What You Need to Know About Boat Insurance


Spring has arrived, and warmer temperatures are well on their way. For those who have a boat, warm weather means it is time to go out on the lake and enjoy the sunshine on the water. Although boat insurance is only required by the states of Arkansas and Utah, boat owners should strongly consider shopping for a boat insurance policy. Unfortunately, boating accidents do happen, and having the peace of mind knowing that you, your family, and your friends are protected by a boat insurance policy will allow you to not have to worry about liability and medical incidents. If you own a boat, Elite Insurance Solutions recommends you have a current boat insurance policy in place before you take your boat out on the water this year. Our agents have experience and knowledge to help you find the best coverage available. We would like to share with you some information from DMV.ORG about boat insurance policies.

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Can boat insurance be required even if I do not live in Arkansas or Utah?

Yes, a couple of situations could require you to have a boat insurance policy no matter where you live. If you ever must use your boat as a type of collateral for a loan, the bank could require the boat to be insured. Also, certain marinas and harbors can require you to have a boat insurance policy in order to dock your boat at their facilities.

I thought my boat was covered in my home insurance policy. Is this not true?

Although you may receive limited coverage to smaller boats on your property within your home insurance policy, most large items, including boats, that have their own specific type of insurance available can only be covered by that specific insurance.

What are the categories for boat insurance policies?

Like vehicle insurance policies, boat insurance coverage can be customized to suit your needs by choosing specific categories, which include:

Liability

When an accident happens on your boat, you can be held financially responsible for certain costs related with that accident. With boat liability coverage, the insurance will cover any costs associated with bodily injury and property damage suffered by others in a boating accident that is your fault.

Uninsured

Since our area does not require boat insurance, you run the risk of being in a boating accident caused by an uninsured boater. Uninsured boat coverage will help you cover costs related from an incident caused by a boater with no insurance.

Boat Repair

To help you pay for any repairs needed to your boat, you can choose from different types of boat coverage. Collision coverage can financially assist with any repairs to your boat if it is damaged in a collision. Comprehensive coverage can help pay for boat repairs that are not caused by a collision. Another option is towing coverage.

Medical

This type of coverage assists with any medical bills you may have if you are injured on your boat. Your health insurance may already cover this situation, and our agents can find out if you need to add medical insurance to your boat policy.

Need to purchase or renew your boat insurance policy? Contact Elite Insurance Solutions to consult with our agents on what is best for you and your boat this summer.



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