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Clean Marina Program

Missouri Clean Marina Program

Rock Lane Marina will be flying the “Missouri Clean Marina” Flag in support of keeping Table Rock Lake Clean. The Missouri Clean Marina program is a voluntary plan that encourages marinas to keep oil, gasoline and runoff pollution from reaching Table Rock Lake. The program also aims to educate recreational boaters about practices they can adopt to keep pollution such as fuel spills and leaking engine oil from getting into the lake. This program, administered by Ozarks Water Watch and the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition, is piloted on Table Rock Lake and hopefully will be expanded throughout Missouri.

Missouri Clean Marina Logo

Missouri Clean Marina Logo

The program recognizes marinas with an official designated status for being good stewards of the environment and taking steps to protect water quality. Ronna Haxby, projects manager with Ozarks Water Watch, congratulated the staff for qualifying the marina for designation. Rock Lane Marina has incorporated environmental Best Management Practices and completed an Emergency Response Plan. They posted signage encouraging safe environmental practices, promote recycling, and have implemented environmentally friendly policies. Haxby presented the “Clean Marina Designation” certificates, a flag with the Clean Marina logo, and signage for docks and rental boats.

“We are happy to be certified as a “Clean Marina,” said Jim Heckman, Owner of Rock Lane Marina. “The facilities and procedures were thoroughly evaluated. The Marina staff encourages environmentally safe operating practices.” “Visitors are always commenting on how much clearer Table Rock Lake compared to other lakes they have been to. We”re committed to keeping it that way.”

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Rent, Lease or Buy a Boat? It’s About Time!

It’s about time. That’s the issue when deciding whether to rent, lease or buy a boat. The boating life is addicting. It is a great way for family and friends to bond. When on a boat you are effectively on your own little island. Unfortunately, Boating can be a rather expensive hobby. So, how much will you use a boat?

If you are only going to boat a few times a year, it may make sense to rent a boat. Renting a boat is a way to test the waters to see how your family responds to the boating life. It doesn’t take long to find out if your family is ready for fun on the water. One advantage of renting a boat is that you can chose a different boat for each outing. You may choose a ski/wakeboard boat one day, a pontoon or fishing boat the next time out. There are no commitments or liabilities beyond the day that you rent the boat. This is a great way to experience boating to see if this is a lifestyle that you want to invest in.

Here, on Table Rock Lake at Indian Point, a great place to rent a boat is Rock Lane Resort and Marina. Just south of the famous Silver Dollar City there is an abundance of family activities to experience. There is Table Rock Lake itself which is known for recreational activities such as swimming, fishing and boating. Another big attraction is Silver Dollar City which is a world class theme park which offers rides and exhibits for all ages. There’s a Zipline just up the road. It is just a short drive to Branson, Missouri to enjoy all the family oriented shows and attractions that has made Branson Famous.

So, after experiencing boating with family and friends, you want to spend more time out on the Lake. Boating is part of your life now. What to do? One downside to renting on a day to day basis are that you may not always be able to get a boat.  Rentals sometimes take a lot of abuse from inexperienced or reckless captains. And the costs add up the more you go boating.

Another option is a Boat Club. Not the Boat Club that is a social organization, but one that offers a fleet of boats. What these Clubs offer is essentially a shared lease of a boat fleet. You have unlimited use of a variety of boats for a set period of time. One advantage is that you still have a choice of vessels. Typically, the Boat Club Members are more experienced and take pride in the boats. After all, they will be bringing their family and friends boating with them. And availability is managed by the club. A good club will purchase new boats as demand warrants. All costs are known up front. The Club maintains, insures and handles all the hassles of owning a boat. You spend all your time enjoying boating without the worries of cleaning, towing and maintaining a boat.

The only Boat Club on Table Rock Lake is the Branson Boat Club. The Club maintains, insures and offers a fleet of new boats. The Branson Boat Club is pain and hassle free boating at its best. Located at Rock Lane Resort and Marina, it is the perfect setting to spend with family and friends.

Many people who buy a boat are surprised at all the costs that come with owning a boat. Some boater owners say that Boat= Break out another Thousand. This can be very true. There are the upfront costs of buying the boat and then the costs of all the toys and accessories that we think we need. Like life vests, anchors, boat covers, anchors, skis, wakeboards, and the list never ends. There is also the cost of insurance, taxes, maintenance, and storage.

But, for the serious boater owning a boat does have its advantages. You have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. Some owners enjoy working on their boats, maintaining or customizing the vessel to their desires. Owning a boat can be as much a passion as the experience of Boating itself.

MarineMax Table Rock Lake is a good place to explore buying a new or used boat. They have a large variety of vessels to meet any boaters’ desires. And they offer great service after the sale.

So the decision to rent, lease or buy a boat is about time!