There are several ways to get a better rate on your boat insurance. Some of them are beyond our control, but others are a matter of personal choice. With a little patience and research, one can improve the rate to a good degree and save a good deal of money in the long run.
Basic improvements to your boat insurance rate are not all that hard to accomplish. The main thing you need is patience. All good things to those who wait as the old saying goes. If waiting is not a problem then there is no reason why you should not be able to get a decent boat insurance quote.
First you should make a good choice on boats. Just like a car, the sportier a boat is the more expensive the insurance will be. For basic purposes you should make every attempt to choose a boat that is as safe as possible. This means that extreme power, giant engines, and lightweight speed increasing designs should be avoided. A pleasure craft is going to make an insurance company far less nervous than that of a true speed demon that will cut the water and make old ladies faint in the wake. There are plenty of nice boats on the market that have all the amenities and nominal speed capabilities that will not make your agent cringe.
Boat value is another factor. If the boat that you choose has an extreme value that you need to insure then you can count on a high insurance quote. To guard against this, make an informed choice when buying a boat. Check several different sellers to make sure that you are getting the best deal possible. This will in effect make your insurance rate go down considerably as the company will have less to cover in the case of an accident or theft.
Being safe is another matter. Most insurance agencies will offer discounts to clients who will take and complete a boating safety course. This will make you a better boater and decrease the chances that you will make a fatal error or judgement call that will end up costing the insurance company lots of money. This will also work to protect you on several levels. Not only will you and the people with you be in better hands with someone who has proper training, you will also have piece of mind that you will not make a poor judgement call at a crucial moment that could cause the loss of your craft. Insurance companies are not the only ones who have something to lose.
Finally, you should contact the company that handles you car and house insurance. Most times, companies will offer deep discounts to those who use them for all of their insurance needs. This will help to protect everyone involved and it may simplify things from a billing standpoint as well. The end result will be more money saved and less complication when time for the payments to be made.