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Boardwalk Insurance Group Protects Your Boat 4.50/5 (90.00%) 6 votes

Whether you own a small sailboat, a pleasure yacht, a fishing fleet, or Panamax cargo ships, marine insurance is extremely necessary to protect your craft, and potentially your business.  Just like the boats and ships on the water, marine insurance comes in many shapes and sizes and can be customized to fit just about any waterborne craft.

Personal boat insurance is going to be the most basic marine insurance policy and could be required if you take out a loan to purchase the boat.  Boat insurance can cover anything from a small jet ski up to a large luxury yacht.  The exact scope and amount of coverage depends on the owner of the craft and what they want to insure.  For something as simple as a jet ski, there generally is not much property to insure, so other than liability coverage for the operator and the jet ski itself, the marine insurance policy is quite simple.  For something larger, even a small motorboat, generally there are small electronics used for navigation and sometimes personal property, such as fishing poles, so the marine insurance policy would need riders to cover that.  On luxury craft, everything from the galley appliances to the artwork in the cabins can be covered, so comprehensive marine insurance can be written.  Boat insurance generally covers fires, sinking, fuel spills, and grounding, and dock liability riders can be added for extra protection from liability and damage done at a dock or marina.

Marine insurance for ships of commerce can get more complicated.  Anything from a small motorboat used for fishing tours to the latest super tankers can be covered under commercial marine insurance.  The difference is that commercial ships have certain extras that need coverage that personal craft do not.  Commercial marine insurance needs to address cargo and crew coverage in addition to hull coverage.  Damaged cargo is probably one of the most frequent liability situations faced by ship owners.  Marine insurance policies can provide coverage toward the value of the goods damaged in shipment.  Similar to personal marine insurance policies, commercial marine insurance policies provide coverage from much of the same hazards on the water, including fires, sinking, fuel spills, and grounding.  Commercial marine insurance can help offset the cost of salvaging the boat or ship in the event something renders it inoperable.

Marine insurance is important for anyone who owns and operates a boat or ship.  There are many hazards on the water and even a small error can have severe consequences.  Marine insurance affords boat and ship owners peace of mind and keeps them from being left on the hook for a large bill if unfortunate events occur.  Shopping for marine insurance and finding the best insurance policy for your boat or ship can be a hassle, but using an independent insurance agent can save you time and money.  Independent insurance agents are partnered with many insurance providers and can do the hard work for you while finding the best marine insurance policy for your boat or ship.


Boardwalk Insurance Has Homeowner’s Insurance 4.33/5 (86.67%) 6 votes

Purchasing and owning a home is considered a milestone achievement in everyone’s life.  The amount of investment involved in purchasing and maintaining a home makes protecting it from loss an expensive proposition.  Thankfully, homeowners insurance can be taken out on your property, giving you peace of mind that you are protected from many types of loss and will be able to recover.

Homeowners insurance is a broad type of insurance that covers pretty much any type of dwelling where a person lives.  There are many different options providing protection from varying types of hazards.  The cost of homeowners insurance is determined by the value of the property, the type of coverage, and any additional riders, or insured property, attached to the homeowners insurance.  There are other factors, mostly relating to how likely damage appears possible.  If your home is closer to a fire station or has hurricane shutters in a hurricane prone area, the cost of getting homeowners insurance decreases.

Unless you plan on buying your house outright, you will need to take out a mortgage.  Mortgage lenders always require homeowners insurance, so even if you were trying to get around getting homeowners insurance, you will need it until your home is paid off.  Which type of homeowners insurance is taken out is up to the new homeowner and can be adapted to many different situations.  Basic homeowners insurance provides coverage from 11 perils that are specifically listed in the homeowners insurance policy.  The perils are pretty basic, however they are common sources of damage and include fire, wind and hail damage, vandalism, theft, and other causes of damage.  A broader version of homeowners insurance adds an additional 6 perils to the original 11.  Like basic homeowners insurance, this expanded homeowners insurance only protects from listed perils.  The broadest forms of homeowners insurance name excluded perils instead of protected perils.  These homeowners insurance policies are the most comprehensive and most expensive due to the broad range of coverage.

For those that rent property instead of own, there is a form of tenant homeowners insurance that protects personal property with the same amount of coverage as regular homeowners insurance, however it does not need the structural coverage, which should be covered by the building’s owner.  Similar to tenant homeowners insurance, condominium homeowners insurance has reduced coverage for the structure but protects the personal property inside like regular homeowners insurance.  The last “special case” homeowners insurance available is called “Modified Coverage” homeowners insurance.  This type of homeowners insurance is for properties where the replacement value exceeds the market value.  This is great for unique properties that are custom designed with one of-a-kind fixtures or older properties where some of the structural features are no longer available or cost prohibitive to produce.

Homeowners insurance is extremely important to protect your property.  However, many insurance providers offer homeowners insurance, and finding the best one for you and your property can take a lot of time and effort.  Partnering with an independent insurance agency allows you to sit back while your agent does the shopping for you.  Through their affiliated insurance providers, independent insurance agencies have the ability to shop around for the best homeowners insurance for you and your property.


Boardwalk Insurance Group has Marine Insurance 4.20/5 (84.00%) 5 votes

Owning a boat or ship opens you up to a lot of potential hazards while on the water.  Whether your water craft is for personal pleasure or commercial business, marine insurance or boat insurance can protect you while on the water.

Marine insurance can cover a wide range of aspects concerning marine operations and boat ownership.  The simplest marine insurance policies cover against damage or the loss of the boat or ship; however more comprehensive marine insurance policies can cover damage and liability to third parties and their property.  Marine insurance is also typically required on the boat or ship when taking out a loan to purchase the boat.  Boat insurance can cover a wide variety of crafts, from jet skis to luxury yachts to commercial vessels.

For personal craft, once a boat is paid for and marine insurance is no longer required, liability coverage is still recommended.  Liability coverage on boat insurance protects you if a third party is injured or their property is damaged, and it still covers damage to your boat or ship.  Personal marine insurance can be customized to cover salvage operations, including fire, sinking, fuel spills, and running aground.  Dock liability coverage can also be added to a marine insurance policy, protecting yourself from damage done to a marina or dock where your boat is docked.

Commercial marine insurance also has provisions to protect cargo in addition to many of the same protections in personal boat insurance.  Water transportation has some of the most unpredictable hazards, and even those that can be predicted are hard to avoid.  Pitching and rolling of ships can damage cargo as it rolls around inside the hold of the ship itself, despite the best packing by the company that packed the contents.  Commercial marine insurance protects the owner of the ship from having to cover the cost of the damages.  In addition, commercial marine insurance needs more provisions for employees, as well as third parties, since contractors are used on some larger vessels to have a full crew.  Also, since commercial vessels are generally larger that personal vessels, commercial marine insurance can cover larger ships than personal boat insurance.

Marine insurance can be very strict, with policies spelling out every minute detail and can be void if the details of the insurance policy are not regarded.  Finding the best personal boat insurance quotes or getting business insurance quotes for a commercial marine insurance policy can therefore be very time consuming and if the details are not checked and double checked, a missed item could be potentially disastrous.  An independent insurance agency can help out, since most have the ability to write policies for many different insurance providers.


Marine Insurance for Any Watercraft 3.67/5 (73.33%) 3 votes

The ocean can be a hazardous place, with potential problems lurking at every turn.  Storms, rough waves, underwater hazards, and others can pose problems for maritime transport.  To help reduce the financial risk of companies in related marine industries, marine insurance policies can be created. Marine insurance commonly covers the loss or damage of ships, cargo, and ship terminals.

Since there are both commercial and personal aspects to marine insurance, the types of policies and coverage can vary widely.  Commercial marine insurance can include cargo insurance, hull insurance, liability insurance, and freight insurance.  Cargo insurance covers the cargo onboard the ship, as well as the belongings of the people on the ship.  Hull insurance protects the costs of repair to the hull of the ship in case of damage, as well as much of the equipment and furniture on the ship that is not cargo.  Marine liability insurance provides compensation if a ship crashes or collides.  Freight insurance protects merchant vessel corporations from financial responsibility in the event of lost cargo from one of their ships.  These commercial marine insurance policies can be broken down or have variants to allow for merchants the flexibility to create a marine insurance policy that fits the needs of their business.

For more personal marine insurance policies, coverage like cargo and freight insurance is not needed.  However since boats and yachts can be significant investments, boat insurance is necessary to protect the owner from financial responsibility in case of an unforeseen event.  Additionally, many states require boat insurance, just as most states require auto insurance to protect the monetary damages motorists can inflict on each other.  Boat insurance is actually available as a form of marine insurance, or as an additional coverage on a homeowners’ insurance policy.  Water craft liability insurance is the most basic form of personal marine insurance available.  Water craft liability insurance covers damage to people or property due to actions on the boat, whether it is in the water or being towed to or from the water.  Sometimes added to personal boat insurance is a medical payment insurance that covers medical expenses of the operator and passengers in the boat if they injured in an accident covered by the liability marine insurance.  Wreck removal and pollution coverage is another recommended marine insurance addition to the standard boat insurance.  After a boat is wrecked, removal is required in a timely manner.  Depending on the damage to the boat and whether it has sank or not, this can be a costly undertaking, especially since the turnaround for removal must be expedient.  Also, if any gasoline or oil leaks, the owner of the boat will be fined for the pollution to cover the cleanup costs.  Wreck removal and pollution marine insurance coverage ensures these costly bills are not solely covered by the owner of the boat.

Similar to cars, many boating accidents take place within a short distance of the home port, so marine contractors’ insurance can be helpful coverage.  Marine contractors’ insurance covers workers in the port or marina where the boat or ship is docked, sheltering the owner from costs if a dock contract worker is injured while attending to their craft.

Marine insurance can protect one of the most significant investments people make outside of their home.  While the insurance coverage varies depending on the type of boat or ship and the purpose, the insurance can more than pay for itself in the event of an unforeseen accident.

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Our Inland Marine Products Provide “All Risk” Coverage! 4.11/5 (82.22%) 9 votes

While the term ‘inland marine insurance’ is kind of a misnomer, it is still an important insurance policy to have.  Inland marine insurance is a very adaptable and flexible type of policy that can be used in a variety of situations.  For the best protection, be sure you have inland marine insurance.

Inland marine insurance is designed to protect property in transit, especially high-value items such as tools and machinery.  Inland marine insurance is recommended for business owners, especially ones that travel for work or work with high value items.  Since it is such a flexible policy, inland marine insurance can prove invaluable for nearly any business.

Introducing an Inland Marine product that provides “All Risk” coverage.

Reasons for Inland Marine Select Coverage:

  • Damage by fire caused by mechanical breakdown
  • Arson of your equipment
  • Snow or ice damage
  • Vandalism or malicious mischief
  • Theft of items from your vehicle’s trunk or place of business
  • Lightning striking your equipment

Product Features:

  • Broad appetite for various classes of equipment including; medical, musical, DJ, photography, catering and sport equipment
  • Competitive rates based on type of equipment
  • Additional acquired equipment is automatically covered for up to 30 days (up to $10,000 per item)
  • Equipment leased, loaned or rented from others can be covered
  • Available on both a blanket and scheduled basis
  • Transit coverage is automatically included
  • Additional premium credits available

Limits of Insurance:

  • $500,000 limit of insurance*
  • Limit per individual piece of equipment varies by type
  • $2,500 maximum limit per item for blanketed equipment *$500,000 in Texas coastal areas which is $250,000 excluding wind and hail

Additional Advantages:

  • Low standard $500 deductible
  • Affordable $500 minimum premium
  • Contact within 24 hours of claim by an adjuster
  • Quick Quote turnaround


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Youth Sports Organizations and Little League Teams Should Carry an Insurance Policy 4.25/5 (85.00%) 4 votes

As much fun as they are to watch, sports can be dangerous activities.  There is always the potential for bodily injury in nearly every sport.  Insurance is also needed for the facilities they use and even for fundraisers hosted by the youth sports team.

This all-in-one insurance for youth sports package product provides protection for a variety of sports.  Property and liability coverage is offered in this insurance for youth sports package with a wide range of limits, ensuring that a small incident does not force the youth sports group to disband.

This All-In-One Non Profit Package product provides Youth Sports Organizations, with participants 18 years of age and younger, the opportunity to purchase General Liability, Property, and Directors & Officers (D&O)/ Employment Practices Liability (EPL) coverage all on one policy!

Target Accounts – The highest quote and bind ratio

  • New and existing organizations
  • Sports include but are not limited to Soccer, Football, T-ball, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf
  • Organizations that require parents or legal guardians to sign waivers of liability/release forms for all activities
  • Organization that perform background checks on all employees and volunteers
  • Organizations that have Accident & Health coverage in-force
  • No more than 1 loss or claim in the past 3 years

Product Advantages:

  • Coverage is available for athletic participants
  • Abuse and Molestation limits up to $1,000,000 occurrence/$1,000,000 aggregate available
  • Assault and Battery sub-limit of $50,000 available at no additional charge
  • Hired and Non-Owned Auto Liability coverage available in most states
  • Fundraisers and certain special events included at no additional cost
  • Landlord listed as an Additional Insured for no additional charge
  • No liability deductible
  • Separate limits of liability for Directors & Officers (D&O) and Employment Practices Liability (EPL) claims
  • Lifetime Occurrence Reporting Provision for former Directors and Officers
  • Unlimited defense costs outside the limits for D&O and EPL coverage
  • Full Prior Acts Coverage for D&O and EPL coverage
  • Optional fiduciary liability for D&O coverage
  • Property available on Special Form and Replacement Cost
  • Inland Marine coverage available for sports equipment
  • Crime coverage available

Available Limits:

  • Liability limits up to $1,000,000 occurrence/$3,000,000 aggregate
  • Abuse & Molestation limits up to $1,000,000 occurrence/$1,000,000 aggregate
  • Assault & Battery sub-limit of $50,000 at no additional charge
  • Property values up to $500,000 for D&O and EPL (Note: EPL is an optional coverage, which can be purchased in addition to D&O, but not on a monoline basis and may not exceed the D&O Limit.)
  • $5,000,000 additional capacity available for Umbrella Coverage

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Christmas Tree Lots Need Insurance Too 4.00/5 (80.00%) 4 votes

Christmas tree lots are temporary businesses that can be a very lucrative venture.  When dealing with large trees, there is the potential for injuries to customers and employees.  In addition, since Christmas tree lots are temporary, they are not very secure.

Vendor insurance and concessionaires insurance offers protection from many of the hazards associated with owning and operating a Christmas tree farm.  Liability from property and bodily injury as well as property and employee coverage is all available with this vendor insurance and concessionaires insurance package.

As the holiday season approaches, Christmas tree lots will be popping up everywhere.  This Concessionaires and Vendors product is designed for your Christmas tree lot business with low minimum premiums ranging from $350 to $500.

General liability advantages:

  • Flat rates per lot or tent
  • Products/completed operations coverage provided
  • Additional insured coverage for landlords and permits related to the premises included at no additional charge
  • No liability deductible
  • Christmas Tree Liability – slip and fall, property and bodily injury coverage
  • Tree Coverage – Theft, Vandalism and Fire
  • Employee Coverage – Workers Compensation (This coverage is required by law in most states)

You can also make each risk a complete package by adding inland marine.  The inland marine provides coverage for tents, fences and stock, including the trees themselves, with theft coverage automatically included!

Don’t forget, our Concessionaires and Vendors product is the gift that keeps on giving.  We can also write seasonal mall kiosks for a low general liability minimum premium between $275 and $365.


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Seasonal Lot and Seasonal Business Insurance 5.00/5 (100.00%) 2 votes

Seasonal businesses come and go.  Many spring up shortly before a holiday guaranteed to generate big business and shut down right after.  There is no need for them to pay for an entire year of insurance for sometimes only a handful of days of work per year.

Seasonal lot insurance and seasonal business insurance are policies for special, short term businesses.  Some of the most prevalent are the many fireworks stands that pop up the week before New Year’s Day and Independence Day.  Seasonal lot insurance and seasonal business insurance have much of the same coverage and protections as other business insurance policies, however they have features that are designed to accommodate the pricing and coverage needs of these seasonal operations.

Seasonal lot owners are now facing strict requirements by local municipalities, property managers and landlords to show proof of liability insurance for their operations.  A number of general liability loss exposures result from seasonal lot operations that lot owners must be made aware of.   Boardwalk Insurance Group offers our agents the capability of getting a monoline general liability coverage quote quickly on our website at or over the phone. This is the perfect solution for seasonal lot owners who are looking for coverage to protect their businesses, while also satisfying requirements to show proof of liability insurance.


Our product offers several advantages that help make our quotes an easy sale. These advantages include:

•     Primary General Liability limits up to $2,000,000/$3,000,000

•     Blanket Additional Insured included automatically which means there is no charge to add an Additional insured when it is required by a written contract

•     A competitive package quote by providing property coverage in an Inland Marine from which includes theft for no additional premium

•     Competitive and easy to use pricing (flat charge per stand)

•     No liability deductible

•     Hired and non-owned auto liability coverage available

With insured’s facing frequent loss exposures from damage to and theft of their products, a package policy offering general liability and inland marine coverage provides the solution to the numerous insurance needs of a seasonal lot owner.

The need for liability insurance is imperative for any business, even seasonal ones.  That is what makes these seasonal lot insurance and seasonal business insurance policies very attractive to all parties relating to a seasonal business.

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Inland Marine Insurance Products – What You Should Know About Them 4.00/5 (80.00%) 3 votes

What is inland marine insurance coverage?

We are asked this question often.  Inland marine insurance is usually a “line” of coverage added on to a policy or sometimes purchased as a stand-alone policy.  Generally speaking, it covers goods in transit or projects under construction.  Although it’s generally a type of property insurance, some classes within inland marine only provide liability coverage.  It is derived from marine insurance, which covers items, whether in transit or not, while on water.  Once it gets to land, that coverage ends and inland marine picks up from there.

Typically, the following types of businesses require some form of inland marine insurance coverage:
Ambulance Equipment
Amusement Rides
ATM Machines
Band Uniforms
Catering Equipment
Mobile Concession Stands
DJ Equipment
Exhibition Property
Go Karts
Golf Carts
Janitorial Equipment
Laundry Equipment
Medical Equipment
Mortician’s Equipment
Musical Instruments
Photography Equipment
Pool Cleaning Equipment
Radio or TV Studio Equipment
Recording Studio Equipment
Rock Climbing Wall
Scientific Instruments
Sports Equipment
Theater Property
Vending – Candy/Snacks
Vending – Stamps
Vending – Videos
Videographer Equipment

As you can see above, all of these businesses are moving on a regular basis.

If you are in need of a quote on a class of inland marine insurance, contact Boardwalk Insurance Group, an independent insurance agency specializing in all types of commercial insurance products for consumers in 25 states.

Inland Marine Product Highlights:
•    Discounts if in business with no losses for a minimum of three years
•    Discounts if items are brought back to owners place of business each day
•    Discounts if the business has a central station alarm
•    Discounts if all items are fives years or newer in terms of age
•    $500,000 limit of insurance
•    Limit per individual piece of equipment varies by type
•    $2,500 maximum limit on blanketed equipment



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