Friday, February 9, 2018

Boat Lifts: Making Boat Maintenance Easier

The best way to protect your boat and reduce your boat maintenance costs is to invest in a boat lift. All boats require regular maintenance, but with the help of a Lake of the Ozarks boat lift to keep your boat up out of the water, that maintenance can be significantly reduced. Keep reading to learn more about the ways that a boat lift can make your boat maintenance easier.

1. Keeps Your Boat Clean. 

One of the biggest benefits of storing your boat on a lift rather than down in the water is that is keeps the bottom of the boat clean for longer. Boat cleaning is a regular maintenance task that becomes much easier and much less frequent when the boat isn't constantly sitting in the water. When the boat sits in the water for long periods of time, algae and other contaminants can attach to the hull. This makes cleaning your boat much more difficult, requiring more cleaning time and higher maintenance costs.

2. Avoid Hull Delamination. 

A common issue with boats that are stored in the water for long periods of time is hull delamination. Delamination is the separation of layers of fiberglass cloth and resin from each other or from the core sandwiched between the layers. This is caused by physical stress to the hull, which ruptures the surface skin and allows water to enter and migrate to the core. When an area of the boat is delaminated, it becomes substantially weaker, which can lead to other issues with your boat. By lifting your boat out of the water with a Summerset Boat Lift, you can prevent that delamination from occuring.

3. Prevent Intake Fouling. 

Barnacles and zebra mussels can clog raw-water intakes and cause engine-cooling problems. If your boat is stored up on a lift instead of in the water, organisms won't have the ability to attach to the boat or work their way into the intake system. While anti-fouling paint and products are available, storing your boat on a lift is the best way to prevent intake fouling.

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. This will keep the integrity of your boat in tip-top shape, so you don't have to worry about it and can just enjoy the water! To get a lift for your boat, give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

3 Ways to Take Advantage of Lower Lake Levels

Each winter season, Ameren lowers the water levels of the Lake of the Ozarks in order to make room for the excess water from the heavy spring rains to come. At the beginning of April, Ameren will begin to raise the lake level again. The goal is to have the lake back to full pool by late May, just in time for boating season. Until then, waterfront property owners can take advantage of the lower lake levels to maintain their boat docks and boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Get Your Dock Inspected. 

When the water levels are low, it's much easier to check the dock for any issues. This is an excellent time to check the electric. Make sure your dock is well-grounded and that all the electrical connections are sound. Most electric companies at the Lake of the Ozarks offer free dock inspections. You want to make sure that your dock is safe before the upcoming boating and swimming season, when you and your family are regularly on the dock and in the water around the dock.

2. Conduct Any Necessary Repairs. 

If your dock is in need of repair, now's the time to get those items checked off your list. Not only do you not want to be doing those items while everyone is enjoying the warm weather and time on the lake, but the docks are more accessible with the water levels down. Low lake levels create the perfect opportunity to install rip rap on your dock or repair the sea wall.

3. Schedule Boat Lift Service. 

While you're getting your dock inspected, it's also a good idea to have your boat lift looked over. Now is the ideal time to contact Summerset Boat Lifts for all your boat lift service and maintenance needs, before business picks up for the season. Not only will it be easier to get an appointment this time of year, but you'll be ready to hit the water as soon as the weather warms up. Any damages can be prepared ahead of the start of boating season.

For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs, trust Summerset Boat Lifts. We can take care of everything from new and used boat lift sales to repairs and boat lift service at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to schedule an appointment with us today!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Personal Watercraft Lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks

Since 1982, Summerset Boat Lifts has been lifting your dreams from canoes to cruisers, and everything in between! As your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are proud to offer the Galva-Hoist line of floating boat lifts. These lifts are made at the Lake, designed for the Lake, Lake of the Ozarks that is. These lifts provide great value and performance, not matter what type of watercraft you have, including personal watercraft. Keep reading to learn more about the PWC lifts we have to offer!

New Personal Watercraft Lifts 

Whether you just got a personal watercraft for Christmas or you've had one for awhile and just never bought a lift for it, Summerset Boat Lifts has you covered! We offer 3 different types of PWC lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks to fit your needs:

Single Place PWC Lift 

The flagship of our personal watercraft line of boat lifts, the poly tank front-mount unit is quite capable of withstanding any water conditions we might experience here at the Lake of the Ozarks. The single-tank, by design, will hold your machine higher out of the water than a two-tank system would. This means you WILL have dry feet when you want to maintain or cover your watercraft, GUARANTEED.

Double Place PWC Lift 

Cruising around the Lake is always more fun with a buddy! If you have more than one PWC to lift, this is the way to go! The double-place personal watercraft lift is an extension of the ever popular single tank design. For considerable price savings over purchasing two singles, the double is the perfect solution. The double is also available with a full deck.

Sidemount PWC Lift 

The side-mount mechanical personal watercraft lift is available for the homeowner with property line issues. It's a space-saver in that the footprint on the dock is only 5 1/2 feet instead of 11 feet. The capacity for this PWC lift is 920 lbs.

Whether you're in need of one of our personal watercraft lifts or a bigger lift, there's no better place to go than Summerset Boat Lifts! We pride ourselves in our service, and that's what sets us apart. We don't just sell you a lift, we sell you our service. Don't worry if you've never operated a lift, we'll have someone from our team on the dock showing you how it's done the first time you use your lift. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Guide to Purchasing the Perfect Boat

Boating season is just around the corner. Whether you're thinking about buying a boat for the first time or you're looking to make an upgrade or change, this guide from the best Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company will help you through the boat buying process.

1. Determine the Type of Boat You Want to Buy. 

With thousands of different boats to choose from, where do you start? Think about what you're planning to use the boat for. Do you want to take it fishing? Do you want to pull your children around on an inflatable tube? Do you want to enter it in racing competitions? The way in which you plan to use your boat will help you determine what type of boat you should buy. Then you can go from there to narrow it down to the style, model, etc.

2. Choose Between a New or Used Boat. 

Just like with a vehicle, a boat is a big investment. Not only do you need to think about purchase price, but also insurance and maintenance costs. While a brand new boat may have a hefty price tag, you may not have to put quite as much into maintenance costs as you would on a used boat. If you do choose to buy used, don't just look at the price tag. Be sure to have the boat inspected and determine any initial repair and maintenance costs. Also take into consideration that new boats will come with a warranty, while used boats likely will not.

3. Attend a Boat Show. 

If you are new to boat buying or just aren't sure where to start, a boat show can be a great experience for you. Here you are able to check out a variety of different boats all in one place. You can talk to the dealers, ask any questions you want and compare different models easily. While the internet is great for preliminary research, seeing the boats in person can give you a better idea of what you want and don't want.

4. Narrow Down Your Options. 

Think about all the boats you've looked at; hopefully, you've started a list of boats that interest you. Now it's time to start another list, of what you want in a boat. Are there certain features you can't live without? How many people does your boat need to hold at one time? Split your list into needs and wants; this will help you check off boats from that first list that don't meet your criteria. 

5. Take a Test Drive. 

Once you've narrowed down your list, it's time to take some test drives. You know how you love the way a car looks, then you hop in the drivers seat and just don't like the way it drives? The same thing can happen with a boat. If possible, you'll want to test drive your boat before you actually buy it. The way a boat handles and the way it feels on the water are very important considerations.

6. Find the Right Dealer. 

Once you've settled on what boat you'd like to purchase, make sure you get it from the right dealer. Be sure to find someone who's reputable in the community. Ask around for the best places to buy a boat, and read online reviews, not just about the boats, but about the dealers. Shop around for not only the best deal, but the best people you can find to work with, someone you can trust with such a big purchase.

Once you've found the perfect boat, you're going to need a boat lift to go with it! Trust none other than Summerset Boat Lifts for the best selections on the market. We are your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks! Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to find a lift to match your needs.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

3 Reasons to Invest in a Boat Lift Early in the Year

With this brutal weather we've been experiencing, your boat might be the furthest thing from your mind. However, now is the best time to be thinking about your boat and your boat lift. Boat show season kicked off last weekend with the Overland Park Boat Show and more shows are quickly approaching. Whether you're buying a new boat for the 2018 season and need a new lift for it or you don't have a lift for your current boat, Summerset Boat Lifts is here to hook you up!

1. Take Advantage of Great Deals. 

Boat show season is the time of year where you can get great deals on everything related to boating. From the actual boat to the boat lift and accessories, companies want to gain your business this time of year before things start picking up for the season. If you're looking for the best value, now's the time to look at purchasing a lift. Our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company offers everything from personal watercraft lifts to large cruiser lifts.

2. Be the First One on the Water. 

When spring arrives, you want to be one of the first boats on the water! When you don't have a lift, you have to deal with dragging your boat to a launch site, getting it off the trailer, driving it over to your dock, and then getting it ready for a day out on the water. By having your boat on a lift, you can store your boat in the water during the off-season and when the warm weather arrives, you're ready to roll. You won't want to waste any time, so be prepared for spring by getting your lift now!

3. Get Quick Installation of Your Lift. 

During the off-season, boat lift installers aren't nearly as busy as they will be when spring rolls around. Those people that haven't touch their lifts since last season will be calling for maintenance and service. Therefore, now is the best time for new installs if you want it done quickly. Get ahead of the game and schedule the installation of your lift by the professionals at Summerset Boat Lifts. Not only will we get you setup with an awesome Galva-Hoist boat lift, but we'll be on your dock showing you how to use it properly.

At Summerset, we pride ourselves on our customer service. We don't just sell you a lift, we sell you our service. Be the early bird and get your new boat lift today. Already have a lift? Often times we can modify it to fit your new boat. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs!

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Traditions Around the World

With Christmas less than a week away, we thought it would be fun to share with you some of the different holiday traditions from around the world. Do any of these sound like fun to you, or are they a little weird?

Belgium: St. Nicholas’ Day

In Belgium, the Christmas celebrations occur on December 5th and 6th. Children get their shoes and put them by the fireplace for Saint Nicholas. In some homes, biscuits and carrots are also left out. Sinterklass (St. Nicholas) comes to the homes with his horse Zwarte Piet and then climbs from the roof top down the chimney.

Philippines: Giant Lantern Festival

In the Philippines, The Giant Lantern Festival is held on the Saturday before Christmas Eve. Eleven villages participate in the festival, which brings spectators from all over the world. Each village competes to build the best lantern.

Japan: Kentucky Fried Chicken Dinner

For the Japanese, Christmas is not as big of a deal as it is for other countries. The people do participate in gift-giving and light displays along with another strange tradition. On Christmas Day, families feast on Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. In December 1974, KFC Japan ran an advertising promotion called "Kentucky for Christmas," and since then it's become quite customary to eat fried chicken for the holiday.

Colombia: Day of the Little Candles

To honor the Virgin Mary, the people of Colombia celebrate Day of the Little Candles. Paper lanterns and candles are placed in windows and front yards to honor the Immaculate Conception. Some neighborhoods have competitions to make the best arrangement.

Australia: Summer Time Christmas

During Christmas time in Australia, the weather is hot!  Kids have summer holidays, and some families choose to go camping and have BBQs to celebrate. Brush fires during Christmas are common and many volunteer to help save people and property from being destroyed. Christmas caroling, Christmas trees, and lights are also found in Australia, along with ‘Christmas Bush’ a flowering tree that is found in Australia.

Norway: Hide the Broom

The people of Norway try to avoid witches and evil spirits on Christmas. On the night of Christmas Eve, the people of Norway hide their brooms. It is believed that witches will not come around if the broom is hidden. In some homes, one member of the family will shoot a shotgun out the front door to warn away spirits.

Canada: North Pole Letters and Boxing Day

The Canadian post has a fun tradition of opening and replying to letters for Santa. All letters that say Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOHOHO are replied to. The day after Christmas is known as boxing day in Canada and other countries that are connected to the UK. In the middle ages, collection boxes would be distributed to the poor on this day. Today, Boxing Day is similar to Black Friday, where many stores run discount prices and open early.

However, you choose to celebrate this holiday season, Summerset Boat Lifts hopes you have a very Merry Christmas! If you're in need of any boat lift services at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can trust us to get the job done right. With 30+ years of experience, we're your premier boat lift company at the Lake!

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The 2018 Overland Park Boat Show

Boat show season is finally here, and it kicks off with the very popular Overland Park Boat Show! Head over to the Overland Park Convention Center January 4-7, 2018 for this family-fun event. This show is hosted by the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealer's Association. It's Kansas City's largest boat show, and one event you don't want to miss!

At the 2018 Overland Park Boat Show, you'll see the latest in 2018 cruisers, runabouts, performance boats, tritoons, ski boats, personal watercraft, docks, lifts and all the boating accessories you can think of.

Boat Show Hours 

Thursday, January 4 from 3-9 PM
Friday, January 5 from from 12-10 PM
Saturday, January 6 from 10 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, January 7 from 10 AM to 5 PM

Boat Show Admission

Adults: $9.00 Each
Children 6-12: $5.00 Each
Children 5 & Under: FREE

We hope to see you there! Summerset Boat Lifts is your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. From new and used sales to the servicing of many different types of lifts, we've got all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs covered. We also offer a variety of boating accessories for you and your family to enjoy. For more information on our services or upcoming boat shows, give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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