Survey finds 40% of UK boat owners fear for their craft’s safety when moored

A RECENT survey of UK boat owners has revealed that 40% worry about the safety of their water craft whilst it’s moored.

The survey, carried out by specialist insurers, Insure4Boats, asked UK boat owners about their main concerns for their boat and their own personal safety when on board.

Of the 40% of respondents who worry about their craft, 57% are most concerned about theft; either of the boat itself, equipment on board or their own personal belongings. 40%, meanwhile, are worried about vandalism or criminal damage whilst moored and 11% of boat owners cite the prospect of damage caused by bad weather as a major concern.

When it comes to personal safety, 12% of those surveyed say that they are concerned about their own wellbeing and safety when on board their boat. Of these, 41% worry about their boat sinking or capsizing whilst out on the water, whilst 26% are concerned that their boat will be boarded by strangers.

Managing director, John Woosey from Insure4Boats commented, “Consistently, one of the biggest concerns of our policyholders and the boat owners we speak to, is that their boat and belongings are at risk of theft or criminal damage, especially when moored. That’s why our insurance, available on a wide range of boats, covers theft, as well as the craft’s hull and machinery as standard.

“Having the right kind of tailored boat insurance for your craft, whether it’s a jet ski, a narrowboat or a yacht, gives boat owners complete peace of mind so they can focus on enjoying their time on board instead.”

Insure4Boats have produced an accompanying graphic (will be attached to email) to illustrate some of the main survey results. To embed the graphic online, please use the code below:×1024.png

What do UK boat owners worry about the most?


Summary of survey findings:

40% state that they worry about their boat when it is moored.

Of these respondents:

57% are concerned about theft or the boat, motor(s) or personal belongings
40% are worried about vandalism or criminal damage
12% fear their boat will be cast adrift or sink when they leave it moored
11% fear boat damage from bad weather when moored
9% fear damage will be caused to the boat by other water craft when moored

12% of those surveyed admit they are worried for their own safety at times when on their boat.
41% of these boat owners worry about sinking or capsizing when out on the water
26% worry about strangers boarding the boat

*220 boat owners completed the survey during September and October 2016






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