Friday, July 27, 2018

3 Reasons You Need at Boat Lift at the Lake of the Ozarks

While you don't have to worry about saltwater and waves, our Lake does offer some challenges when it comes to protecting your boat. Purchasing a Lake of the Ozarks boat lift is the best way to protect your watercraft investment. Today's blog discusses several reasons that you should consider investing in a lift from your premier Lake of the Ozarks boat lift dealer!

1. To Reduce Your Boat Maintenance Costs. 

When you store your boat on a lift, it'll be easier to keep it maintained. If your boat sits in water for long periods of time, algae and other organisms in the water can build up on the bottom. Not only does this cause the need for extra cleaning, but it can cause maintenance issues, such as the need to repaint the bottom of your boat. By storing your boat on a lift, you can decrease maintenance and reduce the likelihood of it getting damaged from floating debris, which in turn reduces your repair costs.

2. To Protect Your Boat from Rough Waters. 

Especially during the summer boating season, the Lake of the Ozarks can experience some rough water conditions. Extra boat traffic, as well as summer storms, can cause rough waves that could cause your boat to hit your dock if its not up on a lift. Your boat lift will keep your boat in place as the waves splash up around it. This ensures your boat doesn't ram into your dock causing damage to your boat, the dock or both. It also prevents the rough waters from dislodging your boat and having it drift away.

3. To Prevent the Likelihood of Your Boat Sinking. 

You'd be surprised at the amount of boats that sink at the Lake of the Ozarks each year. Most boats that sink, do so at their dock. Whether it's a dead battery or a failed bilge pump, it doesn't take much for a boat to start taking on water and sinking. A boating accident is not required for a boat to sink. A Galva-Hoist boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks can give you the peace of mind that your boat is safe and secure at your dock.

Get your boat lift at Summerset Boat Lifts today! No matter the size or style of your boat, we've got a lift for you. The Galva-Hoist line of floating boat lifts provides great value and performance. Give us a call at 573-348-5073 to discuss your boat lift needs today!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Aquapalooza 2018 at the Lake of the Ozarks

As your premier boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we like to keep you in-the-know about all the great boating events at the Lake! The largest annual boating event at the Lake of the Ozarks is returning to Dog Days Bar & Grill this weekend. Join thousands of boaters for Aquapalooza 2018 on Saturday, July 21st from 12-5 pm. Keep reading to learn more about this event from Summerset Boat Lifts.

Aquapalooza 2018 

Aquapalooza is the largest family boating event of the year! You do not want to miss this annual party on the water at Dog Days, with an all day line up of live music. If you've never been to this event, it's an experience you'll never forget. This is one of the Lake's most popular events, featuring great music and great people! Celebrate everything that makes the Lake of the Ozarks so great at this year's Aquapalooza event.

Artist Lineup 

This year's artist lineup offers a variety of genres to entertain the entire family! From country to rock'n'roll, there will be a great mix of sounds to keep you singing and dancing all day long. This year's artist lineup includes:
  • Chad Bearden - Chad's music combines country lyrics with an urban production and progressive melodies to create a sound all it's own. 
  • The i-Berrys - Voted best band at the Lake of the Ozarks, the i-Berrys provide a unique, fun music experience that combines Irish, Celtic, Pop, Funk, Country and Rock with a little humor and style! 
  • Ryan Collins Band - This country music band led by Ryan Collins provides an original sound and energetic stage presence. 
  • Goddesses of Rock - The Goddesses of Rock offer a tribute to female icons such as Tina Turner, Joan Jett, Janice Joplin, Stevie Nicks and more! 

While you're out on the water this weekend, keep Summerset Boat Lifts in mind for all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift service needs. We want to help you keep your boat lift in tip-top shape so that it protects your boat and you can continue enjoying all the great annual boating events. For all your boat lift needs, give us a call at 573-348-5073. 

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

7 Essentials for a Day on the Lake

We've reached the peak of boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks! The weather is warm and there's no better way to spend your summer vacation than out on the water. Today's blog from Summerset Boat Lifts offers a list of essentials you'll want to bring with you before hitting the water for the day.

1. Sunscreen. 

The #1 item you don't want to forget when you're preparing for a day on the water is sunscreen! Even if your boat has an awning, you'll want to make sure you protect your skin from the suns rays. While some people are lucky enough to just tan, it doesn't take much for the rest of us to burn. Either way, everyone should use sunscreen, and be sure to re-apply it throughout the day. Don't forget your lips can burn too, so bring some chap-stick with SPF in it too.

2. Bottled Water. 

The 2nd most important item to bring on the boat, which might actually be tied with number 1, is bottled water. It's extremely easy to become dehydrated while out in the sun all day on a boat. Make sure you bring enough bottled water for everyone on the boat to stay well hydrated throughout the day. If you're drinking alcohol on the boat, your chances of becoming de-hydrated are even higher, so be sure those people get plenty of water as well.

3. Sunglasses and a Hat. 

In addition to sunscreen, you'll want some sunglasses to protect your eyes from the suns harmful rays. The summer sun at the Lake of the Ozarks is bright, especially when it's gleaming off the water. You'll get tired of squinting all day long, so grab a pair of sunglasses and maybe even a hat. A big floppy hat for the ladies not only looks cute, but also protects your eyes, face and sometimes even your shoulders from the sun.

4. Snacks. 

Depending on how long you're planning to stay out on the water, you might want to bring some snacks. Even if you're planning to stop at one of the local waterfront restaurants for lunch or dinner, boating works up an appetite. Having some snacks on board can hold you over until you reach your stop. Fruit, chips and nuts are all easy snacks to bring for a fun day on the water. You might even consider packing some sandwiches if you don't want to spend money stopping for food.

5. Beach Towel. 

What's better than boating all day? Jumping off the boat into the cool lake water or riding on an inflatable behind the boat! Once you get back on the boat though, you'll want to have a towel to dry off. When you get going fast, the wind against your wet skin can be quite chilly. Beach towels will come in handy to not only dry yourself off, but to also dry the seat or other items on board that might accidentally become wet.

6. Extra Clothes and a Jacket. 

If you're planning on staying on the water until the evening hours, you might consider bringing a dry change of clothes and a jacket. It can get pretty chilly on the water at night after the sun has gone down. You don't want to be wet and freezing the entire ride home. If you have children, you might consider bringing a blanket for them to cuddle up with for the cool ride back. Grab a beach bag to throw everything in to keep it together and dry!

7. Cell Phone and Charger. 

In case of inclement weather, getting lost or some other type of emergency, you'll want to have a cellphone on board to call for help. Be sure you know how to reach the water patrol or coast guard if needed. The phone can also come in handy to blast your favorite music or keep the kids entertained if they get tired of being out in the hot sun. Be sure to bring a charger as well in case it runs out of juice.

Are we missing something on our list? Leave us a note about your essentials in the comments!

Don't forget that Summerset Boat Lifts is here for all your boat lift needs. We want to protect your boat, so that you can enjoy being on the water as often as you like. Whether you're in need of some routine maintenance or boat lift repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've got you covered. Happy Boating!

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3 Common Reasons for Boat Lift Repairs

Just like your boat, your boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks requires some regular maintenance to keep them in proper working conditions. When that doesn't happen, bigger issues can arise. Below we discuss some of the common boat lift issues that call for repairs. All lifts, no matter the type, are susceptible to some common problems.

1. Electrical or Hydraulic Issues. 

Many boat lifts work on hydraulics to raise and lower the lift. Hydraulic problems can related to a loose connection or a hydraulic fluid leak. If you suspect that the hydraulics are causing issues, you should consider contacting a boat lift professional at the Lake of the Ozarks. Continual use of a failing hydraulic system could result in excessive damage to the lift. It may be necessary to remove  the hydraulic component and install a new one. Also, like with any piece of equipment that runs on electricity, electrical problems are possible, especially when you're working around water.

2. Rust Build Up. 

If your boat lift loses its protective coating of paint over the metal, it can start to rust. While aluminum will resist rust, steel is also a popular material for boat lifts and will rust over time. The options for repairing rust will depend on the severity of the problem. If rust is found early on, it can often be ground off the metal. Then you can cover it with a protective sealant and paint it to prevent rust from occurring again. However, if you have an older boat lift and the rust has been there for awhile, it may be affecting the structural integrity of the metal in the lift. In that case it would be better to cut out the rusted section and weld on a new piece of metal.

3. Structural Issues. 

From debris in the water to an actual boat, many things can strike your boat lift and cause structural damage. Small dents and dings are bound to happen, but any structure damage that interferes with how the lift operates should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your lift or even your boat. Depending on the severity of the damage, it may be more cost effective to purchase a new lift from the best boat lift dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have a great selection of both new and used boat lifts.

For all your boat lift needs, trust Summerset Boat Lifts! Our sales of new and used boat lifts are complimented by the servicing of many different brands of lifts. If you have a need for boat lift repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-348-5073.

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