Boats and marine equipment galore at this weekend’s April In-Water Boat Show

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — With the approach of the “Lake season,” anticipation builds for many locals and vacationers, eager to see the Lake waters come alive with boats galore.  

A sneak preview of the wide variety of watercraft that will soon fill the Lake of the Ozarks can be seen April 19-21 at the 2013 April In-Water Boat Show.

The event, sponsored by Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association, is the Lake’s largest and longest running boat show. Mike Atkinson, executive director for the association, said it has been putting on this show for 32 years. This year’s event will be held at Dog Days Bar Grill, in Osage Beach. This is the 4th year for the show at this location.

The boat show is a family event and consists of vendors from the Lake of the Ozarks area. Numerous Lake area marinas as well as other miscellaneous businesses will be on hand with products ranging from accessories, docks and lifts to personal watercraft, runabouts, pontoons, performance boats, cruisers and big yachts.

Many of the dealers will be offering special pricing and new 2013 models will be on hand to view. Those in attendance can also register to win $1,000 worth of free gas.

A few of the dealers participating in the show include Formula Boats, Glencove Marina, Marine Max and Poly Lift.  

Chad Neubauer, a member of management at Formula Boats, said the company will bring a variety of styles to the show, highlighting customizable features on a new Formula, as well as new seating plans. Neubauer said a factory representative will be on site. “This is a great opportunity to purchase a new boat,” he said.

Glencove Marina’s Sales and Finance Manager Barb Niedergerke said Glencove will have two models of South Bay Tritoons on display. One will be the new Entertainer model that features a bar and galley. The other is yet to be determined, she said. There will also be several other floor plans and models available at the marina, on 147 Glencove Boulevard. Niedergerke encourages buyers to consider a South Bay Tritoon. “They have outboard motors… they are luxurious with an affordable price,” she said.

Frank Svoboda, sales manager for Marine Max, said the company will be featuring several different boats for viewing. These include the 2013 Sea Ray 410 Sundancer, a sport yacht that includes the new zeus drive system with joystick steering; the Meridian 391 Sedan Bridge which features single-floor living and great natural interior lighting; a 270 SLX Sea Ray Open Bow; and the legendary Harris Line FloteBote pontoon.  Svoboda said representatives will be available to answer any questions about sales, the dealer’s full-service options or Marine Max’s 200-slip marina.

While a boat is an obvious feature of the “boat show” there are also many other options for purchase. PolyLift is another vendor that will be present, featuring both new and used lifts. Charles Noland, local sales manager, said he is excited about the upcoming season. PolyLift will be bringing in a dock to tie up at the end of the Dog Days dock. “Marine Concepts will be there with a race boat for demonstration of the big Polylift,” he said. PolyLift will also have Captain’s Choice remote control as part of the display.  Noland said representatives will be available from both stores. “This is a good opportunity to see all the boat dealers in one place,” he said.  

Dog Days Bar Grill is located at 1232 Jeffries Boulevard Road in Osage Beach, or the 19 Mile Marker by water. The show hours are Friday, 1-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults; admission for children 12 and under is free. $1 of each paid admission is donated to Kids’ Harbor Child Advocacy Center.

There will be free parking at Dog Days, and a boat shuttle will be available at Topsiders Bar Grill.  

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