As you are probably aware, current UK government advice is for offices to work from home where possible. With this in mind, effective from Tuesday 17th March 2020, the Topsail UK team will all be working remotely.
Telephone calls will be diverted to us at home but if your call is not answered immediately, please leave a message or try again later.
We thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Our agreed value policies are designed to suit the needs of the sailing community, offering comprehensive and flexible cover worldwide on yachts, motorboats and various other types of vessel.
Welcome to Topsail Insurance; Brighton based marine insurance specialists who have insured the sailing community throughout the UK and worldwide for nearly 20 years.
At Topsail Insurance we specialise in Motorboat, Yacht, Craft, Ship and Dinghy insurance throughout the world - the UK, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Pacific Regions, South East Asia, Australasia, Antarctic and the North West Passage.
We also provide our specialist Travel Insurance policies, the Yachtsman’s or Tall Ships Travel Insurance. We are pleased to have an active involvement with The Cruising Association and also the prestigious Ocean Cruising Club, offering discounts to members.
Topsail Insurance is owned and run by Robert Stevens and Chris McGowan who are backed by a dedicated team highly knowledgeable in the field of Boat Insurance and Travel Insurance.
More details can be found on the extensive insurance policies we provide at Topsail Insurance by viewing Yacht, Motorboat, Sailing Dinghies, Small Craft, Inland Boat and Narrowboat Insurance products.
Topsail Insurance are proud to partner with the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), Cruising Association (CA) & Jubilee Sailing Trust. Find out more on what Topsail Insurance can offer OCC and CA members and those sailing with the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
Topsail are the proud winners of the British Marine 2015 Training and Development Award and finalists for 2016 Training and Development Award.
"Thorough as usual. It really is a pleasure receiving prompt, professional service! hope never to have a claim, but if the situation should arise I have confidence in Topsail given the service I’ve received thus far. There must be something in the office water because the service is exemplary across the board, thank you so much for the outstanding service."
“What can I say? Of course I am very satisfied with your services and not only for the granted compensation, but also because you were very present always during all the duration of the process. Every time I have written, I had an answer either the same day, or the next day. It is a difficult time and the morale is not still present and to feel that the company which you chose is very present, in our listening and understands our difficulties is certain comfort.
I thank you for all that.”
“I have nothing but praise for the underwriters and their appointed surveyor. They have gone beyond the call of duty on this one. It is not until you go through the exercise do you realise how difficult it is to get boat stuff repaired or replaced when you are off the beaten track.
We are a couple of happy sailing bunnies again."
“To say that it was a shock to have the paddle-wheel log housing fracture flush with the hull and watch a two inch solid jet of water punching its way into the boat - would be an understatement.
To say that the way Topsail acted on our frenzied phone call from Burgundy and sorted out our claim in double quick time - would not."
“Having been a customer of Topsail Insurance since their inception I have always been ready to extol their virtues. Without doubt the Topsail Team are remarkably friendly and ready to listen and discuss policies best suited to my sailing interests. Apart from Yacht insurance, I can also recommend to anyone their Gold and Silver Yachtsman’s...
Tony and Christine - S/Y Pelagia of Poole – OCC members
"As per our most recent correspondence, I am advising you that the sale of INGRID OF THE ISLES is, all being well, imminent! So, at this point in time I would like to sincerely thank Topsail Insurance for the absolutely first class service you...
Barry Barnwell - previously S/Y Ingrid of the Isles
“I was treated to clear a Pneumonia infection that I suffered in the Caribbean in Dec 2013, which resulted in surgery back in the UK; Topsail and CEGA kindly provided an incredible service to get me back to the UK and back to good health again...
“I would like to send you my most sincere thanks for the efficiency and speed with which you dealt with my recent claim. I was particularly impressed that I was able to deal with you and your staff during the weekend!
The remedial works have been completed...
“Regarding your service, I could not fault it. All correspondence was promptly answered and the claim dealt with expeditiously. Thank you sincerely for that. It was a big relief to receive the settlement. I was confident of acceptance...
Let me say that the manner in which Roger Rich and Topsail have dealt with this matter is profoundly reassuring in these days when many in your position would look for a technicality or some other way of obviating the obligation.
Martin Purtill – Tall Ships Single Travel Insurance
"Thank you very much for your extremely comprehensive replies. As a direct result I would like to request that you re-quote for the policy after extending the cover up to and including Sunday 7th August 2017, which is our expected return date. I would like to add that the way you and Topsail Insurance Ltd have handled this business has been exemplary and I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to my friends in the sailiing fraternity and beyond. "
"I just want to let you know that is has been a pleasure being insured by Topsail, your communications are swift and punctual and I will recommend your company to everyone seeking a yacht insurance.
"I had the occasion to ask Topsail Insurance for a quotation last year for my Leopard 40. They came back promptly with the coverage I needed and at $1000 less than my current supplier. When we decided not to do a Pacific crossing I asked Topsail if they would financially recognize the reduced risk; expecting very little. They reduced my premium by $400. I was quite amazed. Later that year, at Panama City, a yacht was hit by lightning near our boat. The electromagnetic pulse took out quite a bit of our electronics. I filed a claim, which was turned over to Topsail's appraisers (who were businesslike, prompt, and approachable). I had the claim paid out within a month...and in the aftermath of hurricane Irma! Topsail answers queries quickly, makes pro-active solutions for their clients, and is a pleasure to deal with. If you're looking for marine insurance...I must wholeheartedly recommend Topsail Insurance"
Many thanks to Topsail Insurance for the excellent service and assistance we received from your agent Laura Clothier, and her patient and professional guidance helping us transfer an insurance policy on a 2009 Oyster sailboat.
Many thanks again for the excellent service
Captain John D Skoriak,
US Coast Guard Licensed Master, Sausalito CA USA, Oyster 655 PEARL (ex GUNDAMAIN)”
“Top marks for Topsail
We started our season in May & shortly after setting off were told that our house in the U.K. had been burgled. We returned home on 26th May, just as a thunderstorm passes over the Attic peninsula.Upon our return to Olympic Marine in early June, we discovered that Offski along with several other boats had been struck by lightning and our electronics were fried.
Topsail and their underwriters MS Amlin were superb. Upon receipt of the quotation for repairs, they gave approval and made the large advance payment requested so that parts could be ordered and work proceed. Olympic Marine & their subcontractors AMZ yachting voted Topsail the most professional insurance company that they had to satisfy of all the other damaged yachts undergoing the same repairs. Olympic/AMZ have completed the work and we are ready to go sailing again. Topsail has made this easy for us, all without deducting an excess since we are in our home marina. Meanwhile, at home the glaziers have failed to turn up to replace our window, and the loss adjuster is at a loss to value the contents that we have had stolen.
So it is top marks to Topsail. I shall raise a glass of wine to them and not ask them to pay for it. Unless of course someone organises a CA meet in the Saronic/Cyclades in September .......
"Thanks again to you and Topsail for all your help over the last year. We've had a great time and I really appreciated the quick responses and help to deal with the extension for Greece and longer term mooring cover in the summer. Great team and service!"