Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Choosing Your Boat Type Based on Activity Style

Depending on what activities you enjoy on the water, there are different boat types that would work better for you. Today’s blog from Summerset Boat Lifts discusses a few of the most popular water activities at the Lake of the Ozarks, and what boats work best for each.


The Lake of the Ozarks is a great family vacation destination. People of all ages can have a great time just cruising around the lake. There’s something special about being on a boat during a summer at the Lake. Stop off at one of the many local waterfront bars to grab a bite to eat and a cold drink! If your favorite lake activity is simply cruising on the water, enjoying the wind in your face and the sun overhead, a pontoon, tritoon or deck boat are the best options for you. These are great options that will hold the entire family!


While some pontoons and tritoons can be used for tubing and waterskiing, a deck boat or a ski boat may be a better option. If you're wanting to go really fast, a speed boat is what you want! These all have the power to pull anything from your inflatables to someone waterskiing or wakeboarding. Personal watercraft also offer plenty of enjoyment, whether you’re alone or with others. Some personal watercraft even have enough power to pull inflatables too! If you’re into big boats and racing, there are 2 big annual summer events that you can either participate in or watch from the comfort of your own boat.


If something a little less adrenaline rushing is more your style, the Lake of the Ozarks is a great place for fishing. In our waters, you will find crappie, bass, bluegill, spoonbill, catfish, walleye, and more! The fishing conditions are great almost year round. There are fishing boats designed specifically for this activity. From aluminum fishing boats to bass boats, you'll be able to find one to fit your needs.

Once you’ve determined the type of boat you want, you’ll need to find a boat lift to match it. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers the best is boat lifts. Our Galva-Hoist lifts are designed for the waters here and are extremely capable of withstanding the rough waters at the Lake of the Ozarks during the busy summer season. They're available in all sizes from personal water craft lifts up to custom 46,000+ lb lifts. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to discuss your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Lake's Largest Family Boating Event

If your family is into boating, THIS is the event for you! Aquapalooza 2017 is here, and it's gonna be bigger and better than before. Summerset Boat Lifts has all the details on this year's event right here for you. So get your boats ready and prepare for an awesome day out on the water!
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Aquapalooza 2017 

Known as the Lake of the Ozarks' largest family boating event of the year, Aquapalooza 2017 is one event you don't want to miss! On Saturday, July 15, hundreds of boats will the line the waters in front of Dog Days Bar & Grill for a day filled with live music. Get there early if you want a good spot! This year's lineup includes Scott Duncan, The Mixtapes, Chris Weaver Band and The Elton John Experience, and the music starts at Noon. Keep reading to learn more about each of these amazing artists and bands:

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Scott Duncan 
Scott Duncan is a true crowd-pleaser, offering up a little bit of everything. Enjoy music from the Beatles, US, Johnny Cash, Boy George, Neil Diamond, Outkast, Jimmy Buffet, Men at Work, John Denver and more! He is one of the most accomplished and skilled musicians you will ever have the pleasure of listening to.

The Mixtapes
If 90s music is your kind of jam, then The Mixtapes is your band! These 5 incredibly talented performers play everything from the Cranberries and Nirvana to No Doubt, Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins. During their set, you can relive the days when the radio was fun and going to concerts pumped you up!

Chris Weaver Band
With a mixture of southern rock, soul and country blues, the Chris Weaver Band has been inspiring crowds all around the world for many years now. The band has released 2 albums, the latest one featuring soulful music with a gritty passion for songs that define the American fabric of determination, love, family life, faith in a higher power and the helpfulness of the American Dream.

The Elton John Experience
Who doesn't love the musical stylings of Elton John? This tribute band features that incredible music, recreating not only the songs you know and love, but bringing to life the performance with outrageous costumes, exciting stage show and incredible special effects. When you hear these songs, you're sure to want to join in and sing along!

If you've never been to Aquapalooza before, this video will give you an idea of what to expect!

Summerset Boat Lifts hopes you have a fun and safe weekend out on the water, and enjoy Aquapalooza 2017! If you or someone you know is in need of Lake of the Ozarks boat lift service this weekend, have them give us a call at 573-348-5073. We'll get them taken care of! 
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Friday, July 7, 2017

How to Avoid a Boating Accident

One of the most popular summer activities at the Lake of the Ozarks is boating. Each year, hundreds of people flock to the lake area to hit the water and enjoy some vacation time on the lake. Today's blog focuses on the importance of boating safety and how to avoid an accident. Take a look at some of last year's boating accident statistics and pay special attention to our tips for avoiding a boating accident. Summerset Boat Lifts wants you to have fun on the water, while also staying safe!

Boating Accident Statistics

Take a look at these statistics below and you'll understand the importance of boater education and boater safety precautions. Don't become a statistic - stay safe out on the water this summer!
  • According to the Coast Guard, there were 4,463 boating accidents in 2016. Those accidents involved 701 deaths and 2,903 injuries. 
  • Where the cause of death was known, 80% of boating accident fatalities were a result of drowning. Of those drownings, 83% were not wearing life jackets. 
  • Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. 
  • 77% of boating deaths occurred where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. 
  • Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed and machinery failure rank as the top five primary contributing factors in boating accidents. 

Tips for Avoiding a Boating Accident

By following these few simple tips below, you'll be less likely to be involved in a boating accident:

  1. Don't drink and drive a boat. 
  2. Take a boater safety course. 
  3. Wear a life jacket. 
  4. Store safety equipment on board. 
  5. Know the rules of navigation on the waterways. 
  6. Avoid excessive speeds. 
  7. Don't overload your boat. 
  8. Check the weather before you set out. 
  9. Stow paddles or oar and anchor in case your motor stops working. 
  10. Make sure your boat is properly maintained. 
  11. Know what to do in the event of an emergency. 

Happy Boating from Summerset Boat Lifts! If you're in need of a new boat lift or boat lift repair at the Lake of the Ozarks, you know who to call. From sales and installation to repairs and service, we are your premier boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fourth of July Fireworks

Who's ready for a 4th of July celebration this weekend? On the water at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks is where the party is at! From family-fun festivities to fireworks over the water, there's no better place to be this weekend. Today's blog from the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses why we shoot off fireworks for the 4th of July holiday and where you can watch them this year!

Why We Shoot Off Fireworks for 4th of July 

For Americans, 4th of July has long been associated with fireworks. Why? The simple explanation is because John Adams wanted us to! Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned a celebration with bright colors exploding in the sky. In a letter he wrote to his wife on July 3, 1776 stated the occasion should be commemorated "with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." The first Independence fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777 in Pennsylvania. That same year, fireworks also lit up the sky in Boston. By 1783, a large variety of fireworks were available to the public. Today, 4th of July firework displays have evolved into elaborate, choreographed pyrotechnic shows, and smaller versions of them are available for people to enjoy at home with their families. The American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that more than 14,000 firework displays light up the nation's sky at each Independence Day. Where will you enjoy fireworks this 4th of July?

Fireworks Over the Water

Looking for the best places to watch fireworks from your boat this weekend? Check out these great displays happening all weekend long. Don't have a boat of your own? Get tickets for one of the fireworks cruises!

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  • Fireworks at the 5 MM of the Main Channel - 9:30 pm 
  • Runaway II Resort & Campground at the 45 MM - 9:30 pm 
  • Bear Bottom Resort at the 38 MM of the Osage Arm - 9:45 pm 
  • Celebration Cruises Bagnell Dam - 8 pm 
  • Captain Ron's Bar & Grill at the 34.5 MM - Dusk 
  • Point Randall Resort at the 2 MM - 9:15 pm 
  • The Lodge of Four Seasons at the 13 MM - Dusk
  • Celebration Cruises Grand Glaize - 7 pm 
  • Tan-Tar-A Resort at the 26 MM - 8:30 pm
  • Tropic Island Cruises - 7:30 pm
  • Playin' Hooky Fireworks Cruise - departing from Millstone Marina - 8:30 pm 
  • Bear Bottom Resort at the 38 MM of the Osage Arm - 9:45 pm 

While you're at the Lake and out on the water this weekend, keep Summerset Boat Lifts in mind for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs. If you got a new boat and need a new lift or need your lift modified, we've got you covered! Need boat lift repairs or maintenance? We're here for that as well! Give us a call at 573-348-5073! Happy 4th of July Weekend!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Exceptional Customer Service From Summerset Boat Lifts

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we've got all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs covered! From new and used lifts to boat lift service and boat lift accessories, we're here to make your boating experience the best it can be. Today's blog focuses on the exceptional customer service you'll get when you choose Summerset for all your boat lift needs.

Our Customer Service

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we employ personnel for all aspects of the boat lift business - sales, shipping, assembly, installation and service are all provided by our own employees. This makes our record of service unparalleled in the boat lift industry. When you choose to work with the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, you aren't just purchasing a boat lift, you're purchasing the best service you can get.

Purchasing Your Boat Lift 

Summerset Boat Lifts is proud to offer the Galva-Hoist line of floating boat lifts. For the rough waters at the Lake of the Ozarks, you aren't going to find a better product than ours. The Galva-Hoist is extremely capable of withstanding rough waters. No matter the brand of boat or dock you have, the Galva-Hoist provides great value and performance. Just ask a member of our staff to help you choose the right size lift to fit your needs. We're here to help!

Operating Your Boat Lift 

If you've never operated a boat lift before, don't worry! Our staff will show you how to use your new boat lift and you'll be a pro in no time. The first time you bring your boat to your dock, a member of the Summerset Boat Lifts team will be on the dock with you as necessary for an orientation. We'll train you how to operate the lift, but more importantly, we'll teach you how to use it comfortably.

Repairing Your Boat Lift 

Our service doesn't stop there though! Have a problem with your lift? Give Summerset Boat Lifts a call and be surprised at how soon you may see a representative on your dock. We service many different brands of lifts too, not just our own Galva-Hoist lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks. Crooked lift? No problem. Loose parts? We'll get them tightened. We'll have your lift back up and running in no time! We want to earn your trust and your business.

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we're here to make certain you and your boat get the very best level of product and service at the Lake! For all your boat lift needs, give us a call at 573-348-5073. We are Galva-Hoist. We are Summerset Boat Lifts, and we are lifting your dreams, from canoes to cruisers!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Avoiding Heat-Related Illnesses While on the Lake This Summer

Often times, environment and physical conditions can make it difficult to stay cool. The boating environment is one of those! You're out in the hot, open air, sun blazing down on you with no air conditioner and often times no shade. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks boat lift dealer offers information on some common heat-related illnesses and what you can try to do to prevent them:


The most common illness people experience during the hot summer months is dehydration. When you're spending an entire day, or weekend for that matter, out on the water in the hot sun, you have to make sure you drink enough water. Drinking alcohol also increases your risk of dehydration; so in that case, drink extra water. Dehydration and fatigue can both lead to or make worse other heat-related illnesses described below.


A sunburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to the ultraviolet rays (sunshine). Often times, you don't realize you have a sunburn until after you've left the sun and go inside or wake up the next morning. Depending on the severity of your sunburn, it can cause other illnesses like nausea. Make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen to avoid burning when you're out on the boat this summer. It's also a good idea to have a hat and swimsuit cover up or t-shirt to help shade your body from the suns rays.

Heat Edema 

Heat edema is swelling of the legs and hands. It occur when you sit or stand in a warm environment for too long. This can happen if you're sitting or standing on a boat in the middle of July for too long. Be sure to take breaks, dock up somewhere to grab some food and a cold beverage or jump in the lake to cool off for a bit. To avoid heat edema, be sure to drink plenty of water, watch the foods you eat and avoid being stationary for too long. If you do start to see swelling, move to a cool place as quickly as possible and elevate your feet. You can also try to massage them carefully.

Heat Exhaustion 

Another common heat-related illness is heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is identifiable by heavy sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness, fatigue, cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat, muscle cramps, nausea and headache. This generally develops when someone is working or exercising without drinking enough liquids. Exercising, such as swimming or watersports, could cause heat exhaustion if you're not drinking enough water. Some ways you can try to prevent heat exhaustion include: wearing light-weight, light-colored clothing, drinking plenty of liquids, avoiding vigorous activity in the heat and avoiding a sunburn!

Heat Stroke 

Heat Stroke occurs when the body fails to regulate its own body temperature and your body temperature continues to rise. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and even with immediate treatment, can be life-threatening or cause serious long-term problems. This illness is often a progression from a milder heat-related illness. If you experience any of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, take immediate action to cool your body down. You want to address the situation before it worsens and leads to heat stroke.

Summerset Boat Lifts wants you to enjoy your summer at the lake without experiencing any of these heat-related issues. The best thing you can do is drink plenty of water to help keep your body cool. Remember, if you're in need of any Lake of the Ozarks boat lift service or maintenance, give us a call at 573-348-5073!

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Friday, June 9, 2017

5 Boating Tips to Keep You Safe on the Water This Summer

There's nothing better than cruising around the Lake on your boat under the summer sun! Boating season is well underway at the Lake of the Ozarks. Stay safe on the water this summer by keeping these boating tips from Summerset Boat Lifts in mind:

1. Don't Overload Your Boat.

While we want everyone to have a good time, boats have capacity limits for a reason. You get too much weight on a watercraft and it could sink. You also don't want anyone accidentally getting knocked overboard because the boat is too crowded. Be sure to check the capacity number of your boat or your rental boat before inviting people aboard. If you have too many people in your party, take turns boating while the rest of the group stays at the dock swimming, etc.

2. Maintain a Safe Speed.

The Lake of the Ozarks can get pretty busy with boats in the summer months, especially on holiday weekends. Be sure to cruise at a safe speed and always be aware of your surroundings. Not only do you want to keep everyone in your boat safe, you also don't want to risk hitting anyone else on the water. Unless you're participating in an actual boat race, like Lake Race or the Shootout, try slowing down.

3. Watch the Weather.

One thing that's extremely unpredictable is the weather. You don't want to get caught far away from home on your boat when a storm rolls in. Look up the weather before heading out, even if it seems like a nice, sunny day. If a storm is expected, don't venture too far from your dock. You don't want to be out on the water during a storm.

4. Ensure Personal Flotation Devices are On Board.

Before departing for the day, make sure that each person on board has a PFD that fits properly. Not only is it a safe boating practice, but it's required by law to have them on board. In addition, children must wear them at all times while on board a watercraft. Be sure to also have a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, marine radio and other safety equipment on board.

5. Avoid Drinking Alcohol and Driving. 

Just like with cars, drinking and driving don't mix! Be sure that if you're going to be drinking alcohol on the boat, you have a designated driver. You also want to make sure to limit the alcohol intake of those on board; you want to make sure everyone stays safe. You don't want anyone stumbling overboard or getting sick on the boat. The heat from the summer sun also increases the affects of alcohol. Be smart!  

Summerset Boat Lifts wants you to be safe on the water this summer! When it comes to your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs, we're here to help. From boat lift sales to the repair and maintenance of them, we've got your covered. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 for any boat lift related questions!

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