Insurance- Boat [Updated Feb-2018]

PrefaceI am not in the insurance business; I'm just a consumer... Therefore I have had several marine insurance brokers [in the USA] contribute to, and vet this page because I am dependent upon those professionals for the integrity and accuracy of what is stated here... 
Of course, our preferences outlined below are of our own choosing...
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For our marine insurance needs, we prefer working with an insurance broker. 

Brokers represent us; insurance agents represent their company...

Al Golden at IMIS has earned a great reputation [and is an ex-cruiser...] He gets our business, and is always competitive... IMIS puts together a policy [Al developed the Jackline Policy for cruisers] to meet our specific needs, and has an ongoing reputation for no fuss claims handling and quick payouts. [Though, thankfully, we have no first-hand experience in this regard...]

Key points for us when shopping insurance include:

We specify All Risk [vs. Named Peril] coverage. 

All Risk covers everything not on the excluded list; Named Peril tells you specifically what is covered, but not necessarily what isn't. We prefer to not have to read between the lines...


For Total Loss [of the vessel] we prefer an Agreed Value [negotiated replacement price] vs. Actual Cash Value policy [the insurance company's adjuster's estimate of what it is worth after the loss...] 

There are no surprises with an Agreed Value policy; you know what you will be paid when the policy is written, and are not at the mercy of an adjuster's estimate at the time of loss.


For Partial Loss [e.g., stolen items, lightning destroyed electronics, etc.] we prefer Replacement Cost [new for old] vs. Actual Cash Value [depreciated value of item(s) to be replaced... often pennies on the dollar...]

When comparing policies, be sure to only compare the ones that have matching criteria as outlined above, otherwise you aren't comparing similar products. [e.g., Comparing All Risk to Named Peril policies is a common mistake...]

Important things to know about the Marine Insurance industry: [In the USA anyway...]

  • Marine Insurance is NOT regulated by State or Federal Government
  • The product that you buy has not been approved by anyone
  • The price that you pay has not been approved by anyone
  • You need to either understand what you’re buying, or commission an agent in whom you can place your trust

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder that you had this post, Donna. I will contact Al Golden and get him to give us a quote.

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    1. You're welcome. We met Al one time when we were in Maryland, it was fun to meet face to face.

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  2. Great information. Thanks very much. We have been talking to Cindi at IMIS.

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    1. Thank you, John. We wish you the best finding the coverage you are looking for. The IMIS 'Jackline' policy does it for us...

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