Product design in one form or another has been my life’s focus since I can remember. I was constantly creating things and drawing up one idea after another as a kid and I enjoy doing it today as well. Throughout my school and college years and career I’ve stayed with design, working my way through architecture, mechanical design and product development, production engineering and ultimately pleasurecraft design. It’s been a challenging and formative forty year professional journey. Growing up on the water, boating has always been a passion for me and marine design provides a creative outlet and challenge as it encompasses nearly every discipline within the art and engineering spectrums. Everything I’ve learned along the way in other disciplines is relevant to marine design. Drawing from this experience I work with clients, listen to their thoughts and wishes and help them evolve their vision into a beautiful and tangible new creation. The people, the design process and being a part of a client’s aspiration is what makes this business so much fun.
Ken is a very rare combination of accomplished artist, craftsman, world-class boatbuilder and designer. To see his work in person is awe-inspiring. We share a common interest in design, engines, boats and custom cars and collaborate on a myriad of projects, both automotive and marine. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Ken’s boat building and fabrication career spans more than 38 years and encompasses all form of high-end composite and wood construction, pattern making & casting, metal fabrication, machining and even wood and composite bicycle building. Ken’s built and restored many boats and has won U.S. national awards including: Best In Class at Lake Tahoe, CA 2016, Bay Harbor, MI 2016 & 2017 and Hessel, MI 2016. He’ll get calls from clients the world-over to pack his tools and fly to remote locations to oversee upgrades or structural repairs to their yachts. His well-rounded professional experience is a tremendous asset to both clients and industry professionals alike and, with the power of the internet, we continue to collaborate on design projects.
Patrick is a true brain, a math junkie who enjoys crunching crazy calculations, writing computer code, learning languages and studying world history for relaxation. He holds a Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Michigan 2007) and is nearing completion of his Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Michigan Tech). In the fall of 2018 he received his Michigan EIT (engineer in training) certificate in pursuit of his Professional Engineer license. Preparing while he’s away to expand our capabilities, BDM will soon offer in-house FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) which Patrick will handle soon after he’s back home in the States. His fluency in both French and Spanish opens doors to clientele in Europe, Central and South America. Working for a bonded translation firm handling diplomatic and legal communications, Patrick presently resides in Quito, Ecuador with his wife who’s fluent in English and is now studying German. They’re both now working through the USA’s immigration process to live and work in the States. In their spare time they both enjoy teaching English, cooking, enjoying the local cuisine and exploring Ecuador’s beauty.