Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Bowdidge Marine Designs "Reel Flare" Newsletter - Issue 6

Recent New's From Bowdidge Marine Designs
 G'day all,
Sorry for the late posting on our blog, but time just got away with all that has been happening here.
Firstly, I just accepted a position as an Instructor with the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology.



Naturally this means that first thing in the morning, I'm grading exams from students who are from all corners of the globe who are undertaking studies for designing vessels up to 120 ft. Once I get thru those, then my day can begin with our own designs, answering emails and phonecalls as well. So don't worry, BMD will be continuing as usual !
The phone and emails still pour in with enquires for our next generation of designs, that we're looking at.  "Carolina Style boats", bigger Pro Tournaments, bigger cab boats and more, in regards to the Sports fishing scene. Ranging from 20 - 35 ft, in various forms of construction, yes that even includes aluminium and steel boats as well, so over the coming months once I get settled in, it's going to be on.
Anyway, enough from me, so have a good one and...
HAVEAGREATWEEKEND
Mark Bowdidge (MRINA)
www.bowdidgemarinedesigns.com

Latest New Launchings 

Lance's Sea Strike 16 (NZ)
Well I guess my boat status can officially be classed as splashed. 
Steve and I headed out from my local beach as soon as I picked the boat up from shop. After a couple of pics on the sand, she was straight into the drink. Slid off the trailer perfectly, drawing very little water, especially for a deep V. Knee deep was easily enough. The big Suzuki was fired up and we idled out to the 200 mtr mark. ( wake free zone) I pushed the throttle half way down, the boat simply lifted up and bolted forward, 30 mph @ 4500 rpm and it was running just superbly, quiet, cleaving through the chop like it wasn't even there. 
The full bow section combined with fine entry and deep v make for a stunning ride. Steve was blown away at
just his well it went. He took the wheel..... You should of seen the grin on his face. Nothing flustered it at all and it wasn't exactly calm. 15 -20 knot southerly wind , in coming tide made for sloppy confused sea conditions. The boat just ate it up, calm  and composed. Any spray that come over was simply overcome by going faster.....the strakes just blew everything way out wide and you outrun it. 
Stability was awesome. At rest with 2 of us on one side she barely heeled. It just didn't make sense...Steve's 20 ft boat with a 180 litre water ballasts system would be flopping everywhere in the same
conditions. 
Everything worked. Livey tank, wash down hose, scuppers, the lot. Talk about happy camper. 
A high speed run back to the beach was topped off with a cold beer and a dog walker asking me what make of fibreglass boat it was. Classic. 
Having ya best mate offer to by the boat right there and then was a fairly good indication that it went pretty bloody well. Today made every second of all the hard graft worthwhile.

A couple of days later we went out again for an early morning dive mission. Once again the wind came up to over 20 knots. This NZ spring weather is driving me nuts and I don't even know how this boat goes in calm conditions! With this freezing cold sou'wester head on all the way home, I popped Leon in the consol with a bag of chips and he fell asleep! Trimming the nose down and punching home with the authority
of a 747, I simply cannot get over how well this boat rides. I had two sets of scuba gear on board plus full compliment of fishing gear and we cruised back at over 30 mph, overtaking all manor of boats in the way. My friend Matt was utterly staggered. A little 16 ft centre console should not be blasting past 6m hardtops in choppy as all hell conditions. 

I had a massive grin plastered across my face the whole time. Looks like the fish will live to fight another day though. Got dinner..... But she was slow fishing.

Johns Tropic 12 (Aust)
It was great to see John launch his tropic 12. He comments:


...on the way to the first launching, I had a month away riding bikes, but now it's time to splash. 







The Tropic 12 only draws a couple of inches and she sits right on the chines in 6 inches of water with a full fuel tub and a large battery beside the engine and the "figure head" aboard !





Stability at rest very good and those interceptors work a real treat.Hard to believe how flat it tracks when planing. This Tropic 12 will make an excellent car topper, traveling perfectly on my Kimberley Kamper boat loader.
Thanks Mark a great little design which suits my needs perfectly...about those stickers!!!!!




Our "REEL QUICK" Fishing Section

Adam's Sea Strike 16 (Blue Arrow)
Was a hard fish on Friday but we managed to get a few on the downrigger. Michael Lazar from Sydney Kingfish came out on the Sea Strike 16. He loved the ride.


Recent Build Gallery and Updates

 Bruces edgetracker 426
Bruce's EdgeTracker 426 (Aust)
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 russ's edgetracker 426
Russ's EdgeTracker 426 (UK)
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 Dans Magnum 12
Dan's Magnum 12 (Aust)
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 Davids Gulf Explorer 16
David's Gulf Explorer 16 (Aust)
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 Andy's Pro Tournament 21
Andy's Pro Tournament 21 (Aust)
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 Gordon's Mushulu 12
Gordon's Mushulu 12 (Aust)
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 James Shoreline 16
Jame's Shoreline 16 (Aust)
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 Al's Sandy Strait 14
Al's Sandy Strait 14 (Aust)
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 Dan's Sea Strike 16
Dan's Sea Strike 16 (Aust)
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 Mark's Sea Strike 16
Mark's Sea Strike 16 (Aust)
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 Alex's Mushulu 14
Alex's Mushulu 14 (NZ)
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 Lance's Sea Strike 16
Lance's Sea Strike 16 (NZ)
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 Scotty's Pro Tournament 21
Scotty's Pro Tournament 21 (Aust)
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 Dean's RipTide XR-457
Dean's RipTide XR457 (Aust)
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 Bob's Gulf Explorer 16
Bob's Gulf Explorer 16 (Aust)
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 Hugh's Sea Strike 16
Hugh's Sea Strike 16 (Aust)
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 Brendon's Sandy Strait 14
Brendon's Sandy Strait 14 (Aust)
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 Geoff's Sea Strike 16
Geoff's Sea Strike 16 (Aust)
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 John's Tropic 12
John's Tropic 12 (Aust)
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 Bill's Cruise Control 5.2
Bill's Cruise Control 5.2 (Aust)
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 Pete's Sea Strike 18
Pete's Sea Strike 18 (Aust)
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We hope you enjoyed this issue of Bowdidge Marine Designs "Reel Flare" Newsletter
Until the next bite.....

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Bowdidge Marine Designs "Reel Flare" Newsletter - Issue 5

Recent New's From Bowdidge Marine Designs

Over the past two weeks, we decided to have a bit of a break from designing and work on getting our boat
A design we're presently working on for a US client,
converting this from foam core construction to alloy
finished. No doubt the phone has been going crazy for new designs, so during the night I've been working on them .
For our next generation of designs, we're now going to be getting into more "Carolina Style boats", something we're getting a lot of enquires for in regards to the Sports fishing scene. These new designs will range from 20 - 35 ft and will come out in various construction forms. We're also getting a lot of enquires for aluminium boats as well, so we'll be addressing this also. I also dropped in and had a great chat with Anthony from ATL composites, in regards to using some of their products in our up and coming new designs.
So all in all, over the next few months, things are going to get really exciting here at BMD

Anyway, we hope you all have a great week and as for me...gotta go and get out into the shed and work on our own boat (LOL)
So have a good one and...
HAVEAGREATWEEKEND
Mark Bowdidge (MRINA)
www.bowdidgemarinedesigns.com

Latest New Launchings 

Nate's EdgeTracker 426
Thanks everyone and cheers to the guys who came out for a gawk at the boat, what a great day to launch. I am really stoked with it and how it rides through a bit of lumpy stuff even with just me on board. After everyone had left I met up with my mate in his thundercat and we headed up to tipplers for a couple then headed back testing out a bit of cornering. Got to 26kts with 2 people on board, but didn't want to hang on to full throttle for long as it is a new engine.



Later the swell was a good metre and a bit and saw the torture of being in a 4m tinnie going slow, with the bow high, person up front trying to add ballast and I just rode past with some up and down leaving them in my dust.....or spray. Ha ha just wished had the camera out then  Thats it for now, I will try get more photos and stuff when the time suits and once again thanks for all your kind words, I'm glad you like the boat
Cheers Nathan

Our "REEL QUICK" Fishing Section

It's Great to see Rod out with his Pro Tournament 21 off Sydney: 

"On my Pat Malone... Got 3 from 5... 2 at 20-25 and one around 15-18... Double hookups are fun singled handed" 






Recent Build Gallery and Updates


 Sozza's Sea Strike 18
Sozza's Sea Strike 18
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 Russ's EdgeTracker 426
Russ's EdgeTracker 426
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 Ranga's Shoreline 16
Matt's Shoreline 16
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 Pats Run Riot 24
Pat's Run Riot 24
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 Mark's RipTide CX-457
Mark's Rip Tide CX -457
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 Mark & Lisa's Sea Strike 18
Mark & Lisa's Sea Strike 18
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 Luca's Tropic 12
Luca's Tropic 12
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Jim's EdgeTracker 487
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 Jamie's Tropic 12
Jamie's Tropic 12
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 Jame's Shoreline 16
Jame's Shoreline 16
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 Guy's Sea Strike 16
Guy's Sea Strike 16
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Dutchies Magnum 10
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 Dean's RipTide XR-457
Dean's RipTide XR-457
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We hope you enjoyed this issue of Bowdidge Marine Designs "Reel Flare" Newsletter
Until the next bite.....

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Bowdidge Marine Designs "Reel Flare" Newsletter - Issue 4

Recent New's From Bowdidge Marine Designs


G'day all,
It's great to see so many new members on our forum, whether it just be people who are interested and also new builders. Also it was great to hear the reponse we got from some builders and readers who actually went to the various boat shows of late and actually noted all the ""chocolate" toys on boats that in reality, all looked the same. (LOL)
Here at the office, we've got so many new designs under way, that trying to find the time to get out into our shed to finish our own boat does get frustrating. So close and with our just outboard sitting down at the dealership waiting to be installed, Grrrrrrrr !
Anyway, we've just finished the Roguewave 14 and now we're getting into yet more cabin boats, particularly in the 20ft and above range now, something we're getting a lot of enquires for.



We're also in the final stages of getting our BMD shirts made up. With the proofs now finalized, they reckon about 2 weeks and they'll be landed at our doorstep. So as soon as they arrive, we'll let you all know. We're also now in the early stages of getting our boat stickers made as well. With so many of you asking for this, it's now in the pipework. So all in all, a very hectic week.

Anyway, we hope you all have had a great week and as for me...gotta go and get out into the shed and work on our own boat (LOL)
So have a good one and...
HAVEAGREATWEEKEND
Mark Bowdidge (MRINA)
www.bowdidgemarinedesigns.com

Our Latest New Design.."Roguewave 14"

No matter what species of fish you're chasing, with the Roguewave 14, you're hooked. Whether you're river/ lake or estuary fishing or just having fun, the Roguewave 14 side console is in a class of its own.
Easy on the pocket and packed with features, the Roguewave 14 is an ideal mid size family/ multi species side console fishing boat. So for the fisherman who wants a serious boat that delivers the absolute best in safety, reliability, and angling adventure - think Roguewave 14, and

follow your dreams.
The rest is up to you!

To see more of this design, please click HERE

Our "REEL QUICK" Fishing Section

Gavin and his Sea Strike 16
With a house for sale, and spending time getting the place tarted up a bit haven't had the time to use the boat,

Went down to jumpinpin this morning with my son, to get ourselves a few of the winter bream that the reports said were son the move. Was blowing 15-20 knots from the south, so very few boats on the water. .Got ourselves tucked into a nice protected corner and started on the bream, ended up with 20 which isn't a bad way to spend a few hours.










After I pulled the boat out and as Anthony and I were filleting the fish, the fisheries inspectors arrived.  Spent more time explaining what sort of boat it was, than looking at our catch!.  According to them we were the only  people who caught anything.  Not bad for under 3 hours.

Adam and his Sea Strike 16
Went for a fish on Friday with the plan of getting some squid and kingfish. I've only had a few short session
chasing squid so I was determined to put in a hour or so. Pulled up to a known squid spot and on the first cast I hooked a beauty then it went quiet. Weather was looking pretty good and as I turned around south head I was greeted with windy slop with swell..yuk! I persisted and managed to pull two more squid from an ocean side ledge. Rule one with squid fishing. Never think they have run out of ink!! Ha ha. I found that out the hard way after taking some photo's..Black goop everywhere! Its pretty hard to wash away...



Only caught 3 small kings. 2 on a soft plastic and the other on a slimey. I made
up a few stinger rigs for slimeys as I've missed a few hook ups lately. Worked a treat with a small king taking a large bait. Tried downrigging the smallest squid but nothing was interested. There were small schools of kingfish getting around and one popped up right next to the boat. Always pays to have a rod ready. There was also a fair bit of bird activity around but they were feeding on plankton or something similar.
Managed to hook a nice little Kingy by letting the lure drop through the birds and fast retrieve. From the reports the Kingfish were slow but the Gem fish and Mako's off browns were hot. I was hearing reports over the VHF of yellow fin off Browns Mountain in the afternoon..Lucky buggers!!

Cooking up the squid tonight. Mark needs to put up a fish cooking/ recipe section. lol

Recent Build Gallery and Updates


Pete's Sea Strike 18
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Lukes Cruise Control 5.2
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Ross's SportzMaster 19
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John's Sea Strike 16
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                                                 Andy's Pro Tournament 21
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                                                 Bruce's EdgeTracker 426
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Will's Cruise Control 5.2
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Brendon's Sandy Strait 14
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Dan's Magnum 12
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David's Gulf Explorer 16
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Doug's EdgeTracker 426
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Gordon's Mushulu 12
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Guy's Sea Strike 16
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John's Tropic 12
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Lance's Sea Strike 16
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Mark's Sea Strike 16
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Morgan's Pro Tournament 21
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Paul's RipTide XR-457
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Ranga's Shoreline 16
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Sozza's Sea Strike 18
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Steve's Sea Strike 16
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Al's Mangrove Jack 3.65
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Andrew's Flat Chat 16
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We hope you enjoyed this issue of Bowdidge Marine Designs "Reel Flare" Newsletter
Until the next bite.....