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The theft of outboard engines has long been an issue for the boating and insurance industries and one that needed to be addressed.

To that end two of the biggest names in the UK marine industry, Yamaha Motor (UK) Ltd and leading boat insurance specialist Haven Knox-Johnston, have jointly announced the launch of a new boat insurance policy called “Yamaha Marine Cover Insurance”, which will be available exclusively through specialist pleasure craft broker RJP Marine.

The new policy, which is underwritten by Amlin Syndicate 2001 at Lloyd’s, is exclusively available to boaters who own a pleasure craft fitted with a Yamaha outboard engine, for use on UK coastal and inland waters. The policy contains many new features and benefits, subject to some exclusions and limitations, for all Yamaha owners but the most significant advantages will be gained by owners of engines that have the industry acclaimed Yamaha Y-COP (Yamaha Customer Outboard Protection) system fitted.

The remote-controlled Y-COP security system is a pioneering innovation, which immobilises the outboard engine electronically at the push of a button, immediately destroying the appeal of the boat and engine to a potential thief.  The system is available on nearly all of Yamaha’s fuel-injected outboard range from 30hp to 350hp, with the F150 model being the latest model to be fitted with the system, which is the first of its type in the marine market.

Haven Knox-Johnston, one of the largest providers of marine insurance in the UK, and RJP Marine have jointly recognised the potential of this outstanding system and developed exclusive policy benefits for Yamaha Y-COP-powered craft.

Yamaha and RJP already have a close relationship as both are founding members of the PWP (Personal Watercraft Partnership) which, under the umbrella of the RYA, has been working to enhance PWC usage throughout the UK. Chris Harper, Managing Director of RJP Marine, commented on the benefits of both the policy and the Y-COP system.

“The issue of outboard theft is one that needed to be addressed and Yamaha have led the way once again with Y-COP - a brilliant new security device which immobilises the management system of the outboard engine. A ’Y-COPPED’ engine secured to the boat of course also protects the boat itself against theft of the whole rig.

HKJ have recognised Yamaha’s innovation and after reviewing the device have put their money where their mouth is, by negotiating lower premiums and better terms in an exclusive new policy available only from RJP Marine.

The new Yamaha Marine Cover Insurance policy is available for all craft rigged with a Yamaha outboard and owners can access the detailed policy information here on this website.  

The policy will additionally reward Yamaha Y-COP customers with several exclusive feature benefits including: no loss of excess and no loss of No Claims Benefit for theft of a Y-COP engine, no double excess on Underwater Gear, new for old outboard replacement on engines up to three-years old and most significantly of all, reduced premiums, illustrating the significance of Y-COP to the insurers and their acknowledgement that craft fitted with Y-COP engines are less likely to be the target of thieves.

It seems that with such a comprehensive policy in hand, Yamaha Y-COP customers will have even more peace of mind!

David Pougher, Divisional Manager for Marine & ATV products at Yamaha, explains the importance of the new insurance package.

Theft has long been the scourge of boat owners, and too often we see people’s prized craft ruined or stolen by mindless thieves. Insurance is an absolutely essential aspect of protecting your investment and Yamaha Marine Cover Insurance is tailor-made for Yamaha outboard-powered boat owners. Y-COP engine owners already know their boat is safer than most and we are delighted to offer our customers the added benefits and peace of mind of this scheme so boaters and families can concentrate on enjoying their boating!”

So why not get a quotation for your Yamaha Outboard powered craft today just click here 

Haven Knox-Johnston through Amlin Syndicate 2001 at Lloyd’s, will be supplying the insurance exclusively though RJP Marine which has over 20 years’ experience of specialist marine cover.

RJP Marine is a trading name of Johnstone Insurance Brokers Ltd., which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority under Firm Reference Number 452604.



Yamaha marine Cover Insurance is the name of an insurance product available exclusively through R J P Marine which is underwritten by Haven Knox Johnston and designed for the owners of boats powered by Yamaha Motor UK Ltd outboard engines.

R J P Marine Insurance Services is a Trading Name of Johnstone Insurance Brokers Ltd. (Company Registration number 05683941) Johnstone Insurance Brokers Ltd are Insurance Brokers dealing with all forms of General Insurance. R J P Marine specifically deals with Personal Watercraft, Jet-ski and Pleasure Craft Insurance.

Johnstone Insurance Brokers Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority – Registration number 452604. You can check our registration on the FSA website at the following link
http://www.fsa.gov.uk/register/home.do. R J P Marine Insurance Services manage the R J P Marine Personal Watercraft Scheme which is issued under a binding authority agreement issued to RJP Marine Insurance Services by Markel International Insurance Co Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.