Friday, June 29, 2018

4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks

There's no better place to spend the 4th of July holiday than out on the water! From fun in the sun to fireworks at night, there's endless fun to be had at the Lake of the Ozarks over these holiday weekends. Keep reading to learn more about where you can view the 4th of July fireworks from the water, as well as some tips on how to stay safe on the Lake over the holiday.

4th of July Fireworks on the Water 

With the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday, you two weekends and a week in between to celebrate! If you're going to be out on the water over the holiday, be sure to check out these fun events:

Fireworks at the 1 Mile Marker of the Grand Glaize Arm - Saturday, June 30
The Inn at Grand Glaize will be shooting off fireworks at dusk on Saturday. They can be viewed from the water a the 1 mile marker of the Grand Glaize Arm.

Fireworks at the 38 Mile Marker - Saturday, June 30, Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 7
Bear Bottom Resort is offering three different chances to see a spectacular fireworks show, both Saturdays and Wednesday the 4th too, at 9:45 pm each night! You can view them by water at the 38 mile marker of the Osage Arm.

Fireworks at the 45 Mile Marker - Saturday, June 30, Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 7
Runaway II Resort & Campground will also be shooting off fireworks 3 different days over the upcoming holiday week. Each show will begin at 9:30 pm and can be viewed from the 45 mile marker.

Fireworks at the 34.5 Mile Marker - Tuesday, July 3 
Enjoy a fireworks display put on by Captain Ron's the night before the 4th of July, Tuesday at dusk. This fireworks show can be viewed by water at the 34.5 mile marker.

Fireworks at the 2 Mile Marker - Wednesday, July 4 
Point Randall Resort will be shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July from 9:15-10 PM. This display can be viewed from the water at the 2 Mile Marker, near McCoy Branch Cove.

Fireworks at the 13 Mile Marker - Wednesday, July 4 
Starting at dusk, the Lodge of Four Seasons annual 4th of July fireworks show will be visible at the 13 mile marker.

Fireworks at the 26 Mile Marker - Wednesday, July 4 
Tan-Tar-A Resort will also have their annual 4th of July fireworks display from 8:30-9:30 PM on Wednesday. This display can be viewed by water at the 26 mile marker.

Staying Safe on the Water

With the increased traffic on the water over the holiday, it's important that take actions to stay safe. Here's some tips to keep you safe and prevent problems on the water this holiday weekend/week.

1. Designate a Captain - We know you want to have fun for the holidays, but make sure you have a sober captain to get you home safely after a day of celebrating on the water. Just like with cars, drinking and driving a boat don't mix.

2. Bring Life Jackets - Make sure you have enough life jackets on board for everyone. The chance of a boating accident increases on busy holiday weekends, so make sure life jackets are accessible to all passengers. Children should be wearing them at all times while on a watercraft.

3. Don't Speed - While it may seem like common sense, don't speed. This is particularly important with an abundance of boats on the water; it can be harder for someone to get out of your way or for you to make a quick turn. Operating at a safe speed will help you avoid a boating accident.

4. Stay Alert - While you may be doing everything you can to stay safe while boating, others may not be. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. There can be a lot of distractions on a boat, maybe even more so than in a car, so make sure your captain stays alert.

Summerset Boat Lifts wishes you a Happy 4th of July holiday this year! We want you to be safe not just on the water, but also on your dock. From Lake of the Ozarks boat lift maintenance to the installation of a remote control boat lift, we're here to make boating easier and safer for you and your family. For all your Lake of the Ozark boat lift needs, trust Summerset Boat Lifts!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Caring for Your Boat Lift at the Lake of the Ozarks

In order for your boat lift to take care of your boat, you have to take care of your boat lift. Just like with a car, you'll want to perform preventative maintenance tasks regularly to keep your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift in tip-top shape. A little maintenance can go a long way in preventing emergency calls, such as dealing with a sinking boat. Make your time on the water more enjoyable by not having to worry about your lift.

Boat Lift Maintenance Tips 

Follow these boat lift maintenance tips to ensure your boat lift is always in proper working condition: 
  • Start with a complete visual inspection of all moving parts, bushings, hoses and hose clamps. If you see something that doesn't quite look right, give Summerset Boat Lifts a call to come check it out. 
  • Check all nuts, bolts and hose clamps with a wrench for tightness. 
  • Check all cables and hoses for any broken strands, punctures, etc. 
  • Grease the gears several times per year. It's recommended that you grease them after every 15-20 uses. 
  • Due to normal wear and tear, the drive belt can become loose, so be sure to tighten it regularly. 
  • Remove the motor cover and clean out any debris that may have gotten in there. It's also a good idea to inspect the motor for any visual damage or part wear. 
  • Spray all motor parts with a corrosion preventative lubricant semi-annually. 
  • Check carpeted bunks for worn areas and tears, repair or replace them as necessary. 
  • Inspect the condition of wood bunks and replace them if any are cracked or split.
  • Whenever possible, raise your lift out of the water and give it a good rinse. Leaving it submerged for prolonged periods of time can reduce its life. Rinsing it regularly will keep your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks looking and functioning like new! 
  • During the off-season or during extended periods of no boating activity, it's recommended to operate your lift occasionally to keep the motor contacts and brushes clean, and keep everything evenly lubricated. 

Boat Lift Services at the Lake of the Ozarks 

Should you have any questions or issues about boat lift maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, be sure to give Summerset Boat Lifts a call at 573-348-5073. We pride ourselves in service, and that's what sets us apart in the industry. We don't just sell you a lift, we sell you our personal service for years to come.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

4 Common Heat-Related Illnesses to Avoid This Summer

It's summertime, and that means extremely hot temperatures. While it's fun to be out on the water during hot summer days, it's important that we take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Today's blog from the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses some common heat-related illnesses and how to avoid them.

1. Dehydration. 

The most common heat-related illness is dehydration, and it's very easy to get it on a hot summer day. Dehydration is a harmful reduction in the amount of water in the body. When it's hot out, your body uses more water, and therefore, you have to replenish it to avoid becoming dehydrated. Whether you're spending hours out boating, swimming or hiking, it's important that you make sure to drink enough water. Drinking alcohol also increases your risk of dehydration.

2. Sunburn. 

Another extremely common heat-related illness, or rather sun-related illness, is sunburn. A sunburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to the ultraviolet rays (sunshine). Often times you don't even realize you've gotten a sunburn until the next morning. When you're out in the sun, especially when on the water, you want to be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen. Consider wearing a hat, and avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods of time.

3. Heat Exhaustion. 

Heat exhaustion is identifiable by heavy sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness, fatigue, cool, moist skin with goose bumps, muscle cramps, nausea and headache. Heat exhaustion is most common when someone is working or exercising without drinking enough liquids. Exerting yourself during watersports on the Lake could cause heat exhaustion if you're not drinking enough water. Swimming while dehydrated can also lead to heat exhaustion. Some ways to prevent heat exhaustion include wearing light-weight, light-colored clothing, drinking plenty of liquids, avoiding vigorous activity and avoiding a sunburn. Both sunburn and dehydration can increase your chances of getting heat exhaustion.

4. Heat Stroke. 

Heat Stroke is a more serious condition where the body fails to regulate its own body temperature and your body temperatures continues to rise. This is a medical emergency and even with immediate treatment, can be life-threatening or cause serious long-term problems. This illness is often a progression of one of the other heat-related illnesses listed above. If you experience any of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, take immediate action to cool your body down. It's important that you address the situation before it escalates to heat stroke.

Summerset Boat Lifts wants to ensure you have a fun and safe time out on the water this summer. For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift maintenance needs, give us a call at 573-348-5073. We are your premier boat lift service provider at the Lake.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Do I Need a PWC Lift?

Do you need a lift of your personal watercraft? The answer is YES, of course! Just like with a boat, your personal watercraft is an investment that you want to protect. By purchasing a PWC lift at the Lake of the Ozarks, you don't have to pull your jetskis or seadoos out of the water after each use. You can store them at your dock, so they are ready to hit the water whenever you are! Keep reading to learn about the PWC lifts that we have to offer here at Summerset Boat Lifts.

Importance of a Watercraft Lift 

No matter the size of your boat, a lift is crucial for keeping it in tip-top shape. Leaving your watercraft in the water for extended periods of time can cause blistering and other damage to your watercraft. The waters at the Lake of the Ozarks can be quite rough during the summer, even if you're just docking your PWC to run in for a quick lunch, it can easily get banged up from hitting against your dock. In addition to preventing corrosion and damage, a lift will save you time and resources taking your watercraft in and out of the water all the time.

Our PWC Lifts 

At Summerset Boat Lifts, we offer a variety of PWC lifts to meet your needs. For a single PWC, we offer a sidemount and a front-mount option. We also offer a double place style for those with more than one PWC that needs lifted.

Sidemount PWC Lift 
The Galva-Hoist sidemount mechanical lift is available for the homeowner with property line issues. It's a space-saver in the fact 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.

Single Place PWC Lift 
The flagship of our PWC line, the poly tank front-mount unit is quite capable of withstanding any water conditions. 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 friend! 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.

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 are proud to offer the Galva-Hoist product line of floating boat lifts! They're engineered to withstand the rough waters that the Lake of the Ozarks experienced each year. No matter what brand of boat or dock you have, the Galva-Hoist boat lifts provide great value and performance. Our new lift sales are complimented by pre-owned sales to fit your budget. Contact us today at 573-348-5073 for more information about our watercraft lifts at the Lake of the Ozarks!
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