What to do after a Hurricane
Enduring the effects of a Hurricane is stressful and if you find yourself in the aftermath, we hope you and your family have come through unharmed.
If your boat was damaged, you’ll want to contact your insurance company immediately. If your policy is with BoatU.S., please call our claims department 24/7 at 1-800-937-1937. In the meantime, as soon as it is safe, here are some things you should do to protect your boat and reduce potential problems.
1. If your boat is accessible and it is safe to do so, remove as much equipment as possible to protect it from looters or vandals.
2. Protect the boat from weather exposure, leaks, mildew, dry mud, etc. Regardless of the boat’s condition, it should be cleaned and dried out.
3. If the engine and other machinery have been submerged or gotten wet, it should be “pickled” by flushing with fresh water and then filling with diesel fuel or kerosene. (Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to pickle your engine.)
4. If your boat is sunk or must be moved by a salvage company, let your insurance company assist with the arrangements. Do not sign any salvage or wreck removal contracts, including the BoatUS Salvage form, without first getting approval from your insurance claims staff.
Note to BoatUS Insureds: Your BoatUS Policy will pay reasonable costs for professional help with any of the above. For more information, call a BoatU.S. Claims representative toll-free at 1-800-937-1937.