Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Facts and Stats

Spring has arrived, Easter is upon us and we're getting closer and closer to the 2018 boating season! In honor of the holiday weekend, Summerset Boat Lifts has gathered some fun facts and statistics about Easter. Share these with your friends and family as you celebrate this weekend.

Easter Facts and Stats

From how many eggs people purchase to the types of candy we enjoy on Easter, here are some fun facts and statistics revolving around this holiday:
  • Total Easter-related spending in 2018 is expected to be $18.2 billion. 
  • Total annual spending on Easter candy is about $2.1 billion. 
  • For the past 20 years, the most popular non-Easter candy is Peeps. 
  • In North America, approximately 11 million Easter lilies are sold annually. 
  • The average American spends around $146 per person on Easter. 
  • 90% of Easter baskets will include chocolate or candy. 
  • Of all the Easter candy purchased, 70% of it is chocolate. 
  • 90 million chocolate bunnies are made worldwide each year for Easter. 
  • When consuming chocolate bunnies, 59% of people eat the ears first. 
  • The weight of the largest ever chocolate Easter egg is 15,873 lbs. 
  • The price of the world's most expensive chocolate Easter bunny is $49 thousand. 
  • Marshmallow peeps are available in 43 different flavors this Easter. 
  • 57.9% of people plan to cook an Easter meal this year. 
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter each year. 
  • 60.1% of people plan to visit family and friends on Easter Sunday. 
  • For Easter, 180 million eggs are purchased. 
  • 49% of people will decorate Easter eggs this year. 
  • 35.1% of parents plan an Easter egg hunt for their kids. 
  • The inaugural White House Easter Egg Roll happened in 1878. 
  • 397 different Easter Hallmark cards are available for purchase. 
  • The world's largest Easter egg hunt is in Winter Haven, FL, where 501,000 Easter eggs were hidden. 
  • 77% of Americans will buy or make an Easter basket for their children. 
  • Easter Sunday is ranked among the most popular church days, where 51.9% of adults plan to attend. 

Happy Easter from Summerset Boat Lifts! We hope you have a wonderful weekend with family and friends. As you're preparing for the warmer weather to come, be sure to schedule your spring boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. We're here for all your boat lift needs, from sales to service! Call 573-348-5073 to talk to a Summerset Boat Lifts representative today. 

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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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