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Old 13 October 2004, 06:06   #1
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Cross Channel insurance

I recently asked my insurers to clarify cover for cross channel trips - after giving great detail of experience, safety equipment, qualifications etc I received a 'warranty of the policy' that a minimum of two experienced adults are on board for all trips and a maximum of three crossings to France per season. I have never had this before has anyone else had similar conditions imposed?
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Old 13 October 2004, 06:08   #2
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As far as I'm aware, there are no such restrictions on our policy. What insurer are you with (or don't you want to say publicly?)?
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I'm with EIS, can did out their number if you want, and have no restrictions like that. Can go as far as Brest without having to have crew and other boats.

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Mark - I may be being a little presumptious but are you looking into this because you are considering doing the St Malo cruise later this month?

The reason I ask is that when Richard took our boat across to Alderney last October he was extremely glad that he had the company of Daniel (another forum member and very experienced RIB owner/driver) so they could share the driving in pretty horrible (and tiring) sea conditions. My personal opinion is that any 'long distance' cruising becomes much safer and more enjoyable if there are a couple of you on board who are able to drive. Plus, a second pair of eyes is always useful for spotting hazards! All IMHO, of course!

P.S. Don't like the idea of being restricted to 3 trips a year though!
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The St Malo trip is a little late in the season for me I think although I had considered it.

I absolutely agree that two pairs of eyes with accompanying hands etc is best and safer. However I did cruise to the Scillies alone earlier this year in company with other boats. Insurers are asking for two people of equal ability/skill which could I suspect be questioned in the event of a claim. Only option is to supply details of ability before setting out. Limitation of trips is also out of the ordinary in my experience. The insurer is well known but I posted to find if this is common practice - perhaps it is in the small print of some policies and worth checking out?
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Mark(i) - change insurer!

We use Colin Curtis of Plymouth and their recommended policy is fairly straightforward, with full cover for Brest-Elbe cruising and very few nasty surprises in the small-print, which we've read thoroughly. IIRC they just want the rib helmed by "a competent person" at all times. The staff at Colin Curtis have been happy to contact the underwriters and tailor the policy to our requirements and keep these amendments on file.

We reckon the policy is just slightly better than the next best which we were quoted for by Porthcawl Insurance Consultants which was near enough the same price (again we took the opportunity to examine the small-print in great detail) - if you particularly want an agreed valuation, then PIC seem good.

Both companies have been recommended on this forum in the past.
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I can't actually remember the last time I did a channel crossing in company, maybe May 03 on the way back from St Vaast. During the same year I went with an overnight in Jersey( thanks Charles ) to almost Brest ( met Mike Garside near Channel du Four) before my insurance ran out in the Bay of Biscay!!!

Thanks for the tip on insurance I'll check it out next year.

And yes I'm planning on the St Malo trip ( no crew so far !!!! )

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sounds crap to me. Jonathan
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What you need to establish is the wording " Coastal Cruising" Although your policy will say or indicate you are covered from Brest to Elbe you may find that you are only insured for up to 12 miles off of each coast in which case you are not insured in the middle!

Get it in writing that you are covered the whole journey or you could be in for a nasty shock should something go wrong. Even if you cross Lyme Bay you are potentaily "Offshore" in the middle and therefore in breach of your insurance policy.

Insurance companies are only around to take money, not give it away and if they can find a loop hole they will use it. Be warned. Alan P
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Old 13 October 2004, 14:06   #10
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Even if you cross Lyme Bay you are potentaily "Offshore" in the middle and therefore in breach of your insurance policy.


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