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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions that we get asked a lot.  If your question is not on this list please visit our Contact page to E-Mail Or call us with any questions.

 

Why should I choose Bay Area Diving Services?

As 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 different.

 

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 States Navy.
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.

In 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.

It 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?

In 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.

AREAS WE SERVICE

Elfers, FL
Jasmine Estates, FL
Holiday, FL
Bayonet Point, FL
Tarpon Springs, FL

East Lake, FL
Palm Harbor, FL
Citrus Park, FL
Oldsmar, FL
Dunedin, FL

Lutz, FL
Safety Harbor, FL
Lake Magdalene, FL
Clearwater, FL
Egypt Lake-Leto, FL

Gulf Harbors, FL

Sea Forest, FL

Sea Pines, Fl

Hernando Beach, Fl

Hudson Beach, FL

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