Friday, June 24, 2022

5 Ways to Make Your Dock a Safer Place

 If you own a waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks, there’s a good chance you have a dock on your property. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks knows how important it is to keep you and your guests safe on and around your dock this summer. Check out a few of our dock safety tips for a safe and fun summer ahead!

1. Avoid Leaning Over the Edge

Avoid leaning over the edge of your dock. We understand this can be tricky if you are working on something on your dock or if you're cleaning your boat. If you need to lean over the water while on the dock, have another person on your dock for safety reasons. If you happen to go over the edge, this other helper will be able to assist you in getting safely out of the water. 

2. Keep Tabs on Everyone on the Dock

Keep tabs on all of your guests as they are on your dock and/or swimming around it. Have a buddy system in place where each person has another person they are to keep tabs on. This ensures every person is safe while having a great time at your dock!

3. Ensure Swimmers Have Floatation Devices

Encourage all swimmers to have some sort of floatation device handy, especially if there is alcohol involved in your lake day. Even strong swimmers can quickly become fatigued out in the summer sun all day. Whether it's a noodle, a floaty, or a life jacket, ensure all of the swimmers near your dock have a way to stay afloat in hand. 

4. Encourage Swimmers to Stay a Safe Distance from Dock 

Docks can be dangerous to be next to, especially if the water is rough in your location. A large wave can push you against the dock, or even worse, under it. Make sure you're swimming a safe distance away from your dock at all times. Encourage anyone who is jumping in the water to jump away from the dock, and not straight down, as well. 

5. Get Dock Inspected Annually

Your dock should be inspected each year to ensure it's up to the latest safety protocol. Electrical safety is a big deal. Electricity and water don't mix. It's important that the electricity to your dock is inspected each year to ensure it's properly grounded to avoid a dangerous situation for you and your family. 

We’re well into boating season and it’s a great idea to recap these dock safety tips to help ensure you and your guests have an amazing experience on the dock this summer! As you spend more time on your dock during the summer months, you may see some potential for some upgrades to the space. From WetStep dock accessories to adding a walkway to your lift, there are many ways Summerset Boat Lifts can complete your dock and make it a safer place for everyone!

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4277 Old Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
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Friday, June 17, 2022

3 Sure Ways to Make Boating with Your Pup More Enjoyable

We know that you love your pup more than anything. Want another way to spend time with them this summer? Bring them with you boating on Lake of the Ozarks this summer! Dogs’ worlds revolve around their owner. Boating with them is another opportune bonding moment.

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we understand you want to enjoy your boat in as many ways as possible (especially with your pup.) Quality over quantity, right? Here are some ways you can now start enjoying the boat with your doggo aboard for a long time to come.

1. Bring extra water aboard for you AND the pup (so they don’t drink the lake water)

Heat waves are coming in hot this summer! Yes, we are going to remind you of the cliché to stay hydrated. 

Stay hydrated!

Both pupper and you need to have water handy while sailing all day long. Not only are we trying to avoid heat stroke this summer, but also, this refrains your dog from drinking the lake water and ultimately, causing illness.

Plus, let’s be realistic… Water helps maintain yours and pup’s energy all day long. Long lake days are the best ones!

2. Take safety precautions

We are sure your definition of fun doesn’t include doggo disasters, so we think it’s important to consider pet safety as a top priority. There are a few things to consider before getting your best friend aboard. 

Yes, there are such thing as dog life vests. They can be found at specific pet shops and even, sometimes, boating shops. If worse comes to worst, your dog will be able to float in the water a lot easier than without a vest.

Another factor most dog owners do not take into consideration is sunscreen (and we don’t mean just for you.) Dog sunscreen is super crucial for most breeds of dogs with short hair. No need to worry—lightweight sunscreen, such as, SPF 15 should cover it. Be sure to check that the sunscreen is unscented or has a natural scent to avoid skin irritation.

Hopefully you have considered a plan of action when it comes to emergencies. When bringing your pup aboard, make sure that you update that emergency plan to include them. Accidents happen. Be prepared!

Let’s face it, the less time you have to deal with anything that goes wrong, the better. This preparation is stress relief. Ahhhh.

3. Put your boat on a boatlift 

More than anything, we want you and your family (even the furriest members) to enjoy your boating adventures together for a long time. Most don’t know this, but there are ways to elongate your boat’s lifetime.

Invest in a boatlift for your boat! Summerset has found that most boaters wish they would have gotten a boatlift sooner to protect their boat.

I know you are wondering why it’s so beneficial to have a boatlift in your possession. 

Keeping your boat above water when not in use, helps with less maintenance and upkeep. In fact, we have seen significant reduction in boat repairment after customers’ get their boatlift. 

Additionally, boatlifts are a huge convenience. We don’t know about you, but it’s a good summer day when you are able to get in your boat with your dog and sail off within minutes.

Imagine being able to give your dog a lifetime worth of boating. Enjoyment on the lake is the top of our priority list for you and your furry friends.

When planning your next day out on the boat, consider the best ways to enjoy your time.

Consult us on ANY of your fun boating needs. You can learn more on our website at

See you on the lake!

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4277 Old Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Help Break the World Record for Largest Boat Parade!

The Lake of the Ozarks is gearing up to attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the Largest Boat Parade! The boat parade is scheduled for June 11th near the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks knows how much you enjoy getting out on the water in the summer months and we want to invite you to be a part of this attempt to make boating history! Check out all the details & learn how you can register to participate today!

Boat Parade Details:

Guinness Book of World Record Largest Boat Parade Attempt

Lake of the Ozark, Missouri

June 11, 2022

Parade will begin at 11am

Currently, the record for the Largest Boat Parade is held in Malaysia with 1180 boats. Our goal is to beat this record to not only bring the World Record to the United States but to Lake of the Ozarks Missouri. We attempted to break the record in 2021 and we came close. We made some changes and we know we can break the record in 2022!

Parade participants may launch their boat at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park Grand Glaize Marina (Pa He Tsi) Boat Ramp.

Parade Rules:

- This record is for the greatest number of boats in a parade formation over a set course.

- This record is measured by number of participating boats.

- All skippers must hold a full license for their boat.

- Registration numbers of all boats participating in the parade must be provided during the registration process.

- Every participant counted who is within the barriers of the attempt area should fully participate in the attempt to the best of his or her ability. If, to the independent witnesses’ satisfaction, everyone is not fully participating, the attempt will end and must begin again.

- Each boat must display their participant flag so it visible to the GWR adjudicator, or that vessel will not be counted. Further instructions on which side of the boat to display the flag will be sent closer to the event.

- No political flags shall be attached to the vessel or that vessel will not be counted. This is a Guinness World Record Guideline.

- Your vessel must complete the entire parade route. Any vessels exiting early will not be counted.

- All vessels participating in this world record attempt must be moving – it is not acceptable merely to park them in a row.

- Additional information/parade instructions will be sent prior to the parade, including instructions of where you will line up for your size vessel.


Register to be a part of boating history at the Lake of the Ozarks! Our Camdenton, MO boat lift company is excited to see such support and efforts surrounding the boating community in the area. Register your vessel today & plan to participate in the parade on June 11th!

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Camdenton, MO 65020
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GEAR UP for an Action-Packed Weekend of Boat Racing!

Lake Race 2022 is here and our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company is a proud sponsor of this annual event! The powerful machines will be flat out flying across the water in hopes to cross the finish line first. Check out all the details of this race and the schedule of events!

Lake Race 2022:

Sanctioned by Offshore Powerboat Association and APBA, Lake Race attracts the fastest and most powerful boats in the world to compete on the waters of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. The Lake Race Board of Directors has chosen a location on the water, and a world-class venue to allow for the consistent growth our event has experienced since its inception. Family fun with speed, power, and excitement is what we're about, and we invite you to join us for a weekend of spectacular powerboat racing!

Lake Race Course:

The course begins at Neon Taco - Bagnell Dam, 0-4mm by the water and ends with an awards ceremony. Don't miss out on the action-packed weekend!

Lake Race 2022 Schedule:

Friday, June 3rd

Lake Race Street Party

Bagnell Dam Strip

4:00pm- 10:00pm

Walk around and check out all the powerful boats! The energetic atmosphere is unlike any other -- you won't want to miss this event!

Saturday, June 4th

Race Day

Neon Taco

10:45 - Opening Ceremony

11:00am - 5:00pm - Races between 0-4MM

6:00pm - Awards Ceremony at The Encore Lakeside Grill and Sky Bar

Make plans to get in on all the action this weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our boat lift company near Camdenton, MO is a proud sponsor of this event & we can't wait to check out all the action, as well! 

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4277 Old Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

It's National Safe Boating Week: May 21-27

National Safe Boating Week is here and that means it's time to refresh some boating safety tips. Just in time for the big holiday weekend and kick off to summer, our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help point out some tips to keep you & your crew safer out on the water. Check out our safe boating tips & be sure to practice safe boating this holiday weekend!

Always Wear a Life Jacket

A life jacket can save a life. Many people think they don't need a life jacket because they are a good swimmer. Being a good swimmer doesn't help if you are involved in a boating accident. You may be disoriented or even worse, unconscious. It's always a good idea to keep a life jacket on when boating. 

Be Aware of Surroundings

Just like on the highway, the traffic on the water can change in an instant. When driving a boat, you must be aware of all other boaters on the water, and other objects along the water. This can help you more safely navigate your way through boat traffic and in and out of busy boating areas. If you aren't comfortable in the type of area, consider staying in a less crowded part of the water.

Designate a Sober Captain

If you plan on drinking out on the water, make sure you have a designated captain to safely operate your vessel. Just like getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, driving a boat is a big responsibility and having your complete attention is vital for a safe boating experience.

Share Your Boating Plan

Make sure someone on land knows your plan for your time out on the water. If you haven't returned within your estimated plan of arrival, the contact on land will know that something isn't right and they can take the necessary actions to help find you. 

Check The Weather

Missouri weather can change in an instant. Keep tabs on the weather conditions and head back to shore if the weather takes a turn. Summer thunderstorms can be very dangerous out on the water. It's best to stay ahead of a storm that may be rolling in & get back to your dock before the weather hits. 

As you plan to get out on the water in your boat this holiday weekend, keep these safety tips in mind. These tips are to keep you & everyone else on the water as safe as possible. A safe day on the boat is a good day on the boat! Remember, Summerset Boat Lifts is here for all of your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift and boat accessory needs. Give us a call today to schedule a boat lift inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks to ensure your lift is safe & ready for the busy season ahead!

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Family-Friendly Boating Activities

Boating season is here and we can't think of a better way to spend time with your loved ones than out on the boat! Whether your crew is into adventure or likes to take it easy, there are plenty of activities to find on the water. As the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know you love being in your boat so we thought it would be fun to share a few of the most popular boating-related activities to inspire your water adventures ahead!

Photo Credit: Fun Lake


The Lake of the Ozarks was voted the #1 Recreational Lake in the Country for a reason! The majority of people who vacation here year after year either bring a boat with them or rent one while they're here. Whether you're here with friends or here with family, boating is a great activity for everyone to enjoy.


If you're feeling adventurous, turn your day of boating into a day of tubing, skiing or wakeboarding. Nothing's better than feeling the wind and the water on your face as you fly behind the boat on a hot summer day! Watersports offer fun for people of all ages; you can also have a great time just watching someone being pulled behind the boat.

Attend Events

The Lake area has something going on just about every weekend throughout the summer months. From live music at your favorite waterfront bars to fireworks over the water for the holidays, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Check out for details on upcoming events on the water!


There's no shortage of waterfront dining options at the Lake of the Ozarks. From Bagnell Dam out to the Niangua arm, you'll find a variety of different cuisines to enjoy for lunch or dinner while you're out on the water for the day or just out for an evening cruise.

Photo Credit: Fun Lake

What are you waiting for? Now's the time to plan your next boat outing to soak in all the glory of a day out on the boat! We know you treasure your time spent on the boat so make sure you store your boat safely up on a boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks. Being on a lift helps extend the life of your boat, makes it much easier to maintain, and keeps it safe from the rough waters. Trust your boat to the safety of Summerset Boat Lifts!

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Camdenton, MO 65020
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Thursday, May 12, 2022

New Boat Lift Options

 If you own a boat, you know how important it is to keep it protected all your long! As the best boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we pride ourselves on building the toughest boat lifts to keep your investment safe. Check out a few of the new boat lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks we have available. 

6,500 lbs. Capacity:

The 6,500 lb lift is an ideal capacity for almost every tritoon on Lake of the Ozarks. The mechanism and structure of the lift are well suited for the rough waters that our lake has to offer. From a 24 foot deck boat to a 27 foot tritoon with a 300hp outboard, give serious consideration to our 6,500lb boat lift!

8,000 lbs. Capacity:

Our 8,000 lb boat lifts have become very popular as the size of modern tritoons with different engine configurations have demanded a bit more capacity. 26 to 28’ bow riders remain a popular boating choice on Lake of the Ozarks as well.

10,000 lbs. Capacity:

The 10,000 lb boat lift utilizes the same structure and mechanism as the 8,000, making this lift a very good price point. More bang for your buck, and the opportunity to grow into a bigger boat utilizing the same lift later on.

12,000 lbs. Capacity:

The 12,000 lb lift is a Heavy-Duty 6-arm mechanism designed for the rough waters at Lake of the Ozarks. You can choose to back-in over the deepest dropping lift on the market, knowing you have peace of mind that you have prop-turning clearances.

14,000 lbs. Capacity:

The 14,000 lb lift is built on the foundation of the 12,000… by simply increasing the length of tank capacity rises to handle 32 to 34’ boats and can also be the correct choice to handle the extra weight of mechanism, structure and walkways in a wide-well situation.

17,000 lbs. Capacity:

The 17,000 lb lift caps off the trio of 6-arm mechanisms available. Capable of lifting many of the 34 and 35 foot day cruisers, the 17,000lb lift is again “best in class”. In the “go fast” line of boats, the 17,000lb lift handles many 42’s with triples.

20,000 lbs. Capacity:

The 20,000 lb lift is an 8-arm mechanism ideally suited for many 37 to 41 foot day cruisers. One of the only brands on the market to fit in a 12’ slip, they work just as nicely in wider slips too.

24,000 lbs. Capacity:

The 24,000 lb lift is available in 8-arm and 10-arm mechanisms. A four-tank system, this lift offers a superb weight to width ratio of stability for your boat! Don’t float your boat! Put it on a new lift from Summerset Boat Lifts today!

Custom Boat Lift:

Built custom just for you! Your exquisite taste demands the best in boat lifts, visit us at Summerset Boat Lifts!

Here at Summerset Boat Lifts, we know it's vital to keep your lift up out of the water to extend the life of your vessel. Keep your boat in mint condition when you store it on a boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks. You've learned about our new boat lifts above, but we also have used lifts available. Stop by our location in Camdenton, MO, or give us a call to inquire about our current used inventory. 

Summerset Boat Lifts

4277 Old Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
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