Marine insurance specialist GJW Direct is launching a new partnership at the Southampton Boat Show with all-in-one navigation app savvy navvy – offering customers of its Marina Scheme a free annual navigation subscription.

With recent British Marine survey figures showing a 20% increase in people taking to the water with no formal training, the partnership also aims to increase confidence and safety on the water.

The Boating & Boat Ownership Summer 2022 Survey, commissioned by British Marine, found that of those surveyed, 21% were either self-taught or trained by family or friends, and only 6% used weather or navigation websites as educational resources.

Having proudly supported the boating and sailing community since 1826, GJW Direct is partnering with savvy navvy to give away more than 6,000 subscriptions for the all-in-one navigation app, which is now used by around half a million users in more than 100 countries around the world.

Lev Osman, Managing Director of GJW Direct, said:
We understand more than most that formal training might not be available or an option for everyone – we’re boat owners ourselves and many of us learn on the go. But we think it is important to empower boat owners to increase their opportunities for building expertise and counteract any issues that might occur with equipment on their boats.”

Free savvy navvy subscriptions are available to anyone signing up to GJW Direct’s Marina Scheme, which provides specific insurance and special endorsements for anyone keeping their vessel in a marina.

GJW Direct and savvy navvy’s partnership first commenced in April 2021, with GJW Direct – part of one of the world’s largest insurance groups – always looking to provide added value to its customers – something it has done for more than 195 years.

On making savvy navvy licences available free of charge to its customers, Osman, continues: “Where we can support our customers is through partnerships with the likes of savvy navvy, making sure they are as equipped for their trips as possible, and through comprehensive insurance that covers all eventualities and provides that extra peace of mind.”

Founded by former Google Software Engineer Jelte Liebrand, savvy navvy set out to simplify boating technology. With its unique, user-friendly features based on feedback from users, such as industry leading departures schedules and enhanced weather model integration with Meteomatics, savvy navvy continues to grow across the world.

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Jelte Liebrand, Founder and CEO of savvy navvy, adds: "Our vision from the outset has been for savvy navvy to be in every boat owner’s pocket, supporting both new and experienced boat owners on the water with a simplified navigation solution. With the recent survey showing less than ten per cent of people using navigation resources, we are pleased to enhance our partnership with one of the leading marine insurance specialists, so that together we can start changing this through increased access to our all-in-one navigation app.”

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