With the devastation of Superstorm Sandy still fresh in the minds of boat owners, many on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts have sought affordable ways to protect their vessels in the event of another severe storm. ACE Recreational Marine, one of the nation’s largest recreational marine insurance providers, and part of ACE Group, today announced the introduction of a unique optional endorsement that waives coverage for storm surge damage for those boat owners who are willing to move their vessels out of harm’s way, and rewards them with a potentially substantial reduction in their insurance premium. “Owners who keep their boats on coastal waters from Maine through Texas will save the most with this new option,” said Damon R. Hostetter, Senior Vice President, ACE Recreational Marine. “We foresee our optional Storm Surge Exclusion endorsement appealing to boat owners who are passionate about their boats, and willing to move their vessels beyond the reach of a storm surge, waves or high tidal waters caused by a severe storm. In return, they can enjoy an opportunity to save what could be a considerable amount of premium dollars.” Conscientious boat owners have a number of methods for preventing damage from storm surges. When size allows, they can keep their boat on a trailer and drive it to a safe location. They can also store a smaller boat in “high-and-dry” storage, or make arrangements for their watercraft to be hauled ashore at a facility with sufficient elevation to be beyond the reach of a storm surge. Owners of larger vessels may have a captain and crew to navigate their yachts out of an approaching storm’s path. By addressing the risk of damage from storm surges in advance, these boat owners can feel more comfortable excluding the coverage in their policy, thus reducing their premiums. This distinctive insurance option is yet another example of ACE continuing to lead the way in offering highly tailored protection to families and individuals who own boats, homes, and other tangible assets.
ACE also offers free preparation guides for “ Hurricanes and Severe Storms,” along with “ Hurricane Preparation Tips for Boaters,” which include detailed recommendations for owners of trailerable and non-trailerable boats to undertake prior, during and after a storm. Please visit www.acemarineinsurance.com for additional information.ACE Recreational Marine Insurance, part of the ACE Private Risk Services business of ACE Group, has been serving marine clients for more than 200 years, since 1792 when its predecessor company wrote the very first marine insurance policy issued in the United States. ACE offers exceptional all-risk insurance coverage to protect the entire spectrum of pleasure yachts and boats, including cruisers, luxury mega-yachts and sailboats, sport fishing boats, classic and vintage vessels, ski boats, personal watercraft and select charter vessels. Product highlights are summaries only; please see actual policy for terms and conditions. Products may not be available in all states. About ACE Private Risk Services ACE Private Risk Services is ACE Group’s high-net-worth personal insurance business, which provides specialty coverage for homeowners, automobile, recreational marine, umbrella liability and collections insurance for individuals and families with emerging and established wealth. Policies are issued by Bankers Standard Insurance Co., Atlantic Employers Insurance Co., and ACE Insurance Co. of the Midwest. Additional information can be found at: www.aceprs.com. ACE Group is one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 54 countries, ACE provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident supplemental health insurance, reinsurance, and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com.