5 cool boats of 2017 for Lake of the Ozarks

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Compiled by Charis Patires, editor of Lake Lifestyles, Lake Media’s bi-monthly magazine filled with local lifestyle content.

1. Regal 290 OBX

The ground breaking Regal 290 OBX offers versatility like no other bowrider in the industry: rough water handling, huge seating, and 365-day-a-year boating powered by twin outboards. No other bowrider in the industry can give the rough water stability with the handling of a twin engine sport boat, ease around the docks with twin engine docking including bow thruster, and the glamorous looks of the sleek lines of Regal. As the largest privately-owned boat builders in the industry, Regal is continuing to redefine the boating industry with innovative product like the Regal 290 OBX and is excited to announce more bowriders with outboards coming soon.  Available at Kelly’s Port, Osage Beach.

2. Playcraft X-Treme 

Take your getaways to the next level with PlayCraft’s X-Treme Series. You get the power, speed and handling PlayCraft is known for, including the Triple Tritoon Package with a signature design that produces superb handling and comfort. Along with speed and handing, there is no shortage of luxury with stylish design, overstuffed seats and lots of lounging areas. These boats are built for people who love to entertain, ski and those that just want to relax. Marty’s Marine is excited to be partnered with Yacht Club Powersports and Formula Boats of Missouri, giving customers a larger selection to choose from, including PlayCraft pontoons, Charger bass boats, Sea-Doo, Scarab and many other well-known boat manufacturers. Available at Marty’s Marine, Osage Beach.

3. Chaparral 264 Sunesta 

The 26’ 264 Sunesta Surf Series combines watersports, cruising, entertaining and overall boating enjoyment. The boat is equipped with the latest wakesurf technology creating the finest runabout for wakesurfing and watersports. The rider can control the speed, wake shape and sound system via a waterproof wrist control remote. The boat’s design maximizes wave height and control. At the bow of the boat an anchor locker with a four-step ladder makes it easy to get in and out of the water; and also features bow seating, storage and an optional table. There is a huge floor watersports locker in the cockpit along with a optional wet bar, cockpit table and head compartment. The massive integrated swim platform offers a trip free landing, a safely positioned starboard ladder and a water level insulated ice cooler. Available at Premier, Osage Beach.

4. Cigarette 41 GTR

Center console boats are taking over the Lake for quite a few reasons. One, for their ability to hold people — lots of people! No room is taken up for a large cabin that most of the time goes unused here at Lake of the Ozarks. Another is how easy they are to use. Outboards are quiet, don’t have to be winterized, come with warranties from 3-8 years, and have great performance. The new Cigarette GTR Quad not only features a center console but the 400’s push the boat to over 80 miles per hour. Add all those features together and the fact that it is a great rough water ride, you’ll see why they are taking over the Lake! Features include a 180-degree panoramic hardtop, oversized forward facing sun lounge, multi-passenger transom seating, Garmin touch-screens, and a cabin with a two-passenger sleeping berth. Available at Performance Boat Center, Osage Beach.

5. Rinker QX29

The perfect boat for your day trips or longer getaways, the 29-foot Rinker QX29 is a true weekender’s boat. There are both bowrider and cuddy cabin models available. The boat is known for its collection of standard features and luxurious options and packages so you can customize it to fit your needs. Amenities include a center walk through, marine mat throughout, Kicker Stereo Systems and up to 15 cup holders. Available at Iguana Boat Sales, Lake Ozark.

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