Thursday, August 17, 2017

Don't Get Your Boat Rocked in a Thunderstorm

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you ran into a thunderstorm while out boating? 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. Surdyke Yamaha, the Lake of the Ozark’s best watercraft dealer wants you to stay safe if you run into a thunderstorm while out on the boat. We have put together a list of tips to keep in mind in case you get stuck in an unfortunate weather scenario. 

Boaters should never venture out if thunderstorms are a possibility – 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.

Monitor the forecast – this is crucial to boating safely because the weather can change quickly. This could leave boaters in a bad situation, especially if they aren’t properly prepared. Download a weather app on your phone and set up alerts in 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

Make your boating plans known – make sure someone knows that you are out boating and where you are headed to. This way, in case a storm rolls 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 like:
1. My GPS Coordinates
2. GPS Tracks
3. GPS & Maps: Track Coordinates, Compass + Waypoints 

Be prepared before you leave the dock – 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 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.

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 - 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 

      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! 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Countdown to Labor Day

Labor Day at the Lake of the Ozarks is a weekend to remember! It is packed full of fun, food, family, friends and of course, boating! It’s the unofficial end of summer, so why not spend the weekend out on the lake making great memories? At the best watercraft dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are experts at having fun on the lake or on land. With Labor Day Weekend being one of the biggest boating weekends at the lake, Surdyke Yamaha wants to make sure you have the best time out on the water. From boating all day, to watching the fireworks from your boat at night, we have you covered with some helpful tips for this Labor Day Weekend.

Watching firework shows from the water is an incredible experience. Below is a list of Labor Day firework shows you can watch from your boat.

Sunday, September 3rd, @ Dusk
View by water at the 26 Mile Marker

The Lodge of Four Seasons
Sunday, September 3rd, 8:30pm - 9:30pm
View by water at the 13 Mile Marker

Bear Bottom Resort
Saturday, September 2nd @ 9:45pm
View by water at the 38 Mile Marker

Labor Day Weekend will be a busy time out on the Lake. Here are a few helpful tips to make sure you are prepared. 

(1) Stay hydrated – this is something people often forget about. Being out on the water all day under the hot sun can easily dehydrate you. If you’re not drinking enough water, or any water at all, your fun won’t last long.

Helpful hint: Keep a water bottle with you and in plain sight so you remember to stay hydrated.

      (2) Pack ahead of time – there is nothing more stressful than running around the house at the last minute, trying to make sure you packed everything. Pack your items ahead of time, this will keep you from forgetting any important items you may need.

Helpful hint: In order to make sure you packed everything, create a list to follow. Mark things off once you have packed them. If you visit the lake often, keep this list for future use.

      (3) Stay safe – Labor Day Weekend is a busy time on the water. Make sure you know the rules and are well prepared. If you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a designated driver for the boat.

Helpful hint: Before you head out onto the lake, you should make sure your boat is in proper working condition. Check your fuel levels and make sure your lights are working properly, especially if you are going to stay out at night to watch the fireworks from your boat.

Don’t have your own boat? No problem! Here at Surdyke Yamaha we offer boat rentals. We have a wide selection of rentals that suit almost everyone’s needs. Why wait? Ask us about boat rentals in Lake of the Ozarks today! Lake of the Ozark’s best watercraft dealer is here for all your boating needs to make your Labor Day Weekend a weekend to remember! Don’t forget, if you are out on the water and need to fuel up your boat, stop by Surdyke’s Port 20. We hope to see you on the water!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Watercraft Rentals From Surdyke Yamaha!

Surdyke Yamaha is your exclusive Yamaha dealership at the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition to our boat sales, we also offer boat rentals. If you're looking to get away and have some fun at the Lake of the Ozarks, come to Surdyke Yamaha! We can give you an experience of a life time. Our smooth riding boats and exciting waverunners will take you on a fun, relaxing and exciting adventure.

Our high-quality pontoon, ski boat and waverunner rentals. Our customers can count on our excellent Lake of the Ozarks watercraft rental service and top quality units. We only rent waverunners and boats that are well-maintained and of the highest quality available.

Boat Rentals

Our boat rentals make exploring the Lake of the Ozarks simple and fun! We can help you have some fun in the sun in no time when you rent from Surdyke Yamaha. Having a boat makes it easy to get to waterfront bars and restaurants and it's a great way to spend an afternoon with friends and family. We offer various types and sizes of boat rentals for you to choose from.

Ski Boat Rentals

For a trip filled with thrills and high-speed adventure, check out our fleet of ski boat rentals. Ski Boats are very versatile and have many uses on the water. You can take your group tubing or water skiing, cruise along the Lake or stop for a swim and picnic.

Pontoon Rentals

Depending on the model, these boat rentals accommodate between 11 and 15 people. You can have a party with friends in Party Cove or host a family gathering. The options are endless with our Lake of the Ozarks pontoon rentals.

Waverunner Rentals

Are you ready for thrills? Kick your vacation into high gear with a waverunner rental from Surdyke Yamaha. We have the best selection of waverunner rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. For fast-paced fun, rent a waverunner and feel the breeze on your face as you splash over the cool waves. For anyone who loves fast speed and excitement, waverunner rentals are the way to go! They're an easy way to have an adventure at the Lake of the Ozarks.

We offer 3- and 4- seater waverunner rentals available, so it's easy to take the kids out on the water for a fun day! You can also take a few waverunners out to accommodate a larger group. Whatever the size of your group, we have special offers that make renting waverunners at the Lake of the Ozarks even more tempting.

Surdyke Boat Rental Club

For the frequent renters, we have a special offer that makes it affordable to have fun out on the Lake of the Ozarks. After you reserve your first day of rental at the posted prices, here is how you can save BIG on your 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th days.

Rent 2nd day 20% off
Rent 3rd day 30% off
Rent 4th day 40% off
Rent 5th day 50% off

Discount will be applied at the store on check in. Reserve now, supplies are limited!

There's plenty to see and do around Lake of the Ozarks for family vacations or weekend getaways. With boat rentals from Surdyke Yamaha, you'll turn a regular vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks into a spectacular one. With two convenient locations that Surdyke Yamaha has to offer, it's easy to find and guarantees a smooth and enjoyable boat rental experience. Call 888-575-9283 to book today!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Keep Your Personal Watercraft Running Like New!

Personal watercrafts (PWC) are a fun way to spend time out on the Lake with your friends and family. While we love to spend time out on the boat cruising the Lake and relaxing in the coves, PWCs are a whole different type of excitement. Compared to a boat, PWCs can be quickly launched out without much time getting ready and can easily be hauled from one point to another. However, they still need to be properly taken care of so you can enjoy long days out on the Lake on your PWC.

1. Consult The Owners Manual

The best way to know how to properly take care of your personal watercraft is by consulting the Owner's Manual. There you will find all the information regarding the specific make and model of the PWC you have, as well as the specific things you need and exact procedures to follow.

2. Maintain Proper Fluid Levels

Just like with a car, it's important to maintain proper fuel and oil levels. Depending on what type of PWC you have, you may have to use a premixed oil and fuel.

3. Check For Loose Or Damaged Parts

Before you start your PWC and hit the water, you'll want to do a good once over. Check all the wires including throttle cables and trim. In addition, check for any loose or damaged parts, and always replace them if you notice any damage or extensive wear.

4. Keep It Clean

After a long day of playing out on the Lake, it's a good idea to wipe down your PWC to preview corrosion or staining. Don't forget to also clean the windshield and seats. Although the Lake of the Ozarks is fresh water and not salt water, if you don't properly wash down your boat after a day out in the water, it will eventually damage your boat.

5. Use A PWC Lift

PWCs are not intended to be stored in the water for long periods of time. If you plan on storing your PWC in a slip, it's best to use a lift.In addition to preventing damage, it also helps with cleaning and it makes walking around the watercraft safer. They also make boarding and exiting the watercraft easier and safer for riders of all ages.

6. Remember To Winterize

Although we don't want to think about it right now because there is still plenty of time left out on the water, when the summer season does end, it's important to properly winterize your watercraft. This can help protect it over the winter season and can help make sure it's running properly for next year!

Hopefully, by taking these preventative steps, you can enjoy more time out on the water and acid being stranded out on the Lake. At Surdyke Yamaha, we offer three service locations at the Lake of the Ozarks to serve you. Our factory-trained technicians and outstanding service staff are here to help keep you and your boat, bike, PWC or off-road vehicle where you belong - OUT HAVING FUN! From scheduled maintenance to custom upgrades to service and winterization on your dock, we have the factory approved parts, tools and diagnostic equipment to keep your unit running perfectly. Visit to learn more about our service departments and to schedule your appointment.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Surdyke's Pre-Own Spotlight - 2012 Thor Redwood 36 FL

At Surdyke Yamaha, we're known for selling the best power sports vehicles at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as the best watercraft. However, we sell a wide range of different vehicles. Under the "Gregslist" tab, you can find a bunch of different items from cars and trucks to traditional watercraft. These items change out often, so make sure to check back often, as you never know what you might stumble upon in Gregslist. This week, we're featuring a unique item that has found its way into the Gregslist tab - a 2012 Thor Redwood 36 FL (Front Living).

2012 Thor Redwood 36 FL ~ $48,999

Immaculate condition 36-foot travel trailer with 5 slide outs, 2 TVs, fireplace, the works! It's absolutely gorgeous! Redwood’s Clima-Comfort package comes standard on all fifth wheels. Clima-Comfort combines residential fiberglass insulation with ultraflect reflective insulation to provide a unique thermal barrier that works all four seasons. During the winter your Redwood reflects escaping heat back towards your living space, reducing heat loss and lowering heating costs. During the summer it reflects heat away from your living space, reducing heat gain and lowering air conditioning costs.

Specs on Redwood RQ36FL

  • Dry Weight 13,400 
  • GVWR 16,000
  • Carrying Capacity 2,600
  • Hitch Weight 2,480
  • Axle Weight 10,920
  • Ext. Length* 39’ 7” 
  • Ext. Height w/AC 12’ 11” 
  • Fresh Water Capacity 104 Gal. 
  • Black Water Capacity 45 Gal. 
  • Gray Water Capacity 90 Gal.
  • Tire Size ST235/80R16E
  • Tire Rated Load 3420# @80 PSI

About Redwood

The story of Redwood is simple. Redwood was created for the sole purpose of providing the exploding Baby Boomer market with a high-quality, full-time residential Fifth Wheel at an affordable price. They listened to their customers and the result has been a game-changing unit that leads the industry in quality, innovation and value for the money. 

They believe their owners deserve the best. It's more than the elegant interiors that set them apart from other manufacturers. The quality of what they use to achieve the look on the inside is just as important as what they use on the outside and underneath where you might not notice at first glance. They insist on the meticulous installation of all the components and sub-structures to create a solid foundation of reliability and durability. This combined with the beautiful interior fabrics, custom cabinetry and cutting edge technology, makes for an incomparably finished luxury fifth-wheel unrivaled in the industry.

Whether on the water, the road or the dirt... if it has wheels or floats, we sell it and ride it! You never know what you might find on or in our Osage Beach showroom. We've been in business for over 45 years and have serviced and sold more power sports customers than any other dealer in the Midwest! Let us help you find your new ride at Surdyke Yamaha!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

7 Etiquette Tips for When You're Docking

During the summer, you will probably spend a lot of time at the docks. Whether you're enjoying one of the many waterfront restaurants, fueling up or storing your boat, you can't avoid the docks when you're at the Lake. Because you're spending a lot of time at the docks during your day out on the water, you want to make sure it's a good experience. Here are a few pointers to help you be a good dock slip neighbor.

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1. Watch your wake. When entering or leaving a dock, make sure to keep your speed down. Not only can big wakes in small, crowded places be dangerous, it's a good way to anger those around you. Be sure to respect the wake rule to make sure everyone else around you is safe.

2. Help each other out. While many gas docks, restaurants and marinas around the Lake have employees nearby to help you out, be prepared to help your fellow boaters. During the summer, it can get a bit busy, so help keep things moving smoothly for everyone and be prepared to help each other out.

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3. Keep it moving. Whether you're at a fuel dock or boating ramp, be efficient. Delegate tasks to your passengers and be prepared so you can get out of the way of others and quickly get back out onto the water.

4. Be respectful to your fellow boaters. Be courteous to others out on the water and near the docks. It's the busy time of the year, and we want to make sure everyone has a good time.

5. Shut it down. If you're getting off your boat to enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the many waterfront restaurants, make sure you shut down your gear. Turn off your lights, your radio, CD player, television or other similar items.

6. Back into the dock for larger boats. While it may take a little more time to back into the slip, it's much easier to get on and off your boat, and it provides a clear walking path along the docks. This is especially important for boats with large bows.

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7. Keep it clean. Coil your dock lines, organize your cords, stow any water sports gear and life jackets, and put away your supplies. If you leave these things out, it could be a tripping hazard, especially in the evening. In addition, don't stow any gear on the dock, as it could get in the way to those trying to move carts, coolers and other supplies down the dock.

There is one word you need to know for when you're at the docks: consideration. Consider what you're doing from your fellow boaters perspective., and that will help you make the right decision. For all your boating needs, visit our boat showroom in Osage Beach or online 24/7 at We have everything you need for a fun day out on the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Tips To Have The BEST Time At YamaPalooza

AquaPalooza is next Saturday, July 15, which means it's time for our annual YamaPalooza extravaganza! This year we're doing 2 full days of fun and excitement never before seen anywhere in the world.  There is still time to register for this annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks, but hurry, as registration closes SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT! If you're planning on attending already, here are a few tips to help you have the BEST time at YamaPalooza. 

Service Your Yamaha

Before taking off for this year's YamaPalooza, give your watercraft a good once over. Check that the lights work, there's enough gas, you have enough life jackets for everyone and that the engine is in good shape. Also, take this time to make sure your boat is sparkling and ready for the boat parade to Yamaha Island on Saturday at 8:30 AM. 
Get Your Floatation Device

AquaPalooza is all about relaxing and having fun in the Lake, and YamaPalooza is no different! Once you make your way over to Yamaha Island, you may be blocked in, so plan to stay for the whole day - but who wants to leave early anyways? Make sure you're ready for a full day of water fun by having all the right YamaPalooza gear. At Surdyke Yamaha, we have everything you need for fun on the Lake of the Ozarks! Floatation devices are a must for AquaPalooza & YamaPalooza, so pick yours up before heading out next week. 

Stay Hydrated

As of right now, it's going to be a hot one the weekend of YamaPalooza. With temperatures in the 90s, it's important to stay hydrated. While this tip may seem simple, it can be hard to remember to drink enough water when you're having fun in the Lake. However, with temperatures this hot, we don't want anyone getting dehydrated. Remember to pack enough water (or maybe, even more, water than you think you need) for everyone. 
Take A Mid-day Break

We're going to partying all day long on Yamaha Island. We don't want you getting tired, so remember to take plenty of breaks. During 12:00 - 1:00 PM, we will be providing lunch on the Island. However, it's also a good idea to pack some snacks to tie you over. Sunday, July 16, recover from all the fun you had during YamaPalooza with Breakfast at Angelo's Pizza at Pier 31. After you've had a delicious breakfast, join us for more aquatic fun in Linn Creek Cover from 10:30 AM - Noon. 

Remeber To Have Fun!

The most important tip to remember during YamaPalooza is to have fun! This is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. This year, we're going all out with 2 full days of fun and excitement never before seen anywhere in the world. You don't want to miss it!

There is still time to pre-register for our YamaPalooz Island Party at AquaPalooza. Registration includes complimentary boat ramp usage all weekend, a catered lunch on Saturday while docked at Yamaha Island, Breakfast Boat Run on Sunday and more! We will even continue the party on Sunday where we will hang out in Linn Creek Cove and tube, chill and other wakesport fun. Hurry up and register because this party is limited to the first 200 people! Registration will close SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT! So, register today! Visit for more information and to register.

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Osage Beach, MO 65065            Osage Beach, MO 65065         Osage Beach, MO 65065
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