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Old 13-02-2020, 08:22   #1
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Insurance for Newbie

Hi - first post here. We're a family of four who's been dreaming about sailing for many years now. I grew up infrequently sailing small boats and windsurfing, but haven't owned a boat. Several years ago we took the ASA 101, 103, and 104 classes to get educated. As we've planned towards the cruising life, we sold our home and property, started home schooling, and have been nomadic for a couple years, traveling around the US and Europe, living out of short term rentals and our van. In other words, we're sailing newbies, but we're committed.

We're exploring purchasing a boat this year to prep to live aboard and start accruing coastal sailing experience/skills and evaluating the family's enjoyment of life on the water. If the team is in, we'd plan to sabbatical cruise internationally for 2 - 3 years.

So here's our question. As we evaluate boats (we're somewhere between more affordable older bluewater plastic mono (bank account), an aluminum lifting centerboard/keel mono (Dad), or cat (Mom and kids)), I'm trying to research insurance. We're in the popular 40-50 foot range based on minimum 3 cabins and bluewater desires.

My research calls with larger insurers ended with feedback that underwriters will probably not insure a boat this size without prior years of boat ownership. Have any of you been down this path and have advice?

Thanks so much.
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