Saturday, 6 December 2008

Link to Bowdidge Marine Design

The Sportz 16,our first kit boat in strip plank/epoxy construction.

The link will be placed on our main web site pages in the coming weeks,we will do a major change on how the pages look,updates etc and show moving panel construction taken from Mark Bowdidge Marine site,here is some up to date news from Mark.

With the first 4 small boats designs now out there, overall it was a great response. We had a lot of calls and emails regarding the Bosun's mate 23 with a number of plans already sold and are now under construction. The Mushulu 14 is now being built in both South Australia and New Zealand. Enquires regarding the Sportz 16 came from Darwin to Melbourne and even overseas in England and the USA with 2 under construction in NSW and Canada. And on top of this, we've had phone calls and emails asking "When will the SportzMaster 19 centre console and the Breezin' 22 trailer sailor plans be finished".
Of the many enquires, many asked "Are the designs available in kit form?" Realizing that many people may not have the time or the desire to build from scratch, we began phoning around the world looking for the right people to produce our boat kits.

With this now organized, it was time to get the designs ready for CNC cutting. This naturally takes time, but in the end for the client, it's worth it. In kit form, the designs will be much quicker and easier for them to build.
Already in its first few days, CKD boats have had an enquiry, regarding the Sportz 16, as a kit and also as a professional build!

You have a good one
Mark Bowdidge (ARINA)

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Friday, December 5, 2008
CapeBoatworks are now offering the Mushulu 14 by Bowdidge Marine Designs as a kit

With the CNC files complete for the Mushulu 14, CKD Boats are now able to offer the Mushulu 14 as a boat kit. The Mushulu 12 will soon be available.

If you want any further infoamtion regarding the kit,please contact,Roy at CDK Boats.
Talking with Roy Mcbride of CDK boats-South Africa, Kits for the Mushulu 14 and Sportz 16 are now available.

At present, we have a company who are looking at the Sportz 16 to build. The kits will be CNC cut by CDK boats, then the company ( still in consultation) will then build and complete the boats, offering them for sale.

We will be supplying Paulownia strip plank timbers for both power and sail craft by Bowdidge Marine Designs. we can supply all your strip plank needs for either Kit boats or boats built solely from plans. They can supply strip plank timber for designs as small as a Dinghy, to as big as a 18m monohulls/multihulls.
What's even better, we can also ship worldwide.

As far as the material properties is concerned, ask for the specifications sheet in this regard.
The timber, at the request by Bowdidge Marine Designs, was recently tested by the the Structural Testing Services- QLD, for use in the marine field and for its's application to Society Classification rules such as ABS, Lloyds.

CKD boats in South Africa, will soon be supplying kits in both power and sail craft by Bowdidge Marine Designs.
CKD Boats specialise in developing Kit boats and supply CNC cut designs from as small as a Dinghy to as big as a 43ft yacht and larger to 18 countries around the world. The kits consist of either the basic materials to assemble just the hull and deck or a full package from the building materials right through to the mast, rigging and sails etc.

For more information contact Roy Mc Bride at :
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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Bowdidge Marine Designs new SportzMaster 19 Centre Console coming soon

The plans for the SportzMaster 19 are still under construction. The power boat is designed for serious offshore fishing, with most of the layout based on game fishing boat requirements. Her construction will be strip plank composite with plywood bulkheads/floors.
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For more information regarding this design, please visit our website

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Bowdidge Marine Designs: The Mushulu 14 plywood power boat design

With the overall success and, amount of enquirys regarding the Mushulu 12, the most common question asked was, could the design be made larger to create a larger sister to around 14ft or 4.26m length overall. So after careful re-designing taking into consideration for simplicity in construction, stability and more importantly- seaworthiness, Welcome to the Mushulu 14.
Design Brief:
The brief for the Mushulu 14, (a composite/ plywood design) was it had to be based on the Mushulu 12, only larger. It had to be lightweight for its size, easily handled by 2 people and quick and simple in it's construction. It was decided to increase the length overall to 14 ft or 4.26m, as this would keep the overall design simple.
With this in mind, the overall beam was increased to 6 ft (1.82m) and the freeboard raised to 1ft-8in (508mm). Overall, the Mushulu 14 had to be tough and rugged, yet simple in it's design and construction without the added "toys" to complicate the design.
Most importantly, you had to feel secure when out and about, whether it be fishing or just plain exploring. But overall, it had to be simple.
For more information regarding this design, please contact

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Sunday, June 1, 2008
Bowdidge Marine Designs: Mushulu 12 power boat dinghy Design by Mark Bowdidge

A few years back, whilst still living aboard our 42 ft catamaran, we were approached by a couple asking could we design and build a new plywood composite tender/ fishing boat for their yacht. With their inflatable tender seemingly always in a state of repair, could the design be similar to the one we designed and built for ourselves. After much discussion and taking note of their requirements and wants, the Mushulu 12 (named after their trimaran) was designed and built. Year's later and after moving back on shore, we decided to build the Mushulu design again. Launching her at the local boat ramp, the Mushulu 12 design received a lot of compliments and interest, which in the end, resulted in many orders for the design. Overall, this design proved to be a very popular. So, with this in mind, we have decided to bring out the design again. Welcome to the MUSHULU 12
Design Brief:
The brief for the Mushulu 12, (a composite/ plywood design) had to be lightweight, easily carried or handled by 1 to 2 people, quick and simple in it's construction and without costing an arm and a leg to build.
Initially designed as a Yacht tender, this also meant it had to be a performer. Not only in recreational use, whether it be fishing or just plain exploring, but also as a tough and rugged yacht tender. With higher than normal topsides of 457mm (18") instead of the typical 300mm (12"), it had to be designed to be used as a carrier of people and stores, water and fuel runs, or just plain recreational fishing.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Bowdidge Marine Designs: Sportz 16 sailing boat by Mark Bowdidge

WHY is it when we spot another yacht or boat on the water, it always turns's into a race? Primal instinct, that's why, and it's within us all. We have to win, or to be first. Whether we race our car to work, play football or just out climbing cliffs. It's the thrill, or driving passion within us all - to win. To be first! To test our skills against nature or, even against ourselves. And yes, we're all guilty of it. Nowadays however, an outlet we have to satisfy our Primal Instinct, we call SPORTS.
Welcome to the SPORTZ 16.

Design brief:
The Sportz 16 brief was for a fast and thrilling racing yacht with excellent performance high on the priority list, but yet at the same time it had to be easy to sail, with a comfortable cockpit for weekend day sailing for the family and a competitive racer without breaking the budget. The cockpit size and deck layout had to be carefully balanced to achieve this three fold role. The result is an attractive, easily to handle, ‘club racer’ orweekend day sailor.
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