Friday, April 28, 2017

Have Summerset Boat Lifts Install A Remote Control Boat Lift System

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we offer more than just new and used boat lifts. We offer you great service! In addition to our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift repair services and maintenance, we offer installation of remote control boat lift systems. Keep reading to learn all about the remote control systems from Firstmate.

About Firstmate Remote Control Systems

Firstmate is known for the finest in wireless electronic equipment for the recreational marine industry. Their systems are fast, reliable and safe. Not only do they make raising and lowering your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift a breeze, but they offer a safety net. A few of these safety features include:
  • Automatically adding air when needed 
  • Keeping your lift up out of the water, protecting it from the rough waters of the Lake 
  • Holding your boat in place for boarding and debarking 
  • Allowing the lift to be raised or lowered while in the boat or away from dock
 Learn more about the remote control system in this short, informational video from Firstmate:

What People Are Saying About Firstmate 

Don't just take our word for it. Check out what other people are saying about their experience with these remote control boat lift systems:

“Of all the things I have bought at the lake, this was my best purchase!”

“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.” 

“I have used the Pro and it has worked flawlessly. It makes docking absolutely effortless.”

“Great product. Would recommend to anyone.”

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Summerset Boat Lifts is proud to offer the Firstmate Remote Control System to our customers! We'll come out and install the system for you and show you how easy it is to use! Just give us a call at 573-348-5073. As your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're here for all your boat lift needs!   

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Boat Lift and Boat Dock Safety

The weather is warming up and boating season is upon us. While it's important to be safe while out on the water, it's just as important to have a safety first mindset when on the dock and dealing with your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift. Keep reading for some safety tips from Summerset Boat Lifts.

Boat Lift Safety 

First and foremost, passengers should never be inside the watercraft while it is being raised or lowered. Also never let anyone be under a raised boat at anytime. Keep children away from the boat and lift while in operation. In order to not only keep yourself safe, but also your boat, it's important that you don't exceed the weight capacity of your lift. Keep in mind that the manufacturer weights do not include fuel and equipment. In addition, the published boat weights are dry weights, which is not always the same when the boat is wet. If you get a new boat that doesn't properly fit your current lift, contact the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can hook you up with a brand new lift or often times, we can even modify the lift to fit your needs.  

Boat Dock Safety

Staying safe on the dock is just as important as staying safe while on the water. It's particularly important to pay close attention to children when on the dock. Make no running on the dock a rule and make sure children always have life jackets on when on the dock and around the water. Be sure to regularly inspect your dock's structure to make sure there are no weak spots or places that could cause injury to those on the dock. Look for areas that are splintering, any nails that might be sticking up, mold or moss that could be slippery, etc. You'll also want to ensure the electrical is installed properly to avoid shock in and out of the water. Proper lighting is needed on the dock to ensure safety at night.

If you haven't already, now's the time to have your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks inspected. Keeping your lift and dock maintained will decrease the likelihood of problems and injury. Summerset Boat Lifts is here for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift repair and maintenance needs, as well as for the sale of both new and used lifts. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 for more information.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Get Ready for the Spring Big Bass Bash

For over 80 years, the Lake of the Ozarks has been home to some of the best fishing tournaments in the country! This year will be no different. The Spring Big Bass Bash is back for another great year at the Lake of the Ozarks! Keep reading for all the details on this year's event, happening April 22-23.


Cash entries will be accepted from April 17th to 21st at Osage Beach Bait & Tackle, Fitz Fishing Tackle and Bryant's Osage Outdoors. You can also register in person at the Grand Glaize State Park (Public Beach #2) on April 21st from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, or at any of the weigh-in locations starting at 5:30 am on April 22nd or 23rd.You can also register online before April 20th by visiting:

Tournament Details

Over $97,500 is guaranteed in bi-hourly payouts. There will be a total of 280 places paid! During each time slot, 35 places will be paid. Time slots are from 6:30 - 9:00 am, 9:00 - 11:00 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm. The 4 biggest basses of the weekend will win: $70,000 for 1st place, $20,000 for 2nd place, $10,000 for 3rd place and $5,000 for 4th place.

Hours: 6:30 am to 3:00 pm each day
Weigh-In Locations: Public Beach #2, Alhonna Resort, Red Oak Resort & Point Randall
Entry Fees: $180 for 2 days, $130 for 1 day, and $10 per day for the kid's division

Awards Ceremony

Over $210,000 will be paid out at this year's tournament. The awards ceremony will take place following the tournament at 4:00 pm on April 23rd at the Grand Glaize State Park (Public Beach #2). Parking will also be available at Pa-he-Tsi ramp and Church of the Osage Hills. Shuttles buses will be running to transport anglers to and from the ceremony.

Don't miss one of the largest amateur bass tournaments in the nation! The Spring Big Bash Bass is the tournament that anglers from across the Midwest look forward to each year. If this weekend is your first time hitting the water for the 2017 season, it's important to make sure your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift is in proper working order. For all your boat lift maintenance needs, be sure to contact Summerset Boat Lifts at 573-348-5073.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

4 Benefits of Owning a Boat Lift

There are numerous advantages to owning a boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks. From keeping your boat safe from the rough waters during the summer to storing it safely through the winter, boat lifts are an important addition to your boat dock at the Lake. Keep reading to learn about a few of the benefits of owning a boat lift:

1. Keeps Your Boat Bottom Clean.

When your boat sits in water for long periods of time, it begins to develop algae build up on the bottom. By raising your watercraft out of the water with the help of a Galva-Hoist boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can avoid this issue and reduce the amount of time and effort it takes to clean your boat.

2. Decreases Boat Maintenance Costs.

By storing your boat above the water line, you're not only decreasing the amount of cleaning needed, but also the amount of maintenance. Keeping your boat dry will help you avoid excess wear and tear on your boat, including the need for regular bottom painting. Storing your boat in the water can lead to issues in the boats structure and increase the chances of damage from floating debris, ice, etc.   

3. Reduces the Likelihood of Your Boat Sinking.

Of all the boats that sink, about 85% of those situations occur at the dock. Lifting your boat out of the water with a boat lift will reduce the likelihood of your boat sinking while sitting at your dock. Boats can sink due to a variety of reasons, especially in the spring time. Check out our blog titled, "5 Reasons Boats Often Sink in the Spring" to learn more. 

4. Makes It Easy to Launch Your Boat.

When you store your boat in the water on a lift, you reduce the launch time needed before you can enjoy the water. If you have to store your boat on land, on a trailer, you have to take it to a launch site and put it in the water each time before using it. By storing your watercraft on a boat lift, you are able to easily launch it and typically enjoy your boat more often. You'll be hitting the water in no time!

For all your boat lift needs, whether it's a new lift or repairs to your current one, Summerset Boat Lifts has you covered. Our new boat lift sales are complimented by pre-owned sales and servicing of many different brands of lifts. We're here to make sure you and your boat get the very best level of product and boat lift service at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Missouri Boating Laws Refresher

Boating season is just around the corner and soon the Lake of the Ozarks will busy with boats. For your own safety and the safety of others, it's important that you follow the laws in place in Missouri. Whether you're new to boating on Missouri waters or you just need a refresher, today's blog from Summerset Boat Lifts offers a few of the important laws to keep in mind this boating season.

Missouri Boating Laws 

1. If you were born after January 1, 1984, you need to take the Missouri Boating Education course before operating a vessel on any Missouri lake. There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course, and you do not have to be a resident of Missouri to take this online course. Boating education is currently required in several U.S. States and Canadian provinces.

2. The Boater Education Card law only applies to Missouri lakes. It currently excludes rivers, streams and private waters. However, for your own safety, it is recommended that you take a boater education course prior to operating any vessel on the water. 

3. To legally operate a motorboat or PWC in Missouri, you must be at least 14 years of age. If you are not 14 years of age or older, you must be under the direct, onboard supervision of a parent, guardian or other person 16 years of age or older.

4. Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card (born after January 1, 1984) must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer. Not carrying the card can result in a fine.

5. To legally operate your vessel on public waters in Missouri, you must register and title your vessel. You must obtain a Missouri Certificate of Number and validation decals. Exceptions to this law include non-motorized vessels, sailboats 12 feet or less in length, vessels registered in other states using Missouri waters for 60 consecutive days or less.

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6. According to Missouri law, all vessels 16 feet in length or longer must carry one wearable U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD, personal flotation device (life jacket) for each person on board or being towed. Vessels less than 16 feet in length must carry one wearable OR throwable PFD for each person. They must also be readily accessible. Under federal law, however, a wearable PFD is required for each person on board regardless of vessel length.

7. Children under the age of 7 must WEAR a life jacket at all times while on board any vessel, unless the child is confined in a totally enclosed area of the vessel, such as the cabin area of a houseboat or day cruiser. Each person riding a PWC must wear a life jacket as well, no matter the age.

8. Between sunset and sunrise, as well as during periods of restricted visibility, you must display required navigation lights. Motorboats when underway must have red and green sidelights visible from a disatance of at least one mile away on a dark, clear night. An all-round white light or both a masthead light and a sternlight must be visible at least two miles away from all directions in a 360-degree circle. Unpowered vessels must have red and green side lights and a stern light visible from two miles away. If the unpowered vessel is less than 23 feet and those lights are not practical, you should have on hand at least one lantern or flashlight shining a white light. All vessels are required to use a white light visible from all directions when they are anchored or moored away from the dock.

9. All vessels are required to have a Type B U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher on board if one or more of the following conditions exist:
  • flammable or combustible materials are stored on board in closed storage compartments
  • the vessel has closed living spaces
  • there are permanently installed fuel tanks 
  • flammable or toxic fluids are on board 
The fire extinguisher should be placed in an accessible area, not near the engine or in a compartment. 

10. All vessels operating on Missouri state waters that are more than 16 feet but less than 40 feet in length are required to carry on board a whistle or horn to make an efficient sound to signal intentions or positions. Vessels that are 40 feet or more in length are required to carry on board a whistle or horn AND a bell.

11. State law requires that scuba divers or snorkelers display the diver-down flag to mark the diving area. Divers must stay within a 50-yard radius of the flag. Vessel operators must mot operate within 50 yards of a displayed diver-down flag. A "skier-down" flag is required equipment for a motorboat (other than a PWC) towing a person behind on water skis, an inner tube, sled or similar device. The flag is to be displayed when the person is in the water before or after being towed, or when the swimmer leaves the confines of the vessel. Displaying the flag is required from 11 am to sunset and if effective on the Mississippi River and Missouri River, as well as all Missouri lakes.

12. Missouri law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal:
  • Reckless operation, including but not limited to, boating in restricted areas, disregard for posted speeds, ignoring wake restrictions, ignoring diver-down flags, boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and chasing, harassing or disturbing wildlife with your vessel. 
  • Overloading a vessel beyond the recommended capacity shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel manufacturer. 
  • Allowing passengers to ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, seat backs, seats on raised decks or any other place where there may be a chance of falling overboard is prohibited unless the vessel has adequate guards or a railing. 

13. Missouri law prohibits the discharge of any sewage, treated or untreated, into the state's freshwaters. It is also illegal to dump refuse, garbage or plastics into federally controlled and state waters. 

This is not a complete list of the boating laws enforced in Missouri. For more information on Missouri Boating Laws, please visit:

Summerset Boat Lifts hopes you have a safe and fun boating season! For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lifts needs, keep us in mind. Our new lift sales are complimented by pre-owned sales and servicing of many different brands of lifts. Need a boat lift or have a problem with your current one? Give the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call at 573-348-5073.

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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. 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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