Understanding Watercraft Insurance

08 May 2023
Understanding Watercraft Insurance

By the time the weather starts getting warmer, you’re likely already counting down the days until you can get your boat in the water. From an insurance and risk perspective, boating shares many similarities with driving, and your boat or watercraft insurance has many of the same features as your auto insurance policy.

Most boat outings will happen without any negative event if you are willing to discount the occasional sunburned nose. But boat mishaps can happen and when they do, the price tag can be higher than you might think. Fortunately, with the right boat or watercraft insurance, you can protect your boat or personal watercraft while also protecting your savings against boating liability.

Reasons to consider boat or watercraft insurance:

  • Protect against extra costs associated with boating mishaps. Boaters can be responsible for additional costs such as wreckage removal and spill cleanup. A well-optioned boat insurance policy helps keep out-of-pocket costs lower.
  • Protect your gear and cargo. With the right policy options, you can protect your gear and carryon items. You can also protect against theft while you are docked at your favorite waterside attractions.
  • Safeguard your savings and future earnings. Liability coverage can pay for injuries caused to others or damage caused to the property of others. Most trips will be smooth sailing, but if you do have a boating accident, your insurance policy can protect you financially in more ways than you might realize.
  • Protect yourself from uninsured boaters. In the event of an uninsured boat colliding with yours on the water, you may be left responsible for the expenses. With Uninsured Coverage, your finances can be safeguarded.

If you are considering purchasing a boat or personal watercraft, reach out to your broker to learn more about your coverage options. If you already have a boat, remember to review your coverage once every year. Life changes quickly and it is important to be sure your insurance policy is up to date.

Janis is a dedicated leader with over 30 years at The Standard. Janis's exceptional leadership and strategic thinking have been pivotal to The Standards success, making our workplace a thriving community. Her wealth of experience and strategic thinking have played a vital role in delivering an unparalleled service to our clients.

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