Couach launches go-fast day boat
Published: Friday, 12 July 2013
It’s a surprise to see Couach, the builder of 20 to 50-metre pleasure yachts, working in this domain. But, who better to design and build a high-performance day-boat than a shipyard that has been supplying marinas worldwide for decades? Besides motor yachts, Couach also designs and builds a range of civilian and military boats, recognized for their technicality, under the name Plascoa.
Teams from the shipyard and designer Franck Reynaud tackled the task of transforming the Plascoa 1300 FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft) into an aggressive, high-tech pleasure boat. The result, the Hornet 1300S, is remarkable and will appeal to those who seek extreme thrills and the ultimate plaything.
Couach’s trademark deep V hull and a Rolla propeller system coupled to an Arneson drive shaft give the Hornet outstanding seaworthiness, even at high speeds. It takes curves smoothly, without listing, and speeds along at 50 knots without smacking the waves. The Hornet comes with the exact same on-board equipment found on military boats, thereby ensuring unequalled reliability, technical prowess and sturdiness.
The Hornet’s hull is made from the same composite fibreglass, aramids and carbon fibre materials as the 1300 FIC, calibrated to meet the demands of intensive use from 10 to 12 hours a day, 365 days a year. The 1300 FIC is dedicated to protecting the coastline and tracking down pirate threats in all sea conditions and at all speeds.
Technology has been the top priority for this virile boat that exudes safety. A tubular hardtop built in sandblasted stainless steel has replaced the 1300 FIC’s composite cabin, giving it a perfectly finished look. The aft sun deck is installed on a stainless steel tubular frame instead of using the traditional composite format. The paint finish on the hull is a blue-grey camouflage, which also extends to the back of the sun deck but with an anti-slip resin covering.
Officially approved for 12 passengers, the Hornet has seven bolster seats (stand-up seats used for offshore racing) and everything required for a great day out on the ocean.
In the cabin is a berth, a toilet, a wash basin with water inlet, a kettle and a 12-volt Espresso coffee machine. The U-shaped area adjoining the pilot console contains a 90-litre refrigerator and a water inlet. There is removable 40-litre cooler hidden under the cushions of the front part of the sun deck for extra fresh water storage.
The pilot console houses the engine and propulsion system controls around a 12-inch navigation screen. The boat also comes with Mastertrim for automatic boat balance regulation.
The Hornet is 14.2 metres long, has a 3.8-metre beam and a draft of just one metre. She displaces 11 tonnes and carries 1,000 litres of fuel and 170 litres of fresh water on board. Her maximum-recorded speed is 55 knots produced by twin MAN R6-800 diesel engines. She cruises at 35 knots and has a range of 180 nautical miles at this speed. She consumes about 185 litres an hour at her cruise speed.
He extremely strong hull is composed of a Kevlar® composite sandwich, fiberglass, carbon fiber and a matrix made of resin and balsa.