That’s Some Serious Muscle

The Couach Hornet 1300 descends from the builder’s military boats and tops 50 knots.

September 20, 2013

Couach Hornet 1300

The Couach Hornet 1300 is a descendant of the builder’s fast intercept military craft. Courtesy Couach

Couach says sea trials on its new Hornet 1300 have confirmed expectations, with a top speed higher than 50 knots and navigation stability similar to that aboard military and civil protection boats.

The 44-footer is the opposite of the sleek, sexy motoryachts for which Couach is known. Instead, the Hornet descends from the French builder’s fast interceptor boat known as the Plascoa 1300 FIC. Her hull is built from the same composite materials that are calibrated for high performance and shock resistance during intensive use 10 to 12 hours per day, 365 days a year.

“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 unrivaled safety levels on today’s market,” said Yann Huort, the official pilot for Couach shipyard.


The Hornet 1300 is approved for 12 passengers. Couach is marketing it as a day boat or a megayacht tender for owners who want to zip from island to island with great speed or in challenging weather conditions. The Hornet’s 52-knot top speed is courtesy of two 800-hp MAN R6-800 diesels.

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