Lisa Greenwood
Salem, OR
CALL (503) 371-7184
Toll Free (888) 283-3580


From spending a day lazing on the water to cruising around the lake with water toys, right through to a weekend fishing trip with your friends, the weather conditions are perfect to take your boat out.

Prepare Yourself and Your Boat for Adventure

And whether you're a seasoned driver or this is your first time owning and operating a boat, everybody can benefit from a refresher on preparing their boat, and also preparing themselves and passengers for the water. With experience providing boat owners with the right products to perform a synthetic oil change, Synthetics Northwest has a checklist to help prepare your boat for the water.

Safety First

When heading out on the water, safety should always be at the front of your mind. When checking through your safety items, start with these items:
  • Check that all life jackets are in good condition and that there are enough for each person who will be on the boat.
  • When checking your life jackets, ensure that each person has an appropriately sized jacket available. A child's jacket is not suitable for an adult.
  • Check that your smoke/carbon monoxide detector is working
  • Ensure your fire extinguishers are fully operational
  • Radio is in full working order and passengers are trained on how to use it to call for help
If there are any other safety items on board your vessel that are not on this list, be sure to check that each one is fully operational.

Fluid Levels

While it may come as a surprise, fluid levels are one of the top reasons for a boat to breakdown during operation. The main concern being that road-side assistance is not going to come and help. Items such as:
  • Engine oil
  • Power steering fluid
  • Coolant
Alongside these, if you notice that any of your fluid levels are running low, top them up before you leave, or replace them entirely. If this is the first time that you will be using your boat after cold-weather storage, perform a synthetic oil change prior to hitting the water to give your engine a fresh and prepared start. If you are unsure which engine oil is suited to your engine, don't take a guess. Speak with Synthetics Northwest at (503) 371-7184 to get expert advice and the high-quality products.


The most important aspect of your boat's engine is the propellor. Without it, your boat isn't going anywhere. With your boat still on dry land, take the time to inspect your propeller and keep an eye out for the following:
  • Cracks or dents
  • Visible signs of Wear
  • Loose bearings
If any of the above are present, consider replacing your propeller before you take your boat into the water. Damaged propellers can not only affect the performance of your thrust, but the vibration can also damage your drive train and cause serious damage.


One of the most disregarded aspects of boat maintenance is the electrical system. Take the time to inspect the following:
  • Battery condition, including cables (look for corrosion)
  • Inspect all visible wiring
  • Ensure all of your gauges are working correctly and reporting the right information.
  • Ensure that all of your lights are in working order (especially any safety lights)
  • Ensure there is no damage to your antennae
  • If you have any GPS systems on board, ensure they are operational and correctly calibrated
In addition to the above, it's also a good idea to carry a box of spare fuses on the boat with you, in the event that something shorts out.

General Exterior Condition

Many boat owners believe that checking the exterior of their boat is for cosmetic purposes only, and neglect it. However, when you are driving through murky water, you are not always able to see and avoid debris that could cause unseen damage. Set aside a good amount of time and thoroughly inspect the condition of your boat's exterior.

Give Your Vessel a Synthetic Oil Change in Salem

One of the best forms of boat maintenance and preparation you can perform is a synthetic oil charge. A synthetic oil change provides your engine with a fresh coating of protection to encourage smooth operation. Not only can increase the performance of your engine, but it can also work to reduce engine wear and increase fuel efficiency. Speak with Synthetic Northwest at (888) 283-3580 and let an expert find the right motor oil for your synthetic oil change. If you know which product you need, you can order directly from our online store, or read more information about any of our available products.

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 3175 Glen Creek Rd NW 
    Salem, OR 97304 
    United States
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