Yacht Insurance

Sail further and venture with confidence with yacht insurance from Towergate, including:

  • Discounts for no claims, RYA qualifications and approved club membership
  • The choice of four levels of yacht insurance cover
  • Cover for some sailing equipment

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10% discount and £40 Amazon Voucher on Boat Insurance

Offer only available to new customers taking a boat insurance policy over the phone. This offer is subject to an annual premium of £150 or above, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. Subject to underwriting acceptance. Voucher will be issued after one month of cover. Offer expires 28/02/2018 but can be withdrawn at any time. Excludes dinghy policies purchased via www.insurance4dinghies.com. Calls may be recorded. 

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What does yacht insurance cover?

Personal Accident cover

Of course your yacht is important to you but so is your personal safety. When you select a yacht insurance policy with personal accident cover included, you’ll be covered for medical expenses and emergency treatment. You must be under the age of 76 years old for this cover to apply. The most we will pay any one person for any one incident is £15,000 but not more than £60,000 in total during any period of insurance.

Discounts for RYA qualified sailors

It’s no secret that experienced sailors carry less risk. That’s why, if you’ve got coastal skipper, day skipper or yacht master qualifications we’ll offer you a 10% discount on your premium. This must be a practical qualification rather than a theory test as it’s the experience on the water that really matters to us. Please be aware that a minimum premium of £142.62 applies to yacht policies.

Cover for sailing equipment

Boat insurance covers the yacht itself but can also cover the items onboard such as GPS, fishfinders, outboard motors and even clothing such as expensive sailing jackets. For this cover your excess will be different to that of the rest of your policy. It’s usually lower but will vary depending on the amount you need to claim for. On that basis it’s best you check your policy documents to be sure which excess will apply.

Cover your yacht in transit and in storage

If you’re based in the UK it’s more than likely that you won’t be sailing all year round. So when your boat is in storage and off the water, our policy will continue to cover your craft and the items on it. Be sure to let us know where you store your boat to make sure we provide you with the correct cover. Similarly, should you need to transport your boat to different waters, our policy can cover you should your boat get damaged in transit. If your yacht exceeds 30ft in length it’s a little more difficult to insure in transit, we will need to check on the circumstances and speak to our underwriters so please call us.

We like to make it easy for you to choose the right policy for your yacht. Compare four levels of cover at a glance using our handy table.

  Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Third party
Discounts for club membership and relevant qualifications
Discounts available if you have another craft insured with us
No Claim Discount (up to 25%)
Fire, lightning, explosion  
Theft, malicious damage or vandalism  
Weather events  
Freezing of machinery  
Accidental loss or damage    
Personal accident      

These are just some of the key features and exclusions, full details will be found in your policy wording. Show policy documents

Yacht Insurance Claims

We handle all our yacht insurance claims in house. When you need to make a claim, we’ll guide you through the process and get your claim settled as quickly as possible.

All we need are the details of your claim, your policy number and some photographic evidence where appropriate.

To claim simply email us or call us on:

0344 892 1320

Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

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Yacht Insurance FAQs

What is yacht insurance?

Yacht insurance is designed to cover yachts and their owners against the financial impact of an accident which either results in damage to the yacht or a third party.

What does yacht insurance cover?

Yacht insurance policies can cover a variety of risks including:
- Public liability
- Risks from storm fire and theft
- Accidental damage
- Cover for damage while it's in transit
- Sailing equipment and more

Check the policy wording above for more information on the cover available and policy exclusions.

How much does yacht insurance cost?

The cost of yacht insurance varies according to the size of the yacht, whether you race, where it's stored and what kind of training you have. Providing an estimate is therefore pretty tricky but you can get a yacht insurance quote online through our quote and buy system above if you'd like an idea.

I have some expensive equipment on-board. Will this be covered on and off the water by my yacht insurance policy?

Our yacht insurance covers a number of items including things you’d carry on your person such as digital compasses, or pocket knives. These smaller items do have a single article limit of £250. However, you can also cover more expensive items such as on-board GPS equipment and outboard motors. All you need to do is let us know what you’d like covered so we can include it in your sums insured. If you don’t keep up-to-date with these your policy will not cover above the £250 mark so keep us in the know and we’ll keep you covered.

Are there any restrictions on my cruising range?

Unfortunately, we can’t cover you in the Caribbean or the Baltic seas though we can sometimes refer this to our underwriters. As a rule we do not cover any cruising more than 35 degrees east but otherwise, we can pretty much cover you anywhere. Again though, you’ll need to let us know if you want to change your cruising range from what you originally agreed when you set up your policy. See “If I need to make changes to my policy, can I do this half way through?” below.

Do I need to get my yacht surveyed?

If your yacht is over 25 years old, we will require proof that you’ve had it surveyed. Furthermore, we will require your craft to have a survey every 6 years thereafter. For yachts under 25 years, no survey is required for you to take out insurance.

If I need to make changes to my yacht policy, can I do this half way through my policy?

Things never stand still in the world of boating so if you’ve installed the latest gadget and you need your sums insured changed or you’ve changed your mooring arrangements, give us a call and we’ll update your policy. There is usually an administration fee charged to change the details on your policy plus any premium increase related to the additional cover you require.

Can you provide insurance racing my yacht?

Any time spent out on the water is great but nothing beats the thrill of racing. We can cover you if you want to race your yacht but you’ll need to let us know so that we can cover you appropriately. As racing involves a higher risk, this may increase the price of your premium.

How do I qualify for discounts on my yacht insurance premium?

In some ways, yacht insurance works like car insurance. If you’re an experienced driver your premium might work out cheaper.
A 20% discount would apply for customers who berth at marina’s that we are in partnership with:
• Premier Marina
• Quay
Lastly, let us know if you have a day skipper, coastal skipper or yacht master qualification from the RYA to receive a further 10% off.

Can I pay in instalments?

If you would prefer to spread the cost of your policy you have the option of setting up a Direct Debit to pay your premium in equal monthly instalments through our preferred provider, Premium Credit Limited (PCL).

To find out more about PCL and direct debit payments, select Direct Debit
To understand more about how PCL work together with Towergate, please read our Regulatory Information.

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