Teams from the Couach shipyard and designer Franck Reynaud tackled the tough task of transforming the Plascoa FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft) into an aggressive, high tech pleasure boat.
Thanks to the Couach trademark deep V hull, together with a Rolla propeller system and Arneson drive shaft, the Hornet provides outstanding seaworthiness, even at high speeds. The hull of the Hornet is made from the same composite materials (fibreglass, aramids and carbon fibre) as found on the 1300 FIC, and is ideal for intensive use 10 to12 hours a day, 365 days a year. With to its 2 x diesel engines MAN R6-800, 2 x 800 HP @ 2300 rpm the craft can reach a maximum speed of 52 knots.
Aesthetically, the design team has taken the military boat concept a step further: making technology the top priority on this rapid and capable boat with a large focus on safety. The 1300 FICs cabin in composite materials has been replaced by a tubular hard top built in sandblasted stainless steel, giving it a perfectly finished look. This style is reinforced by smaller details such as visible unpolished soldering, emphasising the raw and technical dimension.
The upholstery is composed of a high quality outer fabric that also covers the upper part of the hard top. This is matched with the paint finish on the hull, a blue-grey camouflage style colour. The same theme is developed on the back sun pad with an anti slip coating made from synthetic liquid resin.
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