Thursday, July 12, 2018

7 Essentials for a Day on the Lake

We've reached the peak of boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks! The weather is warm and there's no better way to spend your summer vacation than out on the water. Today's blog from Summerset Boat Lifts offers a list of essentials you'll want to bring with you before hitting the water for the day.

1. Sunscreen. 

The #1 item you don't want to forget when you're preparing for a day on the water is sunscreen! Even if your boat has an awning, you'll want to make sure you protect your skin from the suns rays. While some people are lucky enough to just tan, it doesn't take much for the rest of us to burn. Either way, everyone should use sunscreen, and be sure to re-apply it throughout the day. Don't forget your lips can burn too, so bring some chap-stick with SPF in it too.

2. Bottled Water. 

The 2nd most important item to bring on the boat, which might actually be tied with number 1, is bottled water. It's extremely easy to become dehydrated while out in the sun all day on a boat. Make sure you bring enough bottled water for everyone on the boat to stay well hydrated throughout the day. If you're drinking alcohol on the boat, your chances of becoming de-hydrated are even higher, so be sure those people get plenty of water as well.

3. Sunglasses and a Hat. 

In addition to sunscreen, you'll want some sunglasses to protect your eyes from the suns harmful rays. The summer sun at the Lake of the Ozarks is bright, especially when it's gleaming off the water. You'll get tired of squinting all day long, so grab a pair of sunglasses and maybe even a hat. A big floppy hat for the ladies not only looks cute, but also protects your eyes, face and sometimes even your shoulders from the sun.

4. Snacks. 

Depending on how long you're planning to stay out on the water, you might want to bring some snacks. Even if you're planning to stop at one of the local waterfront restaurants for lunch or dinner, boating works up an appetite. Having some snacks on board can hold you over until you reach your stop. Fruit, chips and nuts are all easy snacks to bring for a fun day on the water. You might even consider packing some sandwiches if you don't want to spend money stopping for food.

5. Beach Towel. 

What's better than boating all day? Jumping off the boat into the cool lake water or riding on an inflatable behind the boat! Once you get back on the boat though, you'll want to have a towel to dry off. When you get going fast, the wind against your wet skin can be quite chilly. Beach towels will come in handy to not only dry yourself off, but to also dry the seat or other items on board that might accidentally become wet.

6. Extra Clothes and a Jacket. 

If you're planning on staying on the water until the evening hours, you might consider bringing a dry change of clothes and a jacket. It can get pretty chilly on the water at night after the sun has gone down. You don't want to be wet and freezing the entire ride home. If you have children, you might consider bringing a blanket for them to cuddle up with for the cool ride back. Grab a beach bag to throw everything in to keep it together and dry!

7. Cell Phone and Charger. 

In case of inclement weather, getting lost or some other type of emergency, you'll want to have a cellphone on board to call for help. Be sure you know how to reach the water patrol or coast guard if needed. The phone can also come in handy to blast your favorite music or keep the kids entertained if they get tired of being out in the hot sun. Be sure to bring a charger as well in case it runs out of juice.

Are we missing something on our list? Leave us a note about your essentials in the comments!

Don't forget that Summerset Boat Lifts is here for all your boat lift needs. We want to protect your boat, so that you can enjoy being on the water as often as you like. Whether you're in need of some routine maintenance or boat lift repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got you covered. Happy Boating!

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3 Common Reasons for Boat Lift Repairs

Just like your boat, your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks requires some regular maintenance to keep them in proper working conditions. When that doesn't happen, bigger issues can arise. Below we discuss some of the common boat lift issues that call for repairs. All lifts, no matter the type, are susceptible to some common problems.

1. Electrical or Hydraulic Issues. 

Many boat lifts work on hydraulics to raise and lower the lift. Hydraulic problems can related to a loose connection or a hydraulic fluid leak. If you suspect that the hydraulics are causing issues, you should consider contacting a boat lift professional at the Lake of the Ozarks. Continual use of a failing hydraulic system could result in excessive damage to the lift. It may be necessary to remove  the hydraulic component and install a new one. Also, like with any piece of equipment that runs on electricity, electrical problems are possible, especially when you're working around water.

2. Rust Build Up. 

If your boat lift loses its protective coating of paint over the metal, it can start to rust. While aluminum will resist rust, steel is also a popular material for boat lifts and will rust over time. The options for repairing rust will depend on the severity of the problem. If rust is found early on, it can often be ground off the metal. Then you can cover it with a protective sealant and paint it to prevent rust from occurring again. However, if you have an older boat lift and the rust has been there for awhile, it may be affecting the structural integrity of the metal in the lift. In that case it would be better to cut out the rusted section and weld on a new piece of metal.

3. Structural Issues. 

From debris in the water to an actual boat, many things can strike your boat lift and cause structural damage. Small dents and dings are bound to happen, but any structure damage that interferes with how the lift operates should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your lift or even your boat. Depending on the severity of the damage, it may be more cost effective to purchase a new lift from the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have a great selection of both new and used boat lifts.

For all your boat lift needs, trust Summerset Boat Lifts! Our sales of new and used boat lifts are complimented by the servicing of many different brands of lifts. If you have a need for boat lift repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks

There's no better place to spend the 4th of July holiday than out on the water! From fun in the sun to fireworks at night, there's endless fun to be had at the Lake of the Ozarks over these holiday weekends. Keep reading to learn more about where you can view the 4th of July fireworks from the water, as well as some tips on how to stay safe on the Lake over the holiday.

4th of July Fireworks on the Water 

With the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday, you two weekends and a week in between to celebrate! If you're going to be out on the water over the holiday, be sure to check out these fun events:

Fireworks at the 1 Mile Marker of the Grand Glaize Arm - Saturday, June 30
The Inn at Grand Glaize will be shooting off fireworks at dusk on Saturday. They can be viewed from the water a the 1 mile marker of the Grand Glaize Arm.

Fireworks at the 38 Mile Marker - Saturday, June 30, Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 7
Bear Bottom Resort is offering three different chances to see a spectacular fireworks show, both Saturdays and Wednesday the 4th too, at 9:45 pm each night! You can view them by water at the 38 mile marker of the Osage Arm.

Fireworks at the 45 Mile Marker - Saturday, June 30, Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 7
Runaway II Resort & Campground will also be shooting off fireworks 3 different days over the upcoming holiday week. Each show will begin at 9:30 pm and can be viewed from the 45 mile marker.

Fireworks at the 34.5 Mile Marker - Tuesday, July 3 
Enjoy a fireworks display put on by Captain Ron's the night before the 4th of July, Tuesday at dusk. This fireworks show can be viewed by water at the 34.5 mile marker.

Fireworks at the 2 Mile Marker - Wednesday, July 4 
Point Randall Resort will be shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July from 9:15-10 PM. This display can be viewed from the water at the 2 Mile Marker, near McCoy Branch Cove.

Fireworks at the 13 Mile Marker - Wednesday, July 4 
Starting at dusk, the Lodge of Four Seasons annual 4th of July fireworks show will be visible at the 13 mile marker.

Fireworks at the 26 Mile Marker - Wednesday, July 4 
Tan-Tar-A Resort will also have their annual 4th of July fireworks display from 8:30-9:30 PM on Wednesday. This display can be viewed by water at the 26 mile marker.

Staying Safe on the Water

With the increased traffic on the water over the holiday, it's important that take actions to stay safe. Here's some tips to keep you safe and prevent problems on the water this holiday weekend/week.

1. Designate a Captain - We know you want to have fun for the holidays, but make sure you have a sober captain to get you home safely after a day of celebrating on the water. Just like with cars, drinking and driving a boat don't mix.

2. Bring Life Jackets - Make sure you have enough life jackets on board for everyone. The chance of a boating accident increases on busy holiday weekends, so make sure life jackets are accessible to all passengers. Children should be wearing them at all times while on a watercraft.

3. Don't Speed - While it may seem like common sense, don't speed. This is particularly important with an abundance of boats on the water; it can be harder for someone to get out of your way or for you to make a quick turn. Operating at a safe speed will help you avoid a boating accident.

4. Stay Alert - While you may be doing everything you can to stay safe while boating, others may not be. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. There can be a lot of distractions on a boat, maybe even more so than in a car, so make sure your captain stays alert.

Summerset Boat Lifts wishes you a Happy 4th of July holiday this year! We want you to be safe not just on the water, but also on your dock. From Lake of the Ozarks boat lift maintenance to the installation of a remote control boat lift, we're here to make boating easier and safer for you and your family. For all your Lake of the Ozark boat lift needs, trust Summerset Boat Lifts!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Caring for Your Boat Lift at the Lake of the Ozarks

In order for your boat lift to take care of your boat, you have to take care of your boat lift. Just like with a car, you'll want to perform preventative maintenance tasks regularly to keep your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift in tip-top shape. A little maintenance can go a long way in preventing emergency calls, such as dealing with a sinking boat. Make your time on the water more enjoyable by not having to worry about your lift.

Boat Lift Maintenance Tips 

Follow these boat lift maintenance tips to ensure your boat lift is always in proper working condition: 
  • Start with a complete visual inspection of all moving parts, bushings, hoses and hose clamps. If you see something that doesn't quite look right, give Summerset Boat Lifts a call to come check it out. 
  • Check all nuts, bolts and hose clamps with a wrench for tightness. 
  • Check all cables and hoses for any broken strands, punctures, etc. 
  • Grease the gears several times per year. It's recommended that you grease them after every 15-20 uses. 
  • Due to normal wear and tear, the drive belt can become loose, so be sure to tighten it regularly. 
  • Remove the motor cover and clean out any debris that may have gotten in there. It's also a good idea to inspect the motor for any visual damage or part wear. 
  • Spray all motor parts with a corrosion preventative lubricant semi-annually. 
  • Check carpeted bunks for worn areas and tears, repair or replace them as necessary. 
  • Inspect the condition of wood bunks and replace them if any are cracked or split.
  • Whenever possible, raise your lift out of the water and give it a good rinse. Leaving it submerged for prolonged periods of time can reduce its life. Rinsing it regularly will keep your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks looking and functioning like new! 
  • During the off-season or during extended periods of no boating activity, it's recommended to operate your lift occasionally to keep the motor contacts and brushes clean, and keep everything evenly lubricated. 

Boat Lift Services at the Lake of the Ozarks 

Should you have any questions or issues about boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, be sure to give Summerset Boat Lifts a call at 573-348-5073. We pride ourselves in service, and that's what sets us apart in the industry. We don't just sell you a lift, we sell you our personal service for years to come.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

4 Common Heat-Related Illnesses to Avoid This Summer

It's summertime, and that means extremely hot temperatures. While it's fun to be out on the water during hot summer days, it's important that we take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Today's blog from the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses some common heat-related illnesses and how to avoid them.

1. Dehydration. 

The most common heat-related illness is dehydration, and it's very easy to get it on a hot summer day. Dehydration is a harmful reduction in the amount of water in the body. When it's hot out, your body uses more water, and therefore, you have to replenish it to avoid becoming dehydrated. Whether you're spending hours out boating, swimming or hiking, it's important that you make sure to drink enough water. Drinking alcohol also increases your risk of dehydration.

2. Sunburn. 

Another extremely common heat-related illness, or rather sun-related illness, is sunburn. 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 even realize you've gotten a sunburn until the next morning. When you're out in the sun, especially when on the water, you want to be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen. Consider wearing a hat, and avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods of time.

3. Heat Exhaustion. 

Heat exhaustion is identifiable by heavy sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness, fatigue, cool, moist skin with goose bumps, muscle cramps, nausea and headache. Heat exhaustion is most common when someone is working or exercising without drinking enough liquids. Exerting yourself during watersports on the Lake could cause heat exhaustion if you're not drinking enough water. Swimming while dehydrated can also lead to heat exhaustion. Some ways to prevent heat exhaustion include wearing light-weight, light-colored clothing, drinking plenty of liquids, avoiding vigorous activity and avoiding a sunburn. Both sunburn and dehydration can increase your chances of getting heat exhaustion.

4. Heat Stroke. 

Heat Stroke is a more serious condition where the body fails to regulate its own body temperature and your body temperatures continues to rise. This 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 of one of the other heat-related illnesses listed above. If you experience any of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, take immediate action to cool your body down. It's important that you address the situation before it escalates to heat stroke.

Summerset Boat Lifts wants to ensure you have a fun and safe time out on the water this summer. For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift maintenance needs, give us a call at 573-348-5073. We are your premier boat lift service provider at the Lake.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Do I Need a PWC Lift?

Do you need a lift of your personal watercraft? The answer is YES, of course! Just like with a boat, your personal watercraft is an investment that you want to protect. By purchasing a PWC lift at the Lake of the Ozarks, you don't have to pull your jetskis or seadoos out of the water after each use. You can store them at your dock, so they are ready to hit the water whenever you are! Keep reading to learn about the PWC lifts that we have to offer here at Summerset Boat Lifts.

Importance of a Watercraft Lift 

No matter the size of your boat, a lift is crucial for keeping it in tip-top shape. Leaving your watercraft in the water for extended periods of time can cause blistering and other damage to your watercraft. The waters at the Lake of the Ozarks can be quite rough during the summer, even if you're just docking your PWC to run in for a quick lunch, it can easily get banged up from hitting against your dock. In addition to preventing corrosion and damage, a lift will save you time and resources taking your watercraft in and out of the water all the time.

Our PWC Lifts 

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we offer a variety of PWC lifts to meet your needs. For a single PWC, we offer a sidemount and a front-mount option. We also offer a double place style for those with more than one PWC that needs lifted.

Sidemount PWC Lift 
The Galva-Hoist sidemount mechanical lift is available for the homeowner with property line issues. It's a space-saver in the fact that the footprint on the dock is only 5 1/2 feet instead of 11 feet. The capacity for this PWC lift is 920 lbs.

Single Place PWC Lift 
The flagship of our PWC line, the poly tank front-mount unit is quite capable of withstanding any water conditions. The single-tank, by design, will hold your machine higher out of the water than a two-tank system would. This means you WILL have dry feet when you want to maintain or cover your watercraft, GUARANTEED!

Double Place PWC Lift 
Cruising around the Lake is always more fun with a friend! If you have more than one PWC to lift, this is the way to go! The double-place personal watercraft lift is an extension of the ever popular single tank design. For considerable price savings over purchasing two singles, the double is the perfect solution. The double is also available with a full deck.

Whether you're in need of one of our personal watercraft lifts or a bigger lift, there's no better place to go than Summerset Boat Lifts! We are proud to offer the Galva-Hoist product line of floating boat lifts! They're engineered to withstand the rough waters that the Lake of the Ozarks experienced each year. No matter what brand of boat or dock you have, the Galva-Hoist boat lifts provide great value and performance. Our new lift sales are complimented by pre-owned sales to fit your budget. Contact us today at 573-348-5073 for more information about our watercraft lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Join Us at Lake Race 2018

One of the largest powerboat racing events in the Midwest is back for another great year, Lake Race 2018! Race Day is June 2, 2018, but there are a variety of festivities and events leading up to the races and following them. Keep reading to get all the details about this much anticipated event from your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company!

Lake Race Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 31st - Lake Race Festival of Speed

Enjoy fast exhibits such as fast boats, cars, motorcycles and more at Big Thunder Marine! All parking will be located at Staples, shuttles will operate between 4-9 pm to transport visitors who want to be up close and meet the racers. There will be food snacks and beverages available. 

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Friday, June 1st - Lake Race Meet & Greet Street Party 

Race fans will experience everything unique about Lake Race at the Meet & Greet Street Party on the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip the night before the races! You can meet the drivers and get up close and personal with the race boats, as they'll be lined up on the street. Enjoy live entertainment, vendor booths and a kid's zone. Shuttle service will begin at 4 pm and be available throughout the weekend. All Lake Race Parking will be in the campground below the dam.

Saturday, June 2nd - Lake Race Race Day 

World class powerboat racing will take place all day Saturday! The races will begin with opening ceremonies at 10:40 am. Racing will begin promptly at 11 am, and continue until all heats are complete around 5 pm. Unlimited viewing will be available at the host location, Beavers at the Dam, as well as other areas near the Historic Bagnell Dam. When the races are over, head to Camden on the Lake for the awards ceremony. The after party on the Strip will feature entertainment at various locations, and you'll enjoy fireworks at dusk!

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Saturday, June 9th - Lake Race 5K 

On the following Saturday, participate in the annual Lake Race 5K. The run will begin at 7 am at Beaver's at the Dam. The course runs down the strip to the Lake Ozark Fire Department, around the fire house, back down the strip to School Rd, then down Valley and R on Legion Road to the bait shop, back up Valley and under the Ameren sign to finish.

Tuesday, June 12th - Paddle Battle 

Individuals or 3-person teams on paddle boards will compete in a 3-lap format. As needed, there will be different heats followed by a championship round. Costumes are welcome and encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place, last place and best costume!

Summerset Boat Lifts is a proud sponsor of this annual charity event! Be sure to look for our dock and lift during the event. Proceeds from all the Lake Race events go to benefit various charitable organizations in the Lake of the Ozarks area. We hope to see you there!

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