Australian boat design founder passes away

Philip Hercus, founder Incat Designs Philip Hercus, founder Incat Designs

The founder of an Australian boat designer influential to many of the vessel designs on the market today has passed away.

Philip Hercus was the founder of Incat Designs and one of the forefathers of Incat Crowther. He has also been called one of the greats of the marine design industry in Australia.

“Incat Crowther is saddened by the passing of Philip Hercus,” said Stewart Marler, sales marketing Coordinator at Incat Crowther.

“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.”

He added that Mr Hercus’ contribution to the industry was immense.

Back 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. Mr Hercus was awarded the Order of Australia in 1995 for his services to the industry.

The company would like to extend its condolences to Phil’s wife Jan and two children, Ben and Fiona.

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