Anytime cruisers can find a good boat repair service, it's cause for celebration! And, sounds like Captains Russ and Carolyn found two super repair firms in Sarasota!
Recently we had a fairly bad crossing of the Big Bend. We experienced some damage to the gel-coat and to some covers. When we arrived at the Sarasota Yacht Club, I asked if there were someone who could make emergency repairs. They referred me to Jim Wasilewski Marine Services (941-320-6003). It seemed like only a matter of moments before Jim arrived and they began the repairs immediately. I had a tear in the tender cover and Jim had someone at the boat that afternoon. He fixed the repair for $50. Then our clothes washer failed. Within an hour or so, we had a replacement on the way. When we pulled the rugs in the saloon, to remove and replace the washer, Carolyn became entranced with the teak and holly floors. Jim recommended Capt. Rick Hanson of Rick's Performance Marine (941-915-5465) to remove the rugs and refinish the floors. Capt. Rick, on short notice arranged to have the floors prepared and varnished. We were having some difficulty with
one head and the holding tank. Since Capt. Rick handles air conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing, he took care of it. Since we removed the carpets from the two staircases to the staterooms and
engine room, we needed new rugs. Presto, Jim had Dane Halse of Custom Marine Interiors (941-356-3466) arrive to measure, cut and install the new rugs. Carolyn likes the rugs so much, she wants the same material in our home. Everything was done quite professionally, expeditiously, reasonably and with a smile. I would recommend them if you are in the area. Apparently they operate from Naples to Bradenton.
Russ and Carolyn Deane