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  • Turning Your Retirement Questions Into Answers May 12, 2016
    Having trouble deciding which retirement plan is right for you or your agency? Big “I” Retirement Services is here to help you choose which plan best meets your circumstances. We’ve worked with more than 1,000 agencies to help them achieve their retirement goals.   IIABA Support   With over 25 years in the retirement business, … Continue reading → […]
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  • Big “I” Markets – An Inside Look at April 2015 NFIP Changes March 11, 2015
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  • Big “I” Markets – Webinars February 25, 2015
    Competing with Direct Sales & Captive Agency Insurers in Personal (and Commercial) Lines March 25, 2015; 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time $79 – Click here to register. Are you tired of all the insurance commercials that shout “Price! Price! Price!”? Are you sick of the silly claim that someone’s exposures to loss can be … Continue reading →
  • Big “I” Markets – Hot and Cold HomeScanSM February 25, 2015
    The sound of water running all the time or a sudden increase in the water bill can indicate a plumbing leak. Signs of mold or mildew smell in an area that doesn’t get wet, spongy floors or walls, a sagging roof or cracked foundations can be plumbing or exterior water getting in where it’s not … Continue reading →
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While we at Big “I” Markets hope you won’t think we’re “so vain” for saying so, we can offer you some amazing marine coverages through our partner ACE. ACE Recreational Marine has been a leading provider of yacht insurance for decades, offering the comprehensive policies available for both private pleasure and select charter usage. The Yachtsman® Policy provides all-risk protection for a wide range of pleasure yachts 27 feet or greater in length and up to $5 million in value, including select occasional charter opportunities, along with many unique benefits and features that are in the marketplace. Some eligibility info:

Yachts (27′ or greater and up to $5 million in value) – Yachtsman/Boatsman Policy

  • Length: Minimum 27′ – no maximum
  • Hull values: No minimum – $5 million maximum
  • No high performance vessels (refer to our Performance Policy)
  • Available in all states except Alaska and limited availability for permanently moored Florida risks: Florida eligibility is only      available for preferred vessels over $1 million in value with a permanent, full time captain employed.
  • Pleasure use
  • Owners/Named insured must be 21.
  • Vessel owners should be experienced in similar size/type vessels. Refer first time boat owners or      those making a jump of 12′ or more.
  • Condition and Valuation surveys required at 10 years of age for salt water risks. 20 years of age for      fresh water risks.
  • Lay-ups – afloat or ashore

Small Boats (under 27′) – Yachtsman/Boatsman Policy

  • Length: no minimum – maximum 26′
  • Hull values: no minimum – no maximum
  • No high performance boats (refer to our Performance Policy)
  • Bass boats acceptable. Pontoon boats on inland waters acceptable.
  • Available in all states except Alaska and Florida.
  • Pleasure use
  • Owners/Named insured must be 21.
  • Some boating experience is desired – refer first time boat owners.

What about Mega-yachts? ($5 million in value and above) Elite Yacht Program.

The Elite Yacht Program® is ACE’s exclusive program to fulfill the specialty insurance needs of luxury yacht owners with vessels valued at $5 million or greater. Exceptional yachts require specialized insurance protection and the Elite Yacht Program provides significantly increased benefit levels for a broad range of coverage, along with many other valuable and unique policy features. Log into for full details.

If your clients aren’t among the yachting set, ACE offers these coverages for a variety of other watercraft as well:

Personal Watercraft (PWC)

  • Owners/Named insured must be 21
  • Licensed driver
  • Personally Owned
  • Pleasure Use only
  • No more than 2 unrelated owners
  • Speed up to 60 mph
  • Seats 2-3 people
  • 7 ft. up to 16 ft. in length
  • No modifications
  • Water-jet propulsion
  • Owner and Operators must have clean MVR (0-2 points)
  • MVRs required if operator < 25 years old

Charter boats up to $5 million in value – Charter Policy

  • Maximum of 6 passengers
  • No USCG inspected vessels
  • Owners/Named insured must be 21
  • Length: Minimum 27′ – no maximum
  • Hull values: No minimum – $5 million maximum
  • No high performance vessels (refer to our Performance Policy)
  • Copy of owner’s or hired Captain’s license required.
  • Available in all states except Alaska and Florida.
  • Condition and Valuation surveys required at 10 years of age for salt water risks. 20 years of age for      fresh water risks.
  • Lay-ups – afloat or ashore

Performance boats 55 mph up to 100 mph – High Performance Policy

  • Maximum speed: 55 mph up to 100 mph
  • Not available in Florida
  • Pleasure use
  • Owners/Named insured must be 21.
  • Clean MVRs required
  • Surveys required when vessel is 10 years or older.
  • Racing excluded

Log into www.bigimarkets and choose any of these products from the personal products menu to look at full coverage details or to submit a quote. They are listed under “Marine” in the alphabetical product listing.

Andrew McElhannon is the Member Services Coordinator for the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, and can be contacted at: or b y phone at 770-458-0093, x.110, or 800-878-6487.

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