Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Traditions Around the World

With Christmas less than a week away, we thought it would be fun to share with you some of the different holiday traditions from around the world. Do any of these sound like fun to you, or are they a little weird?

Belgium: St. Nicholas’ Day

In Belgium, the Christmas celebrations occur on December 5th and 6th. Children get their shoes and put them by the fireplace for Saint Nicholas. In some homes, biscuits and carrots are also left out. Sinterklass (St. Nicholas) comes to the homes with his horse Zwarte Piet and then climbs from the roof top down the chimney.

Philippines: Giant Lantern Festival

In the Philippines, The Giant Lantern Festival is held on the Saturday before Christmas Eve. Eleven villages participate in the festival, which brings spectators from all over the world. Each village competes to build the best lantern.

Japan: Kentucky Fried Chicken Dinner

For the Japanese, Christmas is not as big of a deal as it is for other countries. The people do participate in gift-giving and light displays along with another strange tradition. On Christmas Day, families feast on Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. In December 1974, KFC Japan ran an advertising promotion called "Kentucky for Christmas," and since then it's become quite customary to eat fried chicken for the holiday.

Colombia: Day of the Little Candles

To honor the Virgin Mary, the people of Colombia celebrate Day of the Little Candles. Paper lanterns and candles are placed in windows and front yards to honor the Immaculate Conception. Some neighborhoods have competitions to make the best arrangement.

Australia: Summer Time Christmas

During Christmas time in Australia, the weather is hot!  Kids have summer holidays, and some families choose to go camping and have BBQs to celebrate. Brush fires during Christmas are common and many volunteer to help save people and property from being destroyed. Christmas caroling, Christmas trees, and lights are also found in Australia, along with ‘Christmas Bush’ a flowering tree that is found in Australia.

Norway: Hide the Broom

The people of Norway try to avoid witches and evil spirits on Christmas. On the night of Christmas Eve, the people of Norway hide their brooms. It is believed that witches will not come around if the broom is hidden. In some homes, one member of the family will shoot a shotgun out the front door to warn away spirits.

Canada: North Pole Letters and Boxing Day

The Canadian post has a fun tradition of opening and replying to letters for Santa. All letters that say Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOHOHO are replied to. The day after Christmas is known as boxing day in Canada and other countries that are connected to the UK. In the middle ages, collection boxes would be distributed to the poor on this day. Today, Boxing Day is similar to Black Friday, where many stores run discount prices and open early.

However, you choose to celebrate this holiday season, Summerset Boat Lifts hopes you have a very Merry Christmas! If you're in need of any boat lift services at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can trust us to get the job done right. With 30+ years of experience, we're your premier boat lift company at the Lake!

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The 2018 Overland Park Boat Show

Boat show season is finally here, and it kicks off with the very popular Overland Park Boat Show! Head over to the Overland Park Convention Center January 4-7, 2018 for this family-fun event. This show is hosted by the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealer's Association. It's Kansas City's largest boat show, and one event you don't want to miss!

At the 2018 Overland Park Boat Show, you'll see the latest in 2018 cruisers, runabouts, performance boats, tritoons, ski boats, personal watercraft, docks, lifts and all the boating accessories you can think of.

Boat Show Hours 

Thursday, January 4 from 3-9 PM
Friday, January 5 from from 12-10 PM
Saturday, January 6 from 10 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, January 7 from 10 AM to 5 PM

Boat Show Admission

Adults: $9.00 Each
Children 6-12: $5.00 Each
Children 5 & Under: FREE

We hope to see you there! Summerset Boat Lifts is your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. From new and used sales to the servicing of many different types of lifts, we've got all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift needs covered. We also offer a variety of boating accessories for you and your family to enjoy. For more information on our services or upcoming boat shows, give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

How Kasco De-Icers Work to Protect Your Property

De-icers are important for any boat enthusiast that lives, or at least stores their boat, in an area where temperatures are cold enough for ice to form on the water, such as Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. If you're new to the boating industry or just never really put much thought into de-icers, this blog is for you! Keep reading to learn how the Kasco De-Icer works and how it can protect your dock from ice damage this winter.

About Kasco

Nearly 50 years ago, Kasco invented the de-icer and is now the leading company in de-icing technology. The original de-icer was invented to allow year-round in-water boat storage, a huge benefit for marinas with limited on-land storage options. The company continues to provide the most innovative, reliable and efficient de-icing solutions available. Their range of products has solved de-icing challenges not just across the country, but around the world!

How Kasco De-Icers Work 

Kasco De-Icers are known throughout the world for their quality, durability and effectiveness. The Kasco D-Series De-Icer became a staple of the industry by tackling some fiercely challenging applications. The de-icer works by moving large volumes of warm, bottom water to the surface. This eliminates and prevents ice formation around boats, docks, pilings, bulk heads or any other property you need protected from damaging ice formation. The water flow eliminates damaging ice expansion and ice jacking, as well as provides excellent aeration for winter months. The unique design of this product provides superior flow and excellent energy efficiency to solve your de-icing needs in a cost effective manner. By using a Kasco De-Icer, you are ensuring your property is protected from the harsh winter conditions.

Get your Kasco de-icer from Summerset Boat Lifts today! Not only are we here to provide boat lift service at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we want to do everything we can to keep your boat, dock and lift in tip-top shape, and that includes providing quality products such as the kasco de-icer. We want to make sure your boat is ready to hit the water when springtime rolls around!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Safety Tips for Dealing with Possible Winter Dock Damage

Winter weather can present dangerous conditions on your boat dock. While it's best to avoid your dock in inclement weather, if you must get on your dock, use extra caution. Below you will find some winter dock safety tips from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks boat lift company.

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1. Use Extra Caution When Removing Snow and Ice from Your Dock. 

Dock owners often get concerned about the weight of snow and ice on their dock. It is possible, after a major snow storm, for that added weight to cause your dock to collapse. First and foremost, it's important that you have proper insurance to cover any incidents such as this. If you feel the need to remove snow and ice from your dock, be sure to use extra caution. Never go onto an icy dock alone, as it's easy to slip and fall into the water. Falling into frigid winter lake waters can cause hypothermia. When getting on a dock during the cold winter season, be sure to wear a life jacket and always use the buddy system.

2. Beware of Ice Damage to Your Dock. 

During the winter season, ice can easily form on the top of the lake. That ice can slam into your dock causing damage. Be sure to inspect your dock for any damages and make sure it's completely secure. Icy conditions also weaken dock cables, which may need to be replaced before using the dock the following spring season. The best way to prevent ice damage to your dock is to invest in a de-icer for your dock. Kasco de-icers can be purchased from Summerset Boat Lifts!

3. Treat All Wires as Live Wires. 

Water and electricity do not mix! It's important to use extra caution when dealing with wires on your dock. Winter weather can easily cause wires to become loose, frayed or damaged. When dealing with any wires, treat them all as live wires, even if you think you've shut off the power to your dock. If you suspect electrical damage on your dock, it's best to contact a professional electrician to inspect it and perform any necessary repairs.

Summerset Boat Lifts wants to make sure you, your dock, your boat and your boat lift all stay safe this winter season! While we don't know what's in store for us this winter, it's best to prepare now. From investing in a de-icer to ensuring your dock is in tip-top shape, preparing your property now can save you from costly repairs down the road - and will ensure your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift, dock and boat are all ready for use as soon as spring rolls around!

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