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money in equipment, exposes him/herself
and vessels to danger, and uses expertise to
rescue stranded boats in many levels of peril.
It’s a business, and for hundreds of years salvors, who often risk life and limb, have been
amply rewarded to encourage prompt aid
to boats in danger. On the other side is the
boat owner and/or their insurance company,
perceiving the value of the service as far less
because the time it took to complete the job
was short, or there’s a disagreement over
the level of risk, peril, and effort involved in
rescuing the boat.
Of the nearly 70,000 BoatU.S. members
who find themselves in need of basic towing and soft ungrounding each year, the vast
majority are sent on their way at no charge
because they’ve opted to carry unlimited
towing as part of their BoatU.S. membership.
Salvage is not covered by the BoatU.S. unlim-
ited towing program, but fortunately inci-
dents involving salvage and hard groundings
are only three percent of the annual cases. A
Insurance Program, provide for salvage up
to the agreed value of the boat, not just a
percentage of its value.
When there’s a dispute over what the fair
and reasonable value of the salvage claim is,
it’s normally settled through negotiations
between the towing company and the boat
owner’s insurance company. But if there’s
no insurance, or if negotiations break down,
the BoatU.S. Salvage Arbitration Plan can
help resolve disputes objectively, quickly, and
inexpensively by putting the decision-making
in the hands of knowledgeable marine pro-
fessionals who review the facts and reach a
settlement based on admiralty law.
How It workS
In 1804, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice
John Marshall declared, “If property is
exposed to peril or hazard at sea and is saved
by the voluntary exertion of any persons
whatsoever, … a very ample award will be
bestowed in the courts of justice.” This is the
basic principle that still guides salvage law
today. These laws are designed to encour-
age seamen to render prompt aid to vessels
and property in peril at sea. For more than
200 years, courts have made awards based
on several factors. The BoatU.S. Salvage
Arbitration Plan has been using the same
criteria (for more on those, see this arti-
cle online at www.BoatUS.com/Magazine)
and resolving disagreements since 1989.
Originally designed to assist in the settlement
of disputes between salvors and insurance
companies, it’s also available to any boat
to find out how to use the Salvage
arbitration Plan, see this article
online at www.BoatUS.com/Magazine