Thursday, October 29, 2015

How to Get Your Boat Ready For Winter

Winterizing your boat at the Lake of the Ozarks could the difference between enjoying the water next year or being landlocked for a time. In fact, winter can be harder on your watercraft than summer! Being consistently used allows the pieces to stay pliable and the systems lubricated. When stuck in your shed all winter everything is given the chance to get hard, or even worse - rusted. Here are a few things you'll want to do to make sure that you don't have any unnecessary hiccups next Spring when you're ready to take the boat out.

Clean the Machine


A clean boat is going to handle it's vacation better than one that hasn't been cleaned. Be sure to get the top sides, bottom and deck, plus you can clean all of the hardware and trim. If you're feeling extremely productive you can put a coat of wax on the topsides too! Give your boat a look over, walk around it and inspect for anything that may look suspicious. If you have a fiberglass boat, check for any blistering in the, and be sure to treat and repair the problems. Don't forget to show some love to your Bimini tops, spray hoods and windscreens while you're cleaning too!

Flush and Prepare Your Systems


If you have an inboard or stern drive boat with a raw water cooling system, be sure to thoroughly flush and clean the engine with fresh water to remove dirt and corrosion. We may not live in an extreme climate here at the Lake of the Ozarks, but it can get cold through out the winter. You may want to consider running anti-freeze into the cooling system. Your outboard motor can be flushed with freshwater and all water should be drained from the engine.

Treat Your Engine Right


When you treat your engine properly, it will treat you properly, by continuing to run longer and fuss less. Taking time to clean out your outboard motors will help reduce build up, as well as protect the internal engine components. Do you have questions about how to winterize your outboard motor? Give us a call or shoot us an email, we'd love to help you out.



Check the Engine Oil


You winterizing checklist should include a healthy dose of oil. You'll want to change the oil and the filter on stern drive, inboard engines, and four-stroke outboards. You'll want to make sure that the engine is slightly warmed up to help clear out the sediment with the discarded oil.

Cut Down on Moisture


Check the bilges and removed any standing water, clean up any dirt or oil as well. You'll want to make sure and do this with the lockers, drawers, live wells, fish holds, and storage areas. Clean these areas completely by removing all objects, and then placing commercial moisture absorbents to eliminate mold and mildew. Remove all of the cushions and clean them well, especially underneath, and prop them up on the edge to let the air dry them out and circulate.

Remove and Store


Don't leave any unnecessary "stuff" on board your vessel throughout the winter. If it can be removed, this is a good time to do so. Life jackets, dock lines, fire extinguishers, flares, fenders, skit ropes, and any other gear you tote around on the boat should be cleaned and removed. This will help to eliminate the areas that dust and moisture can gather in the storage areas.

The End of Boating Season is Near...or Is It?


If you're bemoaning the fact that it's about time to put the boat away for the winter - think again! Our units do still need winterized, but if you want to continue using your boat for longer, we can help with that. If you are going to stop using it for any period of time though, you must winterize your units. From new fishing boats at the Lake of the Ozarks, to pre-owned wave runners, we have just the toys you need to enjoying boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come in and visit our showroom and let our friendly staff introduce you to a unit that will add much joy to your life!


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Friday, October 23, 2015

Surdyke Yamaha Can Help You Enjoy the Fall Colors

This weekend is going to be the prettiest weekend for fall colors! The trees are absolutely stunning, and the rolling Ozark hills are glowing with warmth and color. In fact, our Surdyke Port 20 is surrounded by this beauty - but it never last long. Before you know it, the leaves will fall and you will have to start raking them.

While the leaves are here, you should enjoy them to their fullest! Here are a few ways Surdyke Yamaha can get you out there enjoying the water, weather and views.



From the Water


Our very own Greg Surdyke enjoying the water!
It's not too late to get out on the water and enjoy the last few drops of Lake life. Even though the temps are dropping, we're still seeing beautiful weather and surprisingly high temps in the afternoons. Surdyke Yamaha has a wonderful selection of Lake toys that you can add to your collection. Here are a few types of units you can enjoy:



From the Road


There's nothing more freeing than getting out on the road to enjoy the brisk breeze and the beautiful colors. Whether you're on a brand new sport bike at the Lake of the Ozarks, or a convenient scooter, both allow you to enjoy the landscapes. The Lake area is famous for the beautiful rolling hills, extraordinary sights and the beautiful fall colors. We have several different models and styles for you to choose from to enjoy your ride.

  • Cruisers
  • Sport Bikes
  • New Scooters
  • Dual Sport
  • Pre-Owned Bikes

From the Woods


For many in the area, one of the best ways to enjoy the fall views is from up above in a tree stand. If you plan to enjoy this season by hunting, you'll want the right tools to get the job done correctly. Using ATVs at the Lake of the Ozarks is a great way to get to your prime hunting spot, and then bring your prize buck back to the homestead. We have many great models that you can enjoy in the woods or out.
  • Dirt Bikes
  • ATVs
  • Go Karts
  • Dual Sport Bikes
  • Side X Side
  • Pre-Owned Models


Surdyke Yamaha


From the Lake to the roads to the woods, Surdyke Yamaha is here to make sure you have the tools necessary to have a good time and get the job done. We've been in business for over 40 years and we pride ourselves on being a five star provider of excellence in the marine and motorcycle field. We are all about having fun and enjoying your time outdoors. This fall is a perfect time to enjoy the weather! If you have been thinking about purchasing a new or used boat, motorcycle or ATV, let Surdyke Yamaha help you out. Because at Surdyke Yamaha, you really do ride on our reputation!


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

5 Tips for an Autumn Motorcycle Ride in the Ozarks

There's no better feeling that riding through the brisk Autumn air, while watching colorful leaves drift slowly from the trees. While you, of course, are speeding down the road, enjoying yet another adventurous ride on your motorcycle! The Fall season at the Lake of the Ozarks is absolutely beautiful, and a perfect time to get that bike out and ride. There are a few things that this season brings that you'll want to be aware of though, as you are enjoying the wind in your face.

Deer Season

This is season is well known for collisions with deer. Whether it's because they are moving to find food, or running from a hunter, it's not uncommon to find them on the road. Be sure to wear your protective gear and always scan the sides of the road as you're riding. Especially during dawn and dusk, and even more so when you're in rural areas.


Beware of Leaves - Wet or Dry

While the Fall leaves may be beautiful, these leaves can also present a unique hazard. The leaves can cover up any number of pot holes, or other problems in the surfaces. That's just when they're dry, when they're wet, leaves can prove to be even more challenging. They create a slippery surface that could be dangerous.

Frosty Surfaces

Cool Fall nights can lead to morning frost. With this thin layer of ice covering the road, you could ind yourself in a bad situation fast. Be aware of surroundings as you take your bike out early in the mornings. Also know that the frost is worse in areas that are shaded. Just be knowledgeable of your surroundings while cruising down the road on your motorcycle at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Love the Leather

This is the time of year when you can pull out the leather gear and enjoy every second in it. Summer months can be extremely hot, making it uncomfortable to be covered in leather. Autumn months in the Ozarks though can be exhilarating, chilly, and refreshing. Making for a wonderful ride where you'll be comfortable warm in your leather.

Cool Fall Nights

When riding your street bike at the Lake of the Ozarks you'll find that the weather can be very dramatic. It can start out chilly in the morning, get blazing hot in the afternoon, and then drop to cold temps again in the evening. Plan ahead by wearing and packing layers, there's nothing worse than getting caught with unexpected mechanical problems and being under dressed.


There are so many fabulous reasons to get out and enjoy this weather, and even more importantly - your bike. Surdyke Yamaha has been providing excellent service and great bikes for over 40  years. We are here for our customers from the very beginning when you buy your bike, through ALL of your maintenance needs, and even when you're ready to upgrade. Our team is here to serve YOU in whatever way needed to make sure you have the best riding experience possible. Don't have a bike yet? We can help! Come out to our showroom and see why you really do ride on our reputation


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

What's Happening at Harbor Hop 2016

We love supporting and being apart of local events at the Lake of the Ozarks. Even in the Fall, this Lake is a happening place, and this weekend it will be even more exciting because of the Fall Harbor Hop! This is the 30th anniversary of this great event, and all of the fun will be happening on Saturday, October 10th. Keep reading for all of the fun activities that will be happening this weekend!



Harbor Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks

Draw cards at more than 40 locations around the Lake of the Ozarks to make a winning poker hand in the Harbor Hop. Enter at any of the Harbor Hop locations and enjoy the stops around the Lake before turning in your hand by 7 p.m. Enter the Harbor Hop by stopping at any of the checkpoints listed below. A player may enter more than once. The 1st card is drawn at the checkpoint where the hand is purchased, 6 additional cards are obtained by “hopping” to six more checkpoints drawing one card, per hand, at each location. The hand is complete when the 7th card is drawn.The completed hand is turned in at the checkpoint where the 7th card is drawn. To qualify, a hand must be turned in by 7:00 p.m. the day of Harbor Hop. Complete rules are posted at the bottom of this page.

Prize Designations

1st Place: 10%
2nd Place: 9%
3rd Place: 8%
4th Place: 7% each
5th - 10th Place: 5% each
4 Worst Hands: 4% each
Random Drawing for 10 Hands: 2% each
(all ties will share the allocated percentage for the placing)

The Bonus

In addition to the regular prize winners, a section winner will be recognized. To be eligible to be a section winner, a player must draw all seven (7) cards within one of the four sections listed below.


Event Rules

Enter the Harbor Hop by stopping at any of the checkpoints listed above. To obtain a hand, sign up and pay an optional $20.00 donation (per seven-card hand). A player may enter more than once. The 1st card is drawn at the checkpoint where the hand is purchased; 6 additional cards are obtained by "hopping" to six more checkpoints drawing one card, per hand, at each location. The hand is complete when the 7th card is drawn. An optional 8th Bonus card can be drawn for an additional $5. The completed hand is turned in at the checkpoint where the 7th card is drawn. To qualify, a hand must be turned in by 7:00 p.m. the day of Harbor Hop. Winners will be notified by mail. Prizes are based on entry donations. The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau will retain 60% for administering the program and promoting Lake of the Ozarks. Forty percent will be paid to the participants in the form of gift certificates.


 Surdyke Yamaha

There's nothing better than enjoying a beautiful crisp morning boating on the Lake of the Ozarks! To do this though, you need to have a boat, or waverunner. When you need great water toys help you enjoy the Lake, come to us. We have new and pre-owned models that will make your days on the water amazing. This weekend you can visit us at Surdyke's Port 20 as a checkpoint on the main channel - section III, mile marker 20 from 9:00 AM to 5 PM. While you're out this weekend remember that Port 20 is the best place to get boat fuel at the Lake of the Ozarks!



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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Big Bass Bash

This weekend, fishermen and women will be hitting waters in search of their prize bass. The Fall Big Bass Bash at the Lake of the Ozarks will be happening on October 3-4. Over $215,000 total prize money will be paid out, giving you a chance at some amazing prizes! Here are all of the details you need to know in one quick stop.


Tournament Details

From 7 AM to 3 PM on October third and fourth you have the chance to catch the biggest bass. You can register online at www.BigBassBash.com, but only until midnight, October 1st. You can also register in person at Osage Beach Bait & Tackle, Fitz Fishing Tackle, and Bryants Osage Outdoors, but only until October 1st! Weigh in locations will be at PB2, Alhonna Resort, Red Oak Resort, or Red Fox Bar and Grill.


Prizes

1st Place: $70,000.00
2nd Place: $20,000.00
3rd Place: $10,000.00
4th Place: $5,000.00

There are also 25 places to be paid during each of these time slots: 7-9 AM, 9-11 AM, 11-1 PM, 1-3 PM. You can find more information about the prizes on the Midwest Fish Tournament website. Over $94,000 guaranteed in bi-hourly payouts, with a total of 200 places being paid.

Children's Division

Adults aren't the only ones to can win it big this weekend! With the Big Bass Bash children's fishing competition, kids have the chance to win cool prizes and cash awards! There is a $10 entry fee per date, and they can catch bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie.

Ladies Bonus

The lady that weighs in the heaviest bass of the weekend wins $1,000! Second place wins a $200 Bass Pro Gift Card. Third place wins a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card.


Surdyke Yamaha

There's nothing better than feeling the cool Fall breeze in your face as you're racing over the Lake. So any event that has you and your family boating at the Lake of the Ozarks is an event we support! This could be your chance to catch the bass of a lifetime this weekend! Of course, the best tool a fisherman can have is a good boat. When you're looking for something that can get you out on the water fast, and keep you fishing for the big one, Surdyke Yamaha has the boat you need. Come into our showroom this weekend and check out some new boats at the Lake of the Ozarks. Good luck, and happy fishing!


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