Vic Porter, a Giant of the Boating Industry, Dies at 90

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Vic Porter, a serial entrepeneur who grew Formula Boats into the brand it is today, passed away in Decatur, Indiana, on Sunday. He was 90 years old.

Porter spent over 60 years in the boating industry. He started his professional career in mobile homes sales, real estate and an ice cream business, but in 1958, he started a boat company, Duo, Inc., in his converted ice cream plant. His first model, the fiberglass Volare, was a catamaran equipped with two outboard motors. He subsequently developed a trimaran called the Hepcat, another model called the Catfish and the monohull runabout X-Series and F-Series boats. By 1962, Duo Inc. had 30 employees and built 20 boats per week. Porter developed a V-hull boat series, and by 1965, his 100,000-square-foot plant employed 185 people. He sold Duo, Inc. to Starcraft Corporation in 1966.



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