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Incat Designs founder Phil Hercus passes away

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Incat Designs founder Phillip Hercus

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017— Philip Hercus, founder of Incat Designs, and a pioneering figure in the marine design industry in Australia, has passed away.

“Phil Hercus’ contribution to the industry was immense,” notes Incat Crowther. “In the 1980s, he pioneered the introduction of aluminium catamaran passenger vessels in tourist areas such as the Great Barrier Reef before developing the wave piercing catamaran. In 1990, one of these vessels won the Hales Trophy for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean for a commercial vessel. Phil was awarded the Order of Australia in 1995 for his services to the industry.

“In addition, Phil gave many young draftsman and naval architects their start in the industry, many of whom went on to form their own design businesses that have kept Australia at the forefront of the field.

“Incat Crowther extends its condolences to Phil’s wife Jan and two children, Ben and Fiona.”

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