Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Things to Keep in Mind While Attending the 2017 Boat Shows

Boat show season is upon us. This is the time of year when you can get the best deals on boats, boat lifts, and other boating accessories. Make the most of your time at these events by keeping these boat show tips from Summerset Boat Lifts in mind.

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Attending a Boat Show

Whether you're in the market for a new boat or just interested in browsing what's new for 2017, attending a boat show can be a fun way to spend your day. Grab your family or get your buddies together for a good time. Boat shows often include much more than just boats; vendors from a variety of companies will be there with demonstrations, presentations and more. You're sure to find something to keep you entertained!

Boat Show Tips

If you are actually in the market for a new boat, there are some things to keep in mind as you're making your way through the exhibits at this year's boat shows. Here are a few of our top tips:
  1. Do Your Homework - Before stepping foot into the boat show, do some research. You want to have some idea of what you're looking for or you can get easily overwhelmed. Make a list of questions that you want to ask the dealers. Be sure to have a budget in mind before you start your search as well. 
  2. Think About Financing - If you're serious about buying a boat, it's important that you have an idea of how you will pay for it. While some people may have the cash to buy a boat, most will need to get financing secured. You might want to consider getting a pre-approval before you attend any boat shows. By doing so, you'll better be able to set a budget for how much you can afford - and you won't be tempted to fall in love with a boat out of your price range. 
  3. Check Out the Show Guide - Many boat shows will have a list of all their exhibitors and vendors available prior to the show. Take a look at those and make a list of who's booths you want to be sure to stop by. With so much going on at these events, you can easily get distracted and miss something you wanted to check out. 
  4. Talk with the Dealers - Rather than just checking out the exhibits yourself, be sure to talk with the dealers. Ask the list of questions you prepared ahead of time. Not only are you looking for the best values in boating, you want to make sure you're working with a reputable and knowledgeable dealer. Customer service is very important when it comes to such a big investment as a boat.

Photo Credit: Overland Park Boat Show Website
Boating Accessories 

If you already own a boat, you'll find all the accessories you could need at the boat show as well. Swing by the Summerset Boat Lifts booth at the Overland Park Boat Show to see what our Galva-Hoist floating boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks have to offer. In addition, we provide a variety of boating accessories such as dock lockers, remote controls for your lifts and more! Find a solution for all your boating needs at one of this year's boat shows. If you're unable to attend the Overland Park Boat Show January 26-29. Keep in mind the St. Charles Boat Show is coming up March 9-12. For more information on the shows or what our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company has to offer, give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Get Ready for Boat Show Season!

Boat show season is almost here! During the winter and spring months, you can find some great deals on new boats and boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks. By attending a boat show, you are able to view all your options in one place and make a decision on what style of boat fits your needs best. Keep reading to learn more about the 2017 boat show season and what Summerset Boat Lifts has to offer!

Overland Park Boat Show 

Join us at our first boat show of the 2017 season, the Overland Park Boat Show. The event will take place January 26-29 at the Overland Park Convention Center. This is the premiere show for boating enthusiasts all over the Midwest.See the latest 2017 cruisers, runabouts, performance boats, tritoons, ski boats, personal watercraft, docks, lifts and other boating accessories all in one place! Bring the entire family to Kansas City's largest boat show

Event Hours:
Thursday, January 26 - 3pm to 9pm 
Friday, January 27 - 12pm to 10pm 
Saturday, January 28 - 10am to 9pm
Sunday, January 29 - 10am to 5pm  

Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children. Children 5 & under are free. Plus, $1 of each paid adult admission is donated to the Kids' Harbor Child Advocacy Center. For more information on the event, visit

Summerset Boat Lifts

Mark your calendars and also plan to join us March 9-12, 2017 for the St. Charles Boat Show! At these great events you'll be able to learn all about Summerset Boat Lifts and our great products. We are proud to offer the Galva-Hoist line of floating boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks. These lifts are engineered at the Lake of the Ozarks and designed to withstand the rough waters we experience throughout the summer season. We hope to see you at a boat show this season, but if you're unable to attend, swing by and see us at the Lake of the Ozarks or give us a call at 573-348-5073 to learn more about how we can help you protect your boat!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

17 Fun Facts About New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is one of America's favorite celebrations.  Not only is it a chance to throw lavish parties, but the holiday brings hope for a more prosperous and happy 365 days. In today's blog, Summerset Boat Lifts offers a few fun facts about New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve Fun Facts

1. Each New Year's Eve, 1 million people gather in New York City's Times Square to watch the famous ball drop. Close to 1 billion people around the world watch it on TV.

2. The Time Square Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. Back then, the ball was made of iron and wood, was lit with 25-watt bulbs and weighed 700 pounds. 

3. Today, the Times Square Ball is covered  in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LEDs, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.

4. In 1942 and 1943, the ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.

5.  Approximately, 2,000 pounds of confetti is dropped on the crowd in Times Square at midnight.

6. Approximately 22% of people admit to falling asleep before midnight on New Year's Eve. 

7. Approximately 44% of American adults plan to kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.

8. It's tradition to ring in the New Year with family and friends because it's said that the first people you see will either bring you good luck or bad luck (so keep your foes away).

9. The tradition of setting off firecrackers and other noise makers at midnight on New Year's Eve started to scare away any remaining evil spirits and to ensure a brand new start. 

10. Many people celebrate the new year by popping open a bottle of bubbly. Each holiday season, Americans consume close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine.

11. About 45% of American's make New Year's resolutions, but about 25% of those people give them up by the second week of January. The most popular resolutions include losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more, staying fit and healthy and quitting smoking.

12. Auld Lang Syne, meaning "times gone by," is a song traditionally sung at the end of New Year's parties. While most people don't know the words to the song, the overall message is that people have to remember their loved ones, dead or alive, and keep them close to their hearts. 

13.  Many people across the United States will eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck throughout the coming year. Be sure to also eat leafy greens, as the more you eat, the more prosperity you'll experience.

14. If you want to have a Happy New Year, don't eat lobster or chicken. Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.

15. The first recorded New Year's celebration dates back 4,000 years to Babylon, when the first moon after the spring equinox marked the new year. In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar created a calendar with January 1 as the first day of the year.

16. The month of January is named after Janus, the god with two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. He is the god of beginnings, transitions, gates, doors, passages and endings.

17.  The top three most visited destinations in the United States to travel to for New Year's Eve are New York City, Las Vegas and Walt Disney World. Globally, Sydney, Australia is the destination of choice, as you can see over 80,000 fireworks go off over the famed Sydney Opera House.

Summerset Boat Lifts hopes you have a Happy New Year! We can't wait to help you with all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs in 2017. Whether you're in need of a new lift or boat lift service, you can trust Summerset! Just give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

7 Christmas Shopping Ideas for Boat Lovers

With Christmas just two weeks away, now is the time to get shopping. Summerset Boat Lifts is here to help you shop for all the boat lovers in your life. We have a variety of boating accessories available at our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks. From ski ropes and life jackets to dock lockers and lift remotes, we've got something for everyone to enjoy during boating season at the Lake! 

1. Life Jackets. 

While life jackets may not seem like the most "fun" gift, they are required. In order to have fun on the water, it's important to have life jackets for every passenger on the boat. Pick up your new life jackets from your premier Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company

2. Dock Bumpers. 

One of the last things you need is for your boat to get damaged, causing it to go in the shop and delay the use of your boat for possibly weeks. Protect your boat, and your dock, with our dock bumpers! 

3. Tie Ropes. 

Keep your boat securely tied up to the dock with a trusty rope! Summerset Boat Lifts has a variety of ropes for all your boating needs. 

4. Ski Ropes. 

Whether you're an avid skier or looking to try something new next summer, we've got your ski ropes and wake board ropes! 

5. Dock Lockers. 

Give the gift of storage with a dock locker. Maybe you already have all the accessories you need for a fun day out on the water, but do you have to drag them back up to the garage each time you take the boat out. By investing in a dock locker, you're able to safely and securely store all your favorite accessories right there on your dock! 

6. Lift Remote Controls. 

Firstmate offers a fast, safe and reliable way to control your boat lift remotely. Using their remote controlled systems gives you an extra set of hands from inside the boat, for getting your boat on or off the lift. Get your remote control from Summerset Boat Lifts today!

7. De-Icers. 

One boating accessory that you won't have to wait until summer to use is a de-icer. The last thing a boat lover wants is for something like damage to their dock to delay boating when spring rolls around. Protect your boat dock and lift from the icy water this winter by investing in a device that moves water around to prevent the formation of ice near your dock.

For all things boating, you can trust Summerset Boat Lifts! We offer a variety of accessories to supplement your boat, boat lift and dock. In addition to our new and use boat lift sales, we offer the best boat lift service at the Lake of the Ozarks. We're lifting your dreams, from canoes to cruisers!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Benefits of Investing in a Kasco De-Icer

While it wasn't much, the Lake of the Ozarks area experienced its first snow this week. Temperatures are below freezing and that means lake conditions are worsening. In last week's blog, we discussed the possibility of ice damage to your dock and lift, and how a de-icer can help. Today, Summerset Boat Lifts offers more information on our Kasco De-Icers.

Easy, Cost Effective Dock Protection

Boat and dock owners can rest assured their dock will be protected this winter when they invest in a Kasco-De-Icer. These products will help prevent ice damage, saving you time, money and headaches. Kasco products are designed to be cost effective and energy efficient, giving you the edge in performance, reliability and ease of use. Kasco De-Icers are the standard by which all other de-icers are measured. The original product was introduced more than 45 years ago. They are used all around the world and continue to provide the best performance in ice prevention and property protection.

How Kasco De-Icers Work

No one has more experience in de-icing than Kasco. Originally developed to allow in-water boat storage in areas subject to freezing waters, the de-icer is now used in a multitude of applications. By moving large volumes of warm, bottom water to the surface, Kasco De-Icers eliminate and prevent ice formation around boats, docks, lifts and other property you need protected from damaging ice formation. This creates an ice-free zone around your dock, successfully preventing damage from ice jacking and expansion. Kasco's unique design provides superior flow and excellent energy efficiency to solve your de-icing needs in a cost effective manner.

About Kasco Marine

Kasco Marine is a leader in the design and production of pond aerators and circulators, floating decorative fountains, beneficial bacteria, pond and lake dye, and de-icing equipment. It all started in 1968 when an inventive marina operator in Minnesota introduced the world's first de-icer. The revolutionary equipment protected marina equipment from the harsh winter conditions and even allowed for in-water boat storage. Kasco was formed to bring this new product to markets across the country. The company grew quickly and by the 1980s, Kasco dominated the de-icing market. 

Get your Kasco De-Icer from your premier boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks! We're here to help make sure your lift and dock make it through the winter season in tip-top shape. Summerset Boat Lifts is here for all your boat lift and boat lift accessories needs. Give us a call at 573-348-50703!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Prevent Ice Damage to Your Dock and Lift This Winter

December is here and the weather is finally starting to feel like winter. Along with winter, comes the possibility of icy waters. In today's blog, your premier boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses the possibility of ice damage to your dock and lift, as well as solutions to reduce your risk.

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Ice Damage 

Ice heaves can occur in bodies of water of all sizes. It's very easy for ice to damage a dock. The freezing water expands, melts, refreezes and expands again causing enough pressure to damage anything still sitting in the water. Large ice chunks floating in the lake can also move with the current, hit your structure with great force and even get stuck and start to build up. To put it in perspective, sometimes ice heaves are powerful enough to move trees. More commonly though, the ice damages docks, lifts and retaining walls. Your dock and your lift are both susceptible to ice damage. When a dock freezes, it becomes less flexible and does not move with the water as the levels reduce. This causes structural stress that can lead to joint breaks and twisted boat lifts.

Consider Investing in a De-Icer 

One of the best and easiest ways to protect your dock and lift from ice damage is to purchase a de-icer. The primary function of a de-icer is to protect your boat dock and lift from icy waters. It's your best defense against costly damage to property due to ice formation and expansion. By creating water movement, a de-icer keeps the water around your dock from freezing. Thus, reducing the likelihood of damage to your boat dock and boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks this winter season. In addition to the de-icer, you should have a professional come check your lift to add antifreeze to the hoses. If you can prevent the lake water around your dock and lift from freezing, you'll be able to avoid the majority of damage caused by winter weather.

Summerset Boat Lifts is here to help you ensure your lift makes it through the winter season. We offer de-icers, as well as other accessories that are essential to the boating lifestyle. If you haven't already had your lift checked out since the end of the summer season, give us a call at 573-348-5073 to come out and take a look at it. We'll be able to make sure everything is in tip-top shape to make it through the winter so you're ready to roll next spring!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Test Your Thanksgiving Knowledge With These Trivia Questions

The holiday season has begun and Thanksgiving is here! In honor of the holiday, Summerset Boat Lifts has gathered some fun trivia questions for you to test your Thanksgiving knowledge. As you gather around with family and friends, sharing stories of the year and what you're thankful for, consider throwing out some of these fun trivia facts to see how many people can get the answers correct!

Thanksgiving Trivia 

How many of these answers do you know? Once you've figured them out, test the knowledge of your friends and family!

1. How many Pilgrims were believed to be on the Mayflower? 

A. 92
B. 102
C. 122

2. How long was the voyage from England to the New World? 

A. 66 Days
B. 106 Days
C. 146 Days

3. The Mayflower was originally built to transport not people, but what? 

A. Wine
B. Fish
C. Spices

4. What utensil was not used by the Pilgrims to eat Thanksgiving dinner? 

A. Knife
B. Fork
C. Spoon

5. The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was believe to have lasted how many days? 

A. 1 day
B. 7 days
C. 3 days

6. Thanksgiving becoming a national holiday is credited to which woman? 

A. Sarah Hale
B. Sarah Bradford
C. Sarah Standish

7. Which southern state was the first to adopt a Thanksgiving Day in 1855? 

A. South Carolina
B. Virginia
C. Georgia

8. Which U.S. President is believed to be the first to pardon a turkey and start the tradition? 

A. President Truman
B. President Jackson
C. President Lincoln

9. Approximately how many turkeys are eaten each year on Thanksgiving in the United States? 

A. 46 Million
B. 212 Million
C. 19 Million

10. According to Butterball, where is the best place to put the meat thermometer in the turkey? 

A. Breast
B. Thigh
C. Leg

11. What is a snood? 

A. The loose skin under a male turkey's neck
B. A hat worn by a Pilgrim
C. A hot cider drink served at Thanksgiving

12. In what year did the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade take place? 

A. 1894
B. 1904
C. 1924

13. Which balloon was the first to appear in the 1927 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade? 

A. Mickey Mouse
B. Superman
C. Felix the Cat

14. The first Thanksgiving football game started in 1934 by which team?

A. Detroit Lions
B. Pittsburg Steelers
C. New York Giants


1. B - 102
2. A - 66 Days
3. A - Wine
4. B - Fork
5. C - 3 days
6. A - Sarah Hale
7. B - Virginia
8. A - President Truman
9. A - 46 Million
10. B - Thigh
11. A - The loose skin under a male turkey's neck
12. C - 1924
13. C - Felix the Cat
14. A - Detroit Lions

Happy Thanksgiving from Summerset Boat Lifts! Now that the weather has finally cooled off, it's time to have your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift looked at. We'll make any necessary repairs and get your lift ready for use next spring! Call 573-348-5073 for all your boat lift service needs!

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