Initial sea trials of the Couach Hornet 1300 superyacht tender confirm all expectations: impressive maximum speed of 52 knots, mixed up with navigation stability, usually found only on units devoted to military activities or civil protection. Couach Hornet 1300 boat made its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Boat Show, which was held last September.
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 behaviour 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 1300 yacht tender’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.
From day-cruiser to VIP transport: a wide variety of uses
Officially approved for 12 passengers, the Hornet 1300 mega yacht tender 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 travelling 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.
SPECIFICATIONS OF THE COUACH HORNET 1300 YACHT TENDER
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
2 x diesel engines MAN R6-800, 2 x 800 HP @ 2300 rpm
Sandwich composite in Kevlar®, fibreglass, carbon fibre, resin matrix and balsa wood.