Thursday, April 2, 2020

Top 5 Spring Boating Safety Tips

Spring is here and boating season is upon us! Many have extra time on our hands due to recent regulations on social distancing. Summerset Boat Lifts knows there's no better place to distance yourself than your boat! Take the family out for a cruise or get away with a solo fishing trip, your boat can help you enjoy the great outdoors while keeping your distance from others. As more and more boats are out on the lake right now, our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks is going to cover some boating safety tips.


1) Stock your Boat

Ensure your boat is ready for the season ahead. This involved making sure you have enough life jackets on board for all passengers. You also need to have boat registration, a throwable PFD, and a fire extinguisher on the vessel. Gather these items before you hit the water this spring!

2) Bring Clothing Layers

The temps may be warm but the feels-like temperature can drop once you're out on the boat moving. The cooler wind across the water and the boat moving can both cause the temperature to feel much cooler than it is. It's best to be prepared and pack some additional layers for your spring boating outing.

3) Check Weather

Missouri weather can change within minutes. It's best to check the forecast before dropping your lift and heading out on the lake. If you're already out and notice a shift in weather, head back to the safety of your dock. Being out on the lake during a storm is dangerous. It's best to keep an eye on the weather before you launch and while you're out boating.


4) Be Aware of Surroundings

The water level is still relatively low and there is an increase in boat traffic on the lake. Keep an eye on other boaters and be aware of low water areas. With lower and fluctuating water levels, it's best to steer clear of low spots. Hitting the bottom can cause serious damage to your boat, cause injuries to you and your passengers, and bend or break your propeller.

5) Share Boating Plan

Someone on land should know your boating plans. This involves the area in which you're planning to travel and your estimated time of return. If you aren't back within a reasonable amount of time of your planned return, this information can help if a search needs to be conducted.

Bonus Tip: The water is still much colder than the air. Jumping or falling in the water may cause your body to go into shock and make it difficult to breath and swim to safety. It's best to wear a life jacket when you are around the water, especially this time of year.

The best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to remind everyone to take extra precautions as boating season takes off this spring. There may be an increase in boat traffic due to area businesses closing or allowing employees to work remotely. Remember to be aware of your surroundings when boating on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!
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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Friday, March 27, 2020

Ways Boating Can Bring You Joy While Practicing Social Distancing

With the virus quickly spreading, it's recommended to stay home and practice social distancing. If you must be in contact with someone that you don't share a home with, it's best to stay 6 feet apart. This can make many normal activities tricky but boating is actually a great way to enjoy the great outdoors while practicing social distancing. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks knows there's some beautiful days ahead and we want to encourage any boat owner that can to get out on the  water and enjoy! If you haven't had your spring boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks performed, give Summerset Boat Lifts a call today and we'll ensure your lift is ready to take on the busy months ahead! If you're curious how your boat can come into play when being socially distant, take a look at a few ideas below:

Photo Credit: Fun Lake


Cruise Down the Lake

You've been itching to get out on the water and this is the perfect opportunity. A simple afternoon cruise down the water may be just want you need! Fresh air after being cooped up inside can do the body and mind some good. What's your favorite area to cruise this time of year?

Go Fishing

You always say you wish you had more time to fish. Well, here's your chance! Gather your fishing gear, jump in your boat, and hit the water. You never know, you may find a new sweet spot!

Clean Your Boat & Dock Up for Spring

It may not be the most fun option, but it's got to be done at some point this spring! Clean up your boat and tidy up your dock while the weather is nice but not too warm. If you clean your boat up now, the next nice day you'll be able to get out there and play!

Dine on the Water

While many water restaurants are closed, some of offering take out options. You can actually order, pick up your food, and then eat it on the comfort of your boat. Another option is to pack a picnic and dine out on the water that way!

Start a Boat Parade 

Everyone could use a little more joy these days. Make a parade out of your boat ride. Before you know it, you may have all your neighbors out on their decks waving back or better yet, on their boats joining in!
Photo Credit: Fun Lake
No matter how you choose to distance yourself from others during this virus pandemic, we're here for all of your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs. Our team will practice safe distancing while we're working on your lift, as well. We look forward to seeing you all out on the boat over the next few weeks and don't forget to call Summerset Boat Lifts for all of your boat lift needs!
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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Friday, March 13, 2020

Spring Boat Lift Maintenance Checks

As boating season nears you may start preparing for your first time out on the lake this spring. Before you lower the boat for the first time this season, there are a few boat lift maintenance checks you'll want to perform on your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift. Ensuring your lift is ready for the first movement of the seasons can help prevent any damage or further damage to your lift. Here at Summerset Boat Lifts, we've provided a list of things you should check as you gear up for boating season.


Inspect Lift for Damage

If your lift has visible damage, it's important to have that repaired as soon as possible. A broken brace or support arm could cause your lift to fail and your boat to end up damaged and in the water. If you notice a broken piece on your lift, it's best to stay away from the boat as it could fall at anytime and contact a boat lift maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks immediate.

Check for Clearance

The winter months mean lower lake levels. Ensure your lift has adequate clearance below your slip. Hitting the rough and rocky ground can cause damage to your lift. From jolting and knocking the bracing lose to a rock puncturing a tank, there are many potential dangers that lurk at the bottom of the lake for your boat lift. Another thing to consider is any other items that may have moved underneath the water. Ensure your lift is clear of any tree stump or other underwater obstacle that may have shifted locations throughout the winter months


Lubricate Moving Parts

The moving joints of your boat lift have been stationary for the past few months. With the freezing temps and mixed in warm days, the moving parts may have some extra friction. Before lowering your lift, lubricate the lift arms and joints to ensure a smooth transition through the stages of the lift can be achieved by these brackets.

Schedule Lift Maintenance

It's best to have a professional come check over your lift before you can be certain it's ready for the busy boating season ahead. Our maintenance crew can be over to your dock and inspecting your lift in no time! Contact us today to schedule your boat lift service at the Lake of the Ozarks.

What are you waiting for? Now's the perfect time to ensure your lift is ready for some boating action this spring and summer! If you're not up for performing these maintenance checks yourself, contact the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks to schedule your maintenance. Summerset Boat Lifts is here for all of your boat lift needs. From boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks to installing a new boat lift, we have you and your boat covered!
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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
573-348-5073
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Spring De-Winterization is Near

Spring is almost here and now's the time to start planning your de-winterization process. From your boat to your dock, there are a few steps that you should take as you prepare for boating season. Not only is it important to prepare your boat for the season, you'll want to ensure your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift and dock are in proper working order, as well. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help as you prepare to de-winterize your summer toys. Check out some tips below:


Replace Fluids in Boat

In the fall we winterize, in the spring we de-winterize. Now's the time to schedule your de-winterization. This is when all the anti-freeze fluids can be flushed out of your boat and motor, and be replaced with proper fluids for a season full of family, fun, and new boating memories!

Visually Check Over Boat Lift

Before lowering your lift down for the first time, ensure all lift arms and joints look as they should. If there is visible damage, contact our boat lift maintenance department immediately! Our team can help repair your lift and hopefully get you squared away before causing any further damage to your vessel.

Ensure No Damage to Dock

Look at and around your dock the first time you visit your boating area for the season. Ensure no physical damage is visible. Don't forget to check the water level. Low winter levels can leave your dock sitting on dry land, which can cause various problems to the tubes holding up your dock and potentially your lift if it gets lowered. Be aware of this potential damage and do what you can to be proactive.


Deep Clean Your Dock and Boat

Winter grime can leave your dock and water toys looking dull. Liven them up with a fresh clean look! Take some time to clean up your dock and boat to prepare for another awesome season on the water at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Call the Pros:

Your boating equipment is an investment and it's recommended that the professionals perform regular service checks to ensure everything is in good working order. That applies to de-winterizing your boat, prepping your boat lift for the season, and having your dock inspected.

What are you waiting for? Now's the perfect time to start de-winterizing your summer toys. From your boat to PWC to dock, it's important your boating toys are ready to go come boating season. Contact Summerset Boat Lifts today and one of our service team members will be on your dock in no time ensuring your lift is ready to go for summer fun! Give us a call today to schedule your boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
573-348-5073
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Reasons to Buy at a Boat Show

Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks is gearing up for the St. Charles Boat Show. This is one of our most popular and well-attended shows. We're excited as we near the date and Summerset Boat Lifts wants to point out some of the reasons why you should buy at a boat show. You may be surprised that it's one of the most popular times to buy boats, lifts, and boating accessories. Check out some of the benefits of buying at a boat show below:


Reasons to Buy at an Upcoming Boat Show:

Take Advantage of Boat Show Deals
Many vendors will have specials for the boat show. This is your chance to maximize and take advantage of the savings on the boating product you've been wishing for. Just in time for boating season, you'll be able to use the new item you purchase at the show in just a few short weeks!

See and Feel the Product
There's something special about seeing a product in person. You get the see and feel the item you're about the purchase and get a good idea of how it's going to benefit you and your boating needs. The off-water shows also give you the chance to see a lift from a different perspective -- out of the water and on dry land! You can really see what you're going to purchase at a boat show.

Easily Visit with Multiple Companies
Time is money and the easier it is to visit with multiple vendors, the better. You can easily compare products and prices at a boat show. Instead of making phone call after phone call or stopping by showroom after showroom, you can take just a few steps and visit with another business about your boating needs.


Details on the St. Charles Boat Show:

The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association wants to welcome you to the St Charles Boat Show for 2020! This is the premier show for boating enthusiasts all over the Midwest and certainly in the St Louis market. Here you can find all the information you need on this great show. We will see you at The St. Charles Convention Center on March 5th - 8th!

Now that you know why it's best to purchase during a boat show, you'll want to make plans to attend one of the upcoming shows! As the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're thrilled to help you find the right lift for that new boat or PWC you find at the show. Stop by our booth and see the Summerset Boat Lifts difference!
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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
573-348-5073
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

All About Galva-Hoist Boat Lifts

Summerset Boat Lifts is the exclusive Galva-Hoist dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks and we're excited to share some of the awesome details about this brand of lift. If you're looking for a tough boat lift to withstand some of the roughest waters, Galva-Hoist is the answer! Check out the details about this boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks!


We’re 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.

From personal watercraft lifts all the way to custom 46,000lb lifts, check out the Galva-Hoist and its exclusive dealer on Lake of the Ozarks… Summerset Boat Lifts!

Galva-Hoist Does Things Differently!

Galva-Hoist Boat Lifts are designed to be a floating, dry-storage product. These lifts protect your boat from the elements. Galva-Hoist Boat Lifts are designed to be a top competitor in the industry and are proven to be the best boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks!


Your boat DESERVES a Galva-Hoist!

As Galva-Hoist, we want to help our clientele enjoy their boating experience. The passionate boater wants a clean, well-performing water craft. What better way to ensure your boat stays clean than to moor it on a Galva-Hoist!

Give your boat the best in boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks! Now's the time to gear up for the 2020 season and we're eager for boating season to be here. If you don't have the right lift for your boat or you're looking to snag a new boat this spring, protect it with a custom lift from Summerset Boat Lifts! Give us a call today to discuss your boat lift needs.

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
573-348-5073
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Winter Boating Tips

Boating in the winter months may seem like a far fetched idea, but some of the best fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks takes place during the winter months! And sometimes a nice day comes around and may have you itching to get out on the water. Our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company knows how important it is to have a reliable lift to get your boat in and out of the water with ease. We also understand it can be tricky, especially in the winter months with shallow cove conditions. Summerset Boat Lifts can help by building a custom lift to meet your unique boating needs. As it's a popular time for fishing, we want to point out some boating safety tips you should keep top of mind this time of year.

Photo Credit: Fun Lake

Always wear a life jacket.

While this is not required by law for adults, it's a good idea to wear a life jacket when you are on or near water, especially in the winter months. Falling into the water when temperatures are freezing can quickly send your body into shock, making it difficult to even breathe. It can also be very difficult to move your arms and legs to swim to safety.

Check the weather.

Winter weather can change within a few hours. It's best to keep an eye on the weather before and during your outing. This can help you better identify a time to safely return to shore. If the weather looks like it's going to take a turn for the worse, make your way to safety. It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to winter storms on the water.

Share your plans.

Always let someone on land know your plans for the day. Whether you're going down to the dock for an hour or out on the water for a day, ensure your plans are known. it's also a good idea to ensure your contact persona knows your route for the day. If for some reason you don't make it back to shore at the designated time, it can be beneficial to know a location in which someone can start to search. It can also cut down on the time it takes for someone to find you if you are in need of help.


Be aware of other boaters.

While there are fewer and fewer boaters out on the lake during the winter months, it's still important to be aware of what's going on around you. You may have let your guard down this time of year when there are not as many boaters but you should always be thinking about others on the water near you. The lake levels tend to change frequently in the winter months. Be aware of any shallow spots on your route and avoid them. If you are coming into what may be a shallow area, reduce speed immediately.

Dress in layers.

Layers make it easy to remove some clothing if needed. This can also help keep some of your body heat in if it is cooler than you planned for. Dress warmer than the air temperatures calls for if you're spending time near the water. Many times the winter breeze and cool air off the water can make it feel even cooler than the air temp.

Now that you've gotten a refresher on winter water safety tips, you're ready to take to the lake. As the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know how important it is to get out on the water and do what you love. That's why were here to help ensure you can protect your fishing boat and have easy access to the water with a boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks! Contact us to learn more about our lifts and how we can help you find the exact lift for your boating needs.

Summerset Boat Lifts
1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065
573-348-5073
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