The new Suzuki marine insurance scheme has been designed to cover both boat and outboard, which means that, if the worst should happen and a Suzuki outboard with this insurance cover is stolen, the customer will receive a new like-for-like replacement outboard without deduction or any additional excess. The insurance, which is administered by Bishop Skinner Marine, applies to outboards of up to three years old and boasts the assurance of being underwritten by the Beazley Syndicate at Lloyd’s, which has a secure A-rated capacity.

Suzuki's new insurance package is designed to give you much better peace of mind

Suzuki's new insurance package is designed to give you much better peace of mind.

As far back as 2013, outboard theft was among the ten most prolific insurance claims and according to security firm, Datatag, the theft of outboard engines in the UK surged by 40 per cent in the first half of 2016 alone. Plainly, the nature of outboard motors makes them relatively easy to steal, compared to integrated engines – and given that most outboard thefts are in the medium to large category, it is widely accepted that there is a degree of organised professional criminality behind outboard theft that is not easily deterred. This is therefore a very welcome move from Suzuki, particularly as it already offers free Datatag security marking on all its engines from 30 to 300hp.

George Cheeseman, Head of Suzuki GB’s Marine Division, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of this new insurance scheme. Outboard theft is a real problem. We’ve been working with Datatag for many years now to help look after our customers and prevent them from suffering at the hands of thieves – and this new insurance scheme should give our customers even more added value and peace of mind.”

Paul Birch, Managing Director of Bishop Skinner Marine, a company that has specialised in insuring boats of every kind for more than 40 years, added: “We’re really pleased to have partnered Suzuki with this specialist, bespoke insurance cover. Outboard motor theft is a growing risk facing motorboat owners and we believe this cover will be a really positive addition to Suzuki’s customer offering.”

To find out more, call 01245 294075 or visit Bishop Skinner.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.