A former client had floated an idea about building a vessel before Bayliss purchased the property that became Bayliss Boatworks. Bayliss convinced the owner to work with Paul Spencer, with himself as a consultant. “I did a lot of the grunt work and labor on that first build,” Bayliss recalls. And it was a success. Still, the battlewagons that Bayliss envisioned were something different. “I had these ideas,” he says, “but nothing was built, nothing was proven.” Not one to shy from a challenge, he finished his own facility and secured clients for his own vessels. When his first building was completed in April 2002, Bayliss already had four boats to build.