Resource articles

Sailboat masts and rigging

Sailboat mast and rigging maintenance and tuning tips from an accredited marine surveyor. Review these tips to insure years of pleasurable sailing.

Choosing the right marine surveyor

Read why you should consider hiring a marine surveyor to inspect your new boat before purchasing. Get tips for finding a marine surveyor.

Tres Martin High Performance Boat School Training

High performance boats are more elaborate than ever. Read as Tres Martin explains why its important to attend high performance boat school training.

Tips for tying your boat to the dock

Tying your boat to the dock is important so that it is secure enough not to get damaged by knocking up against the dock due to conditions such as wind, waves and tide. Markel Marine explores some helpful tips on the lines to use and how to tie them.

Buying a boat in the off season

Markel gives great tips on selecting and buying a boat--whether it's new or used, large or small--find the right boat for you!

Drowning may not look like you think

The visible images many people associate with drowning do not have much in common with what real drowning looks like.

Make sure you have enough boat insurance

Do you have enough boat insurance coverage if you got into a boating accident? Find out how to tell if you and your boat are protected here!

Boat repair orders 101

What you need to know about boat repairs and boating insurance. How can repair orders effect your boating insurance? Learn more here.

How boat usage can affect your insurance rates

Where and when you use your boat can affect boat insurance rates. Read what you should consider telling your insurance company to keep your premiums low.

Tips when buying a new boat

Thinking about buying a new boat? Read Markel Marine Insurance buying tips. Find out about boat loans, down payments, marine surveys & more!