Boat Insurance

Boat Insurance

Boat Insurance

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The Basics

A small boat, such as a canoe or other un-motorized boat, is typically covered under the personal property portion of your homeowners insurance policy (learn more about homeowner’s insurance here). However, if you own a larger, faster boat, you’ll need a separate boat insurance policy. It can help you insure your investment in the event of loss due to the following risks:

  • Sinking
  • Fire
  • Storms
  • Theft
  • Capsizing
  • Stranding
  • Collision
  • Explosion

Ensure Smooth Sailing ahead by choosing the right insurance protection.

Coverage Basics

You purchased a boat to provide years of personal enjoyment. A typical boat owner’s insurance policy is designed to protect your boat, motor, equipment and passengers. It affords similar coverages to those you typically have for your car including:

  • Theft, loss or damage to the boat and attached equipment
  • Bodily injury coverage, if someone else is injured
  • Damage caused to someone else’s property by your boat or watercraft
  • Liability coverage for your passengers, which would include family and guests
  • Medical payment coverage for injuries to the occupants of the boat

Physical Damage: Physical damage coverage insures your boat, motor, boat trailer, boat equipment and other personal property against accidental loss or damages. Physical damage also helps safeguard your boat equipment. Examples of boat equipment includes anchors, oars, fuel tanks, life jackets, dinghies, tools and canopies, etc.

Liability: Two principal liability coverages are included:

  1. Personal Liability – A boat insurance policy provides protection for legal liability and pays, up to the limit of your policy, the legal obligations imposed upon you due to an accident resulting from the ownership, maintenance, or use of your watercraft. Protection includes that against bodily injury, property damage, and legal defense.
  2. Medical Payments – This coverage pays medical expenses, up to the limits in the policy. Medical expenses paid includes the insured’s boating-related medical expenses from an accident arising out of the ownership, maintenance or use of the boat. Expenses include hospital, medical, ambulance costs and more.

Additional Coverage Options

For added protection, consider the following additional coverage options:

Reasonable Repairs: Covers repairs incurred to protect covered property from further damage.

Emergency Service: Pays for reasonable costs that you incur resulting from specified emergency service to your boat, motor or boat trailer.

Wreck Removal: Pays the reasonable expenses you incur for any attempted or actual raising, removal or destruction of the wreck of your watercraft. Wreck Removal comes in when damage is caused by an insured loss and removal or destruction is required by law.

Umbrella Liability: Provides additional boat insurance coverage across the board for home, auto, and watercraft.

What are the top ways to save on your premium?

    • Running your boat on diesel fuel instead of gas reduces both your risk and insurance premium
    • A boat fire can be devastating, so having approved fire extinguishers on board can be a premium saver
    • Complete an approved safety course through the Coast Guard, U.S. Power Squadrons, Red Cross or other state administered course
    • Ask about the Friedle Insurance Agency multi-policy discount

Boating on the open water can be unpredictable but your coverage shouldn’t be. Whether your boat is big or small, it is still an investment. Make sure yours is properly protected by calling Friedle Insurance Agency. Get in touch to learn more about all of our insurance solutions for all of your recreational needs, beyond that of home and car insurance needs. Contact Friedle Insurance Agency today.