The key to any performance boat is the hull design, so when legendary French yacht manufacturer Couach decided to develop a high-tech performance pleasureboat, the in-house team worked with designer Franck Reynaud to transform a current fast interceptor craft that has proven itself in military applications into a pleasureboat that will garner plenty of attention.
The new Couach Hornet combines the builder’s proven deep V bottom design with power provided by a pair of MAN R6-800 diesel engines mated to Arneson surface drives spinning Rolla propellers. Top speed is in excess of 60 mph, which is impressive for a 44’9” long boat with a 12’6” beam and weight of 24,250 pounds.
The Hornet is constructed with the same high-strength lightweight composites as its military sisterships. The cockpit features a tubular stainless-steel hardtop that’s been sandblasted for a modern, high-tech appearance. The aft deck follows this style, built on a stainless-steel structure.
Seats are upholstered in the same high-quality fabric found on the top of the hardtop and its’ color matched to the hull graphics, which are a blue-grey camouflage that pays homage to the boat’s lineage.
The Hornet is rated for 12 passengers and quipped with seven stand-up bolsters ensuring that everyone on board rides comfortably and securely. Belowdecks the cabin has a berth, commode with holding tank a sink and a 12-volt espresso machine (What did you expect from a European builder?) In addition to the refrigerator, there’s a removable cooler hidden under the foredeck cushions.
On the pilot console the engine electronics and the propulsion control system are laid out around the 12″ 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 will set the performance boat world a buzz. couach.com.