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Image of the Week: The Allure of Lake of the Ozarks

For those who have been boating at Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri, the appeal for performance boaters—boaters of any type for that matter—is about as clear as it gets. And for those who haven’t been to the Midwest hot spot, if this picture doesn’t make you want to go, we’re not sure what will.

Mark Maasen 38 Cigarette

Mark Maasen runs his Cigarette in the Poly Lift Boat Lifts Props & Hoses Fun Run. Photo by Brad Glidewell/Brad Glidwell Photography

In our opinion, the allure doesn’t get any clearer than today’s Image of the Week captured by local photographer Brad Glidewell. The picture of Mark Maasen running his Cigarette Racing Team 38 Top Gun with one of the gorgeous lakefront homes in the background is breathtaking. Not only does it showcase the lush foliage and rock formations that line the lake, the shot—taken around mile marker 25 during the Poly Lift Boat Lifts Props & Hoses Fun Run on the Sunday following Lake Race—has near-perfect lighting on the 38-footer and the incredible property behind it.

Maasen and his wife, Tiffany, invited their sons, Matthew Maasen and Jacob Riemann, and their friends, Chris and Danielle, to participate in the fun run, which benefitted local fire departments, in their V-bottom powered by twin 525-hp Mercury Racing engines.

Maasen, who owns Poly Lift Boat Lifts in Sunrise Beach, Mo., with his brother, Mike, said he’s got a busy summer ahead including local events the next two weekends—the Cigarette Owners’ Rendezvous hosted by Performance Boat Center and the MidwestBoatParty.com Support Our Troops Poker Run.

Whether it’s through sponsoring an event or participating in one, Maasen said he enjoys being involved with as many events as possible.

“For Poly-Lift, the main reason we support these type of events is because of the charities that benefit from them,” Maasen explained. “Of course they are usually a good target market for our audience. People doing poker runs with these style boats tend to keep them on a Poly-Lift—or another boat lift they may or may not be happy with—not in the water behind their house. Not only do we get to enjoy boating, we get to connect with current and potential customers in a fun and casual setting.”

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