Wednesday, March 22, 2017

5 Reasons Boats Often Sink in the Spring

Spring has sprung and the thought on everyone's mind is that boating season is quickly approaching! One thing that could quickly put a damper on your fun this spring, is finding out your boat has sunk. Not only would you have to deal with an insurance claim, but you would also have to wait for your boat to be fixed. In today's blog, Summerset Boat Lifts discusses some reasons why boats often sink in the springtime.

Common Reasons Boats Sink


1. Loose Hose - One of the most common reasons why boats sink in the spring is due to a hose issue. It is possible that when the hose was taken off to winterize the engine, the hose clamp was overlooked. A poorly attached hose can easily be lifted off the seacock as water freezes and expands inside. As long as the water remains frozen, the boat is fine. However, in the spring when that ice begins to melt, the boat can sink.

2. Unattended to Leaks - Due to the automatic bilge pump keeping the bilge dry during the warmer months, leaks can go unnoticed. Over the winter though, the battery, and therefore the bilge pump, may go dead. With the pump not working, water can begin to accumulate.

3. Heavy Rains - Heavy spring rains can cause water to seep in through poorly caulked ports, hatches, chainplates and deck fittings. If scuppers become clogged by leaves and other debris, water can pool on the deck. In many cases, boats with a low freeboard only need to sink a few inches before outlets become inlets.

4. Broken Sea Strainer - When water is left in the intake sea strainer, it can freeze and break the bowl. If the seacock is open, the boat will sink as soon as the ice thaws. Even if the seacock was closed, if you open it in the spring and then leave the boat in the slip, it could sink.

5. Loose Stuffing Box - If a stuffing box isn't tightened before the boat is left for the winter, even a small steady drip can eventually swamp a boat. While this could happen over the summer as well, it's more likely during winter and early spring as you're less likely to regularly check on your boat during that time.

Lessons Learned 


Regardless of the season, be sure to routinely check on your boat. When spring rolls around, be sure to thoroughly check your boat for any issues that may have arisen over the winter. BoatUS.com has a great Spring Fitting-Out Checklist that you can follow. It only takes an hour or two to ensure peace of mind that everything on your boat is in tip-top shape for the boating season ahead! 

To further ensure your boat doesn't sink, invest in a Galva-Hoist boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks. By lifting your boat up out of the water for the winter, you can decrease the likelihood of a variety of different issues, including a sinking boat. If you're in need of a new boat lift, contact your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, Summerset Boat Lifts at 573-348-5073 today. For those of you that already own a lift, be sure to schedule your spring boat lift maintenance before hitting the water for boating season! We're here to make sure your boat lift is working properly, and doing it's job of protecting your boat.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

5 Tips for De-Winterizing Your Boat and Preparing for Spring

The first day of spring is just a couple weeks away! Now's the time to start thinking about de-winterizing your boat for the season. After sitting on your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift all winter, your boat will need to be looked over. The boat, the lift and the dock should all be inspected to ensure everything is in proper working order. Your favorite boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has created a list of tips for de-winterizing your boat and preparing for the spring season.

1. Look for Noticeable Damage.


While we had a rather mild winter at the Lake of the Ozarks this year, we did get a few storms. One of the first things you'll want to do when preparing for the spring boating season is to check the dock, lift and boat for any damage. Did the wind blow debris onto your dock? Did ice formations create any issues? You want to make sure the dock is safe to use before family and friends get on it. You also want to make sure the lift is working properly and that there's no damage to your boat.

2. Schedule an Electrical Inspection for Your Dock. 


Electricity and water don't mix. That's why it's important for you to have your dock inspected to make sure all the electrical wires, outlets, etc. are in proper working order after sitting all winter. Some dock companies even offer free inspections to ensure the safety of you, your family and your guests. 

3. Clean the Entire Boat. 


By starting with cleaning your boat, you'll be able to find any problematic areas. Using a mild detergent, do a general cleaning of the hull, deck and topsides. Make sure the drains and scuppers are clear. Clean teak and oil, windows and hatches, canvas, bimini and dodger, and the interior, including bilges. You should also check and replace wiper blades if necessary. While you are cleaning, check for abrasions, scratches, gouges, etc and make any necessary repairs. Check for blisters and refinish the boat if needed.

4. Check All Important Components. 


There are many parts of a boat that work together to keep it operating properly. Check your boat thoroughly, but pay special attention to these areas:
  • Check the Engine - You may have changed the oil in your boat at the end of last season. If not, you'll want to do that before taking your boat out for the first time this spring. You'll also want to replace the oil filter. Consider adding an oil additive to keep your engine clean and corrosion free. 
  • Check the Cooling System - Before winter arrived, you should have drained the cooling system to avoid freezing. Even so, be sure to check hoses for any cracks or breaks. If you have an outboard engine that uses an impeller cooling system, make sure that the rubber impeller is not cracked. If all looks good, fill everything back up so you're ready to go!
  • Check all Fluid Levels - Be sure to check any and all fluids including the engine oil, power steering, power trim reservoirs and coolant.
  • Check the Battery - Test your battery to check the amps and volts. If you're battery isn't able to hold a charge, you'll need to purchase a new one. If it does hold a charge, make sure to clean the terminals of any corrosion and you're ready to roll - or well float. Inspect all electrical connections for clean, tight, corrosion free connections. Electrical systems should be regularly inspected by a professional.
  • Check the Distributor - During the winter months, the distributor can become corroded. To clean the distributor, you'll need to take its cap off. Once you're done cleaning, make sure the connections are tightly hooked back up.  
  • Check Belts, Cables and Hoses - If any belts seem loose or worn, they need to be changed before firing up the boat for the season. To test the belts, push down lightly; any significant movement represents the need for replacement. Another sign to look for is black soot near the pulley. The alternator belt can wear faster than the others, so pay particular attention to it. 
  • Check the Fuel System -  While you hopefully filled the tank up before winter to avoid moisture from forming inside, you'll want to ensure the fuel filter gets changed. You also want to check the fuel line, as cooler winter temperatures can easily cause them to crack. If you did not use an additive in your gas to prevent water contamination and/or fuel separation, drain the gas from the fuel tank, as it is probably stale.

5. Schedule Spring Maintenance with Summerset Boat Lifts.  


After sitting untouched all winter, your boat isn't the only thing that needs looked over. The changes in temperature and weather can also affect your boat lift. Before using it this season, have Summerset Boat Lifts come out and take a look at it. We will inspect your lift and replace bushings, nuts, bolts and hoses as needed. We'll ensure your boat lift is working properly and is ready for a great season ahead!

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we pride ourselves in service, and it’s what sets us apart from everyone else! 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 unparalleled in the boat lift industry. We don’t just sell you a lift, we sell you our service. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift maintenance needs!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

3 Reasons You Need to Attend a Boat Show This Year!

ATTENTION ALL BOATING ENTHUSIASTS! Summer 2017 is bringing some of the best boat shows in Missouri you don't want to miss. Whether you already have a boat, are considering buying one, or are just in the market for boat and dock accessories in the Lake of the Ozarks, Summerset Boat Lifts gives 3 great reasons why you need to check out this year's boat shows.

Who Doesn't Want to Save Money?

Boat and accessory dealers have a lot of competition at these shows, so they'll be geared up to provide the best deals they can to get your business. Having multiple dealers in one place allows you to shop smart and be able to talk options and pricing. You'll also save money by being educated on the products so you can make the best purchase for your needs. Boat shows are also a great way to learn about important information such as where to go for boat lift services in the Lake of the Ozarks. Many service providers set up booths at these events too, so it's a great way to shop services you'll need after you buy.

Knowledge is Power

Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned vet when it comes to boats, there's always something new to learn. What better place to get that experience and knowledge than where the boating gurus go? Boat shows aren't just for looking at the pretty boats. They are a great opportunity to see not only the newest and best products out there. They're also a good way to see demonstrations on tricky processes and get hands on education for easier and safer boating basics to make you feel more comfortable on your boat.

Get the Family Involved in Your Hobby!

What better way to introduce your family to your boating hobby than bringing them along to check
out the big boats! Don't worry about finding a sitter. Most vendors know that having kid-friendly exhibits create more opportunity for families to attend. There are free samples, contests, and learning demonstrations for guests to partake in. Your family will thoroughly enjoy checking out the cool boats and getting educated on the hows and whys of boating safety and etiquette.

There are so many great reasons to attend boat shows. Boat shows are great for anyone in the market for a new boat or boat accessories, or for anyone just looking to expand or share their wealth of knowledge in boating. Attending a boat show is the perfect way to see if the boating lifestyle fits you and test the waters, or to expand your network by meeting other people with similar interests. In the market for a new boat lift or have questions about your current lift? Summerset Boat Lifts will be attending some of the upcoming boat shows. Stop by our booth to check out the best boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our service is unparalleled in the boat lift industry!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mark Your Calendars for the St. Charles Boat Show

Photo Credit: St. Charles Boat Show Website
Boat show season continues with the St. Charles Boat Show March 9-12! This annual event is put on by the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association and is the premiere show for boating enthusiasts across the Midwest. Join the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks at the St. Charles Convention Center for this great, family-fun event!

St. Charles Boat Show Details


This year, the boat show will feature a massive outdoor heated tent for even more exhibits! Take a look at all the latest in cruisers, runabouts, performance boats, pontoons, ski boats, personal watercraft, docks, lifts and boating accessories all in one place. If you love boating at the Lake of the Ozarks, this is one event you won't want to miss. Whether you're in the market for a new boat or not, this show is sure to be a great time!

Photo Credit: St. Charles Boat Show Website
HOURS: 
March 9th: 3-9 pm
March 10th: 12-10 pm
March 11th: 10 am - 9 pm
March 12th: 10 am - 5 pm

ADMISSION: 
$9.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Children
Children 5 & Under FREE

These events feature more than just the latest in boats. Here you will find anything and everything you need to successfully own a boat. You'll find someone to build you a dock if your lake property doesn't already have one. You'll find Lake of the Ozarks boat lifts to keep your boat protected from the waters. Not to mention all the boating accessories you will find from life jackets and buoys to ropes and water toys.

Summerset Boat Lifts in St. Louis 


Summerset Boat Lifts is your premier boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks! We are proud to offer the Galva-Hoist line of floating boat lifts. No matter the brand of boat or dock you have, we'll set you up with a lift featuring great value and performance. Stop by our booth at the St. Charles Boat Show in a couple weeks or give us a call at 573-348-5073 for more information. We hope to see you there!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Make Boat Maintenance a Breeze with a Summerset Boat Lift

One of the main benefits of keeping your boat on a boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks is in regards to maintenance. By keeping your boat up out of the water, you are able to minimize the regular boat maintenance needed. Investing in a boat lift from Summerset Boat Lifts now, will save you money in the long run. Keep reading to learn how boat lifts help make boat maintenance a breeze!

Reduced Boat Maintenance 


When your boat sits in the water for an extended period of time, you could experience hull delamination, intake fouling and more on your boat. By investing in a Lake of the Ozarks Galva-Hoist boat lift, your boat will stay dry and out of the water when not in use. While boats and other watercraft are designed to be used in the water, they weren't designed to be stored in water for long periods of time. Eventually, the water, and contaminants in the water, will effect the integrity of the boat. By raising your boat up on a lift, it will be easier to keep your boat clean. A clean boat bottom will not only reduce the likelihood of frequent painting, but also result in better boat performance and fuel efficiency. Significanlty reduce costly wear and tear on your boat by storing it above the water line with a lift from Summerset Boat Lifts.

Common Boat Maintenance Issues


When you store your boat in the water for long periods of time, a variety of issues can arise. Here are just a few common problems you could encounter:
  • Corroded Outdrive 
  • Bubbled or Blistered Gel Coats 
  • Mussels Attaching to Your Intake 
  • Algae Growth on the Hull 
  • ...and more!

Galva-Hoist Boat Lifts


When it comes to protecting your boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, trust none other than the Galva-Hoist line of floating boat lifts from Summerset Boat Lifts! Galva-Hoist is engineered at the Lake for the Lake, Lake of the Ozarks. They are extremely capable of withstanding the roughest waters here at the Lake. No matter what brand of boat or dock you have, the Galva-Hoist provides great value and performance! Call 573-348-5073 to learn more or to purchase a lift today!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

4 Reasons to Invest in a Boat Lift Now

While the weather may still be cold outside, we're dreaming of sunshine and great boating weather! Boat show season is underway and now's the time to start thinking about boating season. Are you investing in a new boat this year? Now's the time to invest in a boat lift before the warm weather arrives. In today's blog, your premier boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers 4 reasons to invest in a boat lift now!

1. Boat Show Season Offers Great Deals.


Not only can you get a great deal on a new boat during boat show season, but you can also get deals on boat lifts, docks and other boating accessories. If you're looking for the best value, now's the time to get your boat lift before boating season gets underway. Whether you're in need of a personal watercraft lift or a larger boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got you covered!

2. You're Ready When Spring Arrives. 


Once the weather is warm enough to get out on the water, you aren't going to want to waste anytime. After the long winter, you're going to want to hit the water as soon as possible. By having your boat lift installed early, you'll be ready to go when spring's finally here!

3. Installers Aren't As Busy Right Now. 


When spring rolls around, everyone is going to be calling about service work. Therefore, now is the best time to have your new lift installed. Get ahead of the game and talk to your local boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks today about getting you hooked up with the perfect Galva-Hoist lift!

4. You Have Time to Learn How to Operate Your Lift. 


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. At Summerset Boat Lifts, we pride ourselves on our customer service. We don't just sell you a lift, we sell you our service.

Since 1982, Summerset Boat Lifts has been lifting your dreams, from canoes to cruisers! We're proud to offer Galva-Hoist floating boat lifts. They are extremely capable of withstanding the rough waters experienced on the Lake of the Ozarks throughout the summer season. Give us a call today at 573-348-5073 to find the perfect lift for your needs!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Custom Boat Lifts to Fit Your Needs

With spring just around the corner, now's the time to get a great deal on a boat, boat lift and all your boating accessories. Boat show season is the perfect time to compare boat models in one place and get a great deal on the best option for you. Once you've got the boat squared away, you're going to need a lift and other accessories. Keep reading to learn more about what Summerset Boat Lifts has to offer!

Galva-Hoist Boat Lifts 


Our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company is proud to offer the Galva-Hoist product line of floating boat lifts. Galva-Hoist is engineered at the Lake, for the Lake, Lake of the Ozarks! The Galva-Hoist is extremely capable of withstanding the roughest waters here at the Lake. No matter what brand of boat or dock you have, the Galva-Hoist provides great value and performance.

Personal Watercraft Lifts 


Our personal watercraft lifts come in three different styles. We offer a sidemount lift perfect for those owners who are looking to save space. The footprint on the dock with this style lift is just 5 1/2 feet rather than 11 feet. The flagship of our PWC line is the poly tank front-mount unit. This style is quite capable of withstanding any water conditions. The single-tank, by design, will actually hold your watercraft higher out of the water than a two-tank system. The double-place PWC lift is an extension of our popular single tank design. For considerable price savings over purchasing two singles, the double is also available with a full deck.

Custom Boat Lifts


From 4.000 lb lifts up to 20,000+ lb lifts, Summerset Boat Lifts can offer a custom boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks for just about any size boat. Our 6,500 lb lift is the 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 often experienced at the Lake of the Ozarks throughout the summer season. Have a boat that's more than 24,000 lbs? We'll build a custom lift just for you! Your exquisite taste demands the best in boat lifts, and that's what Summerset Boat Lifts is all about.

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we're well-known for lifting your dreams... from canoes to cruisers! We pride ourselves in service and it's what sets us apart from everyone else. We want our customers to relax knowing their boat lift needs are being handled by professionals. For more information on how we can help with all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lifts needs, give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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