Each year, more and more boat enthusiasts decide to set off on Britain’s canals to enjoy some precious time away with friends and family whilst exploring all that Britain’s rivers and canal routes have to offer. Insure My Boat strongly advise boat lovers to take out appropriate boat insurance to give peace of mind so they can enjoy what they love most, free from the financial burdens that can arise if something goes wrong whilst on board an uninsured canal boat.
With Britain boasting more than 4,800 kilometres of beautifully tranquil canals and rivers, it is no surprise that more and more people are giving in to the temptation of exploring everything Britain’s great outdoors has to offer by boat. After all, canal boats provide an ultra-convenient method of exploring, doubling up as a reliable method of transport as well as providing cosy accommodation for you and your comrades. To give an idea of the sheer volume of people taking to Britain’s waters each year, currently canal boats are among 2 million boats in the waters in and around the UK. Worryingly, large proportions of boats are uninsured and are therefore completely unprotected in the unfortunate scenario that theft or accidental damage occurs.
“Canal boat owners up and down the country will be setting off in their boats this summer and autumn but unfortunately many people ignore the importance of boat insurance and an increasing number are falling victim to the excessive financial demands placed on them when they have an accident or suffer theft. Investing in boat insurance is vital to ensure Britain’s boat lovers are covered against all possible eventualities.” David Quick, Managing Director of Insure My Boat explains.
Statistics reveal that the top three reasons for boat owners making insurance claims in recent years are: accidental damage caused by hitting a submerged object, theft and collisions with other boats.
No matter how careful boat enthusiasts are when travelling on Britain’s canals, clearly accidents are as widespread as ever. The damage caused to canal boats in accidents can be extremely expensive to repair especially when another boat is involved. With this in mind, it is vital to ensure appropriate insurance is gained before taking to Britain’s waters.
In terms of theft, the stealing of canal boats remains relatively rare. However Britain has seen a recent surge in the number of thefts of brass ornaments and other high value materials from canal boats as well as personal possessions being targeted. Without a sufficient boat insurance policy, victims are not covered financially in the unfortunate event that they too fall victim to these opportunists.
To protect all boat enthusiasts against the potential problems that can occur when travelling on Britain’s waters, Insure My Boat have devised an extensive database that is easy to use in order to help find and compare boat insurance policies. This ensures customers get the very best value for money. For more information don’t hesitate to visit their website and get in touch via the contact page.