Boating Tips from the Fran Campbell Team

Whether you are a local at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit every weekend or only a couple of times a year chances are when you’re not enjoying the fabulous shopping available at the Lake of the Ozarks or dining at one of the lakes famed restaurants, you are spending your time on the water. Regardless if you take pleasure in swimming, skiing, tubing, piloting a personal watercraft, just coveing-out and working on your tan, here are some safety tips you should keep in mind while boating on the Lake:

• Always follow the guidelines set forth in your vessels operating manual with regards the maximum weight capacity. Always account for heavy objects on board like large coolers or oversized anchors.
• Operating a boat while intoxicated is a criminal offense subject to fines and/or jail time so always make sure you have a sober captain, who is familiar with Missouri boating guidelines.
• All vessels sixteen feet or larger must carry one coast guard approved personal floatation device for every individual on board.
• All children 7 years or younger must wear a coast guard approved lifejacket unless inside an interior or enclosed area such as the cabin of a houseboat.
• All motor boats must display an orange flag anytime individuals are in the water off a boat, not just when skiers, tubers, etc. are being towed.
• Riding on the bow, railing, top of a seat, back or decking over the back of a boat, while the motor is engaged in prohibited.
• It is illegal for PWC operators jump the wake of another boat within 100 feet of the vessel, or to operate above idle speed within 50 feet of another vessel, PWC, or person in the water.

We hope these tips will help you stay safe while you enjoy the fun and recreation available at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, if you haven’t started living the “Lake Life” but would like to start, call the Fran Campbell Team today. Whether you seek a luxury waterfront home, condominium, fishing cabin, commercial property, or a lot to build your dream home, we can help you navigate all the Lake has to offer! Call us at 573-302-2390 or visit www.FranCampbellTeam.com

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