Thursday, July 2, 2015

Safety Tips for the Holiday Weekend

Fourth of July is a HUGE weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. Both vacationers and locals will be getting their boats and water toys out on the Lake to celebrate. With all of the rain we've received, it's important to be careful while partaking in all of your holiday activities this weekend. Ameren has made it known that the Lake will not be closed to traffic, though they and the water patrol are asking everyone to use caution when they're out on the water. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you enjoy your weekend on the water.

Watch For Debris

High water means there will be much more debris in the Lake, as the rain rushes branches, leaves and trash down into the water. The debris isn't limited to just small items either! The murky brown water can also be hiding logs, downed trees, and hay bales. These can cause serious damage to boats and PWCs, along with causing injuries to people as they're playing in the water.

Watch Your Wake

Big wakes can cause expensive damage to docks. Ameren and Highway patrol are asking that boaters run at idle speed to prevent large waves from causing continued damage to the docks, seawalls and yards.

Beware of Docks

If owners do not shut off the power, partially submerged docks can mean more electric current in the water. It's important to be aware of electricity in the water! If you suspect there are electrical currents in the water around you, do not swim back to the dock or land. Have someone come out and get you.

Happy Fourth of July from the Team at Surdyke Yamaha!

The water has stabilized thanks to the dam gates being open to full capacity. The plan is to keep the gates open as long as it take to prevent the waters from rising any higher. While you're out this weekend, be sure to be aware and stay safe. Remember that Surdyke Yamaha is here for all of your boating needs - including the best gas dock on the Lake of the Ozarks. We also have a great selection of the best boats at the Lake of the Ozarks and we would love to get you out on the water in the boat of your dreams! Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend and don't forget to visit us!

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