Thoughtful words from our customers…
Just a note to say a big THANK YOU for the great job on my rudder… The lumpy sail from
Annapolis to Solomon’s Island gave me a lot of confidence and I’m planning to set
off to the Bahamas next week. I sent some of your photos to my expert mates in Australia and
they agree that your approach was top notch … and no shortcuts!!!
Incidentally, I really liked these "progress" photos and that you kept me updated on
everything… So refreshing compared to my other boatyard experiences.
Halmatic 30, UK 1981
SV Pandura, Sydney Australia
Halmatic 30 Rudder Rebuild Job Photos
Tommy, all the work you did on my Rinker was fantastic! The damage to the port side of
my 342 was sickening and to be honest, I wasn’t sure what was possible when it came to a
repair. In your estimate you mentioned over 120 gouges in the gelcoat and fiberglass … I’d
bet there were actually even more. As part of my decision process, I solicited multiple quotes.
I actually got your name from 2 friends who said "… you have to speak to Tommy Solomon, he is the best…"
When I received your estimate, although pricier than the others, it was by far the most detailed and explained
EXACTLY what you were going to do with materials you were going to use and how you were going to use them.
Most boat owners have varying degrees of knowledge and ability to work on their boats, but I’d
venture a guess that very few truly understand what is involved in repairing and restoring the outside
structure. It was comforting to me to see the detail and understand that you really "knew your stuff".
Once you got started (immediately I might add), your daily picture updates to me with progress showing
exactly what you were doing was reassuring. This was probably the best part of the experience and never
left in the dark. As I said above the end product is fantastic, (and the repaired gouge on the starboard
side that has been there since I bought the boat was a nice touch). You have my recommendations!
Tommy, you are truly passionate about what you do and again, thanks for the hard work!
Vice President and Practice Leader,
Life Sciences and Travel, Media & Entertainment
Rinker 342 Fiesta Vee Job Photos
Just a few words about general repairs and significant gel coat damage inflicted during the
2012 MD Western shore derecho. I believe that in the work estimate, Tommy stopped counting
at 70 individual areas of gel coat damage, ranging from superficial to abysmal. Some gouged
areas were well into the fiberglass reinforced plastic sub-straight on the port side. We were
sickened at the extent of damage, never expecting a better than new finished product to be possible.
The gel coat repairs to the hull of our Larson Cabrio were nothing short of astonishing. Everybody
wants to know who did the work, they now know. Tommy even repaired and gel coated the entire perimeter
of the swim platform not on the original damage report. Tommy’s incomparable hardware related work
involved: straightening and re-bedding 30 foot of bow rail, replacing port windows, installing rub rail
inserts, polishing scratches from the stainless striker or rub-rail and repairing gouges on our aluminum
radar arch. Even the follow up detailing work was remarkable, yielding a spotless helm and deck matched
with an outstanding gloss on the 9 year old hull not thought achievable. We are confident that he improved
the value of our investment.
Nearly as important and as invaluable as his accomplishments, his approachable demeanor was a refreshing
compliment to a rare level of expertise and artistry. This is not his work, it is his passion. We truly
appreciated his effort and achievements.
Larson Cabrio 33, South River
Thanks Tommy for the customer feedback section of your website!
I brought Tommy the first boat I ever owned, Phantom 14 the boat I learned to sail on and
the first boat I ever raced. I've used the boat a lot - it was scratched, had hit some docks
and had been wet sanded too many times - not to mention some of my amateur efforts to repair
things. Financially, it was a dumb project (I might have just bought a new boat) and Tommy
gently pointed this out to me. But I really enjoy that boat and somewhat emotionally attached
and was happy Tommy decided to take on the project. Tommy sensed my interest and invited me to
help him the day I ran it down in my pickup. For me it turned into a fantastic experience.
Tommy is one-of-a-kind, he barely sleeps, could probably teach a course in the chemistry of
fiberglass, and shows "un-fakeable passion" for making a boat beautiful again. Tommy
holds himself to a high standard of excellence and was honest and more than fair in his business
dealings with me. He sent regular emails detailing his progress and thoughts about the project.
I'm really pleased with the work he did for me and happy about the experience and outcome, too.
Hull #HBY03838M79K, Sail #3838
Phantom 14 Job Photos
I was able to go down and check her out last Friday. My brothers have also seen her and we
all agree it could not look any better. Both the texture and color are identical to the rest of the
boat. No one would ever know any work had been done.
My brother Mike and I both agreed that using emails which contain a discussion of what you are doing,
and why, along with pictures of work in progress allowed us to know what you were doing each day.
Moreover, how you were doing it without having to drive for two hours to take a look. Everyone should
do this especially when the client doesn’t live around the corner. Pictures plainly convey you are
not afraid to show the client how the repair is being done and to the high degree of expertise you possess.
Also thanks for the work you did on the prop and the information about what to do in the future.
You can certainly use us for a reference if the need arises. We will look at what we want to do with the rest of
the decking in this offseason.
Thanks for all your hard work!
Hunter 37.5 "Just Wastin Time"
Hunter 37.5 Wet Core Job Photos
Thanks for the excellent repair you recently did to my standup paddleboard. I was impressed
with the high quality, timely work you did on my board. I'm happy to refer other paddlers to
you for repair work on their SUPs.
SUP Paddleboard 808 Repair Job Photos
Tommy, looking good and thanks for the fascinating update pictures every evening, nice touch and
much appreciated! I’m thrilled with your work and only wish I had the time to hang with you
guys all day yesterday. I would have learned so much. Feel free to use me as a reference whenever
I like how you put your website address on the pictures’that will serve as good advertising when
I post to FB. Thanks again for sending update pictures.
Regards, David Mackenzie
Global Operations Lead
Industries & Market Innovation
Growth & Strategy
Office: (+1) 410 571-5271
Mobile: (+1) 703 282-0668
e-Fax: (+1) 717 326-3882
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
EA: Patricia Greener firstname.lastname@example.org (+1) 913 319-1505
37 Rinker 342 Wet Core Repair
25 January, 2012
Thank you for the first rate job you did in recently restoring the painting made in
acrylic "ELR Block D" from the important California artist Ronald Davis.
To properly complete this task on a 40 year old work of art in plastics from another time
and another technology of materials required a range of very specific skills. The materials
portion required identifying a current material to meld most appropriately with the original
chemistry as well as correct pigment mixes to most accurately match with the original, without
altering the result the artist achieved. The execution of this required the additional sense
of delicate hand and a very accurate eye. You took the added step of the scholarship in your
research of the artist and his work to insure each of these parts of the process would be
correct. You brought this complex and varied skill set to the successful completion of the restoration.
Thank you again for your efforts and attention to this project. Your achievement is evident in
the seamless appearance of the restored original.
President, Atlantic Arts Inc. Fine Art
1851 McGuckian St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Artwork Restoration Job Photos
July 27, 2011
Mr. Tommy Solomon
I live in the Chicago metro area and recently made an offer on an Allied 42 yawl. Using the power of the Internet
I typed in Allied 42 XL and up came Tommy Solomon’s website. I viewed in amazement the restoration job you
performed on the 1976 Allied yawl "Shade". I have gone back several times to look at the photos and the
last three show the lady at her finest! Too often in this crazy world we are quick to criticize and complain. This
is why I thought I would shoot this email off to you saying you are a good man.
My complements to the chef, more appropriately "The Maestro"! I am always amazed at the talents the almighty
has placed in the hands of a few certain people. Your talents and skills are very evident in the final product. More
importantly I get the impression you truly love what you do. Hopefully in the future I will need your divine guidance
and will haul your fanny to the Chicago area.
Long Beach, Indiana
AFS Company - AFS. It just makes good cents.
PO Box 1040
Three Cadence Park Plaza
Michigan City, IN 46361-1040
Phone: 219-878-2634 extension 2634
Tommy: I cannot imagine a more pristine San Juan 21 in the history of this one design. You have
restored her well beyond ‘better-than-new’ condition. Unseen in this project are the many
aluminum and stainless backing plates, core replacements and beefier fastening hardware. Also unseen
are the many details to which you attended that only a perfectionist can appreciate. Virtually every piece
of hardware (i.e. the ports, the winches, the traveler) was perfectly dry fitted before it was properly bedded
or re-bedded. She is now an extremely tight and stable platform for racing or cruising. All of the surfaces
are nothing short of stunning. From the bottom barrier/paint, keel trunk glass repair to the gel coat restoration
above the water line, it is all exceptional.
You also brought in the most appropriate ‘best-of-the-bay’ marine experts along the way to be sure
she was restored correctly. All of them were excellent including Mike Spicer, the shipwright and rigger of
Stem to Stern, Keith Gunther of GPS Marine, Mike & Sean Suckling of Litewoods Joinery, Ken Krasko of EMS and
Christine Germann of Canvas Connections. The nightly e-mails with pictures and detailed notes of each day’s
activities helped me better understand what you were up against every step along the way. It also helped me to appreciate
why this experience was longer than expected. I will miss those pictures. You’ve performed a spectacular job on this
boat. Thank you.
Marty Kooman, President & CEO
Kooman & Associates, Inc.
1981 San Juan 21 Mark II Racing Refit Job Photos
Just a note to say how much we at Moose Boats appreciated your efforts for the work done on the
Anne Arundel County Emergency Response Boat. Keeping this craft in active service, is of utmost
importance. Not only was your work of the highest quality, but we and the County,
appreciated your organizing the job, so as to minimize the boat being "out-of-service"
any longer than necessary.
Thanks Tommy, for a job well done.
Anna Arundel Co. Rescue 41 Job Photos
Robert J. Adams
Chairman Adams Chevrolet
November 17, 2010
Mr. Tommy Solomon
Solomon Yacht Repair
P.O. Box 1177
Edgewater, MD 21037
I have been around the auto and marine business for a long time and it is rare to find a person
with the dedication to their profession like you have. Thanks for the great job on "Sundowner".
I was impressed and I appreciate the care and professionalism with which you approached, repaired, and
completed the job. Also, your follow-up reports and photos made me feel like I was there with you. Thanks
again for a great job.
Very truly yours,
Tommy, thank you so much for the recent repairs made to Anne Arundel County’s new Emergency
Response Boat, the "Arundel Patriot". The repairs were made in a timely fashion, with
very little advanced notice. What stood out to me was your proactive communication throughout the
process. Each and every day we received a correspondence from you indicating the progress of the
repair, and when we could expect to have this life saving vessel placed back into service.
Your communication with the client is like nothing I have ever witnessed prior, and speaks volumes as
to the level of customer service your clients can expect. Furthermore, your attention to detail
and knowledge base is impressive to say the very least. Unlike pleasure boating, we have to go
when called upon, and our deployments are "No Fail Missions". I have every bit of
confidence your repairs were made to the exacting standards we expect. We knew we were in good
hands from the beginning of the process until the end! Once again, many thanks.
Sgt. Jeff Fratantuono #1001
Anne Arundel County Police
Special Operations Section
Commander, Marine Unit
Anna Arundel Co. Rescue 41 Job Photos
"I think that one of the greatest strengths you bring to your restoration business is
your ability to listen to what your customers are saying with words, and what they are not
saying, out loud. You seem to understand not just the mechanics of the work that is needed,
but the motivation behind getting the work done - this is not always as simple as it may seem.
You appear to understand your projects at a higher level than just "got to fix the boat".
I think that this is a reason you are able to turn out such stellar results in your work. And in
my experience your work is nothing short of stellar. Thank you Tommy!"
Tommy, the replacement of the swim platform and fiberglass repair on the boat was outstanding, all in a
reasonably short time considering the coordinated logistics.
Your updates with photos and shared communications with factory at Tiara were informative, allowing me
to feel like I was part of the repair as it unfolded before my eyes.
Thank you again for a job well done Tommy.
38 Pursuit Swim Platform Damage Job Photos
Tommy, I sincerely wish to offer thanks in assisting and coordinating the repairs of my Hinckley.
This roll-over damage was far beyond my mind’s eye. Your effective problem solving and organizing
skills with other subs keeping the project moving helped me do my job abroad and cant thank you enough.
The fiberglass and paint work you did was outstanding and have no idea how you blended this all together.
After jumping off the plane yesterday the first thing I did was drive over to the boat. What a shocker and
could not believe my eyes. My wife and Son in law shared in this experience feeling as I.
Gary said, "What side was it?" I had to laugh.
What I also found interesting and out of the ordinary from those in the marine trades, email every evening
informing me of what work was finished for the day with corresponding pictures, many of them! Quickly I
realized the better choice in contractors was made when daily communications of this project started to roll
in. Our lives are based around the water here and have never seen anyone in this business so well informed in
his trade. You’re a very talented man Tommy in many ways and hopeful you can use this on your web site for
others to see.
Please extend many thanks to Mike Spicer for his wonderful work on the teak toe rail. This is another area we
are pressed to find the scarf joint. And the same to Andy Anderson for the top-side wash and wax, great job.
Looks like you have surrounded your self with competent and like-minded people.
Our sail north for home was peaceful and very relaxing. A 20 minute squall off Long Island was exciting and soon
subsided. We have a family outing next weekend with a few friends along for the ride and will head off shore for
the day. It’s getting late Tommy and hope we can stay in touch. Thank you once again.
Westport Point, Ma.
Hinckley 42 roll-over on the hard Job Photos
Sea Scout Ship 1009
Dear Tommy Solomon,
It’s been a quick/fun summer for Sea Scout Ship 1009, but without your fantastic workmanship and speed
we couldn't have enjoyed it as much. Every year our adults and Sea Scouts work on our three boats to get
them ready for the season’s hard work on the Chesapeake. With our first big cruise with the kids coming up
we were about to put our flagship sailboat "Man O Ray" in the water when we noticed the rudder was damaged.
Because of the extent, the location of the freeze damage and the high cost of repair, we thought we had lost this boat
for the season. Luckily a close friend mentioned the wonderful jobs he had seen you do with fiberglass and gel-coat
repair and told me to call you. After showing you the rudder and telling you about our Scout Troop, you took it and
repaired it in one day, to our amazement! The rudder looked brand new and was faired out so well no one who saw it
before could believe the speed and precision of your repair!! After saving our summer and offering to help out our
Sea Scout Troop with your valuable time during peak season, we can’t say it enough, THANK YOU Tommy!!! You have our
business and anyone else we can send to you, forever! It was a blast meeting you and hopefully we can help you one
day when you need it!
Adult Committee Chairman
Sea Scout Ship 1009
Kemp, thank you so much for the kind words. The privilege was all mine and enjoyed doing what I could to help the kids
get on the water this year. I felt this was a time to give something back as I too was a scout. Though in a much different
geographic setting nestled in the Appalachian’s, a scout is still a scout. I think what you and the others do helping the
kids grow in life is well worth my time. Again thank you very much Kemp.
December 24, 2009
Dear Mr. Solomon,
I want to extend to you my deep thanks and gratitude for helping the Anne Arundel Medical Center
staff with transportation to work and back home during our resent blizzard. As you are more than
aware, our hospital is a 24/7, 365-day operation; we simply can’t have "down time",
even when we are at the mercy of the elements.
Your generous contribution of your time during challenging travel conditions enabled us to continue
to provide our patients with the excellent, high-quality care for which we are so well known. Our
entire staff is grateful for your assistance.
Best wishes to you and your Family for a wonderful Holiday Season and happy 2010.
Victoria W. "Tori" Bayless
President and COO
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Dear Tommy -
You are the ultimate craftsman! The repairs on the fiberglass deck on our boat exceed
our expectations. It is impossible to detect the area that was repaired. Not only did
you perform miracles fixing the deck, but you did it in a timely manner, even coming out
on a Sunday afternoon to finish the job. You left the boat sparkling clean, and we
truly appreciate going above and beyond the call of duty cleaning the vinyl seats with
your special treatment. In addition, the maintenance tips you provided were outstanding
and could only come from a seasoned pro like yourself. You are #1 in our book!
Eric M. & Deanna Zagin
28 Pursuit "IN PURSUIT"
Please include me with your list of satisfied customers!
My boat, a 1984 Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40, needed a major bottom repair. My boat spends
most of its time in the water with very few winter haul outs. As a result, the
twenty five year old bottom couldn't resist absorbing some moisture. Tommy looked at
the bottom, took many moisture readings, he then prepared a repair proposal.
Tommy peeled the bottom of my boat until he reached a solid foundation for the new
glass to bond. That required two passes with the peeler. This was done towards the
end of November into December. Although Tommy reached dry glass, as a result of a very
cold winter and a very wet spring, the lay up did not commence until the middle of May.
Tommy then laid up two layers of DBM 1708 and finished with a barrier coat.
Tommy was great at keeping me informed throughout the entire job, (holding my hand).
He encouraged me to stop by the boat at each stage of the process to review the work.
Tommy also, and this is important, kept to his original price!
I am confident that my boat is better than new and will serve me and my family for many
more enjoyable years on the water.
Thank you for a great job,
40'3" Jeannuea Sun fizz
"I heartily recommend Solomon Yacht Restoration, LLC for
those seeking uncompromising craftsmanship and the highest quality professional
In late 2007, Tommy took on a very difficult assignment to repair both wings on
the keel of our 31 foot sloop as well as some very challenging gel-coat work.
Despite many days of cold and uncooperative weather, Tommy repaired the lead
wings to perfect condition and completed the keel with an impressive final paint job.
He is a "gel-coat magician" as his repairs are so well done that it is
almost impossible to detect the area was ever repaired; the colors match perfectly.
Inside the cabin, the fiberglass sole had an 8-inch long crack and gouge of unknown
origin. Tommy repaired the sole and matched the color perfectly. This work was
incredible and was a complete surprise that it could look so neat.
Tommy maintains continuous communication with his clients by cell phone, e-mail and
photos attached to his e-mails. You don’t have to guess what he is doing nor
how the project is developing. He presents the project in photo stages…so
you see the work from beginning to end. He uses only the best materials and is
dependable, punctual and keeps his clients informed."
Lieutenant Colonel, Army Special Forces, ret.
Lead Wing Keel straightened after grounding Job Photos
"Tommy, I wanted to thank you again for the repair work completed on my Hunter 34.
You exceeded all expectations for timeliness, quality, and were just overall extremely
pleasant to work with. If I can ever be of help with a referral, please direct any
potential clients my way."
(860) 908 8953 - cell
(703) 646 5162 - home
(202) 372 3518 - work
"Tommy, the work looks fantastic. I really appreciate the prompt communication and
follow-up. Your services came highly recommended and I can certainly confirm
that. I will let the folks at Northrop and Johnson Yacht Brokerage know that
you ARE the person to recommend in the Annapolis area!"
George J. Worley
Booz Allen Hamilton
"Do you love your boat? We certainly love ours. In addition, the proof is in the selection that we made as
to who should work with us to bring her back to life. As boat owners, we have seen the hacks,
the amateurs, and countless marine barbarians. Our boat matters to us as much as a beloved pet, and having
her restored was a serious investment for us ~ much like a piece of art or a real estate holding. We’ve
learned in this life that if you want to feel good about receiving the best value for your investment - you do
your research: you ask around and then you hire the best.
Tommy not only brought our boat back to better-than-new-condition, he did it as only a top pro can do. We received,
via email, daily photos and detailed work progress reports! Tommy called us at least once a week to discuss with
us the options open to us as the job progressed. We made the decisions, Tommy made the corrections. We at no time
were ever out of financial control on the project. Tommy informed us in great detail as to the necessary hardware,
paints, chemicals etc. This level of professionalism is sadly very rare in the marine restoration business these days.
We slept easily knowing that our boat was in Tommy’s care. From project inception through to completion, Tommy
had her in his care from start to finish. Moreover, when the restoration was finished, he hauled her from Annapolis,
MD, to Seattle, WA, to deliver her to us, all 3078 miles, safely!
We sail our boat on Lake Washington in Seattle and draw constant stares as we pilot the new prettiest girl in town!"
Lisa and Steven Brown
More about this cross country adventure
S-2 6.8 Exciter re-core/paint/Seattle delivery Job Photos
"Tommy Solomon is first and foremost a craftsman. He knows wood, glass, he knows tools, and he knows boats.
His work is topflight in every category, and he is prompt, honest, and fun to work with.
I recommend him highly."
William C. Baker
President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
"I discovered Solomon, 40, and his high-quality workmanship as he was restoring my
friend's older 42-foot Sparkman & Stephens yawl. A talented boat restorer and former Bering
Sea and Grand Banks commercial fisherman, Solomon's business motto is "Totally destroyed
to totally restored".
"Bud Gray's once-lovely yawl, Shade, had sunk at her slip a couple winters ago and
languished for a time; Solomon brought the boat back to life. I kept an eye on Solomon and
admired his abilities, driven by a passion for perfection I have seldom witnessed."
For full article go here.
Senior writer for Soundings, Annapolis, Md.
Soundings Online: www.soundingsonline.com
"Tommy installed 3 foot hull extensions on my Seawind 1000 catamaran in
the fall of 2004. He worked quite diligently on the job and provided me
email /images almost every day. Perhaps the best recommendation I can
give is that knowledgeable people when examining the extensions cannot
find where the old hull ended and the new begins."
Seawind 1000 "XL"
Seawind 1000 Catamaran Hull Extensions Job Photos
"Attention to detail and pride in his work must be Tommy's mantra. I have
been boating for a long time but when it comes to topside restoration or damaged
fiberglass I am inexperienced. Tommy took the time to thoroughly explain the
damage and his process of restoration. All too often today we encounter poor
service, missed deadlines, or those with only an interest in a quick dollar.
Tommy Solomon is an exception to the norm. He is a true craftsman who enjoys his
work and it shows in the finished product."
R. Douglas Wilson, CRPC
Vice President - Investments
Wealth Management Specialist
125 West Street, Suite 201
Annapolis, MD. 21401
"Please excuse the delay in sending this letter to thank you for your help
in the United States Sailboat Show last month."
"Your workmanship and skills helped to make our varnish display panels flawless
and many boat owners commented about the finish. I would like to wish you continued
success in the application of our products and in your yacht service business and I
trust you will contact me if I can be of service."
Stephen C. Smith
"Actually got Tommy's # off of the side of his work truck. I was on my way back to the office
when I received a phone call from a seller who had some fiberglass problems on his boat found at
survey. I was behind Tommy's truck and called him, to my surprise his response was, "can we
look at it now?" We went to the boat, he gave me an estimate in writing with photo's and
explanations of how he would do the repair. I found him to be extremely prompt, professional
and courteous. I submitted the estimate to the manufacturer who then granted me permission to
have the repair done. Once I called Tommy, he gave me a date of completion, finished it early
and left the boat cleaner than it was when he started the job! The really nice thing that Tommy
does is explain why, how, the repair will be performed so that you have a complete understanding
of what is going to happen. And it happens as he says!"
"I would recommend Tommy to anyone, anywhere. Myself, have been in the boat business for
over 20 years and to find people who will do what they say, when they say…is difficult! Tommy
is a man of integrity, professionalism and passion, truly. Tommy has done more work for me
since and has met with me as a consultant with my customers to determine what course of action to
take with regards to repairs."
"He is a man of his word and I highly recommend him once again."
Owner: Juckett & Russell Yacht Sales, Inc.
"When my "Pride and Joy" a 37' sloop suffered severe storm damage to the transom,
I needed help and help fast. I found Tommy's mobile ad in the Nor'Easter Magazine and gave him a call.
He arrived at the appointed time and place, quoted a price, and started the work when promised.
It was completed on time, and looked great. Better than the original gelcoat. Nice Job.
I'd recommend him to anyone needing repairs to their boats."
Daniel J Tonner
609-987-8787 x 205
"When looking for someone to do a Restoration and Awlgrip paint job on my Wright Allied XL-2, there were
two people whose work I was familiar with that I respected. One of them had moved his operation some distance
away and the other was no longer doing that sort of work and could not be persuaded to do just one more job
no matter how profitable it was likely to be. Thus it came down to me and the phone book. Many people expressed
a willingness to exchange funds for a Restoration and paint job, but Tommy's ad conveyed the impression that
he knew what he was about. So, I called him and we agreed to meet at the boat and talk about the task."
"Less than 20 minutes into that conversation I knew I wanted him to do the job. His approach to the task
was extremely orderly and quietly displayed an encyclopedic knowledge of the products involved and techniques
of application. When Tommy, in a few instances, was less than confident in the behavior of a product or
process that was either new or changed since he had last used it, he was very quick to make that known and
to pin down an answer usually within 48 hours."
"One knows, when embarking on such a major refit, that the job will only get larger as it progresses. This
one certainly did that but Tommy maintained an unfailing sense of integrity throughout. Never once did I feel
that he was seeking to run the bill up needlessly. In as much as he was working many more hours than I spent
at the yard, he was the one who discovered many of the unforeseen items that really needed to be touched to
do a proper job. There would always be a set of suggestions of approach to these incidents, a good many of
which actually lowered the net cost of the job. It is a safe bet that all of them conspire to lower the
costs of future maintenance. It will never be cheaper to do something while everything around it is already
in pieces. Furthermore, it is unlikely that I'll ever have to touch many of these items as long as I own
the vessel. By his personal choice, Tommy also maintains a pace of work, day after day, that would lay
most people for waste by noon, on day one. This is directly reflected both in the reduced time billed and
in an earlier completion of the job which gets one where he belongs sooner--back on the water."
Duryea D. (Budd) Gray III
More about the refit of Shade
June 3, 1940 - July 16, 2011
"For thence,-a paradox
Which comforts while it mocks,-
Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail:
What I aspired to be,
And was not, comforts me:
A brute I might have been, but would not sink
i’ the scale."
Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning
42 Wright Allied Yawl Rig (Sparkman-Stevens design) Hull 22 Job Photos
"Tommy's work is exquisite! Very thorough, professional and efficient. It was exciting
to watch him bring the craft to her final stages of completion."
"Due to the selling of my boat, marine survey indicated excessive water and one soft spot on hull.
Work includes full examination of hull to determine extent of water damage. Tommy appeared to have
extensive knowledge and experience in performing the scope of work. Tommy and I never met. All
business was conducted over the phone and via e-mail. My boat broker highly recommended him for his
level of expertise and ethical business practices. Under different circumstances I would have accompanied
him to my boat, but I could not do so. He began the work very promptly and met a tight time frame which
I was under in terms of launching the boat. His price seemed fair for the work performed. He was very
courteous and even called to thank me for such prompt payment for services rendered."
Eileen P. Skidmore
County Grants Office Md.
"I found Tommy aboard a boat he had been working on for some time. I watched him work day in day out
for weeks and admired his diligence. When calling on Tommy for my own concerns, not only was I fully
informed to what work was needed, I was more than satisfied with his workmanship and end product. The
interesting thing is Tommy's approach to the problem and his workable solutions. Both my wife and I
thank you Tommy."
Herbert & Linda Patrick
"Realin" 46 Sport Fish
"Tommy I found driving up the road one afternoon in Long Beach Island New Jersey. His name and
number on the side of his truck, so I called his mobile number. We pulled over and talked as he
explained he was on vacation here on the Island where he once lived. After I explained the problem,
he said, "what the hell" and came over and looked at my boat. As it turns out, much less
work was required than I had been told. Tommy offered to help and we started two mornings later
laying up 1208 knitted glass over cracks on the hulls inside from hitting a pile. Tommy set up
and ground back damaged gelcoat on the out side and began to fill with gelcoat. He sanded off
area and sprayed a cosmetic coat of gel-coat, wet sanded and buffed back to an absolute shine.
$650.00 later, I was back on the water, which is about $800.00 less than I was quoted a week
earlier. Its been three years now and she still looks better than the rest of the boat. Tommy,
thanks a bunch pal."
Beach Haven N.J.
"Tommy and I have been friends for many years as we attended Randolph Macon Military Academy of
Front Royal Virginia together back in the mid 70's. Then, he was always paying attention to detail
where most overlooked. Invited Tommy aboard my vessel a few times for more than just enjoyment aboard.
As a trusted adviser, not only his company I find enjoyable, a sense of respect for his craft as he
still pays close attention to detail. It seems as if his detailed eye has become sharper with time,
but…what would one expect to say about a long time friend. In my honest opinion, he truly is
a pure craftsman at his trade".
Bruce D. Palmer
Riverside, New Jersey.
"In 1997 I was in Oceana buying Awl-Grip paint for the third time when Tommy overheard me asking for
help. Little did I know of the education I was about to learn. I own a 52 Ketch Rigged Island Roamer, one
of five of this particular model. It seems this tip & roll process was a bit beyond my range of eye,
hand coordination. So after talking with Tommy for an hour or so, I made an appointment for him to come
down and take a look. Once aboard, he quickly knew the problem and how best to correct this mess. Awl-Grip
Paints are wonderful, but very temperature sensitive obviously for the professional. So Tommy applied the
paint using the Tip & Roll method due to keeping the environment free of V.O.C.s.(Volatile Organic
Compounds) When finished, I was struck at how well she looked. Thank you Tommy."
Broomes Island, Maryland.
"In April '04 I contacted Tommy Solomon Yacht Repair & Restoration to review work required on a 'Survey
condemned' bottom side of my newly acquired 1983 Tayana 37. Tommy Solomon's response, to view the job was
immediate; he provided a detailed description of the work required to make the repair. Tommy advised when
he would be available to start the job, and ultimately the work began as scheduled."
"During the work, he provided me with regular email / photo progress reports (I live in Ontario, Canada;
the boat was in Annapolis, Maryland ) The bottom was literally peeled of it's deteriorated gel coating,
and multiple coatings of new barrier coat, followed by anti-fouling. I am very satisfied with the finished
work, the process to get there, and the manner in which the business was handled."
Guelph, Ontario Canada
Tayana 37 Wet Deck Re-Core Job Photos
"I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Tommy in Philadelphia and hear the tale
of the fall and rise of the XL42. Budd Gray, who I sold the boat to, invited me to see the
work you accomplished. As the original owner of Argonaut, which is now Shade, I was amazed
to see the Yawl in this most pristine condition. The boat is in better shape than when I
took delivery in 1976. The superb craftsmanship above and below deck, plus the most amazing
Awlgrip finish, made it almost impossible to believe the boat sustained the massive damage
of sinking in the Chesapeake."
"It is most refreshing to meet a craftsman who works with his hands, head and his heart."
More about the refit of Shade
42 Wright Allied Yawl Rig (Sparkman-Stevens design) Hull 22 Job Photos
"I've had the privilege of knowing Tommy Solomon beginning in May of 1996. Tommy and his
honest approach to the job as well as his customer is something we have all sought after at one
point or another. Fair man, articulate as they come never leaving you wonder about his approach,
communicates well! Tommy’s outstanding work has over time reverberated throughout the business
community as a thorough individual with that not often seen eye. Tommy has proven himself and
his credibility with me and the company I represent, 3M, among many in the industry as a man
able to find solutions to just about every problem. Tommy has attended many 3M seminars and
has been certified on the 3M Finish First Finishing Systems. When meeting Tommy in 1996 at
Oceana, a marine wholesale faculty in Annapolis, I knew something good was going to come from
this man. As time passed, I could see Tommy was as they say in my neck of the woods…a rare
bird! Tommy Solomon is a fine man, one you can be proud to be associated with. Very proud to know
him personally in a business setting as well as a personal friend. Gods speed Tommy"
Account Executive, North East
Marine and Specialty Division
"Tommy brings a different level of professionalism to his industry. I will tell anyone this.
Great Job! Thanks for your assistance Tommy."
"I would like to thank you for your support on my recent Trip to the Annapolis Area. You went well
out of your way to provide the service and support to a stranger in need. Rosborough boats will
highly recommend you to any of our owners in the Maryland and Virginia area or even those passing
through as well. People like you are few and far between these days. Thank you again. "
Sales Manager Rosborough Boats
"A Company Built on Customer Referrals"
(902) 450-3262 Tel
(902) 450-1123 Fax
(902) 488-4642 Mobile
"You don´t know me, but I had to write this letter of thanks to you for helping my Daughter (Tiffany)
and her Family on Christmas Eve 2005 in the wee hours of the morning, (2:30). Her truck broke down at a rest
stop on I-95, on her way from Florida, to Virginia, for the Holidays."
"You were, (Thank Heaven), at the same rest area, & offered to drive them to the nearest exit & find a
hotel room for the rest of the night, you went beyond helpful. You paid for the room and was so relieved when
she called to say they were in a room, safe. It was very cold that night & I was worried about them, being
stuck out in it with the children."
"I asked if she got your name, & she said only your first name as you wished them a Merry Christmas and walked
away. Well, I am very resourceful & managed to get your name from the hotel staff. They as I, did not think this
act of kindness should go unnoticed. I called you & offered to pay you back, but you said, no. So please, accept
my humble thanks for being my daughters Guardian Angle on this Christmas Eve. I just wished there were more people
like you in the world today."
"May you be blessed in everything you set out to do in life Tommy."
Becky Clary, Technical Writer
Signal Solutions, Inc.
General Dynamics Network Systems
4600 Village Avenue
Norfolk, VA. 23502
Office: (757) 852-3760 X 7483
Fax: (757) 852-3772
Cell: (909) 838-8239