Returned to Munich with my parents in 1962 as an Australian citizen.
Successfully completed an apprenticeship in joinery and cabinet-making in 1965
Graduated as Architectural Draughtsman in 1967
Married in 1967
Worked with renowned architects in Munich, on some very high-profile projects in responsible positions
Left Germany in 1975, to live in Auckland, New Zealand
Marine & Maritime
Started in the marine industry as labourer in 1975
Progressed to boat-builder, doing lofting, set-up, laminating, fit-out and finishing of motor and sailing yachts of FRP and wood construction.
Took a practical career path into Yacht Design and Naval Architecture, with some of Auckland’s best designers and Naval Architects.
Worked on the design of vessels ranging from 2.2-metre dinghies to a 40-metre sail training barquentine and everything in-between.
Founded my Marine Design Consultancy in 1978, ‘Sedlmayer Associates (NZ)’.
Designed a wide range of successful power and sailing vessels of diverse configuration, including Auckland’s police launch ‘Deodar II’, and two well-known charter sailing catamarans; the 18-metre vessel ‘The Pride of Auckland’ (NZ; – Now in Airlie Beach, Australia as “Pride of Airlie’), and the 22-metre ‘Stars and Stripes’ of Guam (USA).
Consulted on various NZ super-yacht projects.
Closed my Marine Design Consultancy in 1992 to return to the warmer climate of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia with my family.
Joined one of Australia’s most prominent Naval Architect Firms as senior Naval Architect, designing a variety of commercial ships, particularly catamaran ROPAX ferries, a 42m sail-training barquentine, stern landing vessels, self-discharging bulk carriers, innovative design solutions of on-board materials handling, deep sea mining operation optimisation, lifting vehicle-decks and ramps, patented tug-barge coupling, efficient, low-resistance hull shapes, and specialised ship structures.
Founder, director and Naval Architect at Sedlmayer Associates Pty Ltd, (Australia), Developing super-yacht designs, incorporating hydro-dynamic, structural and aesthetic optimisation, ship design contracting and marine consulting.
Was elected an associate member in 1980 and a full member in 1985, of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Past member of the professional committee of The Naval Architectural Society (New Zealand).
Past founding Co-director of the Maritime Referral Group Ltd.
In the late seventies acquired my first computers and became computer literate.
Attended University courses to stay on the leading edge in computing.
In the early eighties wrote much of my own software in interpreted and compiled programming languages.
Early in 1986 became the first New Zealand marine design office to be 100% computerised:
Implemented state-of-the-art CAD/D systems (Computer Aided Design & Draughting).
Produced mathematically-fair hull shapes and all design drawings by computer.
Produced cutting files of major ship components for computer numerically-controlled cutting (CNC) and manufacture (CAD/CAM).
Computer and data management and maintenance.
Standard office software.
All aspects of 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing.