The True Cost of Owning a Boat

Owning a boat is the dream of many water-loving adventurers. Purchasing a boat should be an informed decision. While you many doubt your Loe for the water, there are many more things to consider and weigh before your purchase, such as the real cost of boat ownership.

Slip Fees or Storage

You don’t get to leave your boat in the water for free. Keeping your boat at a marina will cost you a monthly slip fee and these can vary greatly by the marina. It could be as much as a car payment. 

Unless you have a large boat pad, storing the boat on your property probably isn’t an option either. The marina offers dry storage, which might be more affordable than a slip fee, but is still going to be a monthly payment. 

Insurance

Just as you need insurance on an automobile, you need coverage for your boat as well. You’ll want to protect it on and off the water, but you’ll also want to protect yourself from liability, as accidents can happen on the water, too. 

Other Expenses

Other expenses that you’ll incur when you own a boat include

  • maintenance and repair costs
  • gasoline
  • a trailer to tow the boat

Talk to other boat owners and see what other things you might need to consider. Deciding whether or not boat ownership is right for you should be based on gathering the facts. 

Racing Insurance for Yacht Owners and Clubs

Yacht club racing is a popular sport with owners of large recreational vessels for a lot of reasons. The open ocean, the spirit of competition, and the combination of engineering prowess and strategic insight all come together to make winning such an event an indescribable experience, which is probably why so many people who buy a yacht eventually give it a try. It’s a risky sport, though, which is why race teams often bring in professionals who have experience with many vessels. It’s also why the marine insurance industry creates specialized yacht racing insurance just for these events and the vessels that participate in them.

What Does Racing Insurance Cover?

For owners, the insurance policy needs to cover the yacht under all operating circumstances the race may encounter. It also needs to cover the team and anyone else aboard. In many ways, a racing policy for owners is a more robust marine insurance policy that still closely resembles a basic plan. For clubs, however, racing insurance is a must-have method of managing the risks that come with the role of the event host. That includes risk insurance for the event itself, as well as coverage for the club’s grounds and race officials, among other unique provisions that you only need if your organization hosts yacht races. It’s just the right coverage for clubs that host competitions, built to work well with your other marine business plans.