With the 2012 boating season coming to an end in many parts of the country, it’s important for marina and yacht club owners to realize that preparing marinas for the off season can, according to Seaworthy, the Boat U.S. Marine Insurance & Damage Report, 1 significantly reduce the potential for damage during the winter months. And that holds true from November to February, whether the climate is bitterly cold or relatively mild. To help marina and yacht club owners become prepared for the winter season, ACE Marine Facilities Group has released its Haul Out and Storage Safety Checklist for Marinas and Yacht Clubs. This free comprehensive worksheet focuses on storage safety considerations that will help owners and operators get a jump on the boating season next spring 2 by minimizing damage during the winter months. “ACE’s Marine Facilities Group specialists offer haul out and storage preparation tips that can reduce the likelihood of damage that may not only impact their liability, but also potentially harm their reputation,” said Kim Finlay, Assistant Vice President, ACE Marine Facilities Group. “These tips provide guidance for protecting marine facilities and employees, as well as stored and owned vessels. Helping our marine clients take proactive measures to review off season preparation plans is part of our commitment to serving the marine community.” To download a copy of the ACE Marine Facilities Haul Out and Storage Safety Checklist for Marinas and Yacht Clubs visit our website, which also offers valuable information on a wide range of safety and loss prevention topics for marina and yacht club owners. ACE Marine Facilities Group, a unit of ACE USA, is dedicated to the specialized insurance needs of marina and yacht club owners, premier boat dealers, boat builders, and yacht brokers. ACE provides insurance products and package offerings tailored to the unique exposures faced by marine facilities. ACE Marine Advisory Services provides risk management consultation and advice directly to customers. Such services are not insurance products. Marine advisory services are provided on a fee-for-services basis by INAMAR, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, a service company affiliate within the ACE Group. Marine advisory services staff also conduct loss control activities for underwriting purposes. Risk control and other activities conducted on behalf of the insurer are not intended as a direct benefit or service to ACE insureds.