Last September we were struck by lightning
and a lot of the electrics. Our insurance
company is Commandeur in the Netherlands
We have completed all repairs/replacement and are now back out cruising.
Commandeur paid for everything. This included a haulout and survey
for damage, all equipment
replacement and installation
, pulling and reinstalling the mast
(more expensive than the haulout where we were), and the entire 5 month marina stay. The total cost was relatively large and we did not get any hassle from them.
Commandeur themselves are only representatives of insurance
companies and do not handle the claims directly. Upon reporting our strike, they turned our case over to a Dutch marine
engineering firm that worked with both us and the insurers to determine the extent of damage, the best avenue of repair
and the costs for such. Then the insurance company sent us a check for the up-front costs of the equipment
. We are now waiting for the remainder of the money
for the marina stay and various other small bits. We are confident that they will pay this part as they did the first part.
engineering firm was very helpful. You are assigned an engineer
who knows boats very well and speaks flawless English
, so you can quickly work
with him to determine what the damage is and what repairs/replacements are necessary. The engineering firm stays very active throughout the whole process with you and is instantly responsive to all communication. Commandeur themselves do not play much of a role and the actual insurance company stays completely behind the scenes. All of this is actually a good thing because Commandeur does not know boats like a marine engineer
and the insurance company is only interested in insurance.
When we first got Commandeur insurance, we couldn't understand what the "catch" was. The rates were fantastic, the coverage and deductable were better than all others and the navigation
limits and crew requirements very generous. The only information we could not find on them was whether they had paid out claims.
We now know they pay out claims. We are very happy with Commandeur's insurance product and happy with how they handled our damage claim.