Friday, August 26, 2016

Offshore Powerboat Racing

The largest unsanctioned powerboat races in the U.S. are happening this weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. Powerboats have traveled from across the country to the best recreational lake in the U.S for this annual boating event. In today's blog, Summerset Boat Lifts takes a look into the history of offshore powerboat racing, and we even threw in a few fun facts about powerboats for you to enjoy.

The History of Offshore Powerboat Racing 

Offshore powerboat racing was first recognized as a sport in 1904. A race took place across the English Channel. Soon after, the American Powerboat Association formed in the United States. The first U.S. powerboat race was held on the Hudson in 1904. Over the next few years, the sport increased in popularity, with 10 different races being held during the 1917 season. In the 1980s, the sport entered the catamaran and then the "superboat" era. The 1000 cubic inch total engine displacement restrictions were lifted for boats over 45 feet, and soon, 3- & 4-engine boats sporting F16 fighter canopties replace the venerable 35- to 40-foot deep vee hulls that had been the sports top category for 20 years. Modern races are short, track style events with much improved viewing for spectators and the different categories of boats have multiplied far beyond the basic 4 classes of the past.

Powerboat Fun Facts

1. Many powerboats are driven by a high-speed jet of water as opposed to a propeller screw.

2. The design of a catamaran powerboat is based on geometry and not weight. Since they have two hulls, they are very stable. That's why they are so difficult to tip and the likelihood of having an accident is much less.

3. Power catamarans come equipped with at least 2 engines. They bring together the best features of powerboats and multi-hulled ships.

4. In the 1920s, racing boats adopted "planing hulls" for skimming across the water at high speeds, rather than traditional deep v-shaped "displacement" hulls.

5. Post World War I, metals and fiberglass became more popular materials for building boat hulls, as opposed to wood.

6. The fastest powerboats can speed over 200 miles per hour.

7. As of 2007, all powerboats are required to have a protective crash box installed for safety.

8. F1 powerboats are actually tunnel hull catamarans that usually have a weight of around 860 lbs, 260 lbs of which is from the engine.

9. During the Prohibition, fast boats were used as "rum runners" transferring illegal liquor from larger vessels waiting outside U.S. territorial waters to the mainland. 

Come check out all the catamarans and other powerboats at Super Cat Fest at Camden on the Lake! Our race dock outfitted with a Lake of the Ozarks Galva-Hoist boat lift, work platform and the class act WindShip helo parking up top will be there all weekend long. If you like big, beautiful, fast boats, Super Cat Fest at Camden on the Lake is the place to be this weekend! The best boat lift dealer at Lake of the Ozarks hopes to see you there!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Join Summerset Boat Lifts at Super Cat Fest!

The month of August is always an exciting time at the Lake of the Ozarks, especially for boating enthusiasts. With summer winding down, people are looking for every last opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy the warm weather. For those you that like fast and loud boats, we've got the perfect event for you: Super Cat Fest at Camden on the Lake!

What is Super Cat Fest? 

Super Cat Fest is a gathering of the fastest, most exotic offshore speedboats in the world! This annual event attracts the jet setters of the sport from all over the world. The fastest pleasure boats, some that have exceeded 200 mph, meet at Camden on the Lake each August. The event is in conjunction with the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. It's open to the public - so come on out, walk the docks and talk to the owners of these awesome machines!

Summerset Boat Lifts at Super Cat Fest

Summerset Boat Lifts is excited to be a part of this great annual event again this year! Our race dock will be at Camden on the Lake all week. We'll have the helicopter pad on top and a boat lift available for anyone needing prop changes, etc. Boats start showing up Tuesday night, so make your plans to come visit Camden on the Lake sometime next week!

Summerset Boat Lifts is your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. We are 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 that is! The Galve-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. For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs, give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Does Your Insurance Cover Your Boat Lift?

Insurance is required for a lot of things. You need insurance for your car, insurance for your house, and, for many of us at the Lake of the Ozarks, insurance for your boat. Insurance can be a tricky thing; certain items and circumstances are covered, while others are not. The same goes for boat insurance. While your watercraft is covered, other items, such as your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift, may not be.

Boat Insurance Policies

Under your standard boat insurance policy, other equipment like lifts and hoists are not covered. Typically, you have to buy a premium policy or add extra coverage to include your lift. It's important to know the language of your policy and what's included under your coverage. Take a look at your boat insurance policy; you may even want to talk with an insurance professional. With all the flooding we've seen over the past couple years here at the Lake, you never know what the weather might bring. It's important that you know you're covered for anything that might happen to your boat and your lift.

Additional Insurance

Now that you know you have your boat and lift covered, what about your dock? Many people believe that their homeowners insurance covers the dock, and while your homeowners insurance can sometimes extend to a boat dock, your insurance agent needs to be aware of that dock and its value. When it comes to insuring your dock, its important that you have both physical damage coverage, as well as liability. For the physical damage aspect, you'll need to make sure you understand which situations are covered in your policy, for example, damage from wind, fire or snow collapse.

Owning a boat is a big investment, so protect that investment by looking over your insurance coverage today! Summerset Boat Lifts wants to make sure you're able to enjoy your boat and lift without worrying about risk. Remember, for all your boat lift needs, give the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. From new and used lifts to boat lift service and repair, Summerset Boat Lifts has you covered!

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Dueling Dogs is Coming to Lake of the Ozarks!

The Canine Cannonball is always a favorite Lake event, among locals and visitors alike. For 2016 though, we've got something new coming to the area!  While the Canine Cannonball back in June offered speed retrieve, big air and extreme vertical, this new event offers even more excitement with two lane, head to head competition! Summerset Boat Lifts has all the details on this weekend's Dueling Dogs competition at Dog Days Bar & Grill.

What is Dueling Dogs?

You've never seen dock jumping like this before! Dogs will go head to head in a side-by-side competition. Check out this video to learn more about the Dueling Dogs event:

Dueling Dogs Schedule

Head on over to Dog Days Bar & Grill, just down the street from Summerset, to see these dogs in action. It's sure to be an exciting weekend!

Aug 5, 2016

  • Onsite Registration / Practice – 11:00 a.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 1 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 2 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 3 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 4 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Challenge Duel #1 – 6:00 p.m.
Photo Credit: Dueling Dogs Facebook Page

Aug 6, 2016

  • Onsite Registration / Practice – 11:00 a.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 5 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 6 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 7 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 8 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Challenge Duel #2 – 6:00 p.m.

Aug 7, 2016

  • Onsite Registration / Practice – 10:30 a.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 9 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 10 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Qualifying Duel # 11 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Challenge Duel #3 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Dueling Dogs Finals – 5:30 p.m.

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, this event is the place to be! Come by boat or by water to Dog Days Bar & Grill to see the exciting competition among our canine friends. If you're out on the water this weekend and experience any issues with your lift, call Summerset Boat Lifts at 573-348-50703. For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift service needs, we've got you covered!

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Friday, July 29, 2016

3 Signs Your Boat Dock Needs Replaced

Your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift and boat dock work together to keep your boat protected. How old is your dock? Is it still capable of doing it's job? While some dock issues can easily be repaired, sometimes docks get to a point beyond simple repair. Summerset Boat Lifts is here to help you decide if it's time to get that boat dock replaced with a few signs to look for.

1. Wood Rot Throughout the Dock. 

Over time, wooden docks can easily experience a little wood rot. Fungus from the water can cause dry rot, and you may notice some of your wood components beginning to decay and crumble. If the wood rot is contained to certain areas, you can most likely just replace those individual boards and pieces. However, if the wood rot has spread throughout the dock, it's time to start thinking about replacing your dock. One wrong step on a rotted board and you could fall through the dock. Avoid the dangers of wood rot on your dock by getting it repaired or replaced as soon as possible after you notice it. 

2. Warped or Cracked Dock Supports. 

Depending on the material your dock is made of, the rough waters of the Lake of the Ozarks can cause it to warp or bend under pressure. Sometimes this can lead to cracks and breaks. Hitting your boat into the dock while trying to dock it is also another common cause of cracked or broken supports. If the cracks are minor and localized, you might be able to get away with just replacing a few boards and beams. However, if major, load-bearing components have multiple breaks, it's in your best interest to replace the whole structure to assure structural integrity.

3. Rusted Out Platforms or Supports. 

Any docks that are made of metal are subject to rusting. Small rust spots can sometimes be repaired or will sometimes just require replacement of individual parts. If your supports seem to be overtaken by rust, it would probably be worth your while to just replace the entire structure. You may even consider having a new dock built with different materials that won't rust like that.

To avoid having to replace your dock, be sure to keep it maintained throughout the year. Lubricate the metal components to prevent rust and replace rotted wood with treated lumber. You should also have your dock sealed at least once per year. In addition to keeping your dock maintained, it's important to keep your boat lift maintained as well. For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift maintenance needs, give Summerset Boat Lifts a call at 573-348-5073.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Staying Hydrated on the Lake this Summer

When you step outside, you can definitely tell that summer is here at the Lake of the Ozarks. This week in particular, is supposed to be extremely hot, with heat advisories lasting through Friday. The heat in combination with high humidity can cause dehydration. Summerset Boat Lifts wants to make sure you stay hydrated while enjoying the Lake this summer. Here are a few tips to help you avoid dehydration during the hot Missouri summer season:

1. Make Sure to Drink Enough Water. 

When you think about dehydration, the first thing that comes to mind is that your body isn't getting enough water. Your body needs water to function properly and when it's hot and humid, your body loses water much faster. Water is the most essential nutrient. As a general rule of thumb, you should drink about half your body weight in water. So for example, if you weigh 150, you would want to drink 75 ounces of water per day. However, if you're exercising, you will want to increase your water intake. If you are heading out on the water for the day, be sure to bring enough bottled water with you to keep everyone hydrated throughout the entire day.

2. Regulate Your Water Intake. 

In addition to the amount of water you consume each day, it's important that you pay attention to how often you are drinking your water. It's important that your water intake occurs in somewhat regular intervals throughout the day. Chugging a gallon of water and then not drinking anymore for like 6 hours isn't a good idea. There is a such thing as drinking too much water at once and you should spread your water intake out throughout the day. Keep in mind that thirst isn't a good indicator of hydration because if you're feeling thirsty, chances are you're already becoming dehydrated. Like mentioned before, bring plenty of bottled water with you for a day of fun in the sun, you don't want all the water to be gone at the beginning of your journey and then be thirsty the rest of the boat ride.

3. Mix Up Your Drinks. 

While plain water is best, you don't have to only drink water all day to stay hydrated. There are other drinks that can hydrate you as well. Consider grabbing an ice cold smoothie, a sports drink, coconut water,or even a tea or coffee. I know what you're thinking, coffee can count as water? Well not exactly, but in a way yes. You don't want to just drink coffee all day and have no water, but coffee is a fluid and can be counted towards your water intake. According to a report by the National Research Council's Food and Nutrition Board, the amount of caffeine in tea and coffee does not discount the fluid in them.While it might not be easy to make a smoothie on a boat, you can easily pack some sports drinks in with the bottled water to offer some variety in drink choices.

4. Eat Your Water Too. 

While it's important to drink enough water, you can also get water through the foods that you eat. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine's recommendations, you should eat 20 percent of your daily water intake. Next time you're feeling thirsty, pile some delicious summer-friendly fruits and veggies on your plate. Watermelon, celery, cucumbers, strawberries and lettuce are all great foods to help you stay hydrated. Each of these foods contain various levels of water, as well as other important nutrients for the body. Instead of just packing salty chips and cookies, add some fresh fruit to your snacking menu on the boat. Fruit can easily be thrown in the cooler along with the bottled water to stay chilled throughout the day.

Your favorite boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks hopes you have a fun and safe time out on the water this summer! If you're out on the water and notice that someone else's lift or even your own lift might be in need of some boat lift repair at the Lake of the Ozarks, give Summerset Boat Lifts a call at 573-348-5073.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4 Benefits of Having Your Boat on a Lift

When it comes to purchasing a boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks, you may think, "do I really need one?" The answer is yes! The cost of a boat lift only accounts for a small percentage of your boating expenses, while it will end up saving you even more in boat maintenance. In today's blog, Summerset Boat Lifts offers 4 benefits to having your boat on a lift:

1. Keeps Your Boat Cleaner.

The bottom of your boat requires regular cleaning, even with bottom paint. A boat lift will keep the bottom of your boat clean, free of grime and lake scum. Easily keep your boat's hull shiny and clean by storing it up out of the water.

2. Prevents Boat Damage.

The primary cause of hull blisters is from wet storage of your boat. In addition, wet storage can cause damage to out-drives, props and shafts. By investing in a boat lift, you can significantly reduce the possibility of these types of damage to your boat. Storing your boat above the water line will also reduce the amount of regular wear and tear on your boat.

3. Saves You Money.

Storing your boat on a lift can save you a lot of money in the long run. Not only will you save on repair and maintenance costs, but dry storage can significantly increase the resale value of your boat. A clean bottom enhances performance, saves fuel, increases range and eliminates the recurring cost of bottom painting.

4. Reduces the Risk of Your Boat Sinking. 

Did you know that 85% of boats that sink, do so at their dock? A dead battery or a failed bilge pump is all it takes to lose your boat. When you invest in a Lake of the Ozarks boat lift, you can rest assured that your boat is protected. You also don't have to worry about it coming untied and floating down the main channel.

Summerset Boat Lifts is your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you're looking for a brand new or used boat lift, we've got the best selection for you to choose from. We'll help you pick out the perfect lift for your needs, based on your boat size. Give us a call today at 573-348-5073.

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