Bespoke Service

Private Insurance Services is not in the business of blanket insurance. Each policy is tailored to each client to ensure you get exactly what you need and nothing you don't.

Concierge-level Attention

Available to you 24/7, Private Insurance Services is always ready to assist clients anytime, anywhere in the world to ensure you’re always protected.

Substantial Savings

Private Insurance Services has deep carrier relationships, and with the exceptional client base, are able to offer the best coverage at substantial premium savings for owners.


A dedicated team of yacht insurance experts providing bespoke programs to yacht owners worldwide. Our clients are provided with a suite of Insurance products from Standard yacht hull & liability through one-off specialist programs.

At the helm of Private Insurance Services are yacht insurance leaders that understand underwriting, who know the exposures of an owner, including the captain, crew, guests, tenders, navigation, etc. They are able to find solutions to complex problems. They proactively work to correct Issues before they arise and are there for you if something does occur.


John Gaffney :: President, Private Insurance Services

T. +1 954 955 8339

John Gaffney is a top player in the yacht insurance industry with a true understanding of the intricacies and complexities of owning a yacht. He boasts decades of yachting industry experience and has a comprehensive marine, engineering and sales background. John spent four and a half years working at Marsh Private Client Services where he led the yacht specialty business, specializing in expert insurance advisory services and advocacy, customized recommendations and options for effective insurance solution, ongoing insurance program management and transparency. John has a vast network of yacht builders, brokers, shipyards and trusted advisors around the world that enable him to provide clients with an exceptional level of service.

Laura Sherrod :: Senior Vice President of Underwriting

T. +1 954 802 7429

Laura Sherrod has been in the yacht insurance industry since 1987 with her first job at C.A. Hansen. There, Laura learned the Lloyd's insurance market from the best names in the business. In 1995, Hansen became Brown and Brown Marine, and Laura managed and built the marine team there for 13 years. In 2008, Laura was asked to head the wholesale division of Atlass Insurance, where she worked to build yacht programs valued up to $200 Million in the U.S. and abroad.