Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide for the Boat Lover in your Life

The holiday season is here and that means it's time to start thinking about gifts for those special people in your life. Sometimes it can be difficult to think of a great gift idea that will actually be used but if there is a boat lover in your life, we've got a complete list of items they would love to unwrap this holiday season! Our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company is here to make your holiday gift giving a bit easier this year!

Boating Necessities

There are a ton of boating items that anyone who spends time out on the water needs. From koozies to towels to bumpers to coolers -- consider items the boat lover doesn't have or could use an upgrade of. These make great gift items that will actually be used when the boating season rolls around!

Water Floaties

Most people who love boating also enjoy spending time in the water. A new floatie for the family to splash around on is a great option for a gift idea. It can even be an entire family gift since everyone can enjoy it!

Dock Furniture

New patio furniture or lounge chairs for your dock is a gift that will get used this summer! Outdoor furniture gets some wear and tear over time and there's no better time to give the gift of relaxation when the warmer months are here. 

Wet Steps

We're a Wet Steps dealer and they are the best ladder on the market. The powdered coat keeps the ladder protected and ready to withstand anything the weather or water throws at it. The stair-like build makes it easy for all ages to get in and out of the water safely. If you spend a lot of time around your dock, it's a great gift idea!

Dock Storage

Hauling your boating gear from the house to the dock day after day can get to be a pain. Keep those dock items on the dock with a dock storage container. Whether an upright or chest-style box, you're sure to keep your items secure, dry, and in one place. 

Water Accessories

Kayaks and stand up paddleboards are all the rage as more and more people are spending summertime months outside. If you've been dreaming of a fun way to get around your cove, consider giving the gift of adventure for those on your list!

Now's the perfect time to start shopping around for that boat lover in your life. If that special someone is getting a new boat this winter, make sure they have the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks here to protect that new boat. Give Summerset Boat Lifts a call today to schedule your lift install in time to protect that new boat this winter!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Friday, November 13, 2020

Top Reasons to Invest in a Dock De-Icer

As we near winter, the temps will continue dropping. That means we'll have freezing temperatures before too long. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks knows how dangerous freezing temps can be for your boat, dock, and lift this winter and we're here to help. We are proud to carry Kasco de-icers to help protect your investments during the cold winter months. Check out a few of the reasons why you should invest in a dock de-icer at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

What does a De-Icer Do?

A dock de-icer sits in the water and pumps warm water from below the surface around your dock moving. This warmer water movement helps prevent ice from forming near your dock. Ice can cause all sorts of issues for docks, boats, and lifts, especially in the winter months when many issues go unnoticed. 

REASON #1: Reduce the Risk of Structural Damage

Freezing water can wreak havoc on the structure of your dock. From twisting the bracing to applying so much pressure a vital piece gives way, it's best to keep ice away from your dock. 

REASON #2:  Keep Dock in Place

Ice forming against the side of your dock can lead to strain on the free movement a dock is supposed to have. If this free movement is limited, it can potentially put pressure on your dock. This pressure can eventually cause structural damage or cause a dock line to snap, leaving your dock partially unsecured on the water.

REASON #3: Avoid Tub Puncture

Tub floats keep your dock float. Ice forming next to a tub can actually lead to cracking or puncturing of the plastic or rubber surface. These tubs are expensive to replace and could actually lead to further damage. A damaged tub can cause structural damage and potentially lead your dock to sink down into the water. 

REASON #4: Good for Wildlife

De-icers help oxygenate the water. This is important for keeping many water species healthy during the winter months. When an entire cove or other body of water is completely frozen, it can be very hard on the wildlife under the ice and a de-icer can make your water a healthier ecosystem. 

What are you waiting for? Now's the time to start preparing your summer toys for the winter weather that will soon be upon us. Contact the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks today to order your Kasco de-icer to protect your boat, lift, and dock all winter long!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Friday, November 6, 2020

Perks of Storing Your Boat on a Lift This Winter

We hate to even talk about winter with the weather being unseasonably warm this week but we know the nice weather won't last forever. The cold temps and winter weather will be here before we know it. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks knows it's important to have a plan together on how you are going to store your boat in the winter months. Leaving your boat up on its lift is a great option for the off-season. Learn why below: 

Convenient Storage

When you store your boat right there on your dock, it's more convenient to prepare it for winterization. It's also in place and ready to go come spring when the first few nice days hit! 

No Additional Expense

You have already purchased your dock and lift so storing it on-site has no additional storage expense for the winter months. Renting a storage unit or having it stored on land can add to your monthly budget during the months your boat is not even being used. 

Avoid the Hassle of Trailering

Trailer your boat can be an inconvenience. First, you have to have a boat trailer that fits your boat if you don't already have one. Secondly, you have to have somewhere to park the boat and trailer once you get it off the water. You also have to coordinate getting someone to drive your boat and someone to drive a trailer to meet at the boat ramp. It can be a hassle to get the logistics worked out when trailering your boat during the winter months. 

Easy to Keep an Eye On

If you live at the Lake of the Ozarks full time, you can easily check on your boat on a daily basis. In most cases, you can just look out the window and see if your boat and lift all look okay during the cold winter months. 

Covered Storage

Most docks are covered which means your boat will be protected from many elements this winter when stored up on your lift. A great deal of damage can take place from the weight of snow or ice on top of your boat when it is not stored in a covered location. 

Now that you know some of the perks of leaving your boat on its lift, you're ready to make your winter storage plans. As the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know how important it is to keep your boat safe and protected all year long, especially in the winter months when you likely don't have a constant eye on it. If you don't have a lift for your boat yet, give us a call today to line up the right boat lift for your unique needs!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Friday, October 30, 2020

SUMMERSET BOAT LIFTS: Family Owned & Operated Since 1982

Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks has been in business for 40+ years! That means we have a great deal of experience in building, installing, and maintaining the best boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks. We are proud of our family and how Summerset Boat Lifts has grown over the years. Learn what makes our boat lift company different and why you should trust your investment to a Summerset lift!

Lake of the Ozarks is well-known as one of the premier vacation and second home destinations in the Midwest with boating, lodging, golfing, great entertainment and restaurants that feature the best sunsets …which is how it all started for us. In the 1970s, our family was in the same position many of you are now – we were the ones travelling to the Lake most weekends to relax. Joining family and friends by the Lake to watch the amazing summer sunsets – we liked it here so much that we purchased property and built our resort, Summerset Inn, starting in 1971. We expanded our business in 1982, by opening our second venue, Summerset Boat Lifts.

We pride ourselves in service, and it’s what sets us apart from everyone else. As a dealer for Galva-Hoist, Summerset Boat Lifts employs personnel for all aspects of the boat lift business — sales, shipping, assembly, installation and service are all provided by our own employees. We control our schedule to meet the needs of our customers. We want our customers to relax knowing their boat lift needs are being handled by professionals. Summerset’s record of service after the sale is unparallel in the boat lift industry. We don’t just sell you a lift, we sell you our service. Don’t worry that you’ve never operated a lift before! Our team will be on the dock with you as necessary for an orientation the first time you bring the boat to your dock. We train you how to operate the lift, but more importantly, teach you how to use it comfortably.

Our boat lifts are built with quality and longevity in mind. We understand your boat is one of your most valuable belongings and we're dedicated to keeping it safe all year long. If you haven't had your lift inspected yet this fall, now's the time to contact our boat lift maintenance company to come check it out. We will look over all the moving parts to ensure they are properly lubricated, as well as make sure all your fittings are properly fitted. This can help make sure your lift is ready to protect your boat up in the air, even during the harshest winter weather that will soon enough be upon us. Contact Summerset Boat Lifts today to schedule your boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Cold Weather Is Upon Us....Is Your Dock, Boat, and Lift Prepared?

As the temps continue to drop in mid-Missouri, it's time to prepare your water toys for the winter season. While winterizing your boat is a common practice, taking the extra steps to ensure your dock and lift are ready for the freezing winter weather is important, as well. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks knows how important it is to protect your lift year round to ensure it can properly lift your boat and keep it safe. Check out some tips for winterizing your boat, dock, and lift this fall!

Schedule Boat to be Winterized

Winterizing your boat and PWC is vital before it gets too cold. If fluids aren't properly drained from the vessel, the liquid could freeze and cause terminal damage to your engine or body. During the winterization process, all fluids will be drained from your vessel. This time of year is also a great opportunity to make any mechanical or cosmetic repairs. From buffing your paint to repairing a chip to breaking down the engine - winter is the best time to have these types of repairs completed since you likely aren't using your boat anyway!

Get Dock Ready for Cold Temps

Freezing temperatures and precipitation can be rough on a dock. If the water around your dock freezes, it can damage these tubs. Your dock being frozen in one place can be rough on the structure, especially on the catwalk and connection lines. If you have water lines ran to your dock, consider winterizing them. as well. Another way to prepare your dock for winter is to ensure all the bracing and structure is sound and ready for the potential weight of ice and snow. The lake level typically drops this time of year, which can cause your dock to sit on dry land. In addition to being dry docked causing potential damage, the sharp rocks and tree branches in the lake can puncture these flotation devices, as well.

Inspect Boat Lift

Even when you aren't thinking about your lift in the cold of winter, it is working hard! Not only does it hold your boat out of the water, but it also protects it from the harsh winter weather. Up on a lift is a safe place for your boat - as long as your lift is in good working order. This time of year is a great opportunity to ensure your lift fittings and bracing are all in place and tight. This is an important step as you get your lift ready for winter - especially if your boat is being stored up on a lift. The last thing you want is to find your boat in the water when checking on your dock this winter!

Schedule Boat Lift Check

While you're preparing your summer toys for the off season, it's a great time to have your boat lift maintenanced at the Lake of the Ozarks. Having a professional check over your lift can help ensure it is in good working order to protect your investment all winter long. Give our Summerset Boat Lifts crew a call and one of our maintenance members will be on your dock for a boat lift inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks before you know it!

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Boat Lifts for All Size Boats & PWCs

A boat lift can keep your vessel safe all year long. From keeping your boat from bouncing around on the rough water during the summer and protecting your boat from the potential damage of freezing water during the winter, there are a ton of perks of storing your boat on a lift. Having the right size lift is vital for optimum protection. Check out the various sizes we have available for PWC and boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks

PWC Lifts 

We offer four styles of PWC lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks -- side-mount, Permaport, single front-mount, and double front-mount. The side mount PWC lift is ideal for those looking to save space, as the footprint on the dock is only 5 1/2 feet instead of 11 feet. 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 watercraft higher out of the water than a double-tank would. The double is an extension of our popular single tank design. The permaport option is a floating platform style of lift that keeps the PWC out of the water while maintaining a low profile to the water. 

6,500-10,000 LB Lifts 

These lifts are an ideal capacity for almost every tritoon on the Lake of the Ozarks. The mechanism and structure of the lift are well-suited for the rough waters that our lake has to offer during the busy summer months. This lift is also a great option for some bow-riders and helps to keep them safe and protected. 

12,000-17,000 LB Lifts 

The structure and mechanics of this line of boats is similar but the added featured and stability as the size and weight of your boat increases is impressive. Many larger bow-riders, speed boats, and mid grade cruisers fit well on this type of lift. Find the lift with the rights stability ratings for your vessel. You can even choose to back in with the extra deep clearance these lifts offer. The possibilities are endless with this lift!

20,000 LB & Bigger Lifts 

Suited for many 37-41 foot day cruisers, this lift range features dissipate the weight of the boat over many points on the lift and dock. Larger lifts can be custom built just for your boat! Your exquisite taste in big boats demands the best in boat lifts.

As you can see, we aren't kidding when we say we lift them all! From a small PWC to a cruiser, we have lift options to fit the needs of your vessel to best protect it. Whether you've just purchased a new-to-you boat or your current lift isn't cutting it anymore, our experienced team is here for all of your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs! Contact Summerset Boat Lifts today to get started on your boat lift order and start protecting your vessel today. 

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Friday, October 2, 2020

Top 3 Advantages of Buying a Boat this Fall

This is a fantastic time of year to purchase a boat. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to point out some off the reasons you should buy a boat this fall.  We know it may not seem like the ideal time to purchase a boat but there are a few advantages you may have not thought of. Check them out: 

1. Larger Selection

With the end of the traditional boating season, many boat owners choose to sell their boats in the fall months. This means there are likely more boats on the market right now than many other months of the year. This means your ideal boat could be listed for sale right now! 

2. Cheaper Prices

As mentioned above, many times boat owners are eager to sell their boats this time of year. That means the prices are likely more affordable than they are during the spring or summer months. This also gives you more leverage as a buyer and prices may be more negotiable this time of year. 

3. Time to Prepare for Boating Season

Buying this fall gives you plenty of time to stock up on needed boating items before the spring boating season kicks off. Whether it's a new boat lift, gear for your boat, or a new dock to fit your nice new boat -- you'll have extra time to shop around and find the perfect items to go with your new boat!


There's still plenty of time to enjoy your boat this fall! From fishing to warm weekends -- out on the water is a fantastic place to spend time. The fall foliage changing colors is spectacular from the water, too. Treat your family to some awesome memories on your new boat this fall!

Now that you know why fall is actually a great time of year to buy a boat, you're ready to start searching for the perfect new boat! If your current boat lift doesn't work for your new boat, the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks has you covered. Whether it's adjusting your current lift to fit your new boat or upgrading your lift completely, Summerset Boat Lifts is here for all of your boat lift needs! 

Summerset Boat Lifts

1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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