Bowdidge Marine Designs
BOATBUILDING & SPORTSFISHING CLUB !
Within it there is so much information, not only that pertains to the build itself, but also with other items such as electronics/ outboards/ trailers/ materials/ resin and glass/ tools/ fuel systems/ bilge systems/ how to video's and loads more. And, there's also other threads for those into fishing and 4WD fishing adventures as well.
So as a forum, its pretty comprehensive.
"It doesn't get better than this" !!
What some of you may or may not realize is, we also have a LARGE PRIVATE boat building forum as well, to help those who are building our designs. So if your thinking of building one of our boats, then don't feel that you're on your own here. Your not !!.
Within our forum, there are heaps of builders from around the world, sharing their builds and learning new skills. We call it.. "the Table of Knowledge". A place where, if you worked in some shipyard, at lunchtime or knock-off, a bunch of you would sit down around the table and share ideas and knowledge. In other words, its all about learning and that my friend ... is what our forum is all about.
Unfortunately, its only available or open to our builders, it is not an open or public forum. In other words, once you purchase a set of plans, your invited in.
So if your reading this and you're not a builder, please don't ask. Its a special and private place for our builders only.
Anyway, I thought I would just mention this to those that are sitting on the fence, wondering.. "Can I build a boat and what assistance will I get".
Well... don't worry.. its all there for you. Its only a matter of thinking... "I can do this".
Just want to say thank you so much to Mark and Deb for providing this awesome platform to build boats! I bought my plans January 2015 with half an idea that I'm going to build a boat. I've never used a jig saw or orbital sander in my life. After I mastered those skills Mark guided me through using resin as glue and fibre glassing two more things I've never done. Next came the bogging fairing and all the other little tricks as you go along.... All things I've never done. Then it came time to learn how to make boat furniture, ring frames, hatches, cabin etc. again things I've never done. It came to paint and finishes again Mark's guidance was invaluable. Once it came to the finer details it was however my wife and Debbie who where the guiding force deciding on colours and finishes.
I can now truly say ANYONE CAN BUILD A BOAT.... Just listen to the advise given, do not be scared of mistakes and JUST GET ON WITH IT!!!!
Thanks everyone for your assistance let the fish commence!
Hendrik (Broadwater 5.1)
Once again, apologies for being such a slacker-- the stickers arrived, are in place, and look GREAT! Hopefully, you will see some new orders from this side of the pond. At the very least, you have an active salesman in me-- I'm forever talking you up, whether it be the forum, the designs, or especially the unexpected, the personalized service and individual guidance! As I'm sure most people who have built would agree, YOU DON'T CHARGE ENOUGH.
The plans price was the single best investment of the entire boat, hands down.
Thank you for doing what you do!
James USA (RipTide XR457)
Thanks for all the good wishes everyone, it's great to share on the forum.
I know that seeing everyone elses progress and launches while I was building kept me going, it is a fantastic feeling to get the boat into the water and being used.
Glenn (Broadwater 5.1)
Hi fellow builders,
Got to take the boat out on Saturday arvo as an official launch of the boat. Some family and friends were able to join the occasion. All my friends and family were so surprised with the boat, the way it looked the way it handled. Spent the afternoon doing trips up and down the Swan river picking up and dropping off different family and friends. My son got to have a drive he was so excited, didn’t want to go home (LOL) Absolutely over the moon. Awesome day out, can’t wait to go again.
A massive thank you to Mark and Debbie, they really did help me make this build happen. Also big thanks to all the forum. I did get some pictures but in the excitement of the day not a lot of good ones but there is always next weekend.
Will (Cruise Control 5.2)
We had a great day but only putted around to run in the new motor. Still lots to finish off (stickers, rub rail etc) Boat seemed to go really well, albeit at low speed. I've had little to no experience driving a boat this size so have a lot to learn (and looking forward to it).
Thanks to Mark especially for his abundant advice, contact and wisdom and also to all the others builders for posting their builds for me to see what they've done. Couldn't have done any of this without all that help.
Thanks to all.
Russ (SportzMaster 19)
Thank you for a great little boat Mark and a BIG thank you for all the support given to me throughout the entire build, without that support I think I might have built the Titanic not that i've hit an iceberg yet. Lol.
I cant be any happier with the support given and this great forum with its invaluable information and member support.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL.
Brian (Tropic 14)