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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Question: We have just ordered our first yacht and are shopping for insurance. We have friends (seasoned yachties), who were recently denied coverage for a claim due to something called “hidden implied warranties of seaworthiness.” They tried to explain it to us, but we’re confused. What does this mean, and how can

by: Cary R. Wiener, President of Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Boating 101, Insurance

Thursday, August 2, 2018

If you want pure, clean fun on the water, personal watercraft (PWCs) have long been recreational boaters’ water toy of choice, with wake-and-ski boats likely running a close second. Modern PWCs give families the ability to carry a driver and spotter in comfort while towing a third person aboard a tube, and today’s

by: Scott Croft, Vice President BoatUS Public Affairs

tags: Water Toys, Education, Insurance, Personal Watercraft, Towables

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cary R. Wiener is President of Pantaenius America Ltd. and a maritime lawyer who has worked on many famous cases, including the Exxon Valdez. He is licensed in all fifty states and is passionate about safety on the water. Question: We recently purchased a tender for our yacht. It’s too heavy to hoist aboard, so we’ll be

by: Cary R. Wiener, President of Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Insurance, Towing, Water Toys

Saturday, July 7, 2018

For the majority of recreational boaters, a boat insurance claim won’t be in their future this summer – but you can never predict when something will happen. Is your boat insurance policy up to snuff? With the boating season just begun, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) suggests boaters do a quick

tags: Insurance

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

As we all endure more birthdays, what’s cool to own and collect is getting newer. Of course, you car people have seen it happening for many years, but it’s a relatively new phenomenon for us boaters. We’re starting to see Donzis, Boston Whalers, Century Coronados and Resorters, Ski Nautiques and the Glastron boats

by: David Bortner, “Captain” at Freedom Boat Service

tags: Antique & Classic Boats, Insurance

Monday, May 7, 2018

Question: When shopping for a yacht insurance policy, what should I be looking for beyond the bottom line? Answer: Everyone loves a bargain, but when it comes to insuring your yacht, price shouldn’t be the deciding factor. There is nothing standard about a yacht policy. Its terms and conditions are not regulated by state

by: Cary R. Wiener, President of Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Boating 101, Insurance

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, estimates that more than 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, with a combined dollar damage estimate of $655 million

tags: Environmental Impact, Insurance, Salvage, South Coast

Friday, October 6, 2017

In the winter, in northern states where freezing temperatures are the norm, boaters who put their boats into heated indoor storage have it made. With their boats warm and dry, they may have little concern for freeze-related damage to their engines. Winter storms can knock out power and heat, however, leading to ice forming inside the

tags: Boating 101, Insurance, Winterization

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

While it’s a subject not often discussed, knowing what’s in your boat’s insurance policy could mean the difference between having to pay significant costs out of pocket for a claim or coming away from the claims experience in good shape. What do you need to know? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)

tags: Insurance

Friday, March 17, 2017

If you get in an accident while trailering your boat, do you know which insurance policy will pay for repairs to the trailer? If it’s a simple accident with damage to the trailer only, it’s likely to be the trailer insurance coverage that pays. But what happens when you back the trailer into a neighbor’s stone wall

tags: Boating 101, Insurance