For a total loss, you are paid the "agreed" value at the beginning of the policy term. You'll know exactly how much you would receive, but also pay more premium up front.
Actual Cash Value
For total losses, your payout is based on the current market value of your boat. You pay less up front, but pay more to get back on the water after a loss.
In the event of a total loss, you’ll have no boat (hull) or engine coverage but it provides protection for claims against you. You pay the lowest premium, but will have no coverage if the boat is lost, stolen or damaged.
Check your policy to make sure you have the coverage that's right for you.
Other immediate damage to the boat resulting from events like fire, explosion, sinking, collision, stranding or dismasting.
The geographic area or waterway where the boat will be used. Boats taken outside the cruising area may require an extension.
The portion of a claim you pay out of pocket. The higher the deductible, the lower the insurance premium.
A measured decrease in value of the boat or its parts and equipment due to age.
Hull identification number, unique to the boat as a VIN is to a car.
Who’s legally at fault. Liability insurance provides coverage for third party property damage or personal injury.
Accredited marine specialist who can determine the condition or value of the boat, or if in the event of a loss, assess damage to the boat.
Successful rescue of a boat from a perilous or dangerous situation.
Sound & Seaworthy Statement
Confirmation by the boat owner that the boat is in safe and proper condition.
On-the-water or on-the-road for breakdowns, dead batteries, fuel delivery and (roadside) flat tires on vehicle or trailer. Check your endorsements for coverage with your policy.
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To avoid collision, when two power-driven vessels are crossing, the vessel which has the other on her starboard side (the give-way vessel) must keep out of the way.
In a meeting situation, each vessel must alter course to starboard so they will pass each other's port side.
Any vessel overtaking any other vessel (the give-way vessel) must keep out the way of the one they're overtaking (the stand-on vessel).
No matter the situation, always have a proper lookout, operate at a safe speed and give way to another vessel when in doubt. Always avoid collision, even if that means breaking a navigation rule.
First Aid Kit
Online Boating Courses
TIP: The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water offers a free online boating course that may qualify for your state’s boating license requirements. Visit BoatUS.org/free for details.
Check local requirements. Equipment required onboard varies with boat type, length and your state regulations. Check to make sure your boat is legally equipped before you head out on the water.
1. 24-hour dispatch
3. Fuel delivery
4. Soft ungroundings
5. Battery Jumps
6. No effect on claim history
7. No deductible
8. Direct payment to service provider
1. 24-hour dispatch
3. Lockout service
4. Fuel delivery
5. Flat tires
6. Towing to any facility
*Check policy endorsements for details and exclusions. Call (877) 581-2628 to add to your policy. Not an emergency service.
Move coolers and watersports equipment from the tow vehicle to the boat. Don’t move the boat down the ramp until all crew has arrived and boat is fully loaded.
Disconnect tie-downs & lights
Disconnect tie-downs across gunwales and transom. Keep boat attached to trailer with both winch and safety chain on the bow eye. Disconnect trailer lights from tow vehicle.
Install Drain Plug
Remove the transom saver if you use one. This may also be the time to lower the outboard or sterndrive if it won’t bottom out on the way down the ramp.
Roll Down Vehicle Windows
Get pets and passengers out of the vehicle. Remove your seatbelt. This way you can easily escape in case of accidentally sinking the tow vehicle.
Position the trailer at the top of the ramp and slowly back down. If the trailer jackknifes or becomes difficult to straighten, go back up the ramp a little way and start again.
Once you've reached the water level where the boat can be launched, put the vehicle in park, set the parking brake and chock the front wheels if you need extra support.
Remove straps / hooks / chains
Remove winch strap/cable hook from the bow eye and the safety chain. Push the boat into the water while your crew holds docklines attached to both bow and stern.
Move the boat to the end of the dock or, if possible, to the opposite side of the dock, away from the boat ramp.
Once the boat is safely off the trailer, pick up the wheel chocks, release the parking brake and drive the tow vehicle up the ramp. Park in a designated area for boat trailers.
When backing the boat trailer
Put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. When your hand moves left or right, the trailer will go in the same direction.
A plan is essential | Whether your boat is stored in your driveway or at a marina, there are steps you can take to save it from damage in the path of a hurricane. Plan ahead, practice and execute your plan in the days before landfall.
Coverage haul-out | Many boat insurance companies require their policyholders take steps to prepare their boat. Your policy is one of them and may cover some of the costs to prepare. For more information, visit BoatUS.com/hurricanes.
Prepare your boat for a long Winter's nap | What to do with your boat once boating season is over varies by boat and engine type. No one wants a springtime surprise when you’re ready to get back in the water, so take a moment to review the steps you need to take to best prepare your boat for cold weather.
Don't Get Left Out in the Cold | Your boat insurance policy has ice and freezing coverage options. For more information, consult your owner’s manual and visit BoatUS.com/winterizing.
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Batteries & Terminals
Clean and tighten electrical connections. Coat battery terminals with protective grease, film or spray. Check or replace batteries.
Check running lights. Clean/tighten connections or replace bulbs. Inspect port lights and hatches for signs of leakage.
Check VHF and GPS antenna connections. Disconnect and lubricate, then reconnect and test.
Test bilge pump and high-water switches and alarms.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, LPG and gasoline fume detector.
Check and service safety gear, including lifejackets, flares, and fire extinguishers. Replace/recharge as necessary.
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Take FREE online boating safety courses at BoatUS.org.
Get a Multi-Policy discount for insuring more than one boat with us.
Automatic savings could come your way with claim-free renewals and more!
If you don’t have any claims, a loss-free credit will be automatically applied beginning with your first policy renewal. We also have diminishing deductibles. Each loss-free year, your deductible will lessen 25%—until it reaches $0!
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4. West Marine Rewards
2. Fuel & Slip Discounts
5. Discounts on Travel
3. Advocacy on Capitol Hill
6. Free MMSI Number
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A budget-friendly installment option lets you spread payments out over 4 or 8 payments. Fees apply, but are waived when you use Auto Pay.
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Proof of insurance
Your insurance ID cards can be accessed on your phone.
Manage your accounts
See and pay bills, enroll in Auto Pay, file a claim, get a quote and view insurance policy.
Find out where you can get discounts on fuel, repairs, overnight slips and more.
Weather and tides
... and more! Check the conditions before you go or while underway.
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