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Michelle Gardia
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Designated Captain Program Greets Waves of Boaters on Lake Havasu

Published: June 23, 2011

Want to Boat and Party This Summer? Get Yourself a Designated Captain

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (June 23, 2011) – Want to have a few beers while boating Lake Havasu this summer? Who doesn’t? But it’s best to heed the warnings of the local marine association that being fined for Operating Under Influence (OUI) can put a damper on any vacation. Last spring the Lake Havasu Marine Association( launched a Designated Operator program – boat and JetSki rental companies now require teetotaling Designated Operators to be identified by wristbands, and renters must sign a statement agreeing to forfeiture of their deposits – often as much as $1,000 – if cited for OUI.

This July, the program goes one step further with a Designated Captain safety campaign. Groups that want to party can now hire a Coast Guard licensed and needless to say, sober captain to do the driving and remain responsible for on-water safety.

Capt. Kenny Samp, owner/operator of Sunset Charters and Tours in Lake Havasu City, is heading up this new program for recreational boaters and has a pool of qualified commercial boat captains that can be hired to pilot rentals and privately owned boats. Samp, who will screen boaters and recommend a captain that best suits the individual needs of the boater, can be reached at or 928 716 8687. The cost for a Designated Captain is a flat fee of $200 for eight hours and is based upon availability.

This program provides any boater with a safer way to enjoy the lake. Now they can become a Designated Operator themselves, or if they want to join the party, hire a licensed  Designated Captain,” said Samp.
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Arizona’s Coastline is Boaters Heaven

Landlocked western Arizona has been a mecca for waves of boaters since 1963 when chainsaw and outboard engine magnate Robert McCulloch set up shop on the Colorado River south of Las Vegas. Today, the region made famous when the London Bridge was relocated here stone-by-stone 40 years ago, boasts some of the best cruising in the southwestern U.S., centrally located along 60 continuous miles of lake and river waterways.

Lake Havasu, because of its size and topography, is conducive to all types of boating, fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding and watersports. Once outside of the “no-wake” zone, there is no speed limit. Open water, protected coves, natural wildlife refuge, scenic steep canyon walls, sandy beaches and cozy marinas are just part of what makes Lake Havasu among the most desired recreational boating destinations in the southwest.

Lake Havasu is truly a "fresh" water lake. During summer months, the entire volume of water in Lake Havasu replenishes itself every eight to ten days, which is a good thing since the water that flows through this city of 53,000 then heads south to quench the thirst of parched southern Californians. But until then, there’s plenty of wet stuff for boaters to enjoy. In fact, the Lake Havasu State Park boat ramps handle in excess of 1,000 boats per day during summer holiday weekends.

From May through September, the most popular boating months, Lake Havasu water temperature ranges from 75° to a balmy 85° F., a refreshing contrast to daily high temperatures that exceed 100° F.
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About Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City, three hours driving time from Phoenix, 2-1/4 hours south of Las Vegas and four to five from the Los Angeles region, attracts 775,000 visitors a year thanks to its dry, desert weather, more than 300 sunny days a year, a range of restaurants and lodging, and a boatload of special events.

For more information on Lake Havasu City, Arizona’s only waterfront resort destination, including a 2014-15 calendar of events, visit or call 928-453-3444. Also find Lake Havasu City online at and Photos of dozens of images of local recreational activities, restaurants, lodging and scenery are available upon request.