|Dix 64 "Rising Sun" shows off her exquisite finish.Howdy Bailey in the red shirt.|
Over the years and on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Howdy Bailey and I maintained a lasting friendship and worked together on many projects. They included the Echo 38 cruising tug "Echo" and the Little Creek 47 "Flutterby", now owned by Howdy's son Dylan Bailey.
|"Echo" at home on a backwater of Chesapeake Bay.|
|Little Creek 47 "Flutterby" waiting to start a Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race|
|The ketch-rigged "Sabbatical II" sailing in sloop configuration.|
Howdy also has great community spirit. He introduced me to some surfing friends a year or two after we arrived in Virginia Beach and I joined their very informal Iguana Surf Club. Every year this club hosts a fun day on the beach as a fundraiser for the Norfolk-based Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters, with surf contest, fun events and a big party afterwards. The past few years Howdy Bailey has really come through with large amounts of cash that has been donated by his customers and local businesses toward the fundraiser. Howdy has a big heart.
Ever since we met, he has done business from various buildings near to Cobb's Marina at Little Creek, an inlet off the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. It was always an interesting place to visit, with all kinds of fascinating bits and pieces hung on the walls or suspended from the roof. Howdy is a collector, not of "stuff" but of "interesting stuff". His workshop just wasn't big enough to display all of his eclectic collection.
City codes have now forced a relocation and Howdy Bailey Yacht Services has moved into a larger shop at 7527 Avenue J, Norfolk. This has much more open space and it has been put to good use to show off Howdy's collection of toys, bicycles, boats, signs, classic cars, old tools and a host of other things. The heavy items are on the floor and lighter items are hanging from the roof or along the walls. Even if you have no interest in boats or quality metalwork, Howdy Bailey Yacht Services is an interesting place to visit.
|Main entrance to Howdy Bailey Yacht Services|
|Howdy in red shirt and Larry Foster, long-time colleague.|
|View of the shop from the front entrance.|
|Lots to look at, in every direction.|
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