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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