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.
After graduating from Westlawn (Hons – Cum Laude), three years saw me working in the design of office of TOM FEXAS YACHT DESIGNS, (till the GFC and they closed their doors) working alongside Dave Glasco and Nicholas Di Matteo, specializing in the design of very large luxurious motor yachts for companies such as Mikelson yachts, Kadey Krogen, Morgan Yachts, Choey Lee and more, designs with a typical length 55 ft (17 metres) to 200 ft (60m).
Unfortunately, with Tom having passed away and then with the world wide recession, the big boat market collapsed and new design quickly contracts dried up. After 30 years of being in business, Tom Fexas Yacht Designs era wound up the last of its contracts and sadly closed its doors forever.
During 2012/ 2013, Mark was offered the position as Naval Architect at Aluminium Boats Australia.
Whist working at there, ABA offered refit and repair services to clients worldwide plus also built world-class passenger ferries, Patrol and coast guard vessels and delivering refit and maintenance services to the defence sector.