Sailboat insurance is purchased to protect a sailboat owner's liability from harm or damages caused to themselves or to others. Any sailboat that is docked or stored in a marina will be required to have insurance, per the requirements of most marinas. Sailboat insurance is a necessity when sailing the coast or in offshore blue waters.
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The cost for sailboat insurance truly depends on the needs of the sailor. Sailboats may be the same or similar, but every sailor has different sailing plans. The biggest factors that go in to the cost of your premium, which is the amount you pay in one year for insurance, are the following:
There are other factors that go into determining the cost of the premium, like the sailor's age and experience, however these attributes have a smaller influence on the price of the premium.
The average sailboat has a worth of about $75,000 dollars, so lets use that amount when trying to configure what our annual premium (rate) will be when purchasing sailboat insurance. This paticular sailor wants the lowest premium possible and has the following attributes and needs:
If we take all this into consideration, the insurance provider will most likely quote this sailor with an annual premium in the range of $1,500 to $1,700 for the year.
If this sailor runs into the unfortunate and needs help from their insurance provider, they will first need to pay $2,250 out-of-pocket which is 3% of the value of the sailboat (which in this example the value of the sailboat is $75,000), before the insurance covers the rest of the damage. Therefore, in this example, their insurance serves no use if damages do not exceed $2,250.
Sailboat insurance is not required by law. However, if your sailboat is financed or being parked at a marina, you will be required to purchase insurance in order to comply.