Press release

Boaters beware!

Monday 29 June 2009

  • 68% of theft claims happen when boat is moored
  • Beware of stolen equipment at Boat Jumbles

Recent analysis of Saga Boat Insurance claims has revealed that 68%* of theft claims are more likely to happen when boats are moored for the summer months, not laid up for the winter.

The most common theft claim from a boat whilst moored, is for an outboard, the average claim amount being in excess of £800. The second most common claim is for onboard equipment with the average claim being £1,400. And with the current credit crunch having had an impact and the general high price of marine equipment, more people are looking to buy second hand goods at “Boat Jumbles”.

Sailing is one of the favourite past times of the over 50’s and Saga warns its customers to be particularly vigilant as the same Jumbles attract the less scrupulous trader often selling goods that have been obtained dishonestly. Undercover policemen do the rounds of boat jumbles, but all too frequently find stolen goods on sale. Therefore customers need to be careful what they buy - not only because buying stolen goods encourages the trade, but also because they might be throwing their money away. If you don’t legally own it, you haven’t actually bought it. Even if you pay hundreds of pounds for an outboard, if it turns out to be stolen you will lose both the engine and your money.

Saga suggests the following security tips to make your vessel secure to avoid being the victim of theft –

  • Boat alarms
  • Hatch, door and window locks
  • Equipment alarms
  • Outboard motor locks
  • Wheel clamps

For more information on Saga Boat Insurance call 0800 015 3360 or visit


Notes to Editors

*Figures based on Saga Boat Insurance internal claims data, March 2009

For more information, please contact the Saga Press Office on 01303 771529.



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