About us

Run by boating enthusiasts for boating enthusiasts, we are one of the UK’s leading providers in boat insurance and have been looking after the boating community since 1986.   We provide a full underwriting and claims service as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience for this specialised branch of personal lines insurance.

You also have the added comfort to know we are backed by the financial strength and security of MS Amlin Syndicate 2001, one of the largest syndicates in Lloyd's. 

Boat insurance that puts you at the helm

Whether you need help, support to set up a new policy, renew your cover or make a claim, you can expect a truly personal service, backed up by one of the world’s leading insurance companies. 

Our award-winning team has been providing specialist boat insurance since 1986 and has a great deal of experience within the market. Plus, most of our experts are boating enthusiasts themselves, which means we have a genuine understanding of your world.


Our history

On April 22nd 1969, Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo, non stop circumnavigation around the world! His brother, Chris, later created his own ‘first’ having spotted the potential for providing boat insurance through Knox-Johnston Insurance Brokers. Knox-Johnston Insurance Brokers regularly attended the Southampton Boat Show using a converted London bus as their mobile exhibition stand! The business thrived and in 1992 he joined forces with Haven to form Haven Knox-Johnston as part of the then newly formed Amlin group.

In 2016 Amlin became part of the MS&AD Group and was renamed MS Amlin. In 2017 Haven Knox-Johnston changed their name to reflect their parent company, MS Amlin. We are still the same people providing the same high quality service. 

Meet the Crew 

Ric De Cristofano

General Manager & Senior Underwriter

"I am proud to be a part of a marine insurance team that has successfully transitioned from being primarily a UK focused small yacht provider to one that is comfortable discussing extensive worldwide cruising. Outside of work I mostly fail dismally to keep up with my two small children but when time permits I have a passion for live music." 

Donna Maynard

Operations & Quality Assurance Manager

"I joined  in February 2003 as part of the Customer Services Team. I was promoted to Operations and Quality Assurance Manager in 2015. With this role I oversee the day to day running of the office with specific focus in providing excellent levels of service to our clients and brokers. Outside of work I am kept busy with my two children." 

Keith Lovett

Senior Underwriter

Yacht & Marine Trade

"Sailing all of my life and multiple boat owner, 35 years plus, in the yacht insurance market. Senior Underwriter with MS Amlin for the last 7 years having moved from Broking."  

Nigel Hawkes

Senior Yacht Underwriter

"I have been involved in the yacht insurance industry for well over 30 years and enjoy my role as Senior Underwriter at MS Amlin. In my spare time you will find me trying to keep fit at the gym, on my bike or long walks with my better half. Failing that my strive to improve my golf handicap continues!" 

Karl Davis

Technical Claims Manager

"I have been dealing with boat insurance claims since 1980 and am proud of the level of service that our claims team supply. Outside of work I am a keen snooker player and enjoy long coastal walks, particularly those that include a nice pub and sailing." 

Paul Knox-Johnston

UK Business Development Manager

"I’ve been on and around boats from a very early age and, bar a couple of brief ventures in the outside world, have worked with them since leaving school."  

Julie Parkinson

Underwriting Administration Team Leader

"I joined the Customer Services team in 2005 and became Underwriting Admin Team leader in 2016.  I am enjoying every aspect of my role and  am privileged to be working with a great team." 

Sonia Hook

Marketing & Business Development Coordinator

"I joined the yacht team back in 1999 and now head up advertising, sponsorships and maintain relations with our customers base. Becoming part of MS Amlin has given me exciting opportunities to be out on the water to then become part of the boating fraternity." 


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