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  • Its great to see yet another Broadwater 5.1 hit the water, this time from Tim in Victoria. He writes: SPLASHED! We did a few trials in the harbour at Coffs two weeks ago to check out the position of the motor etc and were very happy with the results.Today we headed outside for a run in a bumpy sea with a nth easterly swell. I guess it is no surprise that a boat designed by
  • Great to see yet another BMD boat being launched today. This time its from William in Western Australia and his beautiful Cruise Control 5.2. Top Job !! He writes: 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
  • Its great to see yet another Tropic 14 launched today, this time from Brian in NSW. He writes: Hi all. SPLASHED the Tropic today.  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
  • Well... Ian is at it again. !!! Having a blast of a time fishing and camping Its great to see he's out having a blast with his passion for fishing, not only fishing inshore in the rivers and lakes chasing trout and more, but also offshore mixing it up with Snapper and even squid in his EdgeTracker 426. Looking forward to hearing from him again and his next fishing/ camping adventures Click HERE to see
  • Recently it was great to hear from Kosta and his sea Strike 16 launching. He writes: Mark, Congratulations. Your design is perfect, I don't have words to explain you how excited I am. Everything went fantastic, the boat is unbelievable... !!!! That so good to hear I reckon. What a top job he did building his Sea Strike 16. As for getting it registered in Europe with all their bureaucratic rubbish. When Kostas finished his boat,
  • It was great to hear from Dave and Rita and the launching of their Sea Strike 16. He writes: Hi Mark Our sincere apologies for taking so long to get these photographs to you. Dave really appreciates the information and assistance that you gave in regards to our build. When these pictures were taken Dave recorded the performance figures and fuel economy but unfortunately someone took his note pad or it was blown away because
  • G'day Mark, Thought I'd send you a couple of pics . Finally the weather God's played nicely. Another milestone achieved, first day offshore  the sea was almost flat as a tack managed to get out to my old #1 fishing spot and located the old trawler wreck in 100 odd meters of water, set up my drift, baited the hook dropped em in and bang on the money first drop, we finished up with 1 Kingfish
  • Its great to see the EdgeTracker 426 is now in production under license in South Korea. Working with Youngi from RipTide Boatworks, the EdgeTracker 426 is now being built and sold as a solid fibreglass version. We wish Youngi all the best with his new business Youngi writes: Thanks to Mark Bowdidge for his great support at all times. -Begin wooden Boat building- About 11 years ago, I started to make wooden boats by chance.
  • With his outboard all booked in, during the last few days he was running around wiring in the batteries and battery switch, bilge pumps, nav lights, sounder and sorting out the Hydrive steering system wiring the cabin and cockpit lights, radios and speakers, washdown and fresh water pumps. Two days later and with a beautiful day in Melbourne, although he said it was a little cool, Glenn and his wife Kim snuck away early to
  • Its great to see yet another launching, this time from Conrad who lives in Malta (Europe) and is RipTide XR-457 He writes: Hi all   I'm back and I'm suuuuuper happy. I own one of the best boats in the world ! What a boat guys! She performs like a 21' or better. 15 kts wind and she performed very well against wind and the water. Just a little throttle and she's on the plane in
  • Great to see another launching this week, this time from Darren and his Tropic 14 that he built !! What a TOP JOB !! He writes: G'day Mark, A few photos of a trip to "xxxx" creek last week in the awesome tropic. (I can't say where it was..secret) It’s the first chance I’ve had to actually fish for a solid week with it. We got a shit load of flathead and a heap of
  • Its great to see the latest launching of yet another Sea Strike 18, this time from the Visser brothers in teh Netherlands. What a top job !!.  They write: Yesterday we splashed the ss, what a boat!!   We made 4 hours on the Suzuki really great combination like this. This week we are planning to launch the ss official so this week some small stuff like the antifouling, wrap and some red holders.  It’s a really
  • It was great to see Cameron launching his new Gulf Explorer 16. What an awesome job he did building her ! He writes: Soft launch completed. One up 50 Litres of fuel and no gear she goes 30 knot flat out and on the plane almost instantly. I was impressed given the size of the boat and small 50 hp motor. Two up same fuel and normal gear running weight and things slow down a
  • I just received these photo's from Chakkaphong (Thailand) who just launched his Sea Strike 18    If you look at his console, you see can that he cut out a portion and added a shelf for all his gear. His own personal touch for his boat.   Great idea If you want to see more of this design and something that you too can build, Please click the button below. Its that easy Click here for more
  • We just recieved these photo's from Haydn and his EdgeTracker 426 up at 1770 Qld. He sent in a short video as well !! Looks great Haydn He writes: Very funny thing happened as I was going to get the boat and return to the ramp. A bloke was there with his kids and made the comment that the kids were really enjoying the boat and then said, do you mind telling me how much
  • Lance just sent me in these awesome photo's out and about with his family in their Sea Strike 16 - "Gulf War". Great to see they're having a blast enjoying the boat as a family boat and also some serious fishing - "Sea Strike Slaying" as he calls it. Love it  Went out again for an early morning dive mission. Once again the wind came up to over 20 knots. Farkin spring wether driving me nuts. I
  • Its great to see another Tropic 14 being launched, this time Geoff from Victoria. What a top job ! He writes: Here she is in the water and the video I did up explaining a few things about the build and with the boat up and running. Let me tell you, the saying never work with kids or animals when film making is true! Here's a great video he made showing how the boat complies
  • Great to see we have yet another launching, this time from Pat in Tasmania and his Magnum 10 Pat writes: The big day finally, arrived, after all the rain and high winds we have had here in Tassie there was a break in the weather in the Sunday morning. Loaded the boat on the trailer and off we went. Since we have had a lot of flood waters we had to clear dead wood and
  • It was great to hear from Phil as he launched his RipTide CX-457 the other day. He writes: Hi Mark, Watching your web site over the last twelve months and then suddenly, the RipTide CX457came out of nowhere and I thought "I am going to have a go at building this boat". Having never built a boat before and after mine had been stolen two years ago, the want to build this one was to
  • Its great to see Duncan from NZ launching his new Edgetracker 426. What a beautiful job he did building her. He writes: I only went out for a short blat, I only got onto the water at about 6 pm and the boys have school in the morning so I couldn't make changes and go out again. The boat handles the chop very well! Here's a few photo's Its great to see yet another EdgeTracker
  • Its great to see yet another Sea Strike 16 launching. Here' s a few photo's of his boat taken on that day. Bo was a first time boat builder and "WOW"... Top finish mate. She looks great ! We look forward to seeing more from Bob and his adventures is his Sea Strike 16 To see more or this design, click this link (Sea Strike 16) or visit our website at www.bowdidgemarinedesigns.com
  • Its great to see another launching today, this time from Clinton and Nikki from the UK. He writes: Well chaps she's in. Great day we even managed to catch a fish!!! It was worth all the effort. Had a brilliant time. Boat was even better. Had lots of comments…. all good. We had a few envious stares when launching and retrieving, it was so easy ....could even be a one man job. Perfect for UK