Spring into summer at the in-water boat show

If too many dreary days have you longing for summer fun, a waterside celebration might be just the fix for those cold weather blues. Soon, the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association (LOMDA) will spring into summer when dealers float their boats at Dog Days Bar and Grill, April 15th through the 17th.

A look back at January TMs Overland Park indoor boat show gives an enticing preview of the affordable fun to be found boating on the Lake. Attendees were surprised to find that bargains were as abundant as the variety of watercraft and accessories.

Surdyke Yamaha owner, Greg Surdyke, stressed that you don TMt have to spend a ton - to have all the fun.

You can start at the top or start at the ground level, Surdyke said. You can spend eight to ten grand and have a great time boating.

Enthusiastic buyers at the winter time event gave marine dealers good reason to expect a bright summer at the lake.

We TMve heard a lot of really positive things from all the boat shows across the nation, Second generation marine dealer, Kyle Kelly remarked.

He stressed that the boating lifestyle means far more than the choice of watercraft.

True, we sell the physical boats, Kelly continued. But we really try to bring the actual lifestyle of being on the water and all that entails.

Where as life on the water once included the shine of rich, varnished wood, today TMs boating enthusiasts often look for cutting-edge graphics and state-of-the art technology.

I actually mounted a 10 inch television in front of the driver TMs seat on my demo, Surdyke said. With a video camera on the back I can keep an eye on my kids while they are tubing or hanging out.

Whether hanging out for your family, means a lazy day on the dock or cruising the lake on a yacht, your certain to enjoy a taste of the summer fun to come at the Spring in-water boat show. In addition to watercraft, the show will feature a variety of docks, lifts and accessories to enhance your boating pleasure.

Unlike land based boat shows, the in-water show provides attendees a unique opportunity to take a test run in their favorite model.

Whether you TMre a boater or not, Kelly concluded. It TMs a great way to experience that boating lifestyle first hand.

The show will run 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday - April 15, 16, 17 at Dog Days Bar and Grill in Osage Beach. Admission is only $5 for adults " NO CHARGE for children 12 years and younger.

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