While working as a Licensed Captain
on a vessel owned by a corporation, you will be covered by the company’s
liability insurance policy. However, if you provide training on a client’s boat
or choose to work as a self-employed delivery captain this will not be true. In
this case the owner of the vessel must have their policy amended to provide the
necessary insurance required to cover you.
This insurance “Rider” provides the
policyholder extra protection beyond the provisions contained in their standard
insurance agreement. Current law prevents you from being able to buy insurance
to cover another person’s boat. This means that you cannot insure a customer’s
boat under a policy which you have purchased.
process of being added to the vessels policy is generally simple and
straight forward. The owner just needs to call their agent and pay a small fee to have you listed as the “co-insured” Captain on
their policy. In most cases you will be required to supply a current
copy of your USCG license and a resume covering your boating experience.
policy holder will receive a letter stating that you are now covered by their insurance. Be sure to obtain a photocopy of this letter for your records
not leave the dock until you have done so. In the unlikely event that
something where to go wrong you need more than the owners word that this
insurance is in place to protect yourself.
Here are a couple of advantages of
becoming “named co-insured” on your clients policy:
now are covered for liability and damage in the vent of an accident.
would make it very difficult for your customer to sue you for damage if an accident should occur since he
would in effect be suing himself.
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