Over 90% of Australian's live within 100km of the ocean and our love affair with water is legendary.
This makes it inevitable that boat ownership is high on the agenda for a considerable amount of people.
Protecting this asset and the potential liability claims that can be made against you, is an affordable expense and should be looked at by boat owners as being just as important as life-jackets and safety equipment.
Details of each of these will need to be provided to your broker, with registration numbers, serial numbers, values etc. all listed individually. Cover will be for accidental damage, theft, malicious damage, transit damage, recovery of wreck etc.
Policies should be extended to include ‘skiers liability’ to cover damages caused by a person being towed.
Third party property damage innsures you, and any person allowed by you, to control your boat against liability claims for:
On some polices the option is available to reduce your premium by electing ‘lay up’ cover. This means that during the selected months your boat will only be covered whilst it is at a designated location (in storage), no on road or on water cover is given during this period.
You should always let your broker know if your boat will be involved in any form of racing or operating in waters beyond 100 nautical miles from mainland Australia. If your boat is beyond an age threshold set by the insurer you may be asked to take your boat to an inspection point for a report to be completed prior to acceptance of cover.