Fun Yet Deadly? Lake of the Ozarks Tops Best Recreational and Deadliest Lakes Lists

Last Monday I received an email from Dr. Michael Janssen regarding a couple of lists that were announced this year regarding one of his favorite hobbies—boating. Janssen, the renowned spinal surgeon behind the Center for Spine and Orthopedics in Thornton, Colo., also is an avid scuba diver and snowmobile rider—just don’t ask the world champion offshore racer to pick a favorite pastime.

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Is Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks really the Best Recreational Lake and the Deadliest Lake in the U.S.? Photo by Jay Nichols/Naples Image

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Heading For A Strong Finish

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Out West, Monster Bash will cap the 2015 go-fast boating season (click image to enlarge). Photo by Jay Nichols/Naples Image.

While I have zero doubt that there have been more than a few close calls and stupid moves during the 2015 go-fast boating season, it’s been one of the best years in recent memory when it comes to safety as measured by major incidents on the water. And with just two big events left this year——the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run on the East Coast and Lake Racer LLC’s Monster Bash on Lake Havasu out West—there’s no reason it can’t stay that way.

Just ask Tres Martin, the founder of the nation’s best-known and respected Performance Boat School that bears his name. Martin believes that this year’s lack of major go-fast boating accident incidents is no accident. In fact, he thinks awareness of exactly what’s at stake—the future of the activity—is improving.

“I think there’s been a bit of forward thinking on the part of a lot of people who know their boating rights are on the line,” he said. “One or two more ‘bad ones’ would set us back quite a way in our industry.”

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Lickity Split DCB M35 Cat Owner Getting Schooled Today

As you read this, JP O’Donoghue and his good friend Brad Kloepfer are just getting finished with some serious lessons on Arizona’s Lake Havasu. That’s because O’Donoghue and Kloepfer are sharing the cockpit of Lickity Split, O’Donoghue’s exquisite M35 Widebody catamaran (read the story) from Dave’s Custom Boats today with Tres Martin, the owner of the Performance Boat School that bears his name.

The duo completed the classroom portion of Martin’s course yesterday. Martin also put student Mike Grady through his classroom and on-water training sessions—Grady owns a DCB F29 cat with a single Mercury Racing 1350 engine—yesterday.

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Sea Tow Foundation Launches Designated Skipper Program


To help prevent powerboat drivers under the influence from getting behind the wheel, the Sea Tow Foundation—a non-profit organization that's associated with the nation's leading on-water assistance service and is dedicated to promoting boater safety—has introduced its Designated Skipper campaign across the United States. According to a press release from the organization, the goal of the new program to help eliminate boating under the influence (BUI) and alcohol-related accidents on the water by designating a skipper to stay sober at all times during operation of the boat. The program is supported by a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Keep It Seriously Safe

With National Safe Boating Week coming up next week (May 16-22), now is as good a time as any to remind people to be safe not just next week but every time you use your boat. Whether you're taking it out for an early evening run on the river alone, hosting a large group over a busy holiday weekend on the lake, or traveling to one or more of the dozens of poker runs coming up this summer, make arriving back to the dock or launch ramp safely your No. 1 priority.

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Wearing life jackets is one of the smartest things a boat crew can do for safety. Photo courtesy Florida Powerboat Club

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