Boat Winterization Strategies

Boat Winterization Strategies

Posted on by Dan Longman

For those insureds that live in colder climates and are not taking their vessel south for the winter its time to start the decommissioning process. When it comes to storing your vessel in the winter you should ensure that your vessel is adequately decommissioned for storage throughout the offseason.  Depending on your location you may want to consider indoor, covered and secured storage versus leaving the vessel outdoors.  Proper winterization means more than cleaning out the vessel from the year’s use.  It requires some time and thought to properly get the vessel ready for the winter months.  If you choose... Continue Reading

Electrical System Tips

Electrical System Tips

Posted on by Dan Longman

Over the past 25 years we have seen many boats catch fire and burn for one reason or another, in many cases the reason for the fire is unknown. We recently had a claim where a boat burned to the waterline; the reason for the fire was attributed to electrical failure. During the claim investigation, it was discovered that a fuse had blown in the automatic battery charger and instead of replacing the fuse with the proper replacement, the owner wrapped the blown fuse in aluminum foil and placed it back into the fuse holder. This rendered the fuse (overcurrent... Continue Reading

Tips for Protecting Your Vessel

Tips for Protecting Your Vessel

Posted on by Dan Longman

As mariners, there is nothing we can do to change severe weather predictions. But we can be prepared. Planning for the safety of your boat and where it will survive best is a lot like the real estate business, Location, Location, Location. The first major decision, one that affects all subsequent action, is finding a safe location where you can keep your boat during a storm. If trailer-able, your boat should be removed from the water at least 48 hours prior to projected landfall and stored in a location that is inland from the coast and safe from high winds... Continue Reading

It’s important to keep your lay up warranty updated

It’s important to keep your lay up warranty updated

Posted on by Dan Longman

Each marine insurance policy written in northern climates (where the potential for freezing exists), has a Lay Up Warranty that indicates the period of time the insured boat is required to be laid up and out of commission. Many policies also specify whether the boat is to be laid up ASHORE or AFLOAT. Making sure your policy accurately reflects the period of time your boat will be Laid Up and whether the boat is laid up ashore or afloat is your responsibility and is as important as winterizing an engine if a loss occurs to your boat during the Lay... Continue Reading