Securing and Protecting Your Boat

As a boat or yacht owner, it is essential to fully protect your assets.  In addition to the initial financial outlay, the cost of boating equipment is also high. In order to protect your investment, it is vital that you install the right security measures. If you are going to indulge in a yacht, it is best to protect it by safeguarding your property.

Due to the fact many leisure craft are left unattended for weeks or months at a time, they are attractive targets for thieves. However, there are certain steps that can be taken, in order to deter them and protect your boat or yacht investment. For instance, your boat should be securely moored at its location whether it is in a river, estuary or harbor. If you store your boat on a trailer, make sure that the trailer is immobilized so that no one but you can move it.

All windows, hatches and doors should also have strong locks attached to them, to prevent unwanted intruders from gaining inside access. Additionally, if it’s not possible to remove outboard engines, then they should be secured to the boat with the help of specially designed clamping locks. Ideally, all loose equipment ought to be taken off the boat and stored in a secure location, when not in use. If this is not feasible, fitting an equipment alarm that provides perimeter protection is a good idea.

It is also wise to mark all your equipment with your personal information. This should include details like your postal code and name, as well as the name of your vessel or sail number. Therefore, if anything is stolen, it will make it more identifiable and potentially easier to recover.

Having the right insurance package is also a must when protecting your boat. You saved up to purchase the yacht of your dreams and you need to do your best to protect it. Without it, you could find yourself losing out financially as well as being liable for any accidents or collisions that occur to third parties. As a result, it’s important that you look for a policy suited to your individual needs.