Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Captain Bob May did three years of military service, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, before heading off to college. In 1974, Bob and his wife travelled to The Lake of the Ozarks for a friend’s wedding. On the Sunday morning, his wife said, ‘Let’s rent a little boat and go for a drive’.
And that’s how it started. After two hours on the lake in a 14-foot runabout, they were hooked. Within two weeks, they’d bought their first boat – a 14-foot tri-hull Lund equipped with a 65 Mercury. They trailered it all over Missouri and Kansas.
Soon, they traded up to a 20-foot boat, then a 25 and a 27 and a 28 with a wider beam. Finally, in 2006, they bought their dream boat – a 1989 Carver aft cabin motor yacht. They spent a considerable amount of time and money updating the interior only to see the boat, along with thousands of others on the Lake of the Ozarks, suffer serious damage in a storm. The bill to put things right came to more than $50,000.
The search for parts and for contractors to carry out repairs led Bob’s wife to suggest he launch a radio show, to help others fix or upgrade their own vessels. And so Bob’s No Wake Zone Boating Radio Show was born. The first show aired in May 2011. If you’re in Missouri, you can hear it on KRMS News Talk Radio at 7am every Saturday morning. But we are delighted to say that Bob’s No Wake Zone can also be heard, worldwide, on Boat Radio.
Bob has a US Coast Guards Captain’s License. He has been hired many times to take the helm of a variety of different motor vessels.