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ID: 104 Title: Chilean hull insurance required ??? Replis: 1 Read: 1655 Author: 2
Name: John Mottl  Posts: 2  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-8-10_9:7:36 Quote    Reply
Is anyone familiar with the new 2003 requirement to have full coverage marine insurance to enter Chilean waters. I am specifically interested in the limits to navigation for vessels not covered with hull insurance and the specific requirements of coverage.
Name: Douglas Abbott  Posts: 1    Vancouver Time: 2003-9-13_11:47:19 Quote    Reply
It took a while to find but you might try this: for the full text.

Here's the meat of the topic I believe:

Jonathan Selby, owner of the yacht Anahera, contributed the following dispatch, via email from Puerto Montt, prior to his departing the area for Argentina: “The situation is extremely fluid right now. The 1985 regulation states that all vessels, including private yachts less than 200 tons, transiting the Patagonian Channels and the Straits of Magellan may exempt themselves from the need to carry a pilot by having insurance to cover all expenses the Chilean Navy may incur in a search, rescue and recovery of vessel and crew.

“Although this regulation has been on the books, port captains have been very lenient with the enforcement of this rule. Occasionally someone tries to enforce it and the tourist office or some lobby group hushes the whole thing up. The last incident was about four years ago to my knowledge.

“This regulation started to be enforced six months ago at Marina Del Sur, Puerto Montt, Chile. There were no other incidents reported, and it seems that it was caused by a personal rift between one particular yachtsman and the port captain. This has now spread to all marinas and yacht clubs under the jurisdiction of Puerto Montt, and most yachts have been stopped from leaving this week (late October 2002).

“The port captain Lt. Cmdr. José Luis Sepúlveda has been very helpful in contacting his friends in the insurance industry; however, there does not seem to be a category of insurance that quite meets the bill. The closest that can be found is comprehensive hull insurance with a salvage clause. The quote we got was for 2.1 percent of the insured value for 59-day coverage; i.e., it was $1,500 U.S. on a hull value of $60,000, so the annual premium is about 12 percent.”

Selby committed himself to gaining exemption from this ruling, especially because he had difficulty providing suitable hull coverage, as his vessel has a ferro-cement hull. Selby’s boat is a 40-foot Donavan Amri sloop built by FerroCement Works in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1985.

“Ferro insurance is almost impossible to buy due to the past history of some home-built craft,” Selby said.

While Selby was ultimately given clearance, in early November, to sail the inside route without the insurance policy, he is uncertain whether his efforts will result in the law being changed. A campaign to resolve the issue is being led by a Chilean based in Anihue, the coordinator of the Patagonia cruiser’s net, who prefers to be known simply as J.C. The net is broadcast at 0900 local time on 8164 MHz. (J.C. also coordinates the Chile Seamail system in Santiago, a free email gateway for South American voyagers.) According to J.C., the situation will work out in favor of all parties in the coming months; an update on this issue will appear in the next Chartroom Chatter. Contact J.C. with questions at (Be sure to type ANX1 in the subject line.)

“It looks like the flurry of diplomatic activity finally paid off. Everything is extremely cordial with all the authorities, and we get to sail the route we planned. I would like to think that we have made things a little easier for our peers when they come this way,” Selby said.

This info is from the Jan. 2003 issue of Ocean Navigator. I also remember an article in Cruising World by the Pardeys and at their website: for August 2003 that reports this:

"This recent change, introduced to coincide with the 2002-2003 summer (November-February), has caused several voyagers to re-align their plans and face several thousand miles of unexpected passage making to reach the Panama Canal, or to consider requesting clearance to a country north of Chile, then keeping offshore to sail directly south and around Cape Horn. East or west bound, this is 2200 miles of extreme condition sailing and eliminates any chance to sample the maze of wild life laden canals that draw almost 20 yachts a year to these windswept waters. Unfortunately, due to a sharp tightening of insurance underwriters willingness to take on risk post 9/11 and because of the relatively high risks that southern Chilean cruising presents, three cruising sailors we met as we prepared to sail north bound into the Pacific from Puerto Montt, had their insurance applications declined by major companies. Those who have been able to obtain insurance are being offered policies with $5,000 deductible (excess) at 2-1/2 to 3 times the premium rate normally quoted for cruising through Polynesian waters."

I hope this helps or at least provides some guidance as to where to look next. Good sailing!

Captain Douglas Abbott