Published: Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Mike Fulton

Reported on by Asia-Pacific Boating a few months back, the initial sea trials of the Couach Hornet 1300 have met all expectations, her exceptional top speed of over 50 knots combined with navigation stability usually only found on military boats military activities or those devoted to civil protection.

Her world premiere is taking place at the Cannes Boat Show, which is currently running from 10 to 15 September.

Yann Huort is the official pilot for the Couach yard. All new models, both civilian and military, are placed into his hands for the uncompromising test runs in all weather conditions. The Hornet was no exception to the rule and the results have live up to all the requirements that she was created for.

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He commented: “For me, the Hornet is an excellent example of the shipyard’s capabilities. It’s a boat I know well because it encompasses the behaviour and qualities of its “older brother”, the Plascoa 1300 FIC interceptor craft. After spending many hours testing these craft in the worst possible 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 in today’s market”.

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 in terms of lightness, performance and shock resistance required for intensive use 10 to 12 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There is always an aura of mystery surrounding the launch of a new yacht. This was definitely the case a few days ago off the coast of Gujan-Mestras.

Approved for 12 passengers, the Hornet is equipped with seven bolster seats (stand-up seats used in offshore racing) and everything required for a great day out on the ocean.

“This boat is ideal for people wanting to take the helm of an exceptional day-cruiser that is entirely customizable, as always with all Couach boats.  Other uses where it would excel include transporting VIPs and their luggage in the Mediterranean, or even the Caribbean, where travelling between islands is frequent and sailing conditions sometimes difficult. It would also be an ideal tender, either towed behind a yacht or loaded onto a megayacht,“ added Huort.

She measures 13.65 metres, with a 3.80-metre beam and 0.90-metre draft. She carries 1,000 litres of fuel and 170 litres of fresh water. The twin diesel MAN R6-800 engines can push her to a maximum of 52 knots.