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Worldwide Marine??? #13748397 10/29/20 07:09 PM
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So I am looking to renew my policy for 2 boats and I have always heard talk of Worldwide Insurance & Bob Luellen. For starters, has anyone ever had any issues with this company? Just wondering because the premiums are so different than what I'm paying with Safeco. 1992 Ranger 361v & a 2007 Bennington Pontoon. Both insurances have the same coverage, limits and equipment coverage, except that Worldwide is doing an agreed value on both and the agreed value of the bass boat is twice what Safeco is insuring it for. Plus Worldwide is over $300 a year less. Just wondering, for anyone using Worldwide that has needed to use it, how easy was it to deal with them?

Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13748832 10/30/20 12:58 AM
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I found it easy to deal with Worldwide. Worldwide is NOT the insurer - they are a broker who shops out client opportunity to insurance companies that "bid" on providing the policy. Using a broker is a way to get suppliers to bid competitively for your business.

Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13791812 12/02/20 02:57 PM
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Worldwide mainly uses Progressive as the insurance carrier. I have used them for many years across three boats. Had my first claim a couple of months ago, and was not impressed, with Progressive or really Bob and company...basically stonewalling me as far as fighting Progressive. Progressive is inexpensive, but this is another scenario of you get what you pay for. Switching to Bob Green as my new broker.

Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13793999 12/04/20 01:58 PM
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I have been using Bob for couple years but have never had a claim.

Another one to check out is Ben Green Insurance.

Ben is always recommended when these threads come up and he is a Bass Tourney fisherman. cheers


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Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13802316 12/11/20 04:05 PM
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I had to sue progressive to pay on my offshore boat last year so if that is who they want you to go with id look elsewhere.


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Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13812406 12/19/20 06:04 PM
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Guys, We represent numerous companies. We market to all of them and go what makes the most since. The most important thing is to understand your coverage's. I quote your boat like it is mine. Guys have mentioned companies in this post that have deprecation on partial losses. You need be make sue you understand what you are buying. Thank you Bob Luellen

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Originally Posted by Insurancepro
Guys, We represent numerous companies. We market to all of them and go what makes the most since. The most important thing is to understand your coverage's. I quote your boat like it is mine. Guys have mentioned companies in this post that have deprecation on partial losses. You need be make sue you understand what you are buying. Thank you Bob Luellen



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Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13820960 12/27/20 02:44 PM
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Give us a call Monday and we can go over your needs. It is very important to understand coverage's on older boats. Most companies will have depreciation on machinery. I will go over all the coverage's. Thank you Bob Luellen 517-627-8080

Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13823201 12/29/20 04:29 PM
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There are always the good, bad and downright ugly stories with insurance coverage's. As previously stated, boat owners knowing the coverage they need is of most importance. Older and re-equipped boats are the most vulnerable because owners forget to submit upgrades and such to their policies. " Agreed value " and " replacement coverage's " are often overlooked. They cost a bit more, but covers your investment.
Here are two examples:
1) Boat owner has 1K coverage on trailer with 500.00 deductible ( collision ) and detoured down a gravel road. Cost was 2500.00 to sand blast, repair, prime and refinish with multiple pinstripe included. Cost to owner would be 2000.00+. Full replacement coverage would have been about an extra 50.00 a year? back then.
2) Owner of older boat puts 3500.00 in refurbish plus another 3000.00 in electronics. Two weeks later, he had everything from 4 wheelers, fork lift and boat stolen from facility. They had 2500.00 fair market value on the boat.

It has been my experience, that the companies with their own adjusters process claims quickly ( usually within a week ). The ones that use independent inspectors or consultants, can take a week or longer to schedule appointment, a week to write their report, another week for the insurance to review and now it is ready to be scheduled for repair. A month later before the real work can begin. Most cases the repairs can be completed within a week.

Another issue to consider is to take directly to the repair facility. Dealers are in the sells business and often sublet these repairs. Your boat may sit for weeks waiting for estimate and sometimes the actual cost for the repairs are so over inflated, the insurance companies spend extra time trying to justify or ultimately deny these cost.

Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13823433 12/29/20 07:35 PM
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I have a very clean, classic 1982 Boston Whaler Sport 15 with a 1983 Johnson 50 HP with aftermarket (CMC) power tilt / trim. It's insured with Progressive (through Worldwide Marine Underwriters). On their advice, when I bought the boat I insured it for an agreed value of $10K.

A few weeks ago I destroyed the lower unit and SS propeller backing off a sandbar and hitting some really solid submerged object. I called Progressive and was surprised to have an adjuster call me back the same day. She quickly took my report and assigned an estimator to look at the boat.

I really wanted the motor repaired and would have been happy with that. The estimator tried his best to locate parts, a used or reconditioned lower unit, but could find none. So he totaled the entire boat. They very promptly paid me the $10K less salvage value of $725 and let me keep the boat with no change of title work. I have 0 deductible having been with them over 5 years so they paid me $9,275. I have now purchased a brand new 2020 Tohatsu 60 HP 4 stroke which will be installed (I hope before the end of holidays) for an installed, out the door price of $9,100. I came out smelling like a rose and decided to add a hydraulic jackplate at my expense.

I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive about the claim, but it was handled quickly, fairly, and everything was clearly explained.

I was afraid they would send out Flo (as seen so often on TV). I asked if they could assign the cute little blonde in the "lets hide behind the chainsaws" commercial, but alas, they said they couldn't do that.

Agreed Value saved me. I plan to reinsure it for $10K after sending them documentation of the new motor. The underwriter (Bill) said that wouldn't be a problem. Worldwide Marine Underwriters did well for me.

Re: Worldwide Marine??? [Re: lcbl75771] #13834237 01/06/21 04:33 PM
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I have been with Bob for several years. He knows the business. They first time we talked, he looked at my policy to see what I needed and I wasn't even with him at the time. Can't beat that.

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