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

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