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  • Colin Stone
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11 Nov 2023 13:43 #1 by Colin Stone
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HKJ have told me in writing that their insurance hull survey requirement is every 7 years, so will tie in with TRIWV interval.

Colin Stone
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  • Peter Milne
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04 Aug 2023 22:08 #2 by Peter Milne
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Insurers are (largely) restricted by residence who they can insure.  Hence, post-brexit, GJW can insure a UK resident but not a French resident.  HK-J opened an Irish branch to accommodate EU residents.

It's a variable and uncertain territory but the DBA knowledgebase article on Insurance limitations  sums up our best current understanding.
If you can add to it please tell kbeditor@barges.org

Pete Milne, Quo Vadis & De Zwaan , Gent.

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  • Ian Litton
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04 Aug 2023 21:53 #3 by Ian Litton
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We’re insured with GJW. They have always settled claims for damage very promptly. They also paid for legal costs when we made a breach of contract claim against a supplier for a botched engine refurbishment. We live in the UK, and our boat is in France. 

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  • Colin Stone
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04 Aug 2023 18:07 #4 by Colin Stone
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I'm with HKJ and have been since 2005 and they have been fine. 
A bit of a shock 3 days ago when reading the 8 Aug 23 renewal small print and "we require survey and thickness plan before 2023 renewal" sprang off the pc screen. 
On reading the small print in the current, Aug 22, policy, it had the same.  Oops. Manuals and insurance small print go together! 
With a few days to go, no chance at all. 
A quick call and luckily the underwriter was happy with a TRIWV survey already arranged for June next year.  This will be the first HKJ insurance required survey and the next task will be to ensure that both insurance and TRIWV surveys can be concurrent. 
This year's premium increase is the princely sum of £15.

Colin Stone
It's not the destination, it's the glory of the ride.
Barge Register KEI

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  • Andy Soper
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04 Aug 2023 17:54 #5 by Andy Soper
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Hello Matt and Sarah,

As you are in France it is likely that HKJ will pass your interest to their EU sister company in Ireland - set up to cope with Brexit!
Well worth a phone call to the UK office ( +44(0)1732 223 650) to check that they have received your request - they are usually very prompt. 

Best Wishes
Andy Soper
DBA Director Representation and Treasurer
mv Neeltje
Cookham
0044 (0) 7940598364

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  • Matthew Arnold
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04 Aug 2023 17:37 #6 by Matthew Arnold
Barge insurance was created by Matthew Arnold
We are looking for a new insurance coverage for our 28 m barge. We are currently insured through Knighthood Insurance Brokers in Ireland. Their quote for this year is way up 2700 Euro and they won't renew after next year (another Brexit benefit). 
We already filled in the DBA form for Haven Knots Johnston but got no reply.
Would appreciate any suggestions from members that are happy with their insurance company
Many thanks
Matt and Sarah
Mathilde

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