3 Sources on How to Get Boat Insurance

Unfortunately, sometimes our property gets damaged. And a boat, even in storage or on a trailer, is not immune.  Storms, theft, collisions, or fires are good reasons to look into boat owners insurance.  Liability fishing boat insurance may be required to be accepted at some marinas, or if you operate in an area with heavy boat traffic, this will help protect against lawsuits from damage that may have occurred due to your boat.

Price of coverage, of course, is a big determining factor with boat insurance.  And it is difficult to imagine for every possible thing that can go wrong, but take your time and read the fine print. For example, it looks like most boat insurance will not cover damage from sharks. Maybe something to keep in mind before starting your next chum line. Remember to always have your boat registration up to date.
 

  1. When investigating how to get boat insurance, a good place to start may be to check with the agent that currently handles your insurance for car and/or home. They will be able to explain all of the details and various policies available, deductible amounts, and what is covered. For example, if you have a canoe or an older, small, slow boat, perhaps with just an electric trolling motor, you are less likely to cause damage to others and your homeowners insurance may already have you covered. There also may be discounts offered to a safe boater, such as those who, while learning how to boat, completed a boat safety course.
  2. You won’t have to look hard on the internet to locate other competitive boat owner’s insurance companies. Here, you’ll be able to investigate when you are “in the mood” and on your schedule. Another tip regarding how to get boat insurance is to be sure to read customer reviews. How well does the company rank as far as accessibility for claim service? Did they make it clear about what equipment was or was not covered such as anchors, tools, or electronics?
  3. Another good source of information is other boaters. Though this is not as exciting of a conversation starter as asking about how the fish are biting, but it just may prevent some financial headaches.
Price of coverage, of course, is a big determining factor with boat insurance.  And it is difficult to imagine for every possible thing that can go wrong, but take your time and read the fine print. For example, it looks like most boat insurance will not cover damage from sharks. Maybe something to keep in mind before starting your next chum line. Remember to always have your boat registration up to date.
 

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.