Boating season is officially underway in Nebraska and the forecast for the upcoming weekend calls for perfect weather to set sail. Ann Avery is a spokesperson for State Farm and says according to claims submitted in 2014, 31% of all damage to boats was due to striking a submerged or floating object.
Avery says wind and hail damage came in second accounting for 13% of their claims last year. Collision with a fixed object – like the dock- was third with almost 8 percent. Collisions with another watercraft represented only a small percentage of losses.
Avery says safety is always the top priority when using any watercraft and State Farm recommends researching the area so you are familiar with possible hazards. They also recommend a boat safety course and make sure to have a life jacket for everyone on board.
State Farm also recommends regular maintenance on all watercraft and to use care when launching on boat ramps.