What’s In A (Boat) Name?

Some boaters have known for years what they’ll name their dream boat. For others, their new vessel’s christening is the result of an agonizingly long debate. By any other name, would the ride would still be as sweet? Each year, Boat Owners Association of The United...

The Harley Davidson Tomahawk Is A Boat From Another Time

Many people love bringing their Harleys to Lake of the Ozarks. Eric Miller’s is built to float on it. by Ariel Thibodeau In the summer of 2016, Eric Miller’s wife gave him a one-of-a-kind gift. Eric was at their home in Kansas City, Mo. while his wife Joleena and her...

My Happy Place

Dan Debert What I enjoy the most about the Lake is the diversity of people you encounter. You meet people from all over the country who enjoy the Lake. I have been coming down here my entire life. I've gone from enjoying weekends with my family as a kid, to working at...

Letters From Readers

I loved "A Lake Story,” [editor’s note] and related to so much of falling in love with this place by wonderful family vacation experiences and memories. My husband's family used to come to the Lake starting in the 1950's with other families to camp, stay in those...

A Kneeboarding Champion’s Lake Roots

Champion kneeboarder Mark Ritchhart has watched watersports grow and change, since his teenage years on Lake of the Ozarks. by Nathan Bechtold Mark Ritchhart remembers the first time he tried waterskiing on Lake of the Ozarks. He was 14 years old, and it was 1975. “I...
What’s In A (Boat) Name?

What’s In A (Boat) Name?

Some boaters have known for years what they’ll name their dream boat. For others, their new vessel’s christening is the result of an agonizingly long debate. By any other name, would the ride would still be as sweet? Each year, Boat Owners Association of The United...

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Gaining An Edge On Props: FJ Propeller Midwest’s High-Tech Shop

Every good propeller starts with a pro by Deanna Wolff Racing boats is about precision, so keeping a performance boat in tip-top condition is essential. When it comes to propellers, even the slightest fault in a prop blade can mean a 10-15 percent decrease in...

2020 Boat Review: Yamaha 275 SD

Jet sport boats have come a long way in recent years and the Yamaha 275SD is at the leading edge of new technology and design. With its sleek lines and impressive performance, you will feel like you are riding the wave of the future in this versatile craft. At 27...

2020 Boat Review: Playcraft X-treme

Playcraft pontoons are certainly not your father’s pontoon. The X-Treme line is aptly named, and unlike any other pontoon on the Lake. With custom paint and upholstery that looks swiped from a race boat, these pontoons would fit right in at any poker run. But they...

2020 Boat Review: Tiara 34 LS

The Tiara 34 LS is the epitome of what a luxury sport yacht should be. It is stylish, comfortable, sporty and surprisingly utilitarian in an elegant way. From bow to stern the well-thought-out and superbly executed features make time on the water more enjoyable. From...

2020 Boat Review: Sunsation 40 CCX

If you take the utility of a center console and cross it with the styling and performance of a top-of-the-line supercar, you end up with the Sunsation 40CCX. With performance as good as its styling, this boat will turn heads and put a smile on whoever is lucky enough...
2020 Boat Review: Yamaha 275 SD

2020 Boat Review: Yamaha 275 SD

Jet sport boats have come a long way in recent years and the Yamaha 275SD is at the leading edge of new technology and design. With its sleek lines and impressive performance, you will feel like you are riding the wave of the future in this versatile craft. At 27...

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2020 Boat Review: Playcraft X-treme

2020 Boat Review: Playcraft X-treme

Playcraft pontoons are certainly not your father’s pontoon. The X-Treme line is aptly named, and unlike any other pontoon on the Lake. With custom paint and upholstery that looks swiped from a race boat, these pontoons would fit right in at any poker run. But they...

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Boating Rules: A Crash Course For Avoiding A Crash

Driving a boat feels like freedom. But that doesn’t mean there are no rules; here are five tips boaters would do well to remember. by Nathan Bechtold & Al Griffin Appoint A Sober Captain It’s obvious. It’s so obvious, and the message gets beaten into our heads...

Ouch! The Most Common Boating Injuries (And How To Avoid Them)

Treating Lake visitor injuries for decades, the doctors at Lake Regional have seen a thing or two… by Anita Harrison/Lake Regional Health System When Lake of the Ozarks is busy, that means Lake Regional's Emergency Department is preparing for nonstop action. During...

1 Day, 2 Ways: Wake Lake / Paddle Lake

Whether you’re riding a wave or paddling a cove, these are the best spots. by Emily Debert & Nathan Bechtold WAKE LAKE Wake sports demand just the right spot: quiet water without heavy boating traffic, so the boat driver delivers a perfect wake and the...

Wakeboarding: The Ultimate How-To Guide For Newbies

Teaching hundreds of kids to wakeboard every year, Kirby’s School of Wake has a few tips on learning for the first time. by Sydney Liesmann It’s another weekend at the Lake with friends and family, and wakeboarding sounds like just the thing after several fun tubing...
Boating Rules: A Crash Course For Avoiding A Crash

Boating Rules: A Crash Course For Avoiding A Crash

Driving a boat feels like freedom. But that doesn’t mean there are no rules; here are five tips boaters would do well to remember. by Nathan Bechtold & Al Griffin Appoint A Sober Captain It’s obvious. It’s so obvious, and the message gets beaten into our heads...

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1 Day, 2 Ways: Wake Lake / Paddle Lake

1 Day, 2 Ways: Wake Lake / Paddle Lake

Whether you’re riding a wave or paddling a cove, these are the best spots. by Emily Debert & Nathan Bechtold WAKE LAKE Wake sports demand just the right spot: quiet water without heavy boating traffic, so the boat driver delivers a perfect wake and the...

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