What is Boat Insurance?
Boats are a lot of fun to use, but being on the water comes with certain risks. Thousands of boating accidents occur each year, resulting in property damage, injuries and (sometimes) even death. Purchasing boat insurance won’t prevent something bad from happening on the water, but it may afford Massachusetts boat owners with financial protection if there is a covered incident.
Boat insurance is a lot like car insurance in some ways, except the policy’s language has been adjusted to mitigate boat-specific risks. Boaters will notice both similarities and differences between the two.
Who in Massachusetts Should Have Watercraft Insurance?
Most Massachusetts residents who own a boat or other watercraft ought to consider carrying watercraft insurance. Although watercraft coverage generally isn’t required by state law (like auto coverage often is), there are still several reasons to carry a policy.
First, some lease and loan agreements might dictate that insurance is purchased regardless of whether state law requires it. Carrying insurance is a common stipulation of these policies, for financial institutions want to protect their interest in a boat.
Second, owners who have expensive boats will likely want insurance regardless of whether they finance, lease or own their boat. Physical perils like theft, fire and accidents can result in devastating losses if insurance isn’t in place. Many boat owners would struggle to replace their watercraft without incurring a significant monetary cost.
Third, operating a boat of any size poses potentially serious liability risks. Should someone be injured or drown in a boating accident, the operator and/or owner might be held responsible. Resulting lawsuits can be expensive to defend against and settle. Watercraft insurance that comes with liability coverage may help mitigate legal costs like these.