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The Importance of Boat Insurance

By Boat, Exterior, important, Interior, Learning, Tips, Winter, Yacht

Have you ever thought of the consequences of something unexpected happening on your boat?

Whether you’ve just bought your boat or have something that has seen its fair share of life already, we know that, either way, you’re likely to have invested plenty of time and money in it.

As much as we’d like to believe that everything will be plain sailing (pun intended) when we’re on our boat, the reality is that anything can happen. Your boat could be damaged in rough sea, have equipment stolen out of it, or it could be even stolen itself.

Worse still, imagine if you or one of your passengers got injured or, and this is really something none of us would like to think about, you were liable for loss of life. What would you do?

Get Insured

That’s why having boat insurance is paramount – to cover yourself for such eventualities. It doesn’t matter how small or large your vessel is, it’s something that’s really worth having just in case.

Many an insurer now creates tailor-made boat insurance policies for boat owners, regardless of type, value, age and other characteristics. They can cover you from things such as theft, weather damage, fires or explosions.

GasanMamo Insurance – Recommended by Briiz

GasanMamo Insurance, one of Malta’s leading insurance companies, has a boat insurance package to suit you. In addition to covering you for the eventualities as listed above, you’ll also be covered for loss or damage to equipment, stranding or sinking, and malicious acts or vandalism, among many other scenarios which could leave you out of pocket.

Additional benefits include cover for sighting costs, replacement of fire safety equipment in the event of a fire, emergency and salvage charges, among others.

Should you wish to find out more about GasanMamo’s fantastic boat insurance offerings together with further details about what the company can offer you specifically, contact Ms. Anneliese Busuttil via email on abusuttil@gasanmamo.com or call 2349 0206.

Top 5 Boat Maintenance Tools

By Boat, Interior, Maintenance, Tips

There are various tools you need to have handy in order to be able to maintain your boat should the need arise, however some are more essential than others. Here are our Top 5 Boat Maintenance Tools:

Pliers

Have a good pair of pliers to hand which are non-corroding and can handle being exposed to saltwater. On a boat, pliers have multiple uses – they’re great to have if you need to do a minor repair while out at sea. Further to that, if you’re one for a spot of fishing, you can use them to unhook whatever you’ve caught. We recommend in investing in a pair which come with line cutters if possible.

Socket Set

Should you need to change a fuel filter or repair the hatch on a latch somewhere on your boat, these are always a good idea to have around. Get one with multiple pieces so you can use it for numerous applications. If you own a small boat, you’ll do just fine with an 11-piece set which will still give you options yet save space.

Multi-Tool

Invest in a heavy duty multi-tool which can withstand corrosion. Many multi-tools available on the market come with extras such as files or scrapers. These aren’t found in a standard toolkit, however you never know how you may need such tools when you’re out on your boat.

Wrenches and Screwdrivers

Need to replace a light or fuse block? You’ll need a wrench and a screwdriver for that. These are essential tools for doing small jobs such as these. Get one in a waterproof, floating box if possible – they’re normally small and won’t take up much space even on a little boat.

Flashlight or Marine Light

Even if you don’t plan to ever use your boat after sunset, you never know what eventuality may arise. It is absolutely crucial to have a flashlight or marine light aboard any vessel, not least years. Ensure you have a working one should you need it for boat maintenance or even navigation when it’s dark. Keep spare batteries handy too.

Boat Maintenance in Winter

By Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, Tips, Winter, Yacht

The winter months mean that extra care needs to be taken in order to ensure that your boat remains in tip-top condition. Taking extra precautions during the winter months, however, means that there will be less to do once the weather gets better.

In or out?

First and foremost, the biggest decision you’ll need to make is whether you’re going to take your boat out of the water for the winter, or moor it somewhere safe where it isn’t too exposed to the elements.

If you’re going to go for the former option, then seize the opportunity to check everything methodically – establish what needs repairing or replacing, or whether there’s something you’d like to modify. Remove and store all ancillary items such as radio and GPS systems, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, lifejackets and safety equipment.

Exterior

Once that’s done, the first thing you need to do is give your boat’s exterior a thorough clean, inclusive of scrubbing down, waxing and polishing the hull (especially the part that sits underwater should you choose to take your boat out), the topside, bottom, deck and superstructure. Clean her sails and bilge too. If your boat is made of fibreglass, ensure you check for blisters.

Interior

Next, move on to the interior – take care of carpets, tables, and any other fixtures and furnishings. We recommend using moisture absorbers in cabins and lockers just to make sure everything stays dry.

Ensure your mechanicals are sound

The biggest piece of the puzzle, especially during the winter months, is to ensure all mechanicals are clean and working correctly. Should you be unsure of what you have to do, or should you be wary of missing an important detail, then we recommend consulting someone more experienced than you or employing a professional to take care of the job for you.

Every few weeks, check on your boat’s condition, especially if she’s remaining in the water. Make sure that the location she’s stored in will not pose problems caused by wind and weather exposure or falling foliage. If she isn’t, then make sure shores providing structural support are secure and stable.