PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the hurricane season already upon us, climate experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say there is a 70 percent probability for an active to extremely active 2010 Atlantic Basin Hurricane season. Any probability of a hurricane or a severe storm is cause for boaters in hurricane-prone regions to have preparation plans in place. NOAA scientists predict between 14 to 23 named storms this year, with 8 to 14 becoming hurricanes, of which 3 to 7 could become major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher.1
Given the possibility of above normal hurricane activity, boat owners and the marine community should take proactive measures to minimize the potential for injuries and reduce damage to boats. ACE Recreational Marine Insurance has released its top ten list of important tips to help recreational boaters protect their vessels as well as other property on board during the hurricane season. “The best defenses to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe weather are planning, preparation and timely action,” said Damon R. Hostetter, Senior Vice President, ACE Recreational Marine Insurance. “It’s important for boat owners to be aware of preventative measures they can take during the hurricane season. The following precautionary suggestions are guidelines to be used by the marine community to help prevent injury or possibly reduce property damage.”
ACE Recreational Marine’s Top Ten Hurricane Safety Tips for Boaters
According to Mr. Hostetter, the more knowledgeable recreational boaters are about proactive safety practices on the water, the better. “Public awareness and a proactive response to taking precautionary measures is one of the key factors in keeping safe in the event of a hurricane or a named storm. Another important component is to read and thoroughly understand your insurance policy well in advance of a hurricane to ensure it adequately meets your needs. It is vital to understand your policy’s coverages, exclusions and your duties as a vessel owner,” he noted. “Don’t wait until the last minute to make changes as you may find out you are unable to do so if there is an impending storm.”
ACE also offers free preparation guides including, Hurricanes and Severe Storms and Hurricane Preparation Tips for Boaters, which include detailed recommendations and tips for the owners of trailerable and non-trailerable boats to undertake prior, during and after a storm. Please visit www.acemarineinsurance.com to learn more about ACE Recreational Marine Insurance and to download these free safety brochures, by clicking on the “Boating Safety & Loss Prevention” hot link, then selecting either the Hurricanes and Severe Storms or the Hurricane Preparation Tips for Boaters brochure.
To learn more about ACE Recreational Marine Insurance and obtain valuable information on a wide range of safety and loss prevention topics, please visit www.acemarineinsurance.com.
ACE Recreational Marine Insurance, part of ACE Private Risk Services, has been serving marine clients for more than 200 years, since 1792 when its predecessor company wrote the very first marine insurance policy issued in the United States. ACE offers exceptional all-risk insurance coverage to protect the entire spectrum of pleasure yachts and boats, including classic boats, luxury mega-yachts and sailboats, sport fishing boats, ski boats, personal watercraft, high performance vessels and select charter vessels. Product highlights are summaries only; please see actual policy for terms and conditions. Products may not be available in all states.
ACE Private Risk Services is the high-net-worth personal lines business of ACE Group, and provides specialty coverage for homeowners, automobile, recreational marine, umbrella liability and collections insurance for affluent individuals and families. Celebrating 25 years of insuring progress, the ACE Group is a global leader in insurance and reinsurance serving a diverse group of clients. Headed by ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), a component of the S&P 500 stock index, the ACE Group conducts its business on a worldwide basis with operating subsidiaries in more than 50 countries. Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com.
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