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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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Editor’s Note: Wakesurfing And Life Goals

“My days are out of control,” I lamented to my pastor. by Nathan Bechtold Organization and structure aren’t my strengths; I like to think I’m the creative type. And the result is that, with three young children, two growing businesses, and heavy involvement in church,...

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CWD Decks Out Docks

by Deanna Wolff It’s no secret that Lake Life is the Best Life. We live for those sunny summer days sitting on the dock with our toes in the water. And then suddenly we realize, “I think my dock needs an upgrade.” CWD Supply, just outside Osage Beach, has what dock...

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The Legend Of The Lake’s Phantom Steeple

What lies beneath these waters? Structures—or ghosts of them—from the Lake’s lore and shore. by Michael Gillespie (posthumous) and Nathan Bechtold There is an air of mystery when the subject turns to what is under the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks. After 85 years...

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Can Boat-Buyers Avoid Paying Sales Tax?

Boaters who’ve heard about no-sales-tax states, such as Delaware or Oregon, wonder if they could eliminate sales tax on a boat purchase if they simply buy a boat there. The answer is yes – but only if they use their boat in those states. Generally, boaters have to pay...

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My Happy Place

Boaters tell us why they love Lake of the Ozarks, and some favorite memories of sunny days on the water. Ben VensI grew up spending summers at the Lake with family and working. I have been a full-timer now for almost three years.What I love most about the...

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