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Bottom work in Chicago - recommendation

I have a racer/cruiser from the east coast. I am looking to strip the paint and replace it with epoxy paint and then VC-17.

Does anyone have any recommendations for people/companies that do quality bottom work on racing sailboats. Recommendations are greatly appreciated.

The boat will be stored in northern Chicago area.
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If you will be up north in Chicago look at Larsen Marine I think they will suit your needs. larsenmarine.com
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A little further North of Larsen's is Skipper Buds in Winthrop Harbor, but the yard that does the most work in all of Chicago Land is on the South Side. Crowley's is by far the biggest and does the most work of the others mentioned.
Some people don't like them but many say good things about them. They are on the Calument River and 95th Street. Can you get the boat down to them, is it trailerable? I am sure they would be able to do the work you require.
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I second Larsen's.
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If you want to go a little farther north, Cramer Marine in Milwaukee does excellent work, very sail oriented.
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Larsens is your best bet!

Crowley's is OK that is where I store my boat now. I stored my first boat at Larsen and honestly Larsen has a much higher level of service in my opinion. I tried to do a change order at crowelys before launch this year and got attitude from the rigging supervisor for a very simple request which they forgot to do. Communication is not very good between customer service and the yard. You would think email would be the best way to communicate, they did not even reply to my request and I had to hound them down. Result late launch and I still had to do some work myself.
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I didn't know about Cramer Marine in Milwaukee. I will try and get a quote. I have quotes for both Crowleys (thanks for the Crowleys feedback) and Larsens (they have done diesel work for me in the past). I am waiting on Torrenson but they are taking a while.

They all seem a bit high. I have an independent quote for Soda blasting. Has anyone worked with an independent contractor for painting?
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