Mr. Bailey has been working with boats for almost seventy years. If you are considering the purchase of a boat or yacht and do not have the benefit of long experience on the water, there is a great deal you need to learn before you start spending your money. The mission you expect the boat to perform, the seas you expect to encounter, the distance offshore you expect to roam, and other factors can all be examined to help you make the best decisions relating to types (power or sail), engines (one or more), crew needed to operate safely, training available to learn or improve seamanship, costs of acquisition, operations, and annual maintenance. As a former manufacturer (Chris*Craft yachts) operator, builder, and consultant to marine companies and yards, Mr. Bailey can help you make good decisions, and avoid bad ones
| Began boating (rowing dories, “crewing” on lobster boats), summers at Princes Point, Yarmouth, Maine.
Built first boat (square-ended scow or “punt”) in cellar shop.
Built 13' flat-bottomed skiff in woodworking class at Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, New Hampshire.
Took boating and sailing training at Camp Wadaga, Pitchwood Island, Laconia, New Hampshire.
Took boating and sailing training at Birch Rock Camp, East Waterford, Maine.
U. S. Naval Flight Training, Pensacola, Florida. Took courses in ship-board handling and operations.
Stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. Lived in Morehead City, NC, went boating with various acquaintances.
Acquired Rhodes 18 sloop day-sailer, learned sailing.
Acquired new True Rocket 23, a wooden small cabin sloop with Universal Atomic 4 inboard built by A. R. True in Amesbury, MA.
Acquired 1947 34' Hinckley Sou’Wester wooden sloop, modified at Brown’s Gloucester Yacht Yard to meet Ocean Racing standards. Cruised Maine Coast extensively.
Captained above vessel in Marblehead-Halifax Ocean Race.
Acquired 1968 36' wooden Grand Banks trawler yacht (twin Ford-Lehman 6-cyl diesels in all three Grand Banks) Heavenly Daze. Based in Plymouth, MA in summer and Ft. Lauderdale in Winter, via the Inland Waterway.
Acquired 1969 42' wooden Grand Banks trawler yacht Taranaki and started charter operation using both vessels; based in Plymouth, MA in the summer and Hilton Head, South Carolina in the winter.
Acquired 48' wooden Grand Banks trawler yacht Seacrets, added to charter fleet, now based in Plymouth, MA in summer and Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas, in winter.
Counsel to Broward Marine Yacht Builders, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Sold Grand Banks fleet.
One of four investors who acquired Chris*Craft Marine based in Sarasota, Florida, venerable manufacturer of boats from 15 to 50 feet. Was shareholder, director, and marketing and dealer relations advisor, as well as senior counsel. Involved in Chris*Craft’s acquisition of Uniflite.
Owned and operated the following Chris*Craft vessels: 38' twin 400hp “Cigarette” style full-cabin air-conditioned runabout, 31' cuddy-cabin outboard (twin Johnson 250hp), 31' cuddy-cabin outboard (twin Mercury 225 hp); 38' twin diesel (Volvo-Penta) cabin cruiser; and two 50' (twin Detroit 6V92 diesel). Cruised New England Coast extensively in these three yachts.
Counsel to Denison Marine Yacht Builders, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Handled litigation arising from the sinking of For Your Eyes Only, 105' aluminum fast yacht (7000hp, water-jet drives).
Acquired, stripped down, redesigned and rebuilt 74' aluminum Chris*Craft Roamer, owned until 1998. All plumbing, electrical, electronics, appliances - every moving part except the drive train, which was overhauled - replaced with state-of-the-art equipment. Construction history available.
Counsel to Roscioli Yachting Center, Yacht Builder, Modifier, and maintenance yard.
Chartered Mainship 43 in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, for one-week cruise.
Retained to evaluate on 7-day shakedown cruise the 172' Taipan based in Cannes, France.
Chartered Grand Banks 42 Twentieth Maine for one week cruise - Gloucester, MA to Tenant’s Harbor, ME, and return.
Captained Fleming 53, Westbay 58, and MJM 34', owned by a close friend.
Pictorial brochure on the rebirth of SPELLBOUND, 74' Chris*Craft Roamer.
Text booklet explaining the remanufacturing process of Spellbound.
Brochure of the 176' yacht Taipan.
Photo of a detailed model of For Your Eyes Only, which I had built to show a jury that the sinking of this vessel was totally human error, not any deficiency in design or manufacture.