Thursday, May 17, 2018

National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25

Sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, National Safe Boating Week promotes boating and life jacket safety to boaters everywhere. The council believes that wearing a life jacket is the simplest way to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones while enjoying a day on the water. National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, helps kick off the season long campaign to promote safety while boating. Learn more about the national safe boating campaign "Wear It" below.

The National Safe Boating Campaign 


The National Safe Boating Campaign is a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating, encouraging boaters to always wear a life jacket while on the water. While it's tempting to not wear a life jacket while on the water, accidents happen in an instant. Boating safety advocates recommend that all boaters and passengers not only have a life jacket, but wear it at all times while boating. Make it a habit and always wear a life jacket.


Life Jacket Fit and Care 


Life jackets are available for every boating activity! Modern life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. Find out which style is best for your boating activity with this quiz: http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/quiz/

Make Sure It Fits 

Not only is it important to wear a life jacket when boating, but you want to make sure it fits properly. You don't want your life jacket too large or too small; it should fit snug. Life jackets for adults do not work children. A few things to remember about life jackets:
  1. Make sure it is properly fastened and that all straps, buckles or zippers are secure. 
  2. Hold your arms straight up over your head. Then ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up. Ensure that it is not coming off! 

Life Jacket Care 

Caring for your life jacket is also important. Follow these tips below: 
  • Use your life jacket properly. 
  • Ensure there's no rips, waterlogging or mildew on your life jacket. 
  • Be sure to thoroughly dry your life jacket after use. 
  • Hand wash your life jacket in mild detergent. 
  • Store your life jacket in a dry place when you're not boating. 
Refer to your life jacket's owner's manual for specific maintenance requirements.


Recreational Boating Statistics 


The figures below are from the U.S. Coast Guard's 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics. This is the latest record of reported boating accidents in the U.S.

  • 80% of boating deaths are due to drowning 
  • 83% of victims were NOT wearing a life jacket
  • 2/3 of drowning victims are good swimmers
  • 4,463 reported accidents in 2016 (a 7.3% increase from 2015) 
  • 701 reported deaths in 2016 (a 12% increase from 2015) 
  • 2,903 reported injuries in 2016 (an 11.1% increase from 2015) 
  • $49 million dollars in approximate damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents
  • 77% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction 
  • 15% of deaths where the primary cause was known as alcohol as the leading factor
  • 1 in 3 of all boating injuries occurred in boat operators over the age of 35 
Wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket is the simplest life-saving strategy for recreational boaters. 

Summerset Boat Lifts hopes you have a safe and fun boating season! We are here to help ensure  your boat lift is in proper working condition, keeping you and your boat safe. For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift service needs, give us a call at 573-348-5073. Our remote control systems for our lifts are another way to ensure safety for your and your family while boating. Plus, you can pick up life jackets and other boating accessories at our Camdenton location! 

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Get Your Boat Lift Remote Control Today!

Who doesn't love gadgets and things that make our lives easier? With boating season upon us, it's time to think about installing a remote control boat lift system! Whether you already have a Lake of the Ozarks boat lift from us or you're in need of one, we can hook you up with a remote control system for your lift! Keep reading to learn more about the Firstmate Remote Control Systems that we offer here at Summerset Boat Lifts!

About Firstmate 


Firstmate offers boat lift controls you can count on! They are the easiest, safest and smartest boat lift system available. The company is dedicated to the design, manufacture, distribution and servicing of the finest wireless electronic equipment for the recreational marine industry. The Firstmate boat lift remote controls aren't just an accessory, they're a safety net for a variety of things like:

  • Your Boat - the system will add air automatically when the lift goes in water 
  • Your Dock - the system keeps your lift up from the undercurrent of those "Plow Dog" waves
  • Your Lift - the system will add air if there's air restriction in tanks or a leak in the hose
  • Your Guests - the system will hold your boat in place for boarding / debarking 
  • Your Wallet - the system increases the resale value of your lift 
This remote control system works on any size air lift, regardless of size! From personal watercraft up to big cruisers, these remotes are your solution for safety and convenience. Summerset Boat Lifts is proud to be a dealer of this wonderful product, and we are happy to come install one for you. Just give us a call at 573-348-5073. 

Firstmate Testimonials 


People are raving about the boat lift remote controls from Firstmate! Here's what they're saying: 

"Of all the things I have bought at the Lake, this was my best purchase!" 

"The Firstmate has operated flawlessly since day one. It's one part of boating that I don't have to worry about. It adds piece of mind." 

"Safety - with the remote system, there is no need to leave someone on the dock to raise the lift." 

"Product performs exactly as promised... makes lifting and launching my bass boat much easier." 

"Better than I expected." 



As the premier boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are dedicated to quality service. Whether you're in need of one of these remote control systems for your lift, a new lift altogether or just lift service, we're here for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs! Call 573-348-5073. 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

21st Annual Spring Harbor Hop

This weekend is the 21st Annual Spring Harbor Hop, the official kick off to boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks! This is the Lake's largest poker run on the water. Over 40 of the Lake area's best waterfront restaurants and marinas will be setup as checkpoints o Saturday, May 5th for participants to draw a card and try to win the best or worst poker hands. Prizes are awarded to the winner, and anyone can play!

Spring Harbor Hop


Enter the Harbor Hop by stopping at any of the participating checkpoints. The 1st card is drawn at the checkpoint where your hand is purchased. The additional 6 cards are obtained by "hopping" to six more checkpoints, drawing one card per hand at each location. The hand is complete when the 7th card is drawn. The completed hand is turned in at the checkpoint where the 7th card is drawn. To qualify, your hand must be turned in by 7 pm.

For complete details and rules, please visit: www.FunLake.com/harborhop.

Prize Allocations

1st Place: 10%
2nd Place: 9%
3rd Place: 8%
4th Place: 7% each
5th - 10th Place: 5% each
4 Worst Hands: 4% each
Random Drawing for 10 Hands: 2% each

Harbor Hop Checkpoints


Checkpoints Gravois Arm - Section I
Cabana Jones (Formerly Bump's) - 3.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Jolly Rogers Grub & Grog - 4.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Gas Hole at Beauty View Resort - 5.5 MM Soap Creek - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Hillbilly Yacht Club Bar & Grill - 7 MM Gravois Arm - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Frog's Bar & Grill - 8 MM Gravois Arm - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tap and Grill Lakeside Brew Haus - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Millstone Marina - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Checkpoints Dam, Main Channel, 13 MM - Section II 
Beavers at the Dam - 0 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Ozark Yacht Club/Lakeside Cafe - 1MM (Jennings Branch Cove) - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Boathouse Lakeside Bar & Grill - 3 MM (Jobson Hollow Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Big Thunder Marina at Glencove - 3 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Shady Gators #1 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Shady Gators #2 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Camden on the Lake/H.Toads - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Bobbers Restaurant at Alhonna Resort - 8 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Big Thunder Marine - 8 MM (Buck Creek Cove) - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Franky & Louie's #1 - 10 MM (Lynch Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Franky & Louie's #2 - 10 MM (Lynch Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Bikini Pier - 11.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lake House 13 at Pointe Oasis - 13 MM (Chimney Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints 13.5 MM - 26 MM, Main Channel - Section III
Backwater Jack's - 17.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Dog Days #1 - 19 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Dog Days #2 - 19 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Kelly's Port - 19.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bridgeview Marina & Shipstore - 1.5 MM Grand Glaize Arm - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Formula Boats of Missouri - 1 MM Grand Glaize Arm - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Surdyke Port 20 - 20 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Shorty Pants Marina & Lounge - 21 MM (Woodland Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Redhead Lakeside Grille - 21 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Paradise Tropical Restaurant #1 - 24 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Paradise Tropical Restaurant #2 - 24 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Papa Chubby's Food & Booze - 26 MM (Crab Tree Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm


Checkpoints 28.5 MM - 38 MM, Main Channel & Big Niangua Arm - Section IV
Miller's Landing - 28.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Larry's on the Lake #1 - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Larry's on the Lake #2 - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Mariner's Pier 31 Marina - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
The Fish & Company - 31 MM (Linn Creek Cove) - 11:00 to 7:00 pm
Bulldog's Beach House - 33 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Chesnie's Cafe - 33 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Captain Ron's Bar & Grill #1 - 34.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Captain Ron's Bar & Grill #2 - 34.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Nautifish Rum Bar - 3.5 MM Big Niangua - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Pirates Point Gas Dock & Boat Rentals - 35 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Bear Bottom Resort - 38 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Is this weekend the first time you'll be taking your boat out this season? If you notice any issues with your lift, be sure to contact Summerset Boat Lifts to come out and take a look. After sitting all winter, it's smart to have your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks serviced before the season gets underway. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 for all your boat lifts needs!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

4 Benefits of Owning a Galva-Hoist Boat Lift

No matter what brand of boat or dock you have, the Galva-Hoist boat lift is a must. It provides great value and performance. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of owning a Galva-Hoist boat lift from Summerset Boat Lifts.

1. Galva-Hoist is Lake of the Ozarks Made. 


Why choose the Galva-Hoist over other brands of boat lifts? The Galva-Hoist line of floating boat lifts is manufactured at the Lake, for the Lake... Lake of the Ozarks that is. This lift is specifically designed to and extremely capable of withstanding the roughest waters at the Lake of the Ozarks.

2. Protect Your Boat From Damage. 


During the summer months, the lake waters can get pretty rough, especially if your boat dock is on the main channel rather than back in a cove. When your boat is sitting in your dock and those rough waters hit, the boat can move around in the slip, bumping into the dock and causing damage to your boat and/or your dock. Having your boat up on a boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks will reduce the likelihood of that damage.

3. Get Dry Storage in a Wet Environment. 


When your boat is on a lift, it is raised up out of the water. Keeping your boat dry prevents algae from building up on the bottom of  your boat. This reduces the amount of time and effort you have to put into cleaning your boat. The lift creates a dry storage space in a wet environment. No need to take your boat out of the water and store it somewhere else when not in use. During the winter months, you can keep your boat up on the lift and then it's ready to launch when spring rolls back around.


4. Reduce Your Boat Maintenance Costs. 


By keeping your boat up over the waterline, you're not only decreasing the amount of cleaning needed, but also the amount of maintenance. Keeping your boat dry helps prevent excess wear and tear that's caused by the water and things in the water. For example, you won't need to repaint the bottom of your boat as often. You can also avoid issues in the boats structure due to wet storage and decrease the chances of needing repairs due to damage from floating debris.

The best part about our Galva-Hoist boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks is that they come in all shapes and sizes to meet your needs. From personal watercraft lifts all the way to custom 46,000 lb lifts, we have you covered! Give Summerset Boat Lifts a call at 573-348-5073 for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs.


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018 Spring Big Bass Bash

The Spring Big Bass Bash at the Lake of the Ozarks is back for another great year! Join anglers from across the country on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. With over $250,000 in payouts, this is one fishing tournament you do not want to miss! Keep reading to learn more about this annual fishing tournament at the Lake.

About the Spring Big Bass Bash


The Big Bass Bash fishing tournament is designed for amateurs only. The unique format allows the weekend angler to win big money just like the professionals. Unlike most tournaments with team arrangements where the winner is based on total weight, this event is distinctive in the fact that it only takes one fisherman just one big bass to win.



Tournament Details 


The tournament will run from 6:30 am to 3 pm each day. Anglers can launch from anywhere on Lake of the Ozarks. The Big Bass Bash will have four weigh-in stations to accommodate the anglers:

  • PB2 (Grand Glaize State Park)
  • Red Oak Resort
  • Alhonna Resort 
  • Point Randall Resort
Entry fees are per person at $180 for 2 days, $130 for 1 day and $10 per day for the kids division. You can register online until midnight on April 19th or in-person this weekend. For more information, please visit: www.BigBassBash.com

Tournament Payouts 


The 4 biggest basses of the weekend will win: 
  • 1st Place: $100,000 
  • 2nd Place: $20,000
  • 3rd Place: $10,000
  • 4th Place: $5,000
In addition, 35 places will be paid out during each time slot: 6:30-9 am, 9-11 am, 11 am - 1 pm, and 1-3 pm. 

Fishing at Lake of the Ozarks


The Lake of the Ozarks offers some of the best fishing in the Midwest, and a variety of different fishing events all year round. While you're out fishing this weekend, keep Summerset Boat Lifts in mind for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift service needs. For many of you, your lift has been sitting all winter without use. As season approaches, now's the time to schedule a spring check-up to ensure everything is in proper working order. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to schedule an appointment.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Join Us at the 2018 April In-Water Boat Show!

Boating season is quickly approaching and it's almost time for the annual spring In-Water Boat Show at the Lake of the Ozarks! Join us and other members of the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association for this boat show event at Dog Days Bar & Grill on April 20th-22nd. Keep reading for event details.

About the Boat Show


Back for another great year, the April In-Water Boat Show will feature more dealers, more boats, more brands, more vendors and more fun! Come see a variety of boats including new cruisers, performance boats, runabouts and personal watercraft. Get ready for the upcoming boating season by finding everything you need at this year's show! 

Boat Show Hours


Join us Friday, Saturday, Sunday or all 3 days for this can't miss spring event at the Lake of the Ozarks! Admission is $6 for adults, with children 12 and under free. 
  • Friday, April 20 - 1 to 7 pm 
  • Saturday, April 21 - 10 am to 7 pm 
  • Sunday, April 22 - 10 am to 4 pm 

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

Summerset Boat Lifts is excited to kick off the 2018 boating season with this great event! Whether you're in need of a new lift or you need service on your existing lift, our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company has you covered! Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to discuss your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

5 Boat Dock Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

Spring has sprung and summer will be here before you know it! With boating season quickly approaching, we wanted to remind you how to keep yourself and your family safe on your dock. Summerset Boat Lifts wishes nothing more than for you to have fun and safe boating experiences this season - and that all starts with your dock. Keep reading for some safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Test Your GFCIs. 


All docks are required to have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This measures a circuit's current and senses any imbalance (such as a discharge into the water), which then trips the GFCI and cuts off the power. It's important that you test your GFCIs regularly to ensure they are working properly.

2. Conduct Electrical Inspections. 


In addition to testing your GFCI, you want to check all electrical connections on your dock. Make sure any lighting on your dock is working properly, as well as any entertainment equipment. Check al the wiring for corrosion, breaks and shots. You'll want to have a certified electrician examine everything at least twice per year to ensure your safety.

3. Watch Out for Ropes, String and Rigging. 


Passersby can easily get tangled up in ropes and strings if not careful. When on a dock, always be aware of your surroundings. These items can also conduct electricity, so if they are exposed to nearby outlets, they can shock you.

4. Never Let Children on the Dock Unsupervised. 


Children should never be left on a dock unattended. There are too many things that can go wrong, from slipping and falling into the water to getting electrocuted. For young children, you should ensure they have a life jacket on before nearing the dock. Also, make no running on the dock a rule for everyone to follow.

5. Clear Any Debris and Check for Damage. 


Make sure that your dock is clear of any debris and personal items. You don't want anything blocking the walkways that could cause someone to trip and fall into the water. If your dock has debris from winter storms, be sure to check for damage as well after you've cleaned up the debris. Inspect the entire dock structure to ensure there are no weak spots or places that could be dangerous in other ways. Look for any areas that are splintering, any nails that might be sticking up, and mold or moss that could be slippery, etc.

After ensuring your dock is safe, you'll want to do the same for your boat lift. If you haven't already, now's the time to schedule your spring boat lift service at the Lake of the Ozarks with us. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs!


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