Thursday, June 7, 2018

10 Essentials for a Day of Boating

Now that you’ve bought or rented your awesome new Surdyke Yamaha boat, it’s time to take the family out for a cruise! Boating at the Lake of the Ozarks is a ton of fun, but you need to make sure you’re prepared to spend the whole day out on the Lake. Good thing your local boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has lots of experience planning fantastic boat days! We’ve put together a list of a few fun things to bring with you as well as some safety requirements for your big day out on the beautiful Lake!


  1. Your Favorite Swimsuit – When you’re out on the Lake, you might decide to cove out. Before you drop your anchor and jump in, make sure you’ve remembered to bring your swimsuit! It may seem like a no-brainer, but you don’t want to be the guy who has to swim in his gym shorts!
  2. Sunscreen! – Sun protection is important for everyone, not just those of us who burn easily. Check the SPF (sun protection factor) on your bottle of sunscreen to be sure you have at least SPF 30, which blocks nearly 97% of UBV radiation. Toss a bottle in your boat bag, just don’t forget to reapply!
  3. A Towel for Everyone – Beach towels can be an easy thing to forget. Even if you don’t plan on swimming, those boat seats can get hot while basking in the sun. Protect your skin from the toasty seats by setting down your towel before sitting down or laying out. Whether you need to try off or want to lay out, make sure you have a towel or two nearby! 
  4. A Cooler – Even if you decide to only spend a couple of hours out on your boat, the sun can be incredibly draining. Make sure you have plenty of water bottles and drinks with you, and bring a cooler to keep them cold in the heat. A few good, healthy snacks are also a good idea. Granola bars, nuts, and fresh fruit are all great snacks to bring aboard, especially if you’re bringing along younger kids.
  5. A Few Trash Bags – Trash bags or grocery bags are great thing to have aboard for several reasons! You’ll need to make sure none of your snack or drink trash makes it overboard, and clean, empty trash bags make great storage for wet swimsuits and towels while you transport them home.


  1. Your Boater Education Card and valid photo I.D. – Similar to a driver’s license, you need to have this card on you when you are operating your boat. Drivers born before January 1, 1984 don’t need a Boating Card, but all operators born after this date do need this card. Anyone can take the test to receive this card, but you must be at least 14 years old to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft.
  2. Life Jackets/PFDs – Missouri Law requires you to have at least one lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device per passenger. If you have any children under the age of 7, they must be wearing their life jackets at all times while on board. Don’t have enough lifejackets? Swing by the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks and pick up a few more!
  3. Your Cell Phone – It’s always a good idea to bring your cell phone with you when you’re headed out for a day on the Lake. Not only can you snap some great photos of your crew having a blast, but you’ll also have a way to contact someone on shore if an emergency occurs. Always let someone (a family member, a neighbor, etc.) know when you’re going out in your boat, just in case. 
  4. Motion Sickness Medication – Some people have a tendency to get seasick, and when this happens, it’s nice to have some motion sickness medication handy. Younger kids can sometimes be more susceptible to seasickness. The only downside to this preventative medication is that some kinds can cause drowsiness. Keep an eye on the person who has taken this medication just to be safe.
  5. “Skier Down” Flag – Tubing and water-skiing are fun activities to do out on the Lake. Most motorboats and personal watercraft have the ability to tow, and if so, you need to have a “skier down” flag. This red or orange flag alerts other boaters to when your tubers or skiers have fallen into the water. This safety measure is incredibly important, and can often be overlooked. Water sports are much more fun when everyone is safe!

Next time you go out boating on the Lake of the Ozarks for the day, don’t forget to pack these essentials! If you’re missing any of the above items, stop on by Surdyke Yamaha & Marina and we’ll help point you in the right direction. Your favorite boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help make sure you have a blast out in the sun this summer on your new boat!

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5863 Osage Beach Parkway      1660 Yamaha Drive               5395 Spruce Lane
Osage Beach, MO 65065           Osage Beach, MO 65065        Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Father's Day Central

If you’ve been scratching your head trying to think of the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dad this year, don’t waste another second. Haven’t you heard? Surdyke Yamaha is your official provider of AWESOME Father’s Day gifts! Now's your opportunity to go ALL OUT for your dad. We’ve got the perfect recreational surprise for your Dad, and we know he’s going to love it. We’re not just the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks – if it has wheels or floats, we sell it and ride it! Whether your Dad loves being out on the road, out in the dirt, or out on the water, we’ve got something here for him and the whole family.


We have an incredibly wide selection of on the road options include cruisers, scooters, dual sport, and sport bikes. Our 2015 Yamaha V Star 250 would be a great investment for the dads who like cruising around the Lake area. This light-weight cruiser allows you to enjoy and appreciate the fun that comes in small packages. This peppy bike is the only V-twin engine in its class. We encourage you to view and demo your unit in person before purchasing, so bring Dad out for a test ride before making any final decisions. We also have several pre-owned options for sale.


Our on-dirt selection is incredibly popular. We have vehicles in categories such as dirt bikes, go karts, side x sides, and ATVs. ATVs are a great gift for both practicality and fun. Getting the family together to ride around is a great way to spend time together. An ATV can also be helpful if you live on a larger amount of land and need a way to get around. Whatever your use for our on-dirt products, we know you and your dad will have a blast.


This is our most well-known category. We are known for the quality of our watercraft. We have NEW pontoons, PWCs, wake/surf boats, jet boats, cabin cruisers, fishing boats, sterndrive boats, and several pre-owned options. Is your dad a fisherman? Or does he WANT to be, he just doesn’t have the means? With Surdyke Yamaha, you can solve his problem! We have several fantastic fishing boats for sale at a range of prices. Our 2016 F3 1548 VBW jon boat offers rugged reliability. With a sand color for camouflage, you and your dad will be catching fish in no time.

Want to experience all the incredible joys of owning one of these on-water rides – but just for the weekend? Check out our convenient boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have PWCs, ski boats, and pontoon boats available. Check out our website for more information.

Surdyke Yamaha & Marina also wants to be your servicing dealer after the sale and offer a savings of up to 40% on your maintenance costs. Ask about “Cove Coverage” for on-water service and “Complete Coverage” on-land. No matter which ride you decide to check out for your dad this Father’s Day, we want you to have the best experience possible. There are only 10 days left before the big day! Bring your dad out to our beautiful showroom in Osage Beach and check out everything Surdyke Yamaha has to offer to make your next Father’s Day unforgettable.

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Highway Store Location        Marina Store Location         Surdyke's Port 20
5863 Osage Beach Parkway      1660 Yamaha Drive               5395 Spruce Lane
Osage Beach, MO 65065           Osage Beach, MO 65065        Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Who’s Ready for Lake Race?

This weekend, the Lake area will be filled with powerboats ready to hit the water. Lake Race is one of the area's most exciting, loud and fastest events, and one that we look forward to every year. Surdyke Yamaha knows that this event is a fan favorite for both locals and visitors alike, and for good reason! It's packed full of exciting events and is a great chance to enjoy a day out on the Lake watching fast boats with friends and family. The best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to make sure that our favorite customers don't miss out on a single ounce of fun. Here is the schedule of events for the weekend!

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Lake Race 2018

Lake Race Festival of Speed

Enjoy fast exhibits such as fast cars, boats, motorcycles, and more. Parking and race team staging will be located at the old Staples building. All parking will be located at Staples, shuttles will operate between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm. There will be food snacks and beverages at the Big Thunder showroom.

When: Thursday, May 31st
Where: Big Thunder Marine Showroom Lake Ozark
Time: 4:00 - 9:00 pm

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Lake Race Meet & Greet Street Party

Race fans will experience everything unique about Lake Race. Meet drivers and get up close and personal with the race boats. There will be entertainment and a kid’s zone. Shuttle service will begin at 4:00 pm and be available throughout the weekend. All Lake Race parking will be in the campground below the dam.

When: Friday, June 1st
Where: on the Bagnell Dam Strip
Time: 4:00 - 11:00 PM

Official Races

Watch Powerboats from all across the nation compete for their share of the money. Race viewing by land on Bagnell Dam and Beaver’s at the Dam will run from the 0 Mile Marker to the 3 Mile Marker.

When: Saturday, June 2nd
Time: Registration at 7:00 AM & Race begins at 8:00 AM
Where: Beaver's at the Dam; Race Course at the 0MM to 3MM

Awards Ceremony After Official Races Conclude
Where: Camden on the Lake.
When the races are over, head to Camden on the Lake to cheer on the drivers at the Awards Ceremony.

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After Party with Fireworks
Where: Beaver’s at the Dam & Lower End of Bagnell Dam Strip.
Entertainment will be available at various spots along the Strip. Fireworks at Dusk.

There will be other additional lake race-themed events taking place from May 31st through June 12th. For all the information and the list of events check out the link below.

Visit the Lake for the 2018 Lake Race

We love any event that gets people out on their boat at the Lake of the Ozarks. Surdyke Yamaha has been providing the best boats at the Lake of the Ozarks for over 40 years, and we're proud to continue doing so for years to come. We love to get involved in local events, and the Lake Race is certainly one to get out and enjoy. If you want a good excuse to get your family out on the water, this event is certainly the way to do it! If you still don't own a boat, and you're ready to take the plunge, come visit the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks while you're out and about. We'd love to show you the boat of your dreams.

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Highway Store Location        Marina Store Location         Surdyke's Port 20
5863 Osage Beach Parkway      1660 Yamaha Drive               5395 Spruce Lane
Osage Beach, MO 65065           Osage Beach, MO 65065        Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks

Memorial Day weekend is just days away and Surdyke Yamaha is looking forward to a fun-filled weekend at the Lake. Memorial weekend is the first big weekend of boating at the Lake of the Ozarks and many people will be coming into town for the long holiday weekend. If you are planning on spending Memorial Day weekend at the Lake, the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few ideas that you can do while you’re here.

Listen To Live Music

Dr. Zhivegas Memorial Day Weekend
May 25th, 2018 – May 27th, 2018
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM each night
Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at Camden on the Lake

Alabama Live in Concert
May 26th, 2018
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Ozarks Amphitheater

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Watch Some Fireworks

Bear Bottom Resort
Saturday, May 26th
9:45 pm
View by water at the 38 MM

The Inn at Grand Glaize
Sunday, May 27th
Display begins at Dusk
View by water at the 1 MM of the Glaize Arm

Tan-Tar-A Resort
Sunday, May 27th
8:30 - 9:30 PM (Dusk)
View by water at the 26 Mile Marker

Tropic Island Cruises
Sunday, May 27th
Boarding begins at 7:30 pm
View the Tan-Tar-A Resort fireworks display from the water at the 26 MM aboard the Tropic Island Cruises yacht.
Call 573-348-8550 for reservations and details.

The Lodge of Four Seasons
Sunday, May 27th
Display begins at Dusk
View by water at the 13 MM

Get out on the water

When you visit the best recreational Lake in the United States, you can’t go wrong spending a day – or the whole weekend – out on the water. From boating and fishing to kayaking and canoeing, there are many activities for water lovers of all kinds. If you don’t have a boat or PWC of your own, Surdyke Yamaha can help. While we have new and used boats available for you to purchase, we also have great watercraft rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Adventure on Land or Water

If you love a great adventure, then Lake of the Ozarks is a great place for you to visit. From hiking and biking to floating and boating, you can’t go wrong. If you prefer to stay on land, you can visit places like Bridal Cave, the State Park, and Ha Ha Tonka. If you prefer to be out on the water, you can cruise down the Aquatic Trail at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park or cove out and enjoy a day of floating.

Spend Time With Your Family

Gather the family and head on down to the Lake of the Ozarks for family fun during the long holiday weekend. There is no shortage of fun for the whole family at the Lake with mini golf, go-karting, laser tag and more! You can also enjoy family time while out on the boat or while dining at one of the area's many waterfront restaurants.

Your Lake of the Ozarks Boat Dealer

There are many great ways to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are looking for a new or used boat, stop by the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. When you buy from Surdyke Yamaha you ride on our reputation. Let us help you get out on the water this summer!

Connect with Surdyke Yamaha on...

Highway Store Location        Marina Store Location         Surdyke's Port 20
5863 Osage Beach Parkway      1660 Yamaha Drive               5395 Spruce Lane
Osage Beach, MO 65065           Osage Beach, MO 65065        Osage Beach, MO 65065

(573) 348-6575                       (573) 348-9283                    (573) 348-3178