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Personal Watercraft and Jet Ski Insurance – Get a Free Quote

If you live by the beach or on the shores of a lake, you may own or might want to purchase a personal watercraft (PWC). These fast and flexible vehicles can be used to practice water sports or just have a good time on a body of water.

However, as with any other vehicle, there are many risks involved. To stay safe and feel protected, you should consider investing in PWC insurance. You can also find out more about watercraft safety here.

What Are Personal Watercrafts?

Personal watercrafts are also known as water scooters. Typically, PWC-s are recreational water vessels where the riders are standing or sitting on the vehicle, rather than sitting inside like on a boat. PWC-s are often referred to by their brand name, for example, Jet Ski, WaveRunner, and Sea-Doo. These terms all refer to the same class of vehicle. Whether you are shopping for jet ski insurance or PWC insurance, you are looking for the same type of coverage.

Generally, PWC-s are divided into two categories: stand-ups and sit downs.

Stand-ups only have space for one rider who has to stand or crouch on the watercraft. These are usually used for tricks, racing, and competitions.

Sit downs can have more than one rider on them and are used to pull skiers and surfers.

Why Do You Need Personal Watercraft Insurance?

Sometimes people assume that their PWC is covered under their homeowners' insurance. While it can offer some coverage, it is rarely enough when an accident happens and you need to cover losses associated with property damage and bodily injuries.

Every time you go on the water, there is a risk of an accident that can result in extensive medical costs, oil leakage, and property damage. Even just one accident could lead to major expenses and debt. Insurance helps to avoid that and instead, gives you peace of mind while you are out on the water.

What Does Personal Watercraft Insurance Cover?

Some companies provide PWC insurance as a supplement to auto or homeowners’ insurance. However, if you use your watercraft frequently or for doing sports, it might be better to get insurance tailored for PWC-s. 

Typically, insurance companies offer “all risk” policies that come with watercraft liability coverage and cover most costs related to accidents and collisions.

  • Watercraft liability coverage – If you are responsible for the damage to other people or their property, you will be covered. This includes damage to another watercraft and their passengers. Most policies also include water sports liability, which includes risks associated with water skiing and wakeboarding. However, generally, it does not cover activities like parasailing where the person is pulled through the air. 

However, there are many other policies that could either already be included in the basic policy or added on to it: 

  • Medical payment coverage – No matter who is at fault, you will have coverage to pay for your and your passengers’ medical costs.
  • Comprehensive coverage Coverage in the event of a fire, explosion, collision, sinking, or becoming stranded.
  • Consequential coverage – Covers damage to your PWC from normal deterioration and losses related to mechanical failure.. 
  • Uninsured or underinsured boater coverage – In the event you are involved in a collision where the other watercraft operator is responsible but is uninsured or their coverage’s limits are not enough to cover your losses, your own insurance company will cover the costs. 
  • Ice and freezing damage – If you store your vessel somewhere over the winter, but get it back damaged due to improper storage or handling, your repair costs will be covered. 
  • Emergency towing and assistance – If for whatever reason your PWC breaks down and you require towing, then you will be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses you incur. It also covers the delivery of gas, oil, spare parts, and batteries if far from a harbour, as well as any emergency labor employed. 
  • Personal property – It covers the personal property you have with you on the PWC. 

Normally, you can choose between two policy types that determine how your costs are going to be calculated and covered: agreed value and actual cash value. 

Under the agreed value policy, your coverage would be determined based on the value of your vehicle at the time of insuring it. Thus, if you need to replace parts or the PWC itself, the new parts could be worth as much as the old ones would have been at the time of getting the policy. 

However, under the actual cash value policy, the value of the PWC will depreciate over time, which means that coverage also reduces. In the event of a total loss of the PWC, your coverage would depend on your PWC’s market value at the time of the incident, not at the time of insuring it. 

What Is Not Covered in a Personal Watercraft Insurance Policy?

What is not listed in your policy is usually not covered, which is why you should always carefully review your insurance policy before signing it. Additionally, there are some things insurance cannot cover at all. Here are some examples:

  • Operating a PWC during the night
  • Operating a PWC without a valid driver’s license
  • A PWC that has been modified for speed and performance 

Before You Purchase Insurance

Here are some things to keep in mind before getting insurance:

  • PWC or Jet Ski insurance pertains only to one vehicle. Each vehicle will need to be insured separately.
  • PWC insurance policies do not always cover everything. As mentioned above, carefully read through your policy and ask for clarifications when needed. 
  • Let the insurance company know if you have made any modifications to your vehicle.
  • To get a PWC policy, you need the Hull Identification Number (HIN). Without the HIN, use the PWC’s year, make, and model to receive a quote.
  • If you have completed a boating safety course, you could be qualified for a lower insurance rate. Make sure to mention that to the insurance agent.
  • Most states have an age limit for operating a PWC. If your state does not, then make sure to list any minors operating the PWC on your policy as a listed operator.

If you would like to discuss your options with an expert, email us. Together we will find the policy best suited for your needs.

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