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Posted: Tue June 14th, 2016, 11:24 pm
by CaptainNolly
Hi all,
I'm after insurance recommendations for my home-built 1969 Senior. One insurance company I just tried to use refused to insure on the grounds of not being professionally built. Thanks!

Re: Insurance?

Posted: Thu June 16th, 2016, 10:24 am
by GHM

I don't know whether it will be of any help but I have always used Coleman Marine in Poole who were a specialist marine insurers, underwritten at LLoyds. When I was building the GH and doing a lot of repairs on old ones, they were very positive and did a special GH policy. For the older boats they would often waive the survey requirement if I had cast an eye over the boat and said it was sound. They also accepted a simple "general condition" statement from me as a boat builder, in lieu of a surveyors full report, on several other types of boat.

However, they are now much bigger than they were and things might have changed - they are now Sunseekers insurer's. But it might be worth having a word with them and saying that you know that in the past they have accepted a statement of condidtion from a bona-fide boatbuilder, and, if they will, find yourself a local small builder who would be happy to earn a few quid. If not, I'm sure they would accept a decent home build if you got a proper survey report. They have done so often in the past.

E Coleman & Co Ltd.
01202 647400

Good luck,


Re: Insurance?

Posted: Thu June 16th, 2016, 11:34 pm
by CaptainNolly
Thanks for that, I'll give them a ring and see where we go from there! It sounds as if mine might have been one built by a boat building company anyway - anyone any idea if there's any way of telling?! Thanks again

Re: Insurance?

Posted: Sun July 3rd, 2016, 2:28 am
by Eventide Owners Group
There is a link on the home page at the bottom, to Craftinsure our
group insurers.
They are on line insurance brokers. Was a big name in small craft insurance years ago st Margaret's now working online only and cheaper. I saved £100 on my renewal when I went to them years back.
Worth a try.