Mark Bowdidge, MRINA
An honors (cum laude) Graduate of The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology, Mark Bowdidge began his career in boatbuilding 30 years ago in construction and repair of vessels. He built his family’s 42-foot catamaran, and then cruised it for eleven years, logging over 40,000 nautical miles in Australian waters and overseas. Based on these real-life cruising experiences, he designed the Oceansky 52 sailing catamaran, which was voted Best Multihull Design by Cruising World magazine.
Mr. Bowdidge worked for Tom Fexas Yacht Design, specializing in the design of luxurious motor yachts for Mikelson Yachts, Kadey Krogen, Morgan Yachts, Choey Lee and more. He has been a naval architect at Aluminum Boat Australia (ABA), where vessels were built from 24 to 38 meters (78 – 124 feet). Bowdidge formed his own design office, Bowdidge Marine Designs, specializing in sportfishing and family cruising boats, with worldwide customers building BMD designs from 10 to 50 feet (3.0m to 15.0m).
Holding a commercial master's license, Mr. Bowdidge is also a CORPORATE MEMBER of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA). While studying at Westlawn, he was awarded the Owens Scholarship Award, based on academic achievement, creative ability and design presentation excellence. He graduated with the highest grade ever awarded by Westlawn for his final design thesis. In 2014 Mark was offered the position as "Professor" at WESTLAWN (USA), teaching small craft Naval Architecture for vessels up 200 ft, where he continues to work today.