Last year, my wife and I bought our 1982 Swan 391 on the Great Lakes and sailed her to the east coast. Getting the boat into Chesapeake Bay was a first step in pursuing the dream of some extended cruising. As a budget-conscious boat owner, I do the work that I can myself, but we needed some professional help and I can’t speak highly enough of my experience with Tom, Matt and the Diversified team.
The initial work I contracted was simply to remove the old (fresh water) bottom paint and barrier so that I could re-paint for brackish/salt. Diversified did a first class job, and as added value for me, they provided excellent input for my work repainting. Based on that success, before launch, I had them complete several gelcoat repairs, including preparation of the transom for the new name. I was amazed at the quality (and color match) of the final work.
Unexpectedly upon launch, a problem showed up in our shaft log requiring an emergency haul. In short order, Tom’s team was able to diagnose the problem, remove the shaft, complete fiberglass work, and get us back in the water with a very solid upgrade to this vulnerable part of our hull. This work was a nasty (off-budget) surprise for me, and they got us through it professionally, competently, and I was treated extremely fairly.
The reliability and integrity of the capable technicians at Diversified is as solid as I could hope for, and I’ve been very pleased with every aspect of their effort. While I’m hopeful that their services won’t be needed often, I feel much better knowing that they’re available.