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BoatUS ‘Cat’ Team Tackles Marine Catastrophes

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South Florida boat owners recently found there is another good reason to be a BoatUS member. In October, the BoatUS Catastrophe or ‘Cat’ Team, made up of professional surveyors, claims processors, transportation providers and crane and barge operators, traveled to Florida and South Carolina to recover BoatUS Marine Insurance Program-insured vessels affected by Hurricane Matthew.

“This storm was not nearly as bad as it could have been if it had moved 50 miles to the west. Still we had boots on the ground within 48 hours,” says Michael McCook, the Washington, DC-based field operations director for the BoatUS ‘Cat’ team. “We’d also like to think boaters helped themselves to reduce damage by advance preparation such as hauling out.”



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All BoatUS Insurance Program boat policies include ‘Names Storm Haul-Out Reimbursement’. Additionally, the Alexandra, Virginia-headquartered recreational boating advocacy organization offers free hurricane-planning help on its website.










The BoatUS ‘Cat’ team’s response isn’t limited to hurricanes. Team members, each with an average of well over 20 years of experience in their respective professions, respond to damages from other natural disasters such as tornados, major marine fires and tsunamis. www.boatus.com

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.

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