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.
“For me, the HORNET is an excellent exercise for the shipyard. It’s a boat I know well because it conserves the behavior and qualities of its “older brother,” the Plascoa 1300 FIC interceptor craft,” says Huort. “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.”
The Hornet’s hull is made from the same composite materials (fiberglass, aramids and carbon fiber) as found on the 1300 FIC. In terms of light weight, performance and shock resistance, it is calibrated to meet the demands of intensive use for 10 to 12 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Officially approved for 12 passengers, the Hornet is equipped with seven 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.
“This boat is obviously ideal for individuals wanting to take the helm of an exceptional day-cruiser,” says Huort. “As always with Couach boats, it is entirely customizable. I can think of other uses where it would excel, for example transporting VIPs and their luggage across the Mediterranean or even the Caribbean, where traveling between islands happens frequently and sailing conditions can be difficult. The Hornet would also be ideal as a tender, towed behind a yacht or loaded onto a megayacht .”