Your partner in protecting your business
Since buying a boat is a huge investment, owners should protect their boat with comprehensive insurance coverage. Plans are often based on the type and size of the boat. Many homeowner's and renter's insurance policies provide limited coverage.
Most boatowners will need to purchase a separate insurance policy for their vessel. The insurance company will take into account the size and type of boat, its value, and where the boat sails when drawing up the conditions and cost of the policy.
Separate boat and watercraft insurance policies provide much more coverage to the owner. These policies generally include loss and damage coverage to the boat's hull, machinery, furnishings, fittings, and any permanently attached equipment, like a navigation system. Liability coverage is extended to:
Just as car insurance providers offer discounts to their policyholders, discounts for watercraft policies apply in certain cases.
Some discounts are related to safety equipment kept on the boat. Having items like fire extinguishers approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and ship-to-shore radio equipment could reduce the amount of the premium. Also, completing a boater's safety course offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the American Red Cross, or the U.S. Power Squadrons can gain some favor with the insurance company.
Maintaining a clean boating record is just as important as being accident-free on the roadways, when it comes to lowering insurance rates. Bundling your watercraft insurance with homeowner's and vehicle policies is another may also save money on premium.
A solid insurance policy gives boaters the peace of mind needed to set sail and enjoy the open waters. Nothing is more relaxing than knowing your investment is covered.