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Customer Testimonials


"...Geoff and I continue to enjoy every minute spent on Curlew, thanks to the high quality work performed by DBY. You have set a high standard that we measure all other work quality against. We also continue to receive compliments - including from the folks at Lyman Morse, where we had her hauled and stored for the winter this year...."

Bru Brubaker of "Coconuts" on Deltaville Boatyard

Thank you to the Keiser family for your

Thank you to the Keiser family for your stay with us! We have enjoyed your smiles and kind spirit, and we look forward to your next visit.

The Kesier's first met Keith Ruse, owner and president of Deltaville Marina and Boatyard, while at the DeFever Rendezvous. During the rendezvous, Keith gave complimentary vessel checks to those who needed

them, and the Keiser's asked for his assistance. Keith found the engine on their DeFever 49, "Journey", was in need of a valve adjustment. Then, they won a two night stay in the silent auction for Deltaville Marina! Meant to be, they traveled down to get the work completed and see all Deltaville has to offer."This is one of the friendliest marinas we've been to", says Mr. Keiser. Having visited the marina ten years ago, they were impressed with all the renovations that have taken place. "It's really nice here." They were happy with the cleanliness of the marina, the friendly and helpful staff, and the great work and education at the boatyard.They also visited some of our local hot spots, like The Table at Wilton of which they thoroughly enjoyed.We hope that you travel back to see us soon! Safe travels until then.

"Oh, I love this place!"

Mr. Pratt has been a customer of Deltaville Boatyard for some time now. He recalled meeting Keith Ruse, owner, about three years ago when Keith was giving a demonstration on Garmin units. He's been a customer and friend since then. "I told Keith to let me know if anything is deficient because I wanted it


right. I've been cutting him checks ever since!". While he takes it fishing and exploring, for him, knowing his boat is safe is most important. "My grandkids are on this boat, and I know it's safe." He also does training for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and he needs to know it can be relied on.Most recently, Mr. Pratt has had the stainless steel replaced on his boat as well as much of the wood work, and Deltaville Boatyard installed a full Garmin suite.

"DBY replaced entire boat navigation, RADAR, Auto-Pilot, WX station and bottom sensors, not to mention a dingy overhaul on the T/T Yamaha. switched from Furuno to GARMIN, DBY is a GARMIN authorized service center.

Fantastic job and professional service. They also take care of the boat while we were away to ensure no science projects got started.

I would highly recommend anyone considering boat service to consider DBY."

- Neal Vizina

"We were looking for a spot to haul out north of Hatteras for the summer. We heard good things from several cruisers about DBY. When we arrived in Deltaville we looked at 4 of the larger yards and decided that DBY had the best combination of secure storage for hurricane season as well as repair/maintenance facilities with the option of DIY. Although we have no projects underway, there is obviously a large following of larger yachts who are having DBY do major work on their yachts. We anticipate several projects later this year and are very comfortable having their staff complete the work.

The owner, Keith, was very accommodating and took the time to work with us ensuring our needs were met. 

The channel was dredged in Feb 2017 and easy to navigate. We liked the setting at Jacksons Creek in a great anchorage right at the marina. We can see DBY becoming our regular summer haulout yard."

- Trevor J

"We have entrusted Keith and his team from DBY for modernizing our '54 Hatteras - and we have not been disappointed. The electronics team has installed new radar, navigation, and communication systems as well as electrical system upgrades necessary to support modern electronics. The Hull/Mechanical team took the bottom back to the barrier coat and refreshed all the underwater gear including stuffing boxes and prop alignments. The carpentry team worked their magic around the 30 year old teak bringing a modern look to a classic pilot house. The team simply treats the boat like it is their own when it comes to yacht protection and final fit and finish. It's an 8 hour run for me to bring my Hatt to DBY - and an 8 hour pleasure run home when they deliver her back to me."

Charles Beard

"One of the three new chartplotters occasionally locks up. Freezes. Restart - and all is well. Annoying. Of course, we could not recreate the problem at DBY. Happened again on my trip to Jacksonville. I called Keith, Keith called Garmin, Garmin called A & G Marine Electronics in JAX and they installed a new Black Box. Excellent service provided by all. Thanks

I left my 2006 Kadey Krogen over the summer at DBY. (I'm too busy with work for summer boating.) Keith and his crew designed and installed a new Garmin 8000 Nav system. Additionally, Keith Ruse and his crew did a complete service and diagnosed and repaired an engine problem. It was done on schedule and allowed me to head to FL with confidence. 

While DBY is not my homeport, it is my home away from home. I left DBY and Keith has inquired twice about my satisfaction."

- Judge Manning

"We stored our boat for the past summer season after our return from the Caribbean to some needed maintenance. Work was done in a timely manner and reasonably within estimates. Work is high quality by experienced, trained technicians. This is the third time we have used this yard. Storage is reasonably priced and they allow DIY work. Town is nearby (1-2 miles) with many Marine ammenities such as West Marine, a sailmaker, a rigger, canvas shop. Rental cars available through Enterprise in Gloucester, VA with a shuttle during the week."

- Glenn G


"We have used DBY since 2008 and are very happy customers. The yard is very professionally run by Keith and he is well supported by a team of skilled and highly qualified technicians. Over the years we have had electronic, mechanical, rigging and hull work carried out and have been very pleased with the quality. We would highly recommend DBY.
( Keith contacted us by email a few months after we had work carried out this year to check that everything was OK and that we were happy. This is what makes us keep going back)"

- Peter Hoggins

"If you are looking to have work done on your vessel this is the place to take it. We brought our Kadey Krogen Whaleback to Deltaville for an extensive maintenance period prior to full time cruising based on recommendations of other Kadey Krogen owners. We were not disappointed. Keith took the time to explain what needed to be done, what could be deferred, and some recommendations for system improvements. Bobby along with John were assigned to our boat and these gents know their stuff. Frankly I don't think I would want anyone else working on our boat. Starr the project manager ensured all work was performed to ABYC standards and stayed on top of the work from start to finish. Deltaville stands behind their work and ensured we were completely satisfied before releasing the boat as well as providing follow-on assistance as needed."

R. Brown

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