Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Fishing Tournaments at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks offers great fishing conditions almost year round, but some of the best fishing happens during the spring months. You'll find a variety of Lake of the Ozarks fishing tournaments to participate in throughout March and April. Keep reading to learn more about upcoming fishing tournaments.

Cabella's King Kat Fishing Tournament & Kids Fishing Rodeo - March 23-24

Registration will be on Friday, March 23rd from 5-7 pm at The Stables on Hwy 5 in Sunrise Beach. Anglers can fish from 6:30 am to 3 pm on Saturday. The weigh-in will start at 3 pm at Captain Ron's. The Kid's Fishing Rodeo will also be held at Captain Ron's. The children's event is free of charge and open to youth ages 12 and younger. Sign up is from 8-9 am, and equipment is not provided. For more info on these events, please visit:

Help a Child Charity Bass Fishing Tournament - March 24 

The 16th Annual "Help a Child" Fishing Tournament, with a $1500 grand prize payout, will be held on March 24th, launching out of The Club at Porto Cima. Porto Cima will host the dinner, auction and awards. Proceeds from the tournament, dinner and auction will go to support Missouri Baptist Children's home and Kids Against Hunger. Learn more about this event and the charities at:

Alhonna Early Bird Open Buddy Bass Tournament - March 24-25

Alhonna Resort's Annual Early Bird Open Buddy Bass Tournament is a 2-day bass tournament with 100% payback of all entry fees. The tournament hours are 7 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and 7 AM to 2 PM on Sunday. The tournament entry fee includes a complimentary breakfast at 6 AM each morning for tournament participants at Bobber's Restaurant located at Alhonna Resort. Tournament prizes will be awarded directly following the weigh-in on Sunday. For more info on this event, please visit:

Twisted Cat Outdoors Catfish Tournament - April 8

The 2nd Annual Twisted Cat Outdoors Catfish Tournament comes to Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks on April 8th. This is the chance for amateur catfish anglers to test their skills on the lake. Registration will happen at Robin's Resort on Saturday from 4-6 pm or Sunday morning from 5:30 am to 7 am prior to the tournament. For more info, please visit:

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament - April 14 

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters tournament trail comes to Lake of the Ozarks on April 14th. Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Mercury Motors and Captain Ron’s on the lake the one day tournament will be a national qualifier for 2018 National Championship. The tournament will also be the first leg of the Missouri State Championship. Learn more at:

Spring Big Bass Bash - April 21-22

The Big Bass Bash is a bass tournament designed for amateurs only. Its unique format allows the weekend angler a chance to win big money like the professionals. Unlike most fishing tournaments which have a team arrangement where prizes are based on total weight, the Big Bass Bash format is distinctive in that it only takes one fisherman just one big bass to win. This year's prize money will total over $250,000 in payouts with $100,000 to the winner. Learn more at:

While you're out fishing this spring, keep Summerset Boat Lifts in mind for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs. From maintenance and repairs to boat lift sales, we've got you covered. Give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Preparing for the 2018 Boating Season

The official start of spring is March 20th, which is just around the corner! Now's the time to start thinking about de-winterizing your boat for the 2018 boating season. After sitting unused all winter, your boat, dock and boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks should be inspected to ensure proper working conditions. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks boat lift dealer offers some tips for de-winterizing your boat and getting everything ready for the upcoming season.

1. Inspect Your Boat, Lift and Dock for Visible Damage. 

One of the first things you want to do when preparing for the spring season at the Lake is inspect everything for any noticeable damage. During the winter season, a variety of weather-related issues can arise. Did the wind knock debris onto your dock? Did ice formations create any problems? You want to make sure your dock is safe for friends and family to be on, that the lift is in proper working condition and your boat isn't damaged in any way.

2. Schedule Your Spring Boat Lift Maintenance. 

After sitting unused all winter, your boat lift needs special attention. The changes in weather and temperature can affect your boat lift in a variety of ways. Before using it for the season, consider having Summerset Boat Lifts come out to look it over. We'll ensure your boat lift is in proper working condition and is ready for the upcoming boating season. We pride ourselves on service, and that's what sets us apart in the industry. We want you to relax knowing your boat lift needs are being handled by a professional.

3. De-Winterize Your Boat. 

Once you've inspected the exterior of your boat for visible damage, it's time to start the de-winterizing process. Everything from the engine to the gas tank and the belts will need to be inspected before you hit the water for the 2018 season. If you didn't change your boat's oil last season, now's the time to do so. While winterizing your boat, you should have drained the cooling system to avoid freezing, but even so, you will want to examine all hoses for any cracks or breaks. Check all the fluid levels and refill any of them that are low. Check the boats battery to ensure it's holding a charge, and inspect all the electrical connections for clean, tight, corrosion free connections. Also, be sure to check the fuel system and change the fuel filter. If you did not use an additive to prevent contamination, you'll want to drain the gas from the tank as it's likely stale. Be sure to check your owners manual for other de-winterizing information about your particular boat. 

4. Schedule an Electrical Inspection. 

A common part of the de-winterizing process that's often overlooked is the electrical situation on your dock. The winter weather can cause electrical issues on your dock, and it's important that you have your dock inspected to ensure all the electrical wires, outlets, etc. are in proper working condition before you start using them for the season. Electricity and water don't mix, so this a crucial step in preparing for the upcoming boating season to ensure your family and friends are safe on your dock. Many companies even offer free inspections!

Follow these steps and you'll be ready to hit the water! To schedule your spring boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-348-5073 today. Summerset Boat Lifts is here to take care of all your boat lift needs at the Lake! From boat lift maintenance and repairs to the sale of new and used lifts, we've got you covered.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mark Your Calendars for the St. Charles Boat Show

The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association is excited about the upcoming Annual St. Charles Boat Show! This is the premiere show for boating enthusiasts across the Midwest and certainly in the St. Louis market. This year's event will be held March 8-11 at the St. Charles Convention Center, and Summerset Boat Lifts is excited to be a part of the fun again this season.

About the 2018 St. Charles Boat Show 

Join all of your favorite marine dealers from the Lake of the Ozarks for this family-fun event. See the latest in cruisers, runabouts, performance boats, pontoons, ski boats, personal watercraft, docks, boat lifts and boating accessories all at one show! This year, the event will have more boats, more exhibitors and more fun than the previous years. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 & under can attend for FREE.

2018 Boat Show Hours 

March 8th: 3-9 PM
March 9th: 12-10 PM
March 10th: 10 AM - 9 PM
March 11th: 10 AM - 5 PM

About the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association 

The Marine Dealers Association is made up of over 40 Lake of the Ozarks area marine dealers. They represent the top lines of boats, marine accessories, docks, personal watercraft and everything else to promote fun on the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks. Together, these members put on a great show to share with the community everything new they have to offer the public for the upcoming boating season.

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Be sure to stop by the Summerset Boat Lifts booth and say hi to us! As your premier Lake of the Ozarks boat lift dealer, we strive to provide great customer service in everything from lift sales to the servicing and repair of many different styles of boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks. For all your boat lift needs, give us a call at 573-348-5073 or talk to us at the St. Charles Boat Show next week!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Brush Up on Missouri Boating Laws

With spring quickly approaching, now's the time to brush up on the Missouri boating laws. It's important that you know these laws to keep yourself and those around you safe while out on the water this coming season. Whether you're new to the boating world or you've been driving a boat for years, today's blog from Summerset Boat Lifts offers a quick overview of some of the laws you need to know.

1. Missouri Boating Education. 

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

2. Operating a Vessel on Missouri Waters. 

All persons must be at least 14 years of age to legally operate a motorboat or PWC unless under the direct, onboard supervision of a parent, guardian or other person 16 years of age or older. Those who are required to have the education mentioned above must carry their Boating Education Card on board the vessel with them and have it available for inspection by law enforcement. Not carrying the card can result in a fine.

3. Titling and Registration. 

To legally operate your vessel on public waters in Missouri, you must register and title it. You have 60 days from the date of purchase to title your newly purchased boat, vessel or outboard motor. There is a penalty for not doing so. All motorized boats or vessels and any sailboats longer than 12 feet must be titled and registered. Once the boat is titled and registered, you will receive a "MO" number, decals and a pocket card. You must display the decals on the boat and keep the pocket card with you while boating. Your registration must be renewed every three years.

4. Dock Permits at Lake of the Ozarks. 

Missouri State Law, in conjunction with Ameren Missouri Guidelines, requires that all docks on the Lake of the Ozarks display a dock permit number and the 911 address of the property the dock is most adjacent to. This will not only assist those unfamiliar with their location on the lake, but will also assist 911 call centers in dispatching the appropriate first responders during an emergency situation.

5. Life Jackets On Board. 

Missouri law requires boaters to have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket on board and accessible for each occupant of the boat. Children under the age of seven are required to wear a life jacket whenever they are on a boat unless they are in the cabin area of a houseboat or cruiser. All personal watercraft users are required to wear life jackets anytime they are underway.

6. Navigation Light Requirements. 

Navigation lights are required to be displayed between sunset and sunrise, as well as during periods of restricted visibility. When underway, motorboats must have red and green sidelights visible from a distance 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.

7. Fire Extinguisher On Board. 

All vessels are required to have a Type B U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher on board if flammable or combustible materials are stored on board in closed storage compartments, the vessel has closed living spaces, there are permanently installed fuel tanks, and/or 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.

8. Dangerous Boat Operating Practices. 

According to Missouri law, the following boating practices are 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.

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

Summerset Boat Lifts wants you to have a fun and safe time on the water this season. In addition to brushing up on the Missouri boating laws, it's important that you have your boat lift inspected to ensure it's working properly before the season gets underway. To schedule Lake of the Ozarks boat lift service, give us a call at 573-348-5073 today!
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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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