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


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