Friday, August 18, 2017

Join Us at Supercat Fest 2017!

Coinciding with the Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is Supercat Fest! This is a gathering of the fastest, most exotic offshore marine hardware in the world. If you're a boat enthusiast, this is one event you will not want to miss. It's one of the coolest gatherings in the country! Ever year it gets bigger and better, featuring dozens of the latest and greatest go-fast catamarans and other offshore beauties. Join your favorite Lake of the Ozarks boat lift dealer at this event August 23-27!

Supercat Fest 

Supercat Fest is a rather informal event, presenting an opportunity for a close-knit group of high-performance boaters to gather and enjoy the Lake. Many boaters start showing up on Wednesday, and the party rolls well into the weekend. Supercat Fest's "official" activities occur on Friday and Saturday night at Camden on the Lake. The festivities range from cocktail parties with live music to a fun run and fireworks displays. The event has always complimented the Shootout, specifically with the Stereo Shootout. This audio competition at Camden on the Lake offers another activity with more eye-candy and ear-candy than some of the other festivities. Supercat Fest is all about sharing in the common love of performance boating.

Associated Activities 

Friday night is the Wet & Wild Pool Party at Camden on the Lake! Participate in the bikini contest or just enjoy a cocktail poolside. Check out all the amazing race boats while you're there! Dr. Zhivegas will be rocking the stage at H. Toad's Bar & Grill both Friday and Saturday night. In addition to the fun, this year's Shootout Benefit Live Auction will actually take place Saturday night at 8 pm at Camden on the Lake. The hope for this year's auction is to put a bigger emphasis on the fundraising part of this huge annual event. With all the generous sponsors and donations, the goal of once again breaking records in terms of the event's overall donations is within reach. For those who don't want to leave the resort, a big-screen viewing option will be available at Camden on the Lake this year. The large-format screen display will carry the live television broadcast from the two-day top-speed contest on he 3/4 mile course!

Our dock will be going up at Camden on the Lake on Monday - the helicopter will arrive Monday and the boat will be in the lift on Tuesday! Come out and see us at Supercat Fest 2017. Summerset Boat Lifts hopes you have a great time out on the water for these events! If you experience any problems with your lift after participating in the Supercat Fest or Shootout activities, give us a call at 573-348-5073. We're here for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift repair needs!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Insuring Your Boat Lift

The Lake of the Ozarks area offers some unique situations when it comes to insurance. If you own a home on the water with a dock, you need to make sure that dock is insured as well. Insurance can be complicated, so it's important that you work with a local agent to ensure you have the proper coverage for not only your dock, but also your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift.

Boat Insurance Policies

Just like with auto insurance, you need boat insurance. What exactly does that boat insurance include though? Unfortunately, your boat lift is not covered under most of your typical boat insurance policies. Those policies just cover the vessel itself. Think about it; your auto insurance doesn't cover your garage does it? So why would your boat dock or lift be any different. Typically you have to buy a premium policy or add coverage to insure your lift. Talk to a local insurance about your options. Your lift is an investment just like your boat and you want to make sure that investment is protected too!

Homeowners Insurance Policies

Many homeowners believe that their dock and lift are part of their property and their homeowners insurance should cover these items. Unfortunately, that's usually not the case. While homeowners insurance can sometimes extend to the dock, your insurance agent needs to be aware of the dock and value of that dock. When ensuring coverage for your dock, it's important that you not only have physical damage, but also liability. Docks can be a dangerous place if caution isn't taken, and you'll want to make sure you're covered if someone were to get hurt on your dock. As for the physical damage coverage, make sure you understand what circumstances are covered, wind, fire and snow all need to be considered. During the winter season, heavy snow storms have been known to severely damage or even collapse docks at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Protect your boat and protect your boat lift, not only with insurance, but also preventative maintenance. Summerset Boat Lifts is here to help with all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift repair and maintenance needs. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 and be surprised at how fast you see a representative from our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks out on your dock!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Knowing When Your Boat Dock Needs Replaced

In order for your lift to work properly and protect your boat, your dock needs to be in good shape. The Lake of the Ozarks boat lift has to be able to attach to your dock. Keep reading to learn about some signs that suggest your boat dock needs repaired or replaced.

1. Warped or Cracked Dock Supports. 

Depending on the type of material that was used to build your dock, currents and waves can cause the structure to bend, warp or crack. In addition, ramming your boat into the dock while trying to dock it can also cause these issues. If the cracks are minor, you can likely just replace individual boards or beams. However, if load bearing areas are damaged, you'll want to have your dock replaced. This will ensure structural integrity. Your lift isn't going to be able to protect your boat from sinking if the entire dock falls apart.

2. Rusted Platforms and Dock Supports. 

If you have a metal dock, you'll need to watch for rust. Due to the dock being in constant contact with water, there's bound to be a build-up of moisture, which can lead to rusted platforms and dock supports. If rust has overtaken the dock, you're likely way overdue for a dock replacement. If only small amounts of rust are found, you can try replacing those individual parts or pieces. If you're replacing your metal dock, you might consider investing in a dock of a higher quality material.

3. Wood Rot Spread Out On Dock. 

While it's normal for your dock to experience a little rot over time, if the wood rot is not contained to a small area, it's probably time to replace your dock. Sometimes fungus from the lake water can cause dry rot, which causes wooden components of the dock to decay and crumble. This is normal wear and tear that all docks will experience. When there's only a small area of wood rot, you can likely just replace a board or two and your dock will be fine. However, if the rot has spread across the dock simultaneously, repairs can become expensive and replacing the dock might be a better option.

Not only do you want to keep any eye on your dock for necessary repairs, but it's also a good idea to regularly inspect your boat lift. If any maintenance or repairs are needed on your lift, you can trust Summerset Boat Lifts, your premier boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks, to get the job done right. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to schedule an appointment.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

5 Reasons You Need a Boat Lift at the Lake of the Ozarks

Boat lifts are designed to both protect your boat and make your life easier. If you're not convinced you need a boat lift yet, check out these 5 reasons to invest in a lift from your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. To Protect Your Boat From the Rough Summer Waters.

The Lake of the Ozarks has seen some pretty rough waters during the summer months when the boat traffic is high. A boat lift protects your boat from these rough waters by keeping it in place and away from the edges of your dock. Without a lift, your boat could be bouncing around in the slip, ramming into the dock and could even come loose and drift away.

2. To Reduce the Amount of Boat Maintenance Needed.

When your boat sits in water for long periods of time, algae can begin to build up on the bottom. Not only does this cause the need to clean your boat more often, but it can present other maintenance issues such as bottom painting. By storing your boat up out of the water, you can decrease the amount of maintenance your boat needs and also keep it from being damaged by floating debris, leading to repair costs.

3. To Prevent the Likelihood of Your Boat Sinking.

One major issue that we see occasionally on the Lake of the Ozarks is boats sinking. Most boats that sink, do so at their dock. From a dead battery to a failed bilge pump, it doesn't take something major like a boating accident to make a boat sink. A Lake of the Ozarks boat lift can give you peace of mind that your boat is protected

4. To Provide Easy Storage Throughout the Winter.

You can store you boat on your lift all year round. During the winter months, you don't have to find some dry storage place to keep your boat protected from the winter weather. The cost of renting a storage space can also be quite the expense.

5. To Make Launching Your Boat Easier.

When you store your boat on a lift rather than dry land, you decrease the amount of time needed to launch your boat. There's no more driving to the nearest launch site, getting your boat off the trailer and into the water and then finding a place to go park the trailer. You simply walk out to your dock, lower the lift and your boat is all ready to go!

Get your new boat lift at Summerset Boat Lifts today! No matter the size of your boat, our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company has a lift to fit your needs. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 for more information.

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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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