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If you are looking to buy a used boat, this article has the information you are looking for, along with tips on how to keep it in good shape with AMSOIL’s 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil. When it comes to buying anything used, it can be quite a challenge to make sure that you are not only getting what you paid for but also what you want. Of course, this challenge is made even more difficult when you are attempting to buy a used vehicle. Namely, a used boat. If you are in this position and just aren’t sure what you should be looking for or what you should be asking when buying a used boat, Synthetics Northwest has just the post with information that can help.

Lift It Up!

You would be surprised at how many people buy a boat without checking to see what is underneath. However, asking to see underneath the boat is the first question you should ask. This is because any damage to the hull is likely to be costly and can drastically affect the purchase price of the boat or even your decision on whether or not to buy it.

All Other Damage

Once you are confident that the hull is in good enough condition for you to continue inspecting the boat, it’s time to pay attention to other types of common damage, including:
  • Cracks in the fiberglass
  • Spiderweb fractures
  • Missing paintwork
  • Scrapes along the side
  • Broken fixtures
These can all be signs that the boat has been in a collision, either with another boat or a solid object, such as a dock. If you see anything that catches your eye, ask about it. While it may not be enough to turn you off the boat, it is worth noting and can affect the offering price you make.

Can You Hear Me?

This is something which you never want to be screaming into a radio when asking for assistance. For this reason, it’s important that you check the wiring in the boat, including the wiring which is hidden behind removable panels. As technologically advanced as boats are, they still rely on physical wires. Any fraying or corrosion can cause serious problems with your electricals when you need them the most. Along with checking the condition of the wires in the boat, look for any security labels which have come off or have been removed. Additionally, be sure to check the condition of the battery for any corrosion or frayed wires.

Check the Fluids

The quality of a boat’s engine oil can tell you a lot about the quality of the engine and the level of maintenance that has been performed on it. Run some of the engine oil between your fingers to feel its consistency. If it has bumps or debris, then it could be the sign of a dirty engine, and one that hasn’t been properly maintained. If in doubt, ask for the maintenance logs or, even better, have a mechanic inspect it thoroughly. If the current owner uses conventional oil in the engine, then there is a chance that the engine is dirty and could do with a cleaning. To help it along, speak with Synthetics Northwest at (888) 283-3580 (Toll-Free) to learn more about high-quality marine based products like AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil, available by clicking here to visit the online store.

Any Signs of Mold/Mildew?

Believe it or not, boats are hard to keep clean. Not just visually clean of course, but thoroughly clean. Keeping the salty air and moisture out of your boat’s upholstery requires work, work that not all good owners are prepared to commit to. This often means the upholstered items on a boat to go unkempt, such as the seats, safety padding, and even dash trim. Take a tour of the boat and look closely at any upholstered items for signs of mold or mold spores. On top of it being a health and aesthetic problem, it could also mean rotted wood underneath. If in doubt, lift up the upholstery and check it all out.

Give It a Run!

Of course, if everything checks out and you feel comfortable with the boat, the last step is to start it up and take it for a drive. While this is a good time to test the boat’s performance, any smoke or fumes which are emitted when you start and drive the boat can be a good sign of the engine quality and health. Again, this can be an indication of the overall level of maintenance performed on the boat.

All Boats Can Benefit From a Synthetic Oil Change in Salem, Or

Whether you decide to buy a used boat or one that is brand new, how well it performs depends on the type of fluids you put into it. To keep it running at its best, speak with Synthetics Northwest at (888) 283-3580 (Toll Free) to find out more about products like AMSOIL's 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil, which you can purchase by clicking here to visit the online store.

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