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mugs 02-28-2007 09:46 PM

Got a quote from Boat US for a boat we're thinking of buying, and felt it was high. The sailing area to begin with would be Fl Gulf coast. Any other companies recomended ?

sailingdog 02-28-2007 09:49 PM

Give Christine Hartge at Hartge Insurance a call. She's quite good and her number is 1 (800) 999-5251/410 867-6666.

Jotun 03-01-2007 06:41 AM

You can also try the company from which you get your home and car insurance.

sailingdog 03-01-2007 07:32 AM

Just be careful... some insurance companies that don't really understand what a yatch policy should be will sell you insurance, but it won't have coverages for things that are very boating specific... like salvage costs in the case of a salvage operation, like clean up and remediation costs in the case of a fuel spill. Also, many non-marine specific insurance companies will not sell you an "agreed value" policy, but an "Actual Cash Value" policy, which is less than useful for many.

With an "agreed value" policy, the boat is covered for essentially an agreed amount...which is usually considerably higher than it's actual cash value in the case of a newer boat... and things like stolen electronics are paid for at the replacement cost, rather than the "actual cash value", minus your deductible.

When you compare quotes, make sure you're comparing apples to apples...

ianhlnd 03-01-2007 08:08 AM

I've had Boat US for my domestic insurance company for more than 5 years, along with the towing service. I've found their rates competitive, and their customer service above par. Only drawback is the club dues.

mike dryver 03-01-2007 08:48 AM

talk to Jim Muller at International Marine Ins. Sys. my quote from Boats U.S. was about 1400.00+- the co. i started with was 986.00+- Nat. Marine Underwriters. then the folks at ssca told me about IMIS i now have a policy with them for 925. in the n.east. the reason i switched from Nat. is that their carrier dropped me because of the age and length (our was to long/big) boat (1979-37') IMIS has a helmsman policy that will allow you to change your policy with a phone call to go cruising where other cos. want to write a new policy. regards

camaraderie 03-01-2007 10:11 AM

Ditto the IMIS recommendation.

Valiente 03-01-2007 11:22 AM

Practical Sailor had two articles on this topic last year. Given the hurricane-prompted rate increases in the Florida area of the last few years, I'm not convinced I'd bother....

...keeping the boat in Florida!

hellosailor 03-01-2007 11:45 AM

For a boat in the 26-30' range, your car/home insurer may be the most competitive. Most won't cover them larger than that, and then your rateing will depend on things like the area you are in, the value of the boat, the age of the boat, the coverage you want (of course<G>), and whether you are a first-time boat owner or can document prior boating experience and training.

For a bigger boat and solid coverage, yes, IMIS gets consistently high praise. Not cheap--but pros who deal straight.

Policies that look alike at first glance can also be very different, if you get two very different quotes don't be afraid to ask each one to compare line by line with the other, and what other coverage they recommend. (Like fuel spill and salvage liability.)

ianhlnd 03-01-2007 12:46 PM


Camadarie:Ditto the IMIS recommendation.
Thanks Cam for the advice. I went to the site, and saw that their Mexican rider is a LOT less expensive than what I've been paying. I've asked for a quote.

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