At age ten helping my father on Cousteau's R/V Calypso.

  Dylan Bailey has over 34 years in the boating industry. And a lifetime on boats. He started at an early age working with his father, metal boat builder Howdy Bailey, where he learned every aspect of metal boat building and repair. Dylan had a yacht management business for 20 years managing yachts of metal, wood, and fiberglass construction before becoming a marine surveyor 8 years ago. Dylan is a member of ABYC,  SAMS, and Dylan is the former SAMS Regional Director for Florida and the Caribbean. Dylan has served on the Board of the Metal Boat Society and was the Editor of the Metal Boat Quarterly.


I have been in the marine industry for twenty-nine years. Starting with working in my Father’s (Howdy Bailey /Marine Metals) yard. Sixteen of those years have been in the boat building industry. Working for builders of metal, wood, and fiberglass. I have experience in all areas of the industry from building to painting, blister repair, rigging, and electrical. In 1991, I began my own business maintaining and managing power and sail yachts between 36 and 65 feet. As a yacht manager, I am involved in helping owners maintain their yachts in bristol and seaworthy condition. I have learned the art of surveying by working as an apprentice.

Some of the boats I have been involved in the building of:

47’ steel schooner 80’ steel schooner 65’ GRP cutter 28’ GRP picnic boat 55’ cold-molded ketch 47’ aluminum cutter 50’ aluminum cutter 50’ aluminum trawler 70’ steel passenger vessel

Some of the boats I have maintained and managed:

Walters/Bailey 36 Bristol 41 Bristol 47 Hinckley Bermuda 40 Hinckley Sou'wester 51 Saberline 47 Northeast 40 Rhodes 60 Benford/Kanter 64

Professional Training:

Certified Infrared Thermographer Level II  AIRISINC Applying Inferred Thermography To Marine Surveying National Uniform Standards Of Professional Appraisal Practice Course. (USPAP) Knox Marine Damage Claims Seminars Society Of Accredited Marine Surveyors Regional and Annual Meetings ABYC Standards Certification  ABYC Corrosion Numerous IBEX and Industry workshops and seminars: Including; Inspecting Rigging, Inspecting Metal Boats, Inspecting Welds, Damage Report Writing, Cold Molded Boat Building, Wood Boat Repair, Electrical Inspections, West System Epoxy Class on boatbuilding & repair Professional Boat Builder's Wordsmithing For Survey Report Writing AMSEA Safety at sea class