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Yacht Insurance Specialist
Yacht Insurance in the USA and Beyond
At Novamar Insurance Group our yacht insurance specialists have decades of marine insurance and boating experience ready to serve you. With so many variations of types of boats and yachts as well as the jurisdictional challenges that come with them as they travel around the world, it is imperative that your yacht insurance agent have extensive boating knowledge to understand an individual client’s exposures and coverage needs.
Our experience and reputation translates into excellent relationships with domestic and international underwriters which allows Novamar staff to provide the best yacht insurance solutions at the most competitive premiums.
When insurance programs do not exist to adequately cover exposures, we create our own proprietary programs such as the Novamar Offshore Program. It was created to provide excellent coverage and premiums to those cruising their yachts in various areas around the world. Or our proprietary Mexican Vessel Liability Program with lower premiums and better coverage for people cruising in Mexican territorial waters.
Whether cruising local waters or internationally, you receive the same expertise and friendly service from our Novamar staff and often at lower premiums.
Yacht Insurance Policies
Yacht insurance companies have a free hand to write exclusionary wording as they see fit. The coverages, and more importantly, exclusions vary greatly from policy to policy. Is vessel damage due to hitting a whale covered? If my boat sinks at the dock due to a through hull failure am I covered? Can I can loan my boat to a friend and still have coverage? Is my boat covered for the Agreed Value described on the policy Declarations Page or a depreciated amount? The answer to all of these questions and many others is the same – maybe yes, maybe no. It all depends on the boat insurance policy contract wording.
Let us explain all the possibilities you have with your boat insurance policy based on your vessel conditions.
Some policies contain a "Marine Life Exclusion" so hull or drive train damage from hitting a whale or large fish may not be covered.
Most policies exclude damage due to "Wear and Tear", Corrosion, and Gradual Deterioration". Sinking due to a through hull failure, non-functioning automatic bilge pump, leaky shaft log, etc. may not be covered.
Some policies have "Named Operator" or "Crew Warranties" that restrict who can operate the insured vessel. It is important to ask your broker if your policy includes these restrictions.
Premiums vary greatly depending on weather conditions, navigational hazards, and availability of repair facilities in various areas around the U.S. and around the world. It is important for insurance companies to know how many boats they insure in a given marina and harbor so that they can monitor their exposure in the event of a catastrophe i.e. marina fire or hurricane.
If a friend brings along snacks, and drinks am I at risk of losing my coverage? If a vessel owner accepts remuneration in exchange for being aboard the yacht, it can constitute a violation of the "Private Pleasure Warranty" resulting in a policy that is null and void. It is best to check with your agent, but generally speaking if a guest brings food, drinks, pays money, or provides any other compensation as a requirement to be aboard your vessel, then your policy is in jeopardy.
Some policies provide "Actual Cash Value" coverage not "Agreed Value" coverage. This means the insurance company will settle a total loss to your vessel based on their opinion as to the current value of the yacht and NOT an Agreed Value described on your policy Declarations Page.
Be glad to Rick
"As a Yacht Broker and boat owner, I found myself searching for a marine insurance agency when my agent retired. I was recommended to Peter Ricks and Novamar Insurance Group and what a great recommendation it was. Peter is very knowledgeable about the marine industry in general, but especially the marine insurance industry. I now, without hesitation, recommend all my clients to Peter Ricks and Novamar. Their feedback has been very positive as well."
Very best regards
Sail Away Catamarans
Keith is the complete professional that take's his clients.
"Wants and needs into consideration when looking for the best policy. He clearly shows a wealth of knowledge in the marine insurance market and would come highly recommended to anyone that enjoys the boating lifestyle."
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Breaud LLC dba Breaud Insurance Agency
Teri is a life saver.
"My previous insurance broker left me hanging right before a big offshore race. They guaranteed me they could get me the coverage I needed for the race and dropped the ball two weeks before the start.
Teri picked up the ball and got me the coverage I needed. I wouldn't go anyplace else.
Very best regards
Thank you Craig for being so helpful with keeping us on the water all these years.
"Ericka did a great job with insuring our new boat. She could not have been more considerate and professional, not to mention her quick and clear communication. She is a delight to work with.
You are right, on a boat is a great place to be right now. Actually, it's always a great place to be.
Very best regards
You guys are great.
"I have been with Novamar for years and Traci always takes care of me, like when I was in the Chesapeake and the marina needed to be added and she was right on it. Service is everything."
His attention to our safety and fairness is most reassuring.
"Thank you so much for the great service to date. From the first call I made to the claims dept. this has been a very comforting process. Whatever questions and concerns I’ve had were heard and the answers were clear and understandable.I’ve had a small business all my life and the insurance to protect my assets along the way. I have had to use a few of the policies over the years. None have come close to the service I have received form Seaworthy.Again a big thank you to my agency, Novamar, and Craig Chamberlain, Steve Sudol appraiser and my contact throughout this process, Bob Soper.His attention to our safety and fairness is most reassuring.I just wish you carried commercial and residential lines…
Very best regards
Our experience with Novamar has been very positive.
They were able to provide insurance with terms that met our cruising plans when our previous broker told us that what we were asking for was not possible.
The brokers at Novamar are clearly more knowledgeable about the international cruising life than other brokers.
Thank you for your assistance, Novamar!”
M.A. & B. A. S/v
Thanks again, Grace, for a job well done.
You have been extremely helpful, guiding us along from the very beginning of this process.
As new boat owners, this is a new experience and you have made the insurance part of this process painless.
Thanks again for working late yesterday to start up our policy with such short notice. It has truly been a pleasure.