Lisa Greenwood
Salem, OR
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Taking your boat out onto the water is a great way to spend the day or the weekend. Until you get stuck and realize you forgot basic emergency items. This article aims to reduce those occurrences.

Don't Get Stuck out on the Water

While you might be thinking that maintenance and safety checklists are for unseasoned boat owners who have been boating for years, safety is important to everybody. In fact, those who have been doing it the longest are more likely to become complacent. Whether it's your first time or your fiftieth, Synthetics Northwest has a checklist to follow to make sure your boat has the basic safety equipment on board.

Life Jackets

Every good safety checklist for a boat includes life jackets. Why? Because they are the best way to protect you and your passengers in the event that either of you goes overboard. When checking off this item, be sure that you have the correct amount of life jackets to match your occupancy level, and that you also have the right sizes. It's important to remember that children and adult life jackets are not interchangeable.


Not just any flashlight; a waterproof flashlight! It doesn't matter if the majority or your boating is done throughout the day, a flashlight is a must. Be sure that it is fully charged, has spare batteries, and is waterproof in sea water.

Fire Extinguisher

It seems like a strange item to take on a boat; given that you are surrounded by water. However, boat fires are all too common; and fire extinguishers are all too forgotten. Depending on the material of your boat and what you are taking on board, choose a fire extinguisher that can take care of the types of fires you are more likely to encounter on your boat. Of course, boat safety also includes a well-maintained boat that offers riders a safe journey. To make sure you're using the best products for your vessel, speak with Synthetics Northwest at (503) 371-7184 to learn about products like AMSOIL's 10W-40 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil, and how it can improve the performance of your boat.

Emergency Radio

That's right - a separate radio to the one installed in your boat. This is for the very simple reason that your boat based radio device might not work if you have an electrical fault while on the water. Before you head out on each ride, make sure that the radio is working and can contact the authorities if you need to use it.

Air Horn/Sound Device

Stranded boats aren't always easy to see on the water. But do you know what people nearby can't ignore? A loud sound! An air horn or other emergency signaling device that emits an extremely loud emergency sound is essential for alerting those around you of your situation.


You read that right - paddles! While you might think that you won't be going very fast if you have to put the paddles on the side and start rowing, imagine how slow you will be going if the engine stops working and you DON'T have any paddles on board. Of course, they don't have to be the paddles you see at your local department store. They can be any device that can be used to get you out of trouble should you suffer engine failure.

Water Pump

You can guess what this one is going to be used for. However, despite its obvious benefit, many owners leave theirs behind or don't even purchase one at all! The key to a water pump is to get the right one for your vessel type. After all, a pump designed to get water out of a small two-man boat isn't going to help your cruising vessel. Water pumps come in both manual and automatic operation, so look around at what would be best for you.

Give Your Boat a Synthetic Oil Change in Salem, Or

Just like all of your vehicles, the performance of your boat depends on the level of maintenance you perform on it, along with the type of engine fluids that you put into it. Click here to buy AMSOIL's 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil, which has been purposed designed to address the needs of a marine based engine, along with helping to extend its lifespan. If you aren't sure if this is the right AMSOIL product for your boat, check out the range of high-quality AMSOIL engine fluids available at the online store. Alternatively, don't hesitate to call an expert at Synthetics Northwest by calling (888) 283-3580 (Toll-Free) to get the advice you need and the right product for your engine.  

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