Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Breakdown call-outs up yet only 15% of boat owners have RCR cover

Boat owners looking to adopt New Year resolutions are being asked to consider River Canal Rescue membership.  The breakdown and emergency assistance firm estimates only 15% of owners are members, yet call-out numbers are increasing.
River Canal Rescue says out of the 70,000 or so boats currently registered on the waterways, only 10,500 have a 24/7 support mechanism in place, the remainder - 85% - appear happy to adopt the ‘it’ll never happen to me’ philosophy.
And with this year’s call-out levels topping 3700 by 1 December 2013 - 20%* higher than 2012’s overall tally of 3100 - RCR Managing Director, Stephanie Horton, says this is a risky strategy: “We assisted many owners who failed to service and maintain their boats before setting off on their first journey of the year, but this is really the tip of the iceberg.  The total number of people encountering problems must be huge.”
Maintenance oversights and failure to take out breakdown cover are often due to financial strain - however those with RCR membership consider it essential.  In a recent Facebook poll, RCR asked site visitors to identify the one thing they would not give up if their finances became stretched; 58% said RCR Breakdown Cover, 16% boat maintenance, a further 16% pet insurance and 10% car breakdown cover.   
Stephanie concludes: “Owners clearly value the peace of mind our cover gives over their own boat maintenance.  Whilst the majority may consider RCR membership an unnecessary expense, it’s worth remembering that if you do breakdown or require emergency assistance, the overall cost will be much higher.”

River Canal Rescue membership starts at £55 per year, four levels of cover are available and replacement parts cover is included or can be added to membership.  To find out more, visit or call 01785 785680.