Monday, May 23, 2016

Iguana Observes National Safe Boating Week: May 21-27, 2016

Boating at the Lake of the Ozarks can be a thrilling way to spend the day on the water. By following proper boating safety measures, you can ensure your trip is fun and accident free. National Safe Boating Week is observed May 21 - 27, 2016. The National Weather Service has partnered with the National Safe Boating Council to help promote safe boating practices. In observance of National Safe Boating Week, Iguana Boat Sales wants to emphasize these things that could save your life the next time you and your family are out on the water:

Do Not Boat Under the Influence  

The effects of alcohol while operating a watercraft can be even more hazardous on the water than on land. Boating under the influence (BUI) of drugs or alcohol affects judgement, vision, balance, and coordination. These impairments can increase the risk of being in a boating accident, which could cause harm to the passenger and boat operator. Alcohol contributes to a third of all recreational boating fatalities.

Pay Attention to the Weather Forecast

Weather conditions can change suddenly, catching boaters off guard and creating hazardous conditions. Boaters should take particular note of any current weather advisories, storm warnings, high winds, as well as pay attention to the extended forecast.

Wear Life Jackets

Wearing a life jacket is one of the most effective and simple life-saving strategies for safe recreational boating. Boats are required to have on board a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for every passenger on their watercraft.  Today, life jackets come in many sizes, are lightweight, and comfortable for any boating activity.

Have a Fire Extinguisher On Board Your Vessel

Boats are required to carry U.S. Coast Guard approved, marine-type fire extinguishers, in case of a fire from the engines or the fuel system. The boater shouldn't have to travel more than half the length of their boat to reach the fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers should be inspected by the boater to ensure they are properly charged, stored, and undamaged. 

Thunderstorm Safety

Thunderstorms can be frightening to a boat operator and its passengers. They develop suddenly and bring strong, gusty winds, lightening, and torrential downpours, which can turn a pleasurable day on the lake into a nightmare. All thunderstorms generally produce lightening and a strike to a vessel can be catastrophic, especially if it results in fire or a loss of electronics. If your boat doesn't have a cabin, stay as low as you can in your boat. If thunderstorms are a possibility, stay in - waiting it out is better than riding it out in a storm. 

Iguana Boat Sales Wants You to Have a Safe and Fun Time on the Water

Before getting in your boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, make sure you take the appropriate measures to ensure your safety on the water. By being prepared, paying attention to the weather forecast, and stocking your boat with the required items, your lake outing should not only be safe, but enjoyable! Iguana Boat Sales delivers exceptional value, exclusive selection, and above all outstanding customer service. We have selected some of the best boat brands to offer you the right combination of price, quality, and value. Visit our showroom in Osage Beach, if you are in the market for a used or new boat at the Lake of the Ozarks. We look forward to showing you our inventory.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ways to Prevent a Blown Boat Engine

Some of the best times can be had while boating at the Lake of the Ozarks, that is when your boat is running. Don't let a blown engine ruin your outing on the water. Besides changing the oil, filtering the fuel, and making sure the cooling water is flowing, there are lots of things that can be missed that could affect the health of your boat engines. Here are some things to keep in mind to prevent a blown engine:

Economic Indicators: By ignoring warning buzzers and lights, once they come on you risk a repair bill. Make sure your LED warning lights are not overwhelmed by sunlight or low-watt bulb indicators are located where they can be seen. Be sure you can hear your warning buzzers over your engine, stereo, and wind. Keep in mind that by the time a warning goes off, the problem has already occurred.

In Hot Water: A surefire way to guarantee your engine overheats is by installing your thermostat backwards, where the heat-sensing part is located on the wrong side. This is actually a common mistake, even some pros are guilty of it.

Unusual Noises: A squealing sound can indicate a belt is loose. A metallic tapping that keeps time with engine rpm means your valves, lifters, or rocker arms are having trouble. Grinding and grating metal could mean a water pump bearing is shot. If your exhaust gets louder and has a higher pitch, there's probably less cooling water running through it.

Antifreeze Meltdown: If you do not use a mixture of antifreeze and water in your sealed cooling system, you could risk overheating the engine. Undiluted antifreeze boils at a higher temperature than water, therefore retaining more heat.

Strong Odor: A healthy engine has a distinct smell that most boaters recognize. The stench of burnt rubber could come from a number of mechanical areas. Burnt oil could mean the engine was run hard, or if it's a strong odor, there's likely an oil leak dripping on the hot engine. A sweet aroma could indicate leaking antifreeze. And a smell like burnt hair could be an electrical short.

Cheap Oil: You will not be saving money by using an off-brand oil. Better oils are uniform and consistently meet standards. The difference between cheap oils and the ones offered by engine manufacturers are very insignificant compared to the repair costs from using bargain oil.

Engine Vibration: Various vibrations can result in a number of things, including your prop's blades are bent or your prop needs balancing. When the whole boat rumbles and shakes at all speeds, the engine and shaft are likely out of alignment.

Oil Changes: Completely replace the old oil with the new. Another option is to change your oil more
frequently so that the oil left behind never has a chance to get bad.

Owner's Manual: The instruction manual has a purpose. Our engines would last a lot longer if they weren't neglected. By referring to them once in awhile, you might save some wear and tear on your boat's engine.

Iguana Boat Sales will Keep Your Boat Running Smoothly This Summer

By maintaining your boat at the Lake of the Ozarks regularly, being in tune with warning indicators, as well as being familiar with your owner's manual, you can prevent engine trouble. Iguana Boat Sales has technicians that are trained and certified to service your watercraft. Whether you need routine maintenance or an engine rebuild, our staff will have you back on the water enjoying our beautiful lake in no time. We currently have 3 service locations at this time. Contact us at (573) 355-5027 ext. 7013 for boat maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Lets Get Cruisin': Hot Summer Nights Are Back!

Photo: Fun Lake
Make plans for Hot Summer Nights on the Bagnell Dam Strip this weekend! One of Lake of the Ozarks' most exciting summer events is back, starting May 13th from 6 - 11 PM. 2016 marks 90 years of history of "America's Highway," and Hot Summer Nights welcomes towns along 66, plus the state associations to the lake to help us celebrate Route 66. Everyone is invited to participate and admission is free. All makes and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles will line the Strip and cruise. As a 'Gold Sponsor' for this kid-friendly event, Iguana Watersports invites you to also come check out our brand new rental boats at the #1 boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our rental headquarters is conveniently located right off of the Strip! Get the family together for a thrilling weekend of hot rods and watersports! Here is what you can expect each month at this exciting event:

Cruisin' at the Lake!

Hot Summer Nights will roll into town every month offering free admission to Missouri's top family friendly cruise event. While you cruise the Strip and view hot rods and classic street machines, live music and entertainment will keep you movin'. Vendors, great food, and shopping will provide fun for the whole family, so be sure to catch one or all of of these monthly cruises!

Hot Summer Nights will feature a new theme every month:

  • May 13: Route 66 - Detour to the Lake
  • June 10: Rag Tops and T-Tops
  • July 8: Rats, Rods, & Street Machines
  • August 12: Since '66 - 50 Years of Cruising on the Strip
  • September 9: Vettes for Veterans

Plan Your Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks with Iguana

If you plan to cruise the Strip this weekend and are looking to rent a PWC or boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, call us at (888) 365-2399, or just stop in when you get to the lake. Our rental headquarters is located at 1360 Bagnell Dam Blvd in Lake Ozark, on the Strip. Iguana Watersports is committed to a better way of renting PWCs and boats. From party boats to speed boats, you get to choose from the largest selection and newest fleet of boats anywhere. If you are looking for a longer stay, we also offer luxury cabin and private home rentals. Visit our website for more details and plan your getaway with us today!

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Get All of Your Boating Parts and Accessories at Iguana Boat Sales!

Boats at the Lake of the Ozarks require some upkeep and maintenance to keep them running at peak performance. Iguana Boat Sales can provide you with the parts and accessories your boat requires, as well as boating apparel, watersports, and more. Here are some boating extras we offer and where you can find them:

Retail Store

Our retail location in Osage Beach carries a variety of boating parts and accessories. Whether you are looking for hats and sunglasses to tubes and other water toys, or hard parts like oil filters, Iguana Boat Sales has you covered.  Deals run regularly, so stop in and let us outfit your next boat outing! 

Online Boating Accessories Catalog

Iguana Boat Sales has an online catalog that features over 100 of the most recognizable original equipment manufacturers in the boating industry (OEM). We provide you with full access to browse thousands of marine accessories right from your computer or portable device. Several items are brand new for 2016 and have informative videos. Products categories include:

Anchoring and Docking
Boat Repair and Paint
Boat Care
Electronics and Navigation
Plumbing and Ventilation
Fuel Accessories
Engine Maintenance
Trim Tabs
Bimini and Boat Covers
Coolers and Grills


Look for Lake30 in our retail store soon. This is a true lake lifestyle brand. After living on a houseboat and loving being on the water, the owners of Lake30 bought countless shirts from every vacation destination, just to be disappointed how stiff and boxy they were. So they started making their own, which became popular with their friends and family. They eventually created Lake30, which simply means, "It's Lake Time!" The brand encompasses some of the most comfortable apparel mixed with fun lake necessities!

Giving Back is a driving force behind Lake30. In addition, to helping numerous local charities, Lake30 selected Canine Companions for Independence as their primary non-profit to honor a one-of-a-kind person and a special dog who inspired them living the Lake30 way...relaxed, simple, happy and always giving back. 10% net profits are donated to Canine Companions for Independence who provide highly trained assistance dogs for children and adults living with disabilities, free of charge, since 1975!

Iguana Boats Sales Has Your Boat Parts and Accessories

Choose the best boat for you and your family at Iguana Boat Sales from our exclusive collection. We can supply any necessary parts and boating accessories to fit your lake lifestyle. We want to make your Lake of the Ozarks boating experience memorable and carefree!

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