Inquiring About Yacht Club Insurance Options

Yacht clubs provide a lot of services, including boat rentals, storage and repairs, along with a multitude of other services for their unique clientele. Your clients, whose livelihood exists in the operating of yacht clubs, need a comprehensive insurance package tailored to give them the protection that they need. Because these businesses are fraught with risks and exposures, both on land and at sea, they need to be insured against a number of hazards associated with this line of work.

It would be ashamed to under-insure a client, but having them buy too much coverage can increase premiums and that can lead to customer dissatisfaction as well. Therefore, most brokers look at their clients on a singular basis to determine what exactly needs to be insured against and this helps when making decisions about which types of coverage are needed and what may amount to an unnecessary expense. Investigating a client’s claim history and receipt of payments is always a good idea.

Make sure to get them the coverage they need

Yacht club general liability is essential and that includes club members, volunteers and directors and officers as insureds. The club’s liability for sailing regattas, sailboat races and boating instructional programs is also included and therefore protects the owner from various liability concerns.

Protection and indemnity for boats owned, borrowed, loaned, or rented by the club for use in their normal club operations is also needed coverage. Crew coverage should be included in this package as well. Your client will also benefit greatly by securing marina operator’s legal liability for third party boats at the club’s facility.

Pollution is among one of the greater concerns in the yacht club industry. Limited pollution liability will provide for clean up expense, damage to owned property and damage to third party property as well. This policy should never be overlooked as noncompliance to the laws can result in heavy fines.

You should also take the time to re-evaluate all yacht club insurance policies with your clients every year and determine if all of their current needs are being met.

Marina Insurance and Running a Safe Operation

The recreational marine coverage needs of your clients should be your first priority as a broker. The proper marina insurance coverage will help them deal with any and all concerns related to owning and operating a marina, as well as watercraft destined for the high seas. This is an industry fraught with risks and exposures and there are many policies that can help deal with these important concerns.

One of the primary concerns of any good broker is keeping your clients happy year in and year out, and this can be accomplished by going over their coverage annually and ensuring that their current needs are being addressed. You gain their trust by providing solid insurance solutions and protection along with responsive service.

The success of their business may hinge on your providing the expertise and experience required to assist the various segments that make up this market in mitigating and transferring risk. Your goal should be to deliver a comprehensive insurance program with broad coverage forms, along with exceptional customer service to ensure that your clients’ needs are always being served.

Boating safety tips can prevent claims and save lives

Adhering to boating safety guidelines helps keep your clients out of hot water. They can benefit by observing some simple safety habits intent on avoiding costly lawsuits as well as saving lives. Motorized vessels should always be operated at safe speeds while always maintaining a proper lookout. The person captaining the vessel should know the boat’s limitations (as well as their own).

Whenever on the high seas it’s important to take note of visibility, traffic density and the proximity of navigation hazards like shoals, rocks or floating objects, and anyone operating a boat must never drink alcohol while boating. Make sure everyone traveling on the boat always wears a life jacket and this includes the crew and all guests.

Whenever yachts and other watercraft are going out for a cruise check the weather conditions as they can change quite rapidly and without notice. By adhering to a few necessary safety measures and procedures everyone can greatly reduce the risk of any damage or injury occurring. This will make for a much more pleasant trip on the open waters.

Marina insurance helps to ensure that, when a problem does arise, your clients have the necessary protection in place to deal with any and all issues.

Safety Through Implementation of a Marine Product Liability Program

The marine manufacturing industry involves many elements and individuals all performing particular tasks in order to ensure that the products they produce are safe and seaworthy. All work must be well executed and properly inspected, and the team must often work in adverse conditions in order to complete projects on time and within budget.

Whether working on a yacht or a large seafaring vessel, the activities taking place must be carefully planned and strategized, the goal being to complete the work in the fastest but safest way, because the trust of your client’s customers is at stake. One of the biggest challenges in this process is safety, whether we’re talking about the safety of the workers, or creating products that are safe from defects. Liability issues will always be a huge concern and your clients will need to have a marine product liability program that is structured to deal with these issues.

Manufacturing and design defects are a primary concern

Manufacturing defects are those that occur in the manufacturing process and usually involve poor-quality materials or shoddy workmanship. Design defects occur where the product design is inherently dangerous or useless (and hence considered “defective”) no matter how carefully they may have been manufactured. This may be demonstrated either by showing that the product fails to satisfy ordinary consumer expectations as to what constitutes a safe product, or that the risks of the product outweigh its benefits. Ultimately, the manufacturer is liable if the product is defective, even if the manufacturer was not negligent in making that product defective.

Many hazards and risks can often be eliminated or controlled in the product design phase. When designing products for tankers and other large vessels, a safety review should take into account how a product will be used and the kind of hazards that may result from its use. Products should comply with all industry and government safety standards. Labels, warnings and instructions should adhere to these standards and be prominently displayed, as well as easy to understand and be provided where applicable. A regularly scheduled safety review can help to confirm that products comply with the latest standards currently in place.

Poor workmanship in this industry could ultimately cost lives. A marine product liability program is meant to deal with these serious issues and provide solutions to problems often before they occur.