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September 30, 2006

Incat Designs (Sydney) and Crowther Designs merge

Two leading Australian designers of high speed catamaran vessels have merged.

Incat Designs (Sydney) and Crowther Design have come together to form Incat-Crowther.

In a joint statement, Ben Hercus and Brett Crowther said they were very excited by the merger and could see enormous benefits to their ship owning and ship building customers.

“We believe the merger will provide all our customers with improved service and stronger design expertise” both said.

Both companies can boast impressive references. Phil Hercus's Incat Designs has designed over 170 boats for worldwide service. Many of these designs were industry firsts and included the revolutionary Wave Piercing Catamaran.

Crowther Design founder Lock Crowther pioneered application of proven catamaran sailing design technology to high speed catamaran ferries and work boats. Derivatives of his bulbous bow catamaran hull form are now used extensively in the industry. In modern times, Crowther Design has become well known for its large range of successful commercial vessels which number in excess of 130.

The key staff from both organizations are being maintained with Brett Crowther as Managing Director, Ben Hercus as Commercial Director, Andrew Tuite as Technical Director and Philip Hercus taking the role of Senior Adviser.

Ship owners and builders will still be able to specify a Crowther or an Incat design depending on their individual tastes; however over time the best features of both designs will eventually combine, leading to a superior product while still allowing customers to specify individual requirements.

The merged organization will continue the long associations developed by the parent companies. These partnerships have seen many vessels built by such well known high speed vessel yards as Gladding Hearn, Richardson Devine Marine, Nichols Bros, Gulfcraft, Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Aluminium Marine, Kvichak Marine and NQEA, and will continue to provide high quality vessels to the marketplace.

“Our success will continue to be aligned with these leading yards” said Ben Hercus. “Our combined resources will allow us to strengthen current relationship in areas such as Asia and Europe”.

The merged venture is starting with a strong order book with vessels being designed for North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.