After the grounding of our boat Lu-Lu Belle on the rocks at Hinchinbrook Island off the Gulf of Alaska, we were faced with the monumental task of rebuilding the her very compromised hull or totaling her. The bottom of the keel was crushed for 45 of her 75 foot length not to mention the other holes that were punched thru her hull. We wanted to save her as she has been such a major part of our lives, our home and our work.

Naval Architects from Jack Sarin's office on Bainbridge Island in Washington State were called in to assess the damage and come up with a repair plan which was then submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington D.C. and subsequently approved. The local U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspectors visited almost every day through the repair process. Had it not been for the expertise and experience of Mike Carder of Lakota Marine in Everett Washington and Luke Valleza of Carolina Custom Restoration of Charleston South Carolina, our mission to save our boat would have been impossible. Under the guidance of Mike and Luke, my husband and a crew from Valdez headed by Rodney Walters worked along side Mike and Luke accomplishing the restoration of the Lu-Lu Belle which has since passed her bottom side inspection with the Coast Guard. We will be forever grateful for all the time, hard work, talent and expertise that made this possible! You guys are the best!

In Sincere Appreciation, Fred and Megan Rodolf

Lakota Marine's location at Bayside Marine is worth noting. Unlike many workyards around the sound, my boat came out as clean as it went in. For a first-time bottom paint, my waterline was perfectly measured. When we had a follow-up issue, Mike was quick to stand behind his work and make it right.

Many thanks - Jim F. Edmonds, WA

I've used Lakota Marine several times in helping maintain my 36' wooden Grand Banks. Mike and his crew have consistently done fine work at a fair and agreed upon price, and I've never been disappointed. Initially, I used Lakota to help complete a relatively small varnish job I started but didn't have time or energy to finish. I was so impressed with their work that I subsequently hired Lakota to repaint my cabin house and refinish the transom. This year, they've repainted the bottom, refinished the cap rails, and repainted the bulwarks. Again, I'm very happy with Lakota Marine and can recommend them enthusiastically.

Phil Mann, Bainbridge Island

For over five years, Lakota Marine under the leadership of Mike Carder, has performed various fiberglass, painting, bottom, and cosmetic tasks on my vessel. I have been impressed with the high quality of their work, their timeliness, and overall integrity. I have always been able to fully rely on their ability to deliver a first-rate job and on time. Mike Carder is a true professional.

Wally Stauffer, M/V WAKA

I want to thank you and your staff on doing a fabulous job on my sailboat. Even though it was just bottom paint and a little fiberglass repair, I was very impressed when you met me on a "Sunday" to assist in pulling my boat out. And then power washed it yourself - to me that was above and beyond. The fiberglass workmanship to the hull & keel surpassed my expectations. If any future work is needed, I know who to call - Lakota Marine Service. Again, thank you.

Larry T, S/V Beverly Jane

Mike Carder, of Lakota Marine, in Everett, rebuilt my cabin roof, by hand. It was really messed up. And now it looks brand new. Mike--and everyone else I'm going to mention in this post--was scrupulously honest and efficient. The crew at Lakota are top notch, their prices are fair, and I highly recommend them.

Andy Ryan - C-Dory