Bowmaster was founded by the owners of Manson Anchors in 2008. Established on the principles of exceptional workmanship and outstanding service, Bowmaster specialises in the custom design and fabrication of anchor deployment systems and anchoring accessories, keels, rudders and polished stainless-steel deck equipment.
We collaborate with boat designers, boat builders, naval architects, superyacht captains and owners to design fit for purpose, bespoke solutions. We achieve this through smart thinking, impeccable craftsmanship and building relationships based on high levels of trust and respect.
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Ned joined Manson Anchors in 2002 from a marketing and construction design background. Ned offers a rich design history in all materials and Ned traditionally says yes to a project first, and in true Kiwi fashion, figures out the smaller details later. Ned’s simple approach to manufacturing has meant that through his management style, the company has seen significant savings by using alternative methods and employing the approach, "how can it be done better". Clients appreciate Ned’s problem-solving nature and his intimate knowledge of anchoring design and deployment. It is this ‘can-do’ attitude that permeates throughout the entire company culture.
Starting out at Manson Anchors in 1994 as an apprentice sheetmetal fabricator. Steve fashioned an intimate knowledge of marine components while moving into a managerial role in 1997. Steve’s rich history of boating has helped him in the marine environment. Steve’s fabrication knowledge helped him with the design and specifying of components throughout the marine industry including ship and pleasure-craft components, marina and bridge fabrication. In 2008 Steve completed an MBA at Auckland University and is currently Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
Andrew has been around boats his whole life, sailing & racing in the waters of Western Australia. His career started designing mining equipment but then moved into the marine engineering field in 2005 designing military vessels and high speed ferries. After 9 years of designing, troubleshooting & supporting commercial and government vessels it was time for a move into the pleasure boat arena for two world first superyacht projects, followed by a move to New Zealand.
Andrew has a pragmatic and practical approach to all aspects of vessel design & construction including the world class anchoring & deck equipment made by Bowmaster. A skillset that can turn ideas into real world, functioning marine hardware is essential.
A boilermaker by trade, Brendon first entered the marine industry when he began building frigates at Tennix. An absolute natural, it wasn't long before Bendon was running the fabrication department at Alloy Yachts International. Brendons skill set, floor leadership and innovative approrach have been a huge asset to Bowmaster and seen him head the fabrication department for four years. An avid motorcross rider, effeciency and accuracy are traits that Brendon not only applies to his work in the factory, but on the racing curcuit too.
A passion for the sea and a creative nature, Kahan chose to forge his career in the field of marine design. After graduating as a Naval Architect in South India, he worked as a Project Engineer repairing ships in the Gulf. Wanting to specialise in boat design and manufacture, Kahan undertook his Masters in Yacht Engineering at the University of Auckland and upon completion, picked up a role as a Design Engineer at Hall Spars and Rigging. Joining the Bowmaster team in 2017, Kahan draws on his creative streak to create innovative and functional designs which are always well received by clients.
Ben joined Bowmaster in 2017. Having completed a commerce degree at the University of Canterbury, Ben then spent two years plying his trade with a tech start up based in Melbourne, Australia. His passion for the sea eventually led him to the Mediterranean where he began a four year journey working on large motor yachts. As a former Bosun and keen sailor, Ben has a unique understanding around the onboard operations of a superyacht, allowing him to develop practical and economic solutions for boatbuilders, captains and owners.
Adria’s history of systems implementation in the corporate environment has given her the broad experience required to head up operations and sales support at Bowmaster. A client focussed attitude complements her systems knowledge to ensure projects are handled with the care and attention required in the superyacht industry. Adria’s sales strengths in the marine industry have allowed Bowmaster to incorporate new management aspects, adding to the existing client care procedures while maintaining a greater overall level of service to the client.
With a background in sales and customer service, Hannah takes great pride in delivering exceptional service to the client. Used to wearing many hats whilst maintaining a strong attention to detail, she is ideally placed in supporting the every day operations of Bowmaster.