Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PWC Safety Tips

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and while you may not be driving on land, you are still ‘behind the wheel’ and being distracted can have many consequences. Personal watercraft (PWC) may seem small, but they come with some big responsibility. With the horsepower of a large outboard engine and the acceleration similar to a motorcycle, PWCs are not toys. Surdyke Yamaha knows that It's important to know how to safely operate your PWC to ensure a fun and safe day out on the water. The best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to make sure you have the best time out on the Lake of the Ozarks whether you're cruising on a boat or catching wakes on a PWC. If you're hopping on a small, but mighty, PWC, here are a few things to keep in mind to have a safe and exciting time.


PWC Safety Tips 


Always Wear a Life Jacket

While enjoying your time on your PWC, make sure you always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest. Ensure your life jacket fits properly, as concussions and head trauma could happen if you're in a collision while on your PWC, so you'll want to be able to stay afloat in case it happens to you.

Always Be on the Lookout

With the wind and water in your face, especially in high-use, choppy water, it can be hard to see downed skiers, swimmer, and even boats. PWCs are usually a lot smaller than boats, so don't assume they'll be able to see you. Large vessels should always be given priority. It’s important to always be on the lookout and try to stay one step ahead.

NEVER Drink & Drive
Just like when driving a car, you should never operate your PWC during or after consuming alcohol or drugs. This will help keep you and others safe while out on the Lake. Operating a PWC is a lot different than operating a boat. You need to be able to maintain balance and think quickly. Alcohol and drugs could affect your ability to do so.



Understand Your PWC
Almost all PWCs have a stop-engine function, commonly found on a lanyard that'll attach to your wrist. However, not all PWCs stop the same way. Don't assume the watercraft will stop quickly or that you'll be able to turn after the engine is off. Test these functions before you need to use them, so you'll know how to control your PWC in the case of an emergency stop.

Know The Law
Just like with boating laws, PWC laws differ from state to state. In the state of Missouri, if you were born after January 1, 1984, must have a NASBLA boating safety ID to operate a personal watercraft. Persons at least 14 years of age can operate a PWC with an ID and those under 14 must have someone at least 16 years on the craft with them. However, the PWC industry recommends the driver be at least 16 years or older. For more information on Missouri personal watercraft laws, visit:
www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/30600001421.HTML.


Your PWC Dealer At The Lake


Operating a PWC is a lot different than operating a boat, and hopefully, with these tips and a safe boating course, you'll be ready to hit the Lake this summer! At the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to make sure you always have a good time no matter the season. While we love our land vehicles, we can't wait for boating season to kick into high gear! Visit the best watercraft dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks and let Surdyke Yamaha help you get ready for the summer.

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

In Water Boat Show at Dog Days Bar & Grill

We hope you are excited as we are because BOATING SEASON IS HERE! What better way to celebrate than by bringing some awesome boats down to Dog Days Bar & Grill so that you can see them up close and personal in the water! Surdyke Yamaha knows that this is an exciting time for boat lovers, owners, and future owners - you won't want to miss it! The best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks is proud to participate in this event, and show you what types of new boats you can get your hands on this year. Here are a few details for the boat show so you don't miss a thing.

Photo courtesy of LOMDA
Hours
Friday, April 20th, 1 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, April 21st, 10 AM - 7 PM
Sunday, April 22nd, 10 AM - 4 PM

Ticket Prices
$6.00 for Adults
Children 12 and under are FREE!

We are proud to say that $1.00 of every ticket price is going to support Kids Harbor here at the Lake of the Ozarks. Kids' Harbor, Inc., is a Child Advocacy Center serving the Lake of the Ozarks area in central Missouri, Fort Leonard Wood, and surrounding areas. This agency assists victims of child abuse and their non-offending family members as they make their way through the difficult and often frightening process of a child abuse investigation.

About the Show 


The In Water Boat Show is hosted by the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealer Association. The Marine Dealers Association is made up of over 40 Lake of the Ozarks area marine dealers. They represent all the top lines of boats, marine accessories, docks, personal watercraft and everything else to promote fun on our waters. Here you will find a complete list of our member dealers and also a listing of upcoming boat shows in our area that are promoted by LOMDA.


The boats will be in the water and ready for you to fire up! Check out boats from every major boat dealer at the lake and get ready for the 2018 boating season. Enjoy special boat show pricing on runabouts, performance boats, pontoons, ski boats, luxury cruisers and personal watercraft. You will also find docks, lifts and all of your boating accessories on display.



Best Boats at the Lake of the Ozarks


At Surdyke Yamaha, we are proud to provide you not only with quality watercraft, but we provide you and your friends and family with a great experience. From the first time you take your new boat out on the water, you and your entire family will not only get to enjoy time with each other but quality time in nature. Let our team at the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks show you what a new boat at the Lake of the Ozarks can do for you!


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  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Make Wakes With Yamaha WaveRunners

While summer may not be here yet, that doesn't mean you can't start preparing for it! Surdkye Yamaha knows that living the Lake life is all about summer, the sun and sitting on a Yamaha WaveRunner catching every bit of wake you can. As you start preparing for summer, the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few WaveRunners that we recommend for you and your family! Yamaha WaveRunners have been bringing joy to families all over the world for 30 years. Start your WaveRunner adventure today! 


2018 Yamaha VX Limited


Packed with big value, a robust new TR-1 3-cylinder High Output Yamaha Marine engine, advanced handling technology and everything your family needs for tubing fun on the water - in one convenient package.


Specs
Year: 2018
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model: VX Limited
New/Used: New
Condition: Excellent
Title: Clean
Stock #: 18 VX LIM

Engine
Engine Type: 3-cylinder, 4-stroke TR-1 High Output Yamaha Marine Engine
Displacement: 1049cc

Dimensions
Dry Weight: 668 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gal.
Height: 3 ft. 11 in.
Length: 11 ft.
Width: 4 ft.
Rider Capacity: 1-3 persons
Storage Capacity: 24.6 gal.

General
Mirrors: Standard
Color: Black Metallic with Crimson Red Metallic

2018 Yamaha VXR


The championship platform that has won every normally-aspirated national racing title since its introduction. Delivers the largest displacement in the industry, advanced driver-focused technologies, and aggressive styling. Lightweight, nimble and fun to ride, the VXR offers the best competition-level value on the water.


Specs
Year: 2018
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model: VXR
New/Used: New
Condition: Excellent
Title: Clean
Stock #: Multiple Units in Stock

Engine
Engine Type: 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, 1.8 Liter High Output Yamaha Marine Engine
Displacement: 1812cc

Dimensions
Dry Weight: 767 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gal.
Height: 3 ft. 11 in.
Length: 11 ft.
Width: 4 ft.
Rider Capacity: 1-3 persons
Storage Capacity: 24.6 gal.

General
Mirrors: Standard
Color: Carbon Metallic with Lava or Carbon Metallic with Electric Green

2018 Yamaha VX


All the styling of more expensive watercraft makes the VX one of the best-looking personal watercraft in its class. Features Yamaha's innovative new TR-1 3-cylinder High Output Marine engine package and RiDE™ for a value-packed ownership experience.


Specs 
Year: 2019
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model: VX
New/Used: New
Condition: Excellent
Title: Clean
Stock #: Multiple Units in Stock

Engine
Engine Type: 3-cylinder, 4-stroke TR-1 High Output Yamaha Marine Engine
Displacement: 1049cc

Dimensions
Dry Weight: 708 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gal.
Height: 3 ft. 11 in.
Length: 11 ft.
Width: 4 ft.
Rider Capacity: 1-3 persons
Storage Capacity: 24.6 gal.

General
Mirrors: Standard
Color: Pure White with Electric Green

Find Your Next WaveRunner At Surdyke Yamaha


At Surdyke Yamaha, we provide the best used and new WaveRunners at the Lake of the Ozarks. We take pride in our work, and we look forward to providing many memories in the years to come for you and your family. We've been providing the best boats at the Lake of the Ozarks for over 40 years, and when you buy a boat or Waverunner from us, you truly are riding on our reputation.


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  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Thunderstorms And Boating Don't Mix

The weather is beginning to warm up and soon boats will be getting back out on the water. With spring fully underway, Surdyke Yamaha knows that it’s important to keep an eye on the weather before you head out on the Lake. If you’re not prepared for a thunderstorm while boating, now is the time to prepare. We don’t know when it will happen, where it will happen, or how long it will last. Thunderstorms can be extremely unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared. The Lake of the Ozark’s best watercraft dealer wants you to stay safe if you run into a thunderstorm while out boating, so we have put together a list of tips to keep in mind in case you get stuck in an unfortunate weather scenario. 


Always Check The Forecast First


This is crucial to boating safely because the weather is unpredictable and can change quickly. This could leave boaters in a bad situation, especially if they aren’t properly prepared. It’s a good idea to download a weather app on your phone and set up alerts for your area. This way you will be notified when a potential thunderstorm is headed your way. 

Top free weather apps:
1. Weather Underground
2. RainAware 
3. The Weather Channel
4. NOAA Weather Radar

It’s Best To Play It Safe


Thunderstorms are one of the more common dangers to boaters because they can develop so quickly. If you are out on the water and you notice storms that are approaching, you should return to land or shelter as soon as possible. If you are unable to return to land, you should stay inside the cabin and avoid any metal or electrical devices. If your boat does not have a cabin, try to stay as low as possible.


Make Your Plans Known


Make sure someone knows that you are out boating and where you are headed to. This way, in case a storm does roll in and you are unable to return, someone will know where you are. You can also download an app that provides you with your GPS coordinates which you can then send them. 

Here are a few:
1. My GPS Coordinates
2. GPS Tracks
3. GPS & Maps: Track Coordinates, Compass + Waypoints 

Always Be Prepared


Knowing how to dock a boat or perform a close-quarters maneuver near the shore can be extremely difficult, especially if the wind is blowing. If necessary, take a boating safety course. You should also have a firm grasp on how to read the weather.

Make Sure You Have The Proper Equipment


Life Jackets
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all recreational vehicles must carry one Coast Guard approved life jacket per person on board. Regardless of the weather, it’s always important to wear a life jacket.

Proper Communication Equipment
A VH-FM radio is an important thing to have on your boat. Yes, a cell phone is good too, but those are unreliable and you might not have service in some areas.

Backup Power Source
This is always a great idea to keep on board. You never know when you may need it. Thunderstorm or not, having a backup power source is always important.

Extra Food and Water
You should always keep extra water and nonperishable food on board in case of emergencies, or just in case you get hungry.


Key Indicators of Changing Weather 

   A sudden drop in temperature
   Increasing wind or sudden change in wind direction
   Flat clouds getting lower and thicker
   Heavy static on your AM radio - this can be a sign of nearby thunderstorms

If You Get Caught in a Storm

   Reduce your speed, but keep enough power to make headway
   Head the boat at a 45-degree angle into the waves
   Make sure everyone on board is wearing a life jacket
   Turn on your running lights
   Keep the bilges free of water
   If absolutely necessary, anchor the boat 

Stay Safe This Boating Season 


Operating a boat in a thunderstorm is completely different than operating a boat in sunny and 80-degree weather. Hopefully, with these tips and a boating safety course, you will be prepared in case you ever run into a thunderstorm when you are out boating. At Lake of the Ozark’s best watercraft dealer, we want to make sure you always have a great time when you’re out on the lake. Visit us at Surdyke Yamaha and let us help you get out on the water! 


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