Boat Insurance Tips
- Know the Agent--One way to find a good agent is to ask friends who have had a good experience with the agent and/or Insurance Company.
- Agreed Value vs. Actual Cash Value--These are the two main choices that boaters face, and depreciation is what sets them apart. An “agreed value” policy covers the boat at whatever value you and your insurer agree upon. While it typically costs more up front, there is no depreciation if there is a total loss of the boat (some partial losses may be depreciated). “Actual cash value” policies, on the other hand, cost less up front, but factor in depreciation and only pay up to the actual cash value at the time the boat is declared a total or partial loss, or property was lost.
- Customize--Bass boaters may need fishing gear and tournament coverage as well as “cruising extensions” if they trailer their boat far from home. You may want “freeze coverage” if you live in a temperate state because, ironically, that’s where most of this kind of damage occurs. A good insurer will tailor your coverage to fit your needs so there will be no surprises.
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