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Thursday, July 26, 2012

13 Ways to Save on Your Boat Insurance

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Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.
- Robert N. Rose

A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say 'How to Build a Boat'
- Stephen Wright

Work like a captain, play like a pirate
- Unknown

People(read: Men) love boats. We take care of our boats and treasure them almost as much as a member of the family. Most that have boats have boat insurance, but how much are you really paying for that insurance? If you said to yourself while reading this, "Too much..." then this article may just be worth a read for you!We hope that this "baker's dozen" of boating insurance helps you save some money.

See what your state requires: 
Different states require different requirements for proper boat insurance. Most states require a minimum of personal liability insurance. Property damage is also important if your boat is ported or kept anywhere else other than your home. Don't forget that non-motorized personal watercraft do not require vehicle insurance.

Put all watercraft on the same policy: 
In addition, see if your automobile insurer can insure your boat(s) as well. Combining policies is a great way to save money and reduce your interest rates.

Switch to liability:
Do this only if you're comfortable with having your insurance only pay for the damage you do to OTHERS, not your own boat.

Know the limits of your liability insurance:  
Check with your liability provider to make sure that all events that can happen are covered. Not all policies are created equal. 

Join a group or organization: 
Most insurers want their drivers to be educated on proper boating procedures. So much so that the majority will offer a discount if you take a reputable course on boating. One good example is the US Power Squadrons course. Even if your insurance provider doesn't give you a discount, the knowledge you receive can definitely save you money!

Experience matters:
Make sure you have a more mature and more experienced boat operator on your boat insurance. This will avoid the added costs of having young and/or inexperienced people on your policy.

Choose the right deductible: 
Make sure that the deductible you agree to pay for won't be more than you can afford in the case of an accident. You also shouldn't have your deductible so low that you can't afford the premiums.

Keep the boat safe while on shore: 
Storing your boat in a secure area is vital. If you keep your boat stored in an insured property, you may be able to have the damages covered from your property insurance. Proper investigation of the terms of your property insurance will determine if this is a possible option to save you some money.

Ask for discounts:
Here are some examples of discounts offered by many insurers:
  1. Responsible Driver
  2. Original Owner
  3. Paid in full
  4. Multi-policy
  5. Safety Course
Is cancelling my insurance during off-season a good option?:
It's never a good idea to cancel your boat insurance. Your boat insurance can be damaged during the off-season, and if you're not covered, you pay the damages. This practice will also prevent you from saving through loyalty discounts such as vanishing deductible. A safer way to save during the off-season is to remove any of the perks that involve actually using the boat, like towing emergency or uninsured boaters insurance. If you do this, make sure you reinstate your previous coverages before you get back on the water!

Consider "port risk": 
This policy can provide coverage associated with storing your boat, but not any of the navigation coverages. It is a reasonable option in conjunction to the question above.

Know the market: 
In the boating market your boat is constantly losing value. This equals a reduced premium! Regularly check with your insurer to see if you qualify for a lower rate.

Join a club:
If you can find a boating safety course in your area, most insurers will provide a discount similar to taking a safe car driving class.


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15 Things Homeowner's Insurance Might Not Save You From!
Garage Liability Insurance and Why You Need It!
5 Ways to Lower Your Motor Home Insurance
Infographic: Reassessing homeowners insurance: A checklist
Why is my car insurance so high?! Factors that affect your auto insurance and what to do. 

Just because you have boat insurance doesn't mean it has to be expensive! Or if you don't yet have Boat Insurance and are in the Arkansas area, contact Tberry's Insurance so we can help make sure your business and vehicles will be safe and secure. Call (479)-968-2633 today! Tberry's Insurance is a full-line Arkansas Insurance Provider. We cover home, auto and business insurances.

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