Not wanting to poop on this idea, I am in favor or the concept,
but the proposed numbers just do not seem to work.
If I am to
contribute 2% of the insured value of my boat, this amount is greater than what
I am currently paying for my current company provided insurance (with minimal
deductable and liability included).
Just my 2¢ but
to think 200 owners would agree to this is IMO a bit of a pipe dream. Getting
10 people to agree on anything is difficult let alone 200.
Also, the idea
of an assessment is frightening to me. Being at the mercy of others concerning
my out of pocket expenses is very unappealing.
more reasonable approach is to join an association such as the OCC and utilize
their recommendations and discounts pre-arranged for members at Top-Sail. I am
not sure but, there might be other groups about the world. Or, form a group to
obtain group-rate policies as someone else suggested we can favor one particular
insurance company. However, the latter suggestion has already been pursued by
Bill Rouse to no avail.
thought is licensing. Without valid verification, it might be impossible to
stay in marinas etc. or for those that need it, a mortgage on the vessel.
Just my 2¢
the outcome of this thread, I would like to see members of this group continue
discussions as they find good options for their Amels.
- Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia
From: <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> on behalf of "karkauai
via groups.io" <karkauai@...>
Date: Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 3:22 pm
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Insurance
Given the insurance problems everyone is having, I thought I'd see if there is
enough interest and/or expertise to pursue an AYOG self-insurance program.
Pat (Shenanigans) and I have talked about it a little. Here's the gist of what
1. A buy-in of some percentage of your boat's value that would be enough
to cover the first year. For example, a $300,000 SM owner might pay 2% or
$6,000. If we had 200 similar owners, we'd have $1,200,000 to pay out.
2. It would' be a high deductible coverage designed primarily to pay for
total loss. Maybe something like 20% of the boat's value.
3. The most common claim would probably be lightening damage, which often
amounts to $50,000 or more. Our plan might pay for half of a major claim
4. Boat's would have to be out of the hurricane zones during the season.
Any other restrictions?
5. Yearly Assessments could replenish what was paid out Or we could
continue to pay in until the principle was self-sustaining. That would require
investing the funds and a whole added layer of complexity.
6. A rotating Board of unpaid members would oversee the plan (maybe a LLC?),
and an administrator would be hired to do the paperwork.
7. Owners would purchase their own liability insurance.
This is all just a very rough framework that can be built on, scrapped and
something else adopted, or what ever seems appropriate. Any and all
thoughts and suggestions are encouraged. I'm hoping we might have an owner or
two that have some insurance or legal expertise to help us understand the
potential pitfalls and options available.
Thanks for your ideas.
S M 243