5 Important Boater Safety Rules Summer for 2019 on Lake of the Ozarks

Lake Ozarks Boat Crash Dock Safety

Conveniently located in the heart of Missouri, The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest’s premier lake resort destination, offering world-class boating and fishing. At its deepest points Lake of The Ozarks can reach 130 feet deep and covers over 61,000 square miles.

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Party Cove Lake of the Ozarks

While a great place for fun and adventure it is also important to understand some safety tips for our lake. No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to understand boating safety rules and practices before leaving the dock. Below are a few safety tips to help you boat responsibly and enjoy your time on Lake of The Ozarks this summer and in the future.

 

  1. Be prepared with safety gear

You can’t always predict an emergency, so be prepared for any situation. Here are some essential items to keep on board no matter the size of your boat: flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle ropes and a fire extinguisher.

 

  1. Bring the proper life jackets

Life jackets do more than simply keep you afloat. Many are designed to turn an unconscious person face up and even help prevent hypothermia. By law, all boats must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board. Some states also require children to wear life jackets at all times.There are many types of life jackets on the market. Make sure the one you buy is appropriate for your on-water activity.

 

  1. Take a boating safety course

The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that 70% of boating accidents are caused by operator error. Before you leave the dock, make sure you know the rules and your responsibilities.

There are several online courses available, including a few free courses. The Boat US Foundation offers a free online boating safety course developed specifically for each individual state. The U.S. Coast Guard offers an additional list of online and hands-on courses for boating safety.

 

  1. Use common sense on the water

Rules on the water aren’t much different than rules on the road. It’s important to use common sense, such as staying alert at all times, operating at a safe speed and ensuring that passengers stay safely within the boat’s railings. Also while anchored it is important if you have swimmers in the water they are clearly visible to other boaters.

 

  1. Develop a Float Plan

Whether you choose to inform a family member or staff at your local marina, let someone else know where you’re going and how long you’re going to be gone. A float plan can include the following information: name, address, and phone number of trip leader and passengers; boat type and registration information; trip itinerary; and, types of communication and signal equipment onboard, such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or Personal Locator Beacon.

 

We wish everyone a fun time on the lake, and really, really encourage safe boating and please, never drink and drive! Have an Epic rest of your Summer!!

Carver Boat Gets and Epic Stereo, Night Vision, and More.

It has been a pleasure working on boats in Lake of the Ozarks because the outcome of joy that is endured by boaters while listening to your favorite tune as the sun sets to the west inside any boat. This boat that we(Epic Audio) worked on was a big success that included the custom installation of marine stereo equipment, navigation, night and heat vision and new radio.

What boat you may ask, it’s a 2005 Carver. A luxury boat that is now set up for pictures of the most epic sunsets.

 


New Touchscreen’s from Garmin were installed first.

12-inch Multi-touch Widescreen Chartplotter/Sonar Combo

 

  • 12-inch multi-touch widescreen display (1280 x 800 WXGA) preloaded with both BlueChart® g2 U.S. coastal and Garmin LakeVü™ HD maps
  • Built-in dual CHIRP sonar plus CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar with the clearest images on the water (transducer sold separately)
  • High-sensitivity internal 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS
  • Fully network capable for Garmin Marine Network and NMEA 2000®, plus NMEA 0183 support
  • Supports GSD™ 26 professional sonar module

Designed for sportfishermen, cruisers, sailors and sailing racers who demand high performance, ease of operation and feature integration in a chartplotter/sonar combo. The 12-inch multi-touch widescreen GPSMAP 7612xsv combo includes built-in dual CHIRP sonar plus CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar with the clearest images on the water. Its internal 10 Hz GPS updates your position and heading 10 times per second. GPSMAP 7612xsv is fully network capable, including Garmin Network and NMEA 2000, and offers the conveniences of built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity.


 

New Stereo Installed with Fusion Radio and WetSounds Amps and Speakers

 

 

Both back and front of the Carver yacht, we installed WetSounds speakers that are RGB Color Changing with colors and pattern changes that are remote controlled.

To lead the speakers, the customer had chosen to use the Fusion Radio as the unit to be installed by the steering wheel.

Then a new Garmin VHF radio was installed to communicate with other vessels in the area of Lake of the Ozarks.

Garmin offers communications and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) designed to enhance convenience and safety for mariners worldwide. All include Digital Selective Calling (DSC), a global protocol that uses channel 70 to transmit and receive digital messages. VHF radios equipped with DSC can send and receive digital emergency messages, private calls and general calls and let you call attention to VHF calls by using stored Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) numbers. DSC significantly improves the chances of rapid rescue.

 


 Everything we do here at Epic Audio, has the highest standards of clean installation. Our wiring, identification and installations are thoroughly inspected and planned out to be and epic job well done.


Night time on the Water Made Safer with FLIR

FLIR Maritime thermal imaging systems give you the power to see clearly in total darkness, through solar glare, and through light fog and smoke.  FLIR’s thermal technology is used by thousands of military, first responder, commercial and recreational mariners every day for navigation, collision avoidance, threat detection, surveillance, and search and rescue missions.

Precise, easy-to-use, and reliable, explore your adventurous spirit with FLIR’s thermal night vision cameras. Whether fishing, cruising, sailing, or just exploring the ocean, remove limitations and enjoy a sense of personal freedom with the same advanced technology used by professional mariners and militaries around the world.

 


Having a beautiful day on the water with family and friends can be even more fun with electronic upgrades to your boat. Let Epic Audio handle your boat and equipment with care.

 


 

 

Have Epic Audio install your next electronic upgrade to your boat!

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Formula 400SS with Lumishore LED Lights

A customer recently called asking about underwater lights for his Formula 400SS parked at a marine in Lake of the Ozarks. We talked about a couple of options over the phone and the Lumishore SMX 153 was the top choice for under water lights around the 2 drive motors.

The SMX 153 Surface Mount color change lights offer boat owners full-featured EOS functionality such as Wi-Fi- control, “Sound-toLight” entertainment, and synchronized fade, sweep and strobe using the intuitive EOS STV 2204-i Display and/or directly from your compatible MFD. Please note that the Lumi-Link Command Center is required for all EOS Series light systems.

Full-featured EOS Series integrated lighting system provide unprecedented color control, and none of the networking hassles common with color changing lights. Easily build a system that perfectly matches your interest and lifestyle.

To find out more about Lumishore, visit: www.lumishore.com

Call us anytime to schedule your free quote on installing boat electronics like lights, stereos, touchscreens, TV’s, antenna’s and more!

(573) 346-1909

8-inch Multi-touch Widescreen Chartplotter/Sonar Combo Installed

  • 8-inch multi-touch widescreen display (1024 x 600 WSVGA) preloaded with both BlueChart® g2 U.S. coastal and Garmin LakeVü™ HD maps
  • Built-in dual CHIRP sonar plus CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar with the clearest images on the water (transducer sold separately)
  • High-sensitivity internal 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS
  • Fully network capable for Garmin Marine Network and NMEA 2000®, plus NMEA 0183 support
  • Supports GSD™ 26 professional sonar module

Designed for sportfishermen, cruisers, sailors and sailing racers who demand high performance, ease of operation and feature integration in a chartplotter/sonar combo. The 8-inch multi-touch widescreen GPSMAP 7608xsv combo includes built-in dual CHIRP sonar plus CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar with the clearest images on the water. Its internal 10 Hz GPS updates your position and heading 10 times per second. GPSMAP 7608xsv is fully network capable, including Garmin Network and NMEA 2000, and offers the conveniences of built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity.


Our installations are quality and we guarantee great craftsmanship. If you have any question or need assistance with what unit will be best for your budget and boat, please call us at 573-346-1909

New Cup Holder Lights Installed on Boat

A customer asked for accent lighting around the boat. We had showed him a few opens of lighting and different placements. Here is a glance at the lights we installed inside the rear cup holders on this boat in Camdenton as well as the light control switches installed by the driver / captain’s chair.

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Light Control Switches

 

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Cup Holders Illuminated

 

For more info on boat lighting and electronics, please email us at [email protected]

Phone  :  1-573-346-1909

 

Wet Sounds REVO Speakers Installed on Formula Boat

There are quite a few options when it comes to boat speakers that will last season after season. A top choice option that we suggest has an integrated color changing controls and can be controlled from a smartphone are these marine speakers from Wet Sounds.  These are very cool, sound amazing, and can be ordered with different faceplates.

There are different models of the Wet Sounds premium line of speakers including the REV and REVO Coaxial’s. Featured above are the REVO 8 | Wet Sounds 8″ Marine Coaxial Full Range Speaker.

As you may notice, the speakers above that we installed are built into a custom box that is made to attach properly to the boat tower. The REVO line is more cost effective which is why we make a custom box for them, whereas the REV Series comes in a sealed can from the manufacture, but can be double the price.

Ask one of our pro’s what the best option for your budget will be.


Info on the REVO Series:

Wet Sounds is proud to present the newest innovation in marine speakers, the REVO Series. The series comes in two sizes, 6.5’’ and 8” models, and both are loaded with industry leading features to be the best speaker on the market. The series comes with 1” Titanium Tweeters for clear high frequency detail, Wet Sounds exclusive Nylas (Nylon reinforced fiberglass) composite frame to withstand the harshest environment. An injected molded advanced composite mid-bass cone for tight bass and distortion free performance. Each speaker comes with RGB LED tweeter glow kit that will allow thousands of color options and with 8 different grill options for both Salt and Fresh water, you can match the look and feel of your boat.

Sold in Pairs.

Features:

• 1” Titanium Tweeter for crisp, clear high frequency details
• Wet Sounds exclusive Nylas (Nylon reinforced fiberglass) high stiffness composite frame to withstand even the harshest environments
• Injection Molded Advanced Composite Mid-Bass Cone for tight bass and distortion free performance
• Wet Sounds rubber spider is the industry’s only santoprene rubber spider that is impervious to water saturation and dry rot
• Thermoformed santoprene rubber surround for permanent attachment to the cone
• 12dB audiophile crossover with air core inductors, mil spec tolerance parts and integrated tweeter protection for the highest performing marine speaker in the world
• RGB LED Tweeter Glow Kit Included allows hundreds of color options
• 8 Different Grill Options available
• More choices than the competition!


 

Call (573) 346-1909 to schedule your free consultation and quote to install marine electronics, stereo’s, GPS, night vision and more to your boats in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

New Garmin GPSMAP Installed on Cigarette Boat

Owner of Epic Audio, Jason, installed a new Garmin GPSMAP 7610 which is a great 10 inch touchscreen in a local residents very powerful Cigarette Boat.

Before Installation
After Garmin is Installed

Getting a new boat with a touchscreen doesn’t mean that the electronics screen comes with good software or has the current update. This older technology that you may be buying with the boat, may cause more problems than you think. Make sure that you have the newest technology and the most current maps with a system that has the capability to connect with your other electronics.

This is were Garmin comes in with the best in safety and navigation.

With a system that offers so much, we will like to feature a couple in this post to help the residents of Lake of the Ozarks understand the value of a Garmin unit.

Simplified SOS Calling

This exclusive SOS safety assist feature makes it easier for anyone – even those not familiar with marine electronics or radio protocols – to quickly call for Coast Guard help in an emergency. By simply tapping the SOS button on the chartplotter’s touchscreen display, your networked Garmin VHF radio will automatically tune to the Channel 16 emergency frequency and a list of possible situations—fire, man overboard, etc.—will be displayed. Once the applicable choice has been selected, the screen will provide a Coast Guard approved VHF radio distress call script, along with the ship’s current lat/long GPS coordinates, that can be read off to responders – thus saving time, averting panic, and providing the essential information needed by rescuers to assure the best possible outcome.

Upgrade with the Best Maps on the Water

Two SD™ card slots provide expandable memory for accessory map purchases, such as LakeVü HD Ultra with Max Def Lakes or BlueChart g2 Vision that add Garmin patented Auto Guidance and other great features.

FUSION-Link Entertainment System

Enjoy the ability to control all compatible FUSION-Link-enabled audio systems directly from your compatible chartplotter display.

The Ultimate Connected Boating App

Built in Wi-Fi gives you access to the free all-in-one ActiveCaptain® app, so you can manage your marine experience from nearly anywhere. It creates a simple yet powerful connection between your compatible mobile device and your Garmin chartplotter, charts, maps and the boating community. Wherever you are, you’ll have unlimited access to your cartography, the ability to purchase new maps and charts and access to the Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours Community. Stay connected with smart notifications on your chartplotter screen. You can also plan a trip or prefish a lake, and ActiveCaptain will automatically sync with your chartplotter. Even get notifications for software updates, and decide when to download them on your device.


With 1 Panoptix Down transducer, you get 3 remarkable views, allowing you to actually see fish and bait swimming around under your boat – in real time. You can even see fish in the water column in 3-D, from the bottom to the surface. You can be stationary yet still see things in 3-D below your boat.

One Panoptix Forward transducer provides 2 impressive views, even while your boat is stationary. It shows the bottom plus fish and bait swimming in the water column in front of your boat – in real time. You can even see your lure as you reel it in. You can also get 3-D views of fish and structure in front of your boat.

Designate up to 10 different depth ranges each with its own color. Makes it easier to view target depths at a glance.

Commission Autopilot from Chartplotter

To make commissioning easier and more convenient, you can handle the entire autopilot commissioning process from your chartplotter screen.

Axis and FLIR Camera Support

Garmin offers support for select Axis cameras and for select FLIR cameras. These can be used for surveillance and situational awareness on vessels of any size. You can control your camera’s pinch-to-zoom and pan/tilt settings with gestures directly on the plotter screen and view video on multiple screens as well as multiple video streams on the same screen. Use an Axis encoder to convert analog camera, such as Garmin GC 10, to video over IP.


Make sure that you have the newest technology and the most current maps with a system that has the capability to connect with your other electronics.

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Boaters Find Safety in Marine GPS in Lake of the Ozarks

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Marine GPS installation Epic Audio Camdenton
Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is 92 miles long with 1,100 miles of shoreline. An up-to- date GPS system is a fundamental component in safe navigation on large lakes. From the most basic to the most fully-integrated systems, we’re happy to help guide you to the best set up for your boating needs.

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Boat’s Safety with Garmin Radar Products

The Garmin xHD2 radar antenna is one of the most trusted options for delivering high-resolution radar images to a variety of chartplotters. We install the xHD2 in many boats because it is the perfect base for a reliable GPS system, and we know because we use them ourselves.

Discover your options at our GPS page here –> https://www.epicaudio.com/services/marine-gps-lake-ozarks/

Color Changing Speakers, Controls, and More Lights Installed on Formula 37 SS

We recently installed a lights, sound, and controls to this Formula 37 Super Sport. Adding additional controls gives you the power to change the mood, turn more lights on for safety, and they aesthetically are pleasing. See the additional lights we added in the cup holders.

Then we installed Wet Sounds speakers for an ultimate music and lights experience. The new Revo Series from WetSounds is the best on the market for marine speakers.


Formula Fine-Tunes Day Cruiser Line With Addition of 370 Super Sport

DECATUR, IN—Thunderbird Products has mastered day cruising with the Formula 370 Super Sport. Poised to settle in as a logical transition from the Formula 350 Sun Sport to the 400 Super Sport, the 370 carries off the combination of beautiful styling and exhilarating performance that is expected of a Formula.

The hand of Thunderbird’s exclusive designer, John Adams, is clearly evident in the 370 Super Sport. While striking in line and plentiful in amenities, this performance artist belies its own agility and speed generated by Formula’s stepped-hull FAS3TECH™ technology. With a 21° deadrise, the ride is as solid and confident as that of its FAS3TECH™ counterparts and the 400 Super Sport which preceded it. Speeds in the mid-fifty mph range with stern drive power options of either twin Volvo 8.1 GSi DPs or twin MerCruiser 496 MAG MPI HOs are astounding for a 37′ boat with a dry weight of 14,400 pounds and a generous 10′ 6″ beam.

Inspired by its predecessor, the 400 SS, the 370 is designed with ample room in mind for both cockpit and cabin. Integrated dash steps and the beautiful curved-glass windshield with center walk-through allows easy access to the nonskid foredeck center walkway. Also reminiscent of the 400 is the forward-swept radar arch, adding a continental flavor to the look of the 370.

The cockpit of the 370 SS proves that Formula has mastered the art of designing and building the most advanced day cruisers in the industry. While designed primarily as a daytime entertainment platform, the 370 Super Sport easily slips into the role of extended cruiser. Storage compartments are fully integrated throughout, allowing everything to be stowed neatly in specific areas. Seating and sunning areas are designed for the total comfort of the captain and passengers. A large U-shaped lounge starboard of the transom entry treats passengers to plenty of space and accommodates the entire crew for a meal or snacks by adding the tables. The lounge can also be filled in with the cushions to form a king-size sunning area. Forward, the unique, angled port seat is perfect for three seated passengers or one reclining.

The 370’s command layout illustrates the celebrated Formula demand for correct ergonomics in its cockpits. A sturdy, smartly designed, two-position helm seat provides excellent support while sitting, and also allows the captain to lean back comfortably against the specially designed adjustable section while standing. Monitoring gauges and assessing all on-board systems is a simple, natural extension of the helm. The expansive command seat will also accommodate a passenger, so it is possible to seat 12 people in comfort. Cupholders are plentiful and easily reached by all.

A complete galley wetbar in the cockpit opposite the U-shaped lounge is fitted with a Corian® countertop, integrated sink, pullout refrigerator with beverage rack, built-in trash receptacle and 120V GFCI outlet. The wetbar also includes storage for a standard 17-quart Igloo® cooler, making it easy to transfer beverages or ice from shore. Storage below the wetbar gives plenty of room for entertaining necessities. Sleek, molded fiberglass projects a beautiful, completely integrated appearance, while lending itself to quick cleanups when needed.

The 370 Sun Sport is equipped with an abundance of sleek, molded fiberglass storage areas, making it easy to stow away everything needed for a longer cruise. Beneath the aft seating are voluminous storage compartments, while the aft “trunk,” accessible from the swim platform and identical to the 400’s, has dedicated storage for lines and four standard fenders. It also stores the cockpit tables and doubles as the engine hatch, saving valuable cockpit space. Other storage areas are located under the helm seat and below the dash. Everywhere you look in the cockpit of the 370, you will discover ample, convenient storage.

The cabin, entered through a one-piece, curved acrylic door which slides neatly into the dash, is elegant, with an expansive, curved UltraLeather™ lounge forward. The adjustable height dining table converts the lounge into a double berth. A 26″ LCD/HDTV/DVD combo is built in at the ideal viewing height and angle from the lounge. A Kenwood® AM/FM/CD stereo system with changer is located in the main salon as well as 800W of amplification and an iPod docking station. The galley is a sophisticated work of art, from the Corian® countertop to the high-gloss Deep Cheery-finished cabinetry. A polished stainless sink, integrated trash receptacle and electric stove are standard features. The impressive list of galley equipment also includes a microwave oven. Cabinets are plentiful, and lower cabinets are lighted when opened.

The aft cabin stateroom features a queen-size bed and a large storage area at the foot of the bunk as well as 110V AC, 12V DC and telephone hook-ups. The head compartment is spacious and comfortable with a molded fiberglass vanity, Corian® countertop, stainless sink and seperate shower area with molded-in seat.

Ready to explore local waters with the family or to make a long-range voyage with companions, the Formula 370 Super Sport is sure to fulfill the desires of the day cruiser enthusiast.

Source: Formula Boats 370 SS (Super Sport) 

Marine Subwoofer and Amp Combo Box

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Stealth AS-10
500 watts Active Subwoofer Enclosure

The Wet Sounds Stealth series are powered subwoofer enclosures providing the ultimate all-in-one solution for bass in your ride! The tough and durable molded Polyethylene housings are designed to handle any harsh environment while providing superior low end output. The built in Class D amp is sealed against moisture and dirt for extra protection and power.

All AS Stealth series subwoofers have been designed with the correct connections to be “plug & play” making the installation incredibly easy on Wet Sounds Stealth Ultra HD sound bars, but will work perfectly with another brand or an older Wet Sounds Sound Bar as well.

The physics of sound tell us that any subwoofer increases its output when allowed to “load” into a wall, corner, or some other structure. Since every vehicle & application is different, we suggest you experiment & move the subwoofer around to find the optimal position.


We (Epic Audio) have been installing this type of marine electronics in the Lake of the Ozarks area for years. As an authorized installer of WetSounds, we can guarantee you will be happy with our professionalism, product and installation.

If you are thinking about adding new stereo, gps, radar, and lights to your boat, we are your shop that comes to you and install with a white glove treatment.

Call us for more details and to schedule your appointment
573-346-1909