Why should I choose Bay Area Diving Services?
a discriminating boat owner, your vessel is a source of pride.
Should you trust that to just anyone? Diversified Diving
Services has earned an unmatched reputation in the area for
providing a complete range of boat maintenance diving and
commercial diving services. Our responsiveness to the needs of
our clients, attention to detail, integrity, honesty and
unparalleled customer service are a rarity in our region. We
invite you to contact us and discover what makes Diversified
What geographic areas do you cover?
Bay Area Divers staff can be quickly dispatched for routine,
appointment or emergency service on Florida's gulf coast between
Clearwater / Tampa and Hernando beach.
What payment types do you accept?
Bay Area Diving accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and
Discover. If you choose you can keep a credit card on file.
Why is underwater hull cleaning important?
This information was taken from a study conducted by the United
Throughout the time a vessel is in the water it is continually
subject to the detrimental effects of both marine fouling and
stray electrical current. The US Navy conducted well documented
studies showing that a smooth clean hull is essential to
assuring optimal performance and maximum fuel economy.
Fuel economy is undoubtedly one of the major reasons for hull
upkeep. Increased fuel consumption results from the frictional
resistance of marine growth, as well as the added weight of the
growth itself. Even a lightly fouled vessel can result in a 15%
increase in fuel costs. In addition, the adverse effects of
marine fouling on fuel consumption magnify as speed increases.
addition to higher fuel costs, an increase in rpm's to attain
speed in spite of fouling creates additional strain on the
engine, demanding that it work harder. Generally this reduces
the operational life of the engine and other moving parts, and
can lead to more frequent engine and mechanical repair.
How often must I change my anodes (zincs)?
Generally speaking, your anodes should be changed every three to
six months if your boat is being kept in the Gulf of Mexico. Due
to the amount of stray electrical current, smaller zincs should
be changed every three months, while some larger zincs may last
up to a year. In other parts of the Bay and St. Joseph Sound,
anodes may last longer.
is important to remember that zincs are far cheaper to replace
than props, shafts, rudders, trim tabs, and engines. For this
reason we recommend replacement every six to twelve months
regardless of where our vessel is being kept. It is also
important to familiarize yourself with your vessel and her
components. Know where the zincs are on your boat and know the
sizes. You should always keep an extra set on board in case you
find yourself somewhere where they are unavailable.
How does in-water hull cleaning and anode replacement compare
with having my boat hauled out for these services?
most cases, in-water service is less expensive and less hassle.
You do not have to make haul out arrangements and you don't have
to take a day of your time to move your boat to a haul out
facility, wait for completion, then take your boat back to your
slip. Most haul out facilities charge between $4 to $14 per foot
for a short haul power wash. These prices do not usually include
anode changes and full inspections. In addition, power washing
is not the best option for cleaning the bottom of your boat.
Depending upon the type of paint you have used, high power
pressure washers remove much of your paint protection. We
believe that hand washing is a much better option and it extends
the life of your bottom paint.
An experienced dive service company, like us, in New Port Richey
/ Clearwater region is a better and less expensive option.