day full of great fishing memories. To get ready, read today's blog and learn some of our best fishing tips!

Make a Plan

Some people may just grab a nearby fishing pole and some worms and head out without any plan or knowledge about what they are doing. But not you! You can be much more successful if you start with a plan and a little bit of research. First, it's important to know what kind of fish are available to you, and which kind you want to catch. Once you know the type of fish, you can plan your day accordingly. Some fish bite more readily in the morning, while others are more eager in the evening. Sometimes, a cloudy day can bring out the fish you're looking for. So, before you head out on the open water, do a little bit of research and planning to help have the most successful day possible.

Bring Supplies

All fish are different, so once you know what kind you are fishing for, you can choose the appropriate gear to reel them in one after the other. Be sure to pick the proper rod strength and length to support the lures you plan to use and fish type you intend to catch. It is also important to get the correct kind of bait before you try catching the perfect fish. Not all fish are attracted to worms, so you may need to invest in special lures that imitate your fish's prey. The type of lure you use could make or break your fishing experience.  

Rent a Boat from BomBay!

Many people enjoy fishing from their own dock or shoreline, but many of the best - and biggest - fish are out on the open water. Renting a boat from BomBay Boat Rental can help you on your quest to catch "the big one"! Call to reserve the perfect boat for your fishing trip at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can't wait to hear from you! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Prepare for a Great Day on the Water!

Spending a day out on the water is one of the most fun, relaxing, and enjoyable experiences at the Lake of the Ozarks! As you prepare for a day out on the water, there are a few things that you’ll want to make sure you keep in mind. BomBay Boat Rental is the best boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have all the tips you need for a great day on the Lake. Read on to learn more, and give us a call to reserve your rental boat!

Life Jackets

Most everyone knows that it’s important to have a life jacket for every boater on board. But it’s also important to make sure that the life jackets on board are the proper size and fit for each boater. If you have 10 adult life jackets, that won’t be effective for small children on board. Before you head out on the water, make sure you count and fit the life jackets to everyone going out with you.


Don’t. Forget. The sunscreen! The last thing you’d want is to come home with a terrible sunburn. Not only is it painful and itchy, but it’s also not healthy for your skin. Make sure to bring enough sunscreen to be able to reapply every few hours as it washes and rubs off throughout the day. It’s also important to make sure the SPF is high enough to protect from damaging rays. SPF 30 is the common recommendation for the lowest level of protection. (Bonus tip: Don’t forget to protect your lips!)

Waterproof Bag

No one plans on throwing their belongings into the Lake, but you never know what’s going to happen. Keep your most important items (like your wallet, cell phones, keys, and ID) in a waterproof bag that can float in the water. That way, if the boat has to make a sudden stop or sharp turn and the bags fly overboard, your valuables won’t be lost forever.


It’s hard for people to remember to bring bottles of water with them when they go out for a day of boating. As silly as it may sound, it can be easy for someone to subconsciously think they don’t need water when they are surrounded by a body of water. Staying hydrated while you’re on the Lake is very important. On a sunny day, you can quickly become dehydrated from sweating and enjoying the occasional dehydrating beverage. Keep this in mind, and make sure to stock plenty of water bottles in the cooler.


Make sure to bring snacks or sack lunches with you as well. You and your boat mates will probably get hungry while spending a full day out on the water. Spending time in the sun, swimming, and enjoying sodas or adult beverages can make you feel even more hungry. You will thank yourself later if you pack food ahead of time. This could save you quite a bit of money (and let’s be honest, calories too) throughout the day.

Hand Sanitizer or Wipes

Throughout the day, it’s important to keep your hands clean. Even if you’re not fishing, when you have been swimming in the lake water, you will likely have a lot of germs and bacteria hanging out on your hands. It’s important to stay healthy and make sure you aren’t transmitting any germs into your own system or to others.

The weather is getting warmer and more beautiful every day! Make the most of your spring days and contact BomBay Boat Rental to score the best boat rental at the Lake of the Ozarks. We are still open and available for reservations by phone. Call 573-723-3502 to reserve yours!


Friday, April 3, 2020

Dogs on the Boat: How to Have Fun & Stay Safe!

BomBay Boat Rental loves the spring boating season. It's the perfect time to get out on the water with a few less crowds and a bit calmer waters. This spring, you may be wishing you could bring man's best friend on the boat with you. Well now you can! BomBay Boat Rental believes that dogs are part of the family, so we do allow dogs on our rental boats. There are a few things that you will want to consider, though, before heading out on the water with Rover. Read on to learn more about keeping your best pal safe on the Lake!

Life Jackets

Wearing life jackets is a very important part of boating in general. it can become even more important, though, when you have a pet on board. If your dog is not quite used to the noise and movement of boats, they could get nervous and try to jump overboard while the boat is underway. If this happens, it will be important for all boaters to be wearing life jackets as they get into the water to retrieve the pup. He will likely be scared and could try crawling onto their human rescuer without realizing he is dragging them underwater. 

There are also several life jackets available for dogs! This can help your pet stay safe in the water, not only because of the added buoyancy, but also because they will be easier to spot so other boaters don't accidentally run them over. Make sure you bring a life jacket that fits both the size and weight of your dog before going out. 

Keep Them Hydrated

Keep in mind that your dog can't naturally cool their entire bodies down by sweating. Instead, they pant and drink plenty of water. Keeping your dog hydrated during your day on the water is very important. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you for them to drink while they are on board. Diving into the water a few times is not enough. In the heat of the sun, they will likely need even more water than you are used to providing on a typical day at home. 

Protect From the Sun

During your day on the water, you typically put on plenty of sunscreen and may spend some time under the shade on the boat to keep cool. Make sure you are providing these same important health precautions for your dog! Provide a cool, shaded space where they can rest away from the sun. There are also special kinds of sunscreens designed for dogs that should be used any time you are spending a lot of time out on the water with your best pal. 

Get Ready to Have Fun! 

Boating at the Lake of the Ozarks is an incredibly fun and entertaining pastime. Even better is when you can take your "fur baby" with you to enjoy a day on the water. Take note of each of these tips ... put life jackets on everyone, stay hydrated, and shield from the sun ... then rent an incredible boat from BomBay Boat Rental and get ready to have an amazing time enjoying the Lake of the Ozarks!