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Couach Hornet 1300 Tender, the camouflage operation from military to pleasure boating by Couach Yachts

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COUACH reinvents the Go-fast boat with HORNET
Couach creates the surprise and goes where it is not expected: the shipyard launches a high-speed, 13 metre day-boat brimming with personality and technical prowess.
We would not necessarily have expected to see Couach, the constructor of 20 to 50 metre pleasure yachts, in this domain. Yet who better to design a high-performance day-boat than a shipyard that has been supplying customs and marinas throughout the world for decades? Besides motor yachts, Couach also designs and builds a range of professional civilian and military boats, recognized for their high level of technicality (going by the name Plascoa).
The idea was simple but audacious! Teams from the shipyard and designer Franck Reynaud tackled the task of transforming the Plascoa FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft) into an aggressive, high-tech pleasure boat. The result is remarkable, and will appeal to the
Speed, extreme thrills, maximum safety
Thanks to Couach’s trademark deep “V” hull, together with Rolla propeller system coupled with Arneson drive shaft, the Hornet offers outstanding seaworthiness, even at high speeds. It takes curves smoothly, no listing, and speeds along at 50 knots without smacking the waves.
One thing is sure: the Hornet will be the only day-boat on the market to offer the exact same on-board equipment that is found on military boats, ensuring unequalled reliability, technical prowess and sturdiness.
Progeny of the 1300 FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft)
As proof, the Hornet’s hull is made from the same composite materials (fibreglass, aramids and carbon fibre) as found on the 1300 FIC, calibrated to meet the demands in terms of light weight, performance and shock resistance requirements for intensive use 10 to12 hours a day, 365 days a year. The 1300 FIC is dedicated to protecting the coastline, tracking down pirate threats or any type of trafficking, in all sea conditions and at all speeds.
Powerful design
Aesthetically, the design team has taken the “military boat” concept all the way: making technology the top priority for a virile boat that exudes safety. The 1300 FIC’s cabin in composite materials has been replaced by a tubular hard-top built in sandblasted stainless steel, giving it a perfectly finished look and a technological rendering.
This style is reinforced by details such as visible unpolished soldering, emphasizing the raw and technical dimension.
Another stylistic effect is the back sun deck, installed on a stainless steel tubular structure: a real break from standard composite sun decks in terms of aesthetics. The upholstery is composed of a high quality outer fabric that also covers the upper part of the hardtop.
This is matched with the paint finish on the hull, a blue-grey camouflage style colour. The same theme is developed on the back sun pad with an anti-slip coating made from synthetic liquid resin. As always, paint, upholstery and other stylistic elements are all entirely customisable at Couach.
Nothing but the essentials
Officially approved for 12 passengers, the Hornet is equipped with 7 bolster seats (stand-up seats used for offshore racing) and everything required for a great day out on the ocean:
The cabin has a berth, toilets with holding tank, wash basin with water inlet, a kettle and a 12V espresso coffee machine. The U-shaped fittings adjoining the pilot console contain a 90 litre refrigerator and a water inlet. One last inspired idea: a removable 40l cooler hidden under the cushions of the front sun deck.
On the pilot console the engine electronics and the propulsion control system are set out around the 12 inch navigation screen.
The boat is also equipped with Mastertrim for automatic boat balance regulation.
Reliable and efficient, with just the right touch of arrogance to give it all its personality, the Hornet is set to make waves!
The COUACH HORNET 1300 fulfils all its promises
Initial sea trials of the Couach Hornet confirm all expectations: exceptional top speed (over 50 knots) combined with navigation stability usually found only on units devoted to military activities or civil protection.
Ultra high performance and safety
Yann Huort is the official pilot for the Couach shipyard. All new models, both civilian and military, are put into his hands for uncompromising test runs in all weather conditions. The Hornet was no exception to the rule and the results live up to all the expectations of those who helped create it.
Verbatim:
“For me, the HORNET is an excellent exercise for the shipyard. It’s a boat I know well because it conserves the behavior and qualities of its “older brother”, the Plascoa 1300
FIC interceptor craft. After spending many hours testing these military interceptor craft in the worst possible navigation conditions, I can safely say that with the same carbon hull and identical mechanics, the shipyard has built an indestructible pleasure boat that can comfortably carry its passengers at high speeds with unrivalled safety levels on today’s market”.
As quoted, the Hornet’s hull is made from the same composite materials (fibreglass, aramids and carbon fibre) as found on the 1300 FIC; calibrated to meet the demands in terms of light weight, performance and shock resistance requirements for intensive use 10 to 12 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The first images
There is always an aura of mystery and emotion surrounding the launch of a new yacht in its element. This was definitely the case a few days ago off the coast of Gujan-Mestras. Discover the exclusive photos of the Hornet on the water by clicking here.
From day-cruiser to VIP transport: a wide variety of uses
Officially approved for 12 passengers, the Hornet is equipped with 7 bolster seats (stand-up seats used for offshore racing) and everything required for a great day out on the ocean. But imagination can run to a number of other sailing ventures. Let’s listen to Yann Huort again:
“This boat is obviously ideal for individuals wanting to take the helm of an exceptional day-cruiser, entirely customisable as always with Couach boats. I can think of other uses where it would excel, for example transporting VIPs and their luggage across to the Mediterranean, or even the Caribbean where traveling between islands is frequent and sailing conditions sometimes difficult. It would also be ideal as a tender, towed behind a yacht or loaded onto a megayacht “.
High speeds, excellent stability, versatility… the Hornet could well create a sensation. To try out ASAP!
SPECIFICATIONS
Main characteristics:
Overall length: 13.65 metres
Beam: 3.80 metres
Draught: 0.90 metres
Fuel tank: 1 000 litres
Fresh water: 170 litres
Maximum speed: 52 knots
Engines:
2 x diesel engines MAN R6-800, 2 x 800 HP @ 2300 rpm
Construction materials:
Sandwich composite in Kevlar®, fibreglass, carbon fibre, resin matrix and balsa wood.

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