Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Your Waterfront Getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks this Season!

If you plan on taking a vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks this season, consider booking your accommodations ahead of time. Waterfront homes and condos book up quickly as the season gets underway. By making your reservation early, you can enjoy all the lake has to offer in one convenient location. Whether you need 1 bedroom or 4 bedrooms, Iguana offers unique Lake of the Ozarks vacations rentals. Take a look at our luxury accommodations:

Luxury Cabin

1600 sq. ft.: 4 BR, 2 BA - sleeps up to 10 people
1MM by the Bagnell Dam 

This lake front cabin has a fantastic view of the lake. It has two private decks and boat dock access. You will be at the water's edge in this 3-story cabin. It features a walk-out basement to the beautiful patio on the lake side. The main level has a full sized kitchen, dining area, and living room. There is a loft bedroom off of the kitchen. All of the bedrooms have flat-screen TV's and there is a small TV room in the lower level. The cabin comes fully equipped with a washer and dryer. For your convenience, you can rent wave runners and boats next door at Iguana Watersports.

Private Home Vacation Rentals

Luxury Condo
2100 sq. ft. - Sleeps up to 20 people

This unit has top-of-the line furnishings throughout. The deck features a family size gas grill and a panoramic view of the lake. There are three spacious bedrooms along with two queen size sleeper sofas. This unit also comes with a full size laundry area. You can have the best of both worlds with a quiet natural setting on the desirable Lick Branch Cove for all of of your water activities and just minutes from all of the nightlife and attractions in town. In addition, you will have immediate access to Iguana Watersports Boat and Sea-Doo Rentals. 

650 sq. ft. - 1 BR, 1 BA
5MM of the Lake of the Ozarks

2200 sq. ft. - 3 BR, 2 BA
5MM of the Lake of the Ozarks

955 sq. ft. - 2 BR, 2 BA
5MM of the Lake of the Ozarks

3400 sq. ft. - 6 BR, 4 BA
5MM of the Lake of the Ozarks

Iguana Provides You With All of the Amenities

We supply the essentials when you book with Iguana. Whether you rent the cabin or one of the luxury home rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, we will make your extended stay comfortable. We provide hair dryers, plenty of towels, shampoo, body wash, iron/ironing board, and some laundry detergent. The kitchen comes furnished with cookware, utensils, paper towels, dish soap, and trash bags. Just bring your swimwear and be ready for an unforgettable time at the lake!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Featured Boat Line: Rinker

Rinker is the oldest American boat brand in continuous production. Although their boats have evolved over the years, one thing hasn't changed, their belief in providing the best value on the water. Whether you are looking for a family sport boat or an express cruiser, you can find it at the best boat dealer at the Lake of the OzarksIguana Boat Sales carries Rinker's cutting-edge series of boats. Rinker gives you innovative designs, incredible standard features, head-turning style, and superior performance, at a price that makes sense for your family. Lets explore the Rinker family of boats:

Rinker Express Cruisers

The Express Cruiser lineup offers a unique combination of passenger capacity, cruising capability, and economical operation. These models are a top choice for family boating. They are sleek, sporty and provide exhilarating performance. Express cruisers can be used for everything from sun bathing to weekend cruising.

Captiva Sport Boats

This line of sport boats include the popular Captiva 186, Captiva 196 and the exhilarating MTX
Performance Series. These models are versatile with a run-about sport boat that can also go fishing which includes rod storage and fore and aft casting decks. There are models dedicated to water sports with standard wake towers and upgraded stereos or if you like to just day cruise, there are concealed coolers and options for bow sun pad filler cushions.      

The Rinker Story 

Rinker started from humble beginnings out of Lossie Rinker's workshop in the 1930s on the White River in Indiana. The company's first racing boat was built in 1945 and throughout the years they have rolled out a number of pleasure boats, cabin cruisers, run-abouts, and ski-boats. In 2005, Nautic Global Group became the parent company of Rinker introducing an entirely new generation of cruisers and Rinker became the first sterndrive boat builder to offer a wake tower and water sports package on its sport boats. Today Rinker exports boats to over 40 countries while remaining true to its Mid-western heritage. They build their watercraft with pride, craftsmanship, and the desire to be the best value in the industry.

Iguana Boat Sales Has a Rinker to Fit Your Lifestyle

When it comes to comfort, performance, and versatility, Rinker offers a variety of models. If you are looking for a brand new boat at the Lake of the Ozarks or a gently-enjoyed one, Rinker has a boat to fit your lifestyle. No matter how you enjoy spending your time on the water, Iguana Boat Sales can help you find your next Rinker Express Cruiser or Captiva Sport Boat.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Plan Ahead When Boating with Kids

The boating season will soon be here and everyone will be loading up their boats at the Lake of the Ozarks for a day of fun. Many families will be spending time on the water swimming, sunbathing, and dining. This can take the better part of a day, especially if you are planning on renting a boat from Iguana Watersports to do some water-skiing and other water activities. If you are venturing out with kids, you will want to do some planning. Here are some things to take into consideration so that you can be prepared: 

Kids Get Bored Easily

Most adults love a long leisurely boat ride on the water, soaking up the sun and the scenery. However, kids can get bored and soon will want to move on to some action. Make sure youplan to make the day family-friendly by getting in the water at some point to do some swimming, water-skiing, tubing, or paddleboarding. If you think your cruise will be longer than the younger ones can handle, pack some fun activities to keep them busy on the boat.

Make Sure Your Boat is Stocked Up

In addition to necessary items, such as life jackets and a first aid kit, keep the boat stocked with extra sunglasses, sunscreen, and towels. You never know when you might forget something and it is not convenient to go back and get it when you are on the middle of the lake. Extra clothes and swimsuits for younger kids can come in handy too. Stock lots of snacks and drinks for an extended stay on the water.

Come Up With a Plan B

On holidays and busy weekends, come up with an alternative plan in case the waterfront restaurants are overly crowded or the main channel is too choppy. Kids can get impatient waiting, or you may just be uncomfortable having them out in the lake when the water is so rough. Get out earlier in the day and find a quiet cove to do some swimming or paddle boarding.

Remember Safety First

Always have younger children wear their life jackets. Make sure to check the weather forecast first before heading out and listen to a radio on board. Don't take any chances. Head back if you see any developing weather. Having waterproof clothing on board will come in handy if you get caught in bad weather. Double check that all of your flares and visual distress signals are working properly.

Iguana Watersports Has Something for All Ages 

Being on the water with your family is one of the best ways to spend your time at the lake. Let the best boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks help you get ready for a perfect weekend for fun in the sun. Iguana Watersports can provide you with a boat, paddleboard or other equipment to keep everyone in the family entertained, including the younger ones! If you are looking for something for the older kids to do, we also rent waverunners at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have 3 locations to choose from for pickup and also delivery options. Contact us at (888) 365-2399 to make a reservation.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Get Your Boat Dewinterized and Back in the Water

The season is almost here and you are probably anxious to get your boat ready for the water again.  If your boat was properly winterized for the cold weather months, de-winterizing should be easy. You will want to make sure everything is in working order by getting a full inspection of some vital parts. Iguana Boat Sales can do a full inspection and de-winterize your boat to ensure safety and fun on the water. Here is a list of parts we check when de-winterizing your boat:

We check Your Engine from Top to Bottom

A thorough check of the engine is essential when de-winterizing your boat, including an oil change. Long periods of inactivity causes the oil to drain down over a period of time. We check all of your oil including the out-drive oil as well. We make sure your engine is clean and ready for you to start the engine. We also replace the oil filter if needed and put the right oil additive in to keep your engine clean and corrosion free.

The Battery

During de-winterization, we check the battery and top off fluids if necessary. During the season, you should check your battery water level often…a dry battery will not hold a charge. We can use a battery tester to check the amps and volts. If the battery does not hold a charge, we have replacement batteries available. We will also clean any corrosion from the battery terminals if needed

The Cooling System

We will fill your cooling system to the proper level. If it was not drained for the winter, we can replace the cooling fluid with fresh coolant. We also check all hoses and empty the strainer.
The Gas Tank

While the cooling system is drained to winterize a boat, the fuel tank should have been filled up to prevent moisture from forming. Freezing temperatures can easily crack fuel lines. We will change your fuel filter if needed. If you did not put an additive in the gas to prevent water contamination and fuel separation before winter, then we can drain the old gas from the fuel tank and make sure a quality non-ethanol containing additive is suggested to prevent damage from E10 gas.   

The Distributor and Belts

We will clean and replace the distributor as needed and ensure all connections are hooked up properly.

We check all of your boat's belts and replace any worn belts. Belts should give slightly, but not significantly. If we see any soot near the pulleys, it also means some wear/tear and we can replace any that may give you trouble later in the season.

Let Iguana Boat Sales Service Your Boat for Spring

Iguana Boat Sales has a trained and certified service, parts, and detailing department. We can get your boat at Lake of the Ozarks dewinterized for spring. Contact their service department at (573) 355-5027 (Ext. 7013) to schedule your appointment and get your boat back in the water.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tips for Boating Safety at Lake of the Ozarks

Boating season at Lake of the Ozarks is upon us and one of the most important considerations when getting back on the water is boating safety. Whether you have your own boat or will be using the best boat rental company at Lake of the Ozarks, safety on the water is the obligation of all boaters. For a safe outing, here are some tips to be a responsible captain:

Get Educated and Licensed

If you are new to boating and plan on renting or purchasing a boat from a boat dealer at Lake of the Ozarks this season, there are a few requirements for operating a vessel on a Missouri lake. Every person born after January 1, 1984 is required to possess a boating safety identification card issued by The Missouri State Water Patrol. The safety education course can be taken online or classes are offered in Sunrise Beach. You do not have to be a Missouri resident to get licensed.

Before You Leave the Dock

Prepare a checklist of the items that you need on your boat before you embark. Here is a list of recommended items to have on your boat before you leave the dock:
  • Have enough Coast Guard approved life jackets accessible for each person that will be on the boat. Missouri law requires children under the age of seven to be wearing a life jacket whenever they are on a boat, unless they are in a cabin area of a cruiser or houseboat. 
  • If your vessel is longer than 16', have a throw-able device. 
  • Carry a sound producing device, such as a horn in case of emergency.
  • Make sure your boat is equipped with fire extinguishers.
  • From sunset to sunrise, navigational lights are required. Double check these are in working order if you plan to go out after dark. 
  • Your boat registration should be current and kept on board.
  • The boating identification card should be kept in your possession while operating a boat.

Be Smart On the Water

Boating is easily one of the most popular activities at Lake of the Ozarks and needs to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, lack of responsibility can lead to boating incidents and drownings. Boating while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and alcohol are violations of the law and can bring some serious consequences.

Know Your Missouri Boating Responsibilities

To stay up to date on laws governing boating and safe boat operation, obtain a copy of The Handbook of Missouri Laws and Responsibilities. This is the official boating handbook provided by the Missouri Water Patrol. The booklet can be purchased from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Topics include:
  • Vessel Basics
  • Navigation Rules
  • Nighttime Navigation
  • Emergencies
  • Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
  • Boating Laws and Regulations
  • Required Equipment
  • Skiing
  • And much more

Iguana Companies

The Iguana team doesn't just carry boats, we understand the needs of boaters and know safety is a big factor in having an enjoyable time on the water. Whether you plan to buy or rent your watercraft at Lake of the Ozarks this season, we can be of assistance. Iguana Boat Rentals has a large selection of fishing boats to luxury cruisers. If you are ready to take that next step, Iguana Boat Sales has some of the best boat brands, offering the right combination of price, quality, and value.

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