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Learn more about how to keep your boat in good shape over the winter break, along with information on how to stay safe when you are out on the water.

Use the Cold Weather to Give Your Boat Some Well Deserved Maintenance

There's no way to sugar coat it - the current weather isn't exactly the most ideal when it comes to enjoyable boating. Sure, you can head out on the water, but it just isn't the same without the sun beating down. However, this doesn't mean that you can't still spend time with your pride and joy! In this article, Synthetics Northwest has some tips to share on how you can spend some of your boat's winter down time providing general maintenance, along with how you and your passengers can stay safe while out on the water.

It all starts with a clean

More than for just aesthetics; keeping your boat clean is the best way to preserve its life and keep it safe. Start with a simple wash using water, purpose designed boat cleaning solution, and a firm sponge. When cleaning your boat, be sure to pay attention to any hard-to-reach areas where sea salt and debris can easily accumulate and begin to cause damage. Once you're satisfied that your boat is clean, take to it with a clean and dry cloth to remove any remaining moisture. As you do this, pay particularly close attention to your boat's exterior, running your hands along the outside to identify any small bumps or scrapes. If you feel any irregularities, tend to it while your boat has the downtime, before you hit the water.

Keep Your Fluids Up

The time where your boat is out of the water for a while is a great time to drain the fluids and give them fresh replacements. The type of fluids that your boat uses, such as general engine oil and hydraulic steering fluid will depend on the boat itself. The best place to find out what fluids your boat needs are in its owner's manual. Be sure to check not only the quantity of each fluid but also its quality. If you can see that any of the fluid have passed their usefulness, take the opportunity to flush them out and replace it with something new. If you aren't sure which is the right replacement, don't take a guess, and definitely, don't use the oil that you put in your car. Your boat will need something that has been specifically designed for marine use, like AMSOIL's 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil. Speak with somebody who can get you just what you need. Give Synthetics Northwest a call at (888) 283-3580 (Toll-Free) to get the right engine lubricant for you. If you already know the products you need and you just want to order them, check out the online store for the full range of motor oils, along with further information about each available product.

Check Your Wiring and Electronics

All of the gadgets and electronics aboard your boat are only as good as the wiring that connects them. If that frays and sea air and salt water make their way in, you might find yourself with no power and no way to call for help. Along with taking a tour of your boat and following any exposed wiring to check for fraying and damage, remove any panels which are storing cables and wiring and check there, too. Just because it's out of the elements, doesn't mean that it's impervious to damage.

Boat Safety

Every good maintenance checklist should include safety information, and this one is no different.  Along with checking any and all additional safety features on board your boat, start with the following items:
  • Check all handrails are securely fastened
  • Ensure all non-slip grips are clear and clean
  • Check all safety and emergency lighting
  • Ensure there are enough life jackets for the passengers you carry; remembering that adult life jackets can not be interchanged with children's life jackets
  • Remove any items or cables that are cluttering the boat and could cause people to catch their feet
  • Make sure that all of the items in your emergency box are still in working condition, and ensure these basics are included:
    • Flashlight
    • Flares
    • Battery powered emergency radio
    • Whistle
    • First-aid Kit
    • Extra batteries

Give Your Boat a Head Start on the Water With a Synthetic Oil Change in Yamhill County

With the basics taken care of, you're free to spend as much time as you want tweaking and fiddling until it's time to hit the water, again. Before you head out next, give your boat a synthetic oil change to give the engine a fresh start. Check out the online store for marine based products like AMSOIL's 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil and find one that suits your engine type. If you aren't sure which is the best choice for you, speak with an oil change expert at Synthetics Northwest at (503) 371-7184 and find out which marine focused engine lubricant is right for your boat.

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