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Watercraft Insurance

Coverage for your boat and other watercraft.

Boat and watercraft insurance to protect what matters most.

Whether you own a paddle boat or a power boat, you want to enjoy your time on the water without worry. We’ll help you leave your worries on dry land and fully enjoy your time on the water.

What are the financial risks involved with owning a boat?

Getting out on the water should be carefree, but owning and running a boat brings several financial risks. Watercraft insurance means you can stop worrying about those risks and get back to relaxing on your boat.

Damage and liability coverage features.

Boat insurance (or watercraft insurance) policies usually have two standard elements, with two optional extras that are worth considering. One standard feature is insurance coverage for physical damage to the boat, whether that be from a collision, fire, severe weather, theft, or vandalism. The other standard feature in a boat insurance policy is liability, meaning you’re covered for damage you cause to other boats or people, along with the associated legal costs. Look for insurance policies that cover the costs of cleaning up any oil spillages if your boat is severely damaged, as well.

 

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Optional add-ons to your boat policy.

One optional element of watercraft insurance is coverage for theft of or damage to your personal possessions kept or used on your boat. This is well worth considering when you think about the costs of sports or fishing equipment and expensive gadgets. You can also get optional boat towing and assistance coverage that helps protect you against the costs that come up if your boat breaks down while out on the water.

Spending time on the water is fun. Talk with us about getting the proper boat insurance coverage in place today.

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Agreed Value vs. Actual Cash Value

Risk Factor

Boats and watercraft can vary widely in price and value. If a loss occurs, the type of insurance policy you have can make a great deal of difference when it comes to the amount the insurance company will pay.

Solution

Because boats depreciate in value over time, the amount they are worth can be quite different than the amount it would cost to replace it. Agreed value refers to an amount agreed upon between the policyholder and the insurance company. In the case of a loss, the policy will pay the agreed value of the vessel, even if it has depreciated in value since the policy was written. Actual value refers to the value of the vessel at the time of the loss, which could leave the boat owner to pay the difference between what the insurance company will pay and the cost of a new boat.

Personal Property and Unattached Equipment

Risk Factor

Your boat or watercraft likely holds personal items and various types of equipment including fishing gear, safety equipment, water skis, deck chairs, and other items. If such items are stolen from your boat, they can be quite costly to replace.

Solution

Personal property and unattached equipment insurance can pay for personal property that you leave in your boat in the event it is stolen.

Hurricane Haul Out

Risk Factor

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you may opt to haul your boat out of the water or have it moved if a named storm is headed your way.

Solution

In the event you decide to haul your boat out during a hurricane, this coverage will pay for the cost of the emergency haul out. It can also cover costs associated with moving the boat to a safer harbor. Coverage generally includes fees for marina professionals and their services, captains, and dock masters.

Recovery and Salvage

Risk Factor

Some collisions and accidents are so severe, your vessel may need to be recovered from the water. In other cases, it’s possible a vessel could sink.

Solution

Recovery and salvage insurance provides funds to help recover your watercraft in the event of a collision or if your vessel were to sink.

Personal Property

Risk Factor

Unpredictable losses can occur to your property due to burglary, fire, water damage, storm, and more.

Solution

Personal property, such as furniture, rugs, TVs, stereos, clothes, and more may be covered under your basic insurance policy. However, items like jewelry, furs, silverware, antiques, collectibles, and other valuables should likely be insured separately.

Property Damage Liability

Risk Factor

In the event of a collision or salvage operation, it’s possible that your boat or watercraft could leak or spill fuel into the water. You can be held liable for the damage you cause or are responsible for in such situations.

Solution

Pollution and fuel spill liability coverage provides protection if you are held responsible for a fuel leak or spill. This policy can pay for costs associated with cleanup and restoration.

Uninsured / Underinsured Boater

Risk Factor

What happens when someone operating their personal watercraft hits you and doesn’t have enough liability insurance to cover the damage or cost of injuries? If the other party cannot pay, you could be left incurring out of pocket expenses.

Solution

Uninsured/underinsured boater insurance coverage may pay for damage if you are in a boating accident with another boater who has no insurance or does not have adequate insurance. This coverage can pay for physical or bodily injury damages.

Towing and Assistance

Risk Factor

If your boat breaks down or runs out of fuel while you’re out on the water, you may need to have it towed or to have fuel brought to you.

Solution

Towing and assistance coverage can help cover expenses associated with assistance in the event your boat breaks down, needs to be towed, or needs to be refueled.

Wedding and Event Liability

Risk Factor

You book a beautiful venue for your wedding with huge windows looking out onto a gorgeous garden in the summer. But during the reception, you get a little wild while dancing and accidentally break one of those windows! You could be held liable for those damages and the costs associated with their repair.

Solution

Wedding and event liability insurance is often one of the first coverages you’ll need to consider for your wedding. It can help you cover the costs associated with property damage or injuries to your guests that you could be held liable for. That could include the broken window or even medical costs associated with any cuts your guests suffer because of the broken glass you created in the above scenario.

Umbrella / Excess Liability Coverage

Risk Factor
You invite guests over for a pool party and one of your guests dives into the shallow end of the pool and is permanently injured. They hire a lawyer to represent them and after a long legal battle, you and your family are left financially responsible for their injuries. Do you have enough money in savings to cover your legal responsibilities as well as the legal defense costs?
Solution
An umbrella or excess liability policy increases your personal liability limits by adding protection over and above your current auto, boat, or homeowners policies-providing financial value and security. Excess liability insurance is available either by an endorsement to your homeowners policy or available as separate coverage.