Flew down to Florida
this past weekend and spent several hours going all over the Gulfstar
50. This is one of the few times something turned out to be better than "advertised."
We're very tempted to go ahead and make a firm offer, but a new challenge has raised its "ugly head
." That is, getting a boat insured in Florida
, especially a boat with an absentee owner.
I've only talked to one insurance
broker so far, but he was not encouraging. Apparently losses from recent storms were HUGE, and included a very high percentage of older boats and absentee owner boats. Insurers want the owner to live within a 4 hour drive; or pay someone who is qualified and legally responsible for preparing the boat in the event of a storm.
Apparently Morehead, North Carolina
is the magic line. If your boat is north of there, you can get insurance
. If your south of there and don't already have insurance, good luck!!
We're not giving up yet though. Any specific brokers and/or insurance companies any of you recommend?