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Old 06-11-2011, 22:09   #1
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Insurance and Surveying for Ferrocement Hulled Boats

Am currently cruising Qld coast, and was wondering if anyone knows of any surveyors who will survey a ferrocement boat. Also, if anyone knows of any Insurance Co. that will insure them. Have had the run around with surveyors & Insurance Cos, seems they don't want to know about them. Anyone else had the same problem.

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Old 01-01-2012, 18:13   #2
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Re: Insurance and Surveying for Ferrocement Hulled Boats

We have a ferro yacht in Cairns and have ours insured through Edward William Insurance. No survey needed. Very easy, all done via e-mail. I think also try www.dgmarine.com.au. They pretty much do insurance for everything you could think of. They may be the agents for Edward William in the Southern hemisphere.
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Re: Insurance and Surveying for Ferrocement Hulled Boats

I'm looking at a similar question myself. Boracay is amateur built steel, and to renew my insurance I need an out of water survey, an out of water inspection or a valuation, depending on the company.

It should be possible to get a survey done on a ferro boat. There is a construction standard, and at least a few commercial ferro boats were built and passed survey.

I'm not close to getting it done, and steel is easier than ferro, but why not ask a few insurance companies if they will take on ferro (even for third party) if you can get a survey. In particular I'd be interested to hear what Suncorp had to say.

Also ask if they have a list of acceptable surveyors.

Then approach a few surveyors and ask if they will survey ferro. If they say no I'd be very interested to hear their reasoning.
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Re: Insurance and Surveying for Ferrocement Hulled Boats

We tried just about every insurance company we could find, only to be told the same thing ...we dont insure ferros. When asked why not, no-one could give us a straight answer

We found our yacht in Townsville and after speaking to a lot of vessel owners there, both recreational and commercial, a lot of them told us about Edward William. Even some the commercial guys were using them instead of local companies because they are so much cheaper.
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