ABOUT COUACH

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COUACH SHIPYARD

For more than 50 years, the Couach shipyard has been providing military administrations with patrol boats and interceptors for operators to maintain law and order in their countries.

Based in Gujan-Mestras, on the Arcachon basin, it houses all the premises that will allow the preliminary study of the ship until its manufacture and launch. This includes: a design centre, a research and development department, a design and engineering office as well as all the various production workshops. Our luxury yachts and professional vessels are therefore entirely created, developed and built within the shipyard. In 2018, the shipyard is setting up one of the most efficient industrial chains in the world, which will allow the yard to manufacture 79 17-metre interceptors in record time in the shipbuilding industry.

The Arcachon basin is an exceptional place, similar to a landlocked sea. It offers a unique testing base for boats. No port within 160 km to the north or south: a narrow path changing to enter the bay, making navigation very complex, ideal for developing and testing boats before confronting them with difficult sailing conditions.

  • 1897

    COUACH BIRTH

    Albert Couach creates the world’s first marine engines in Arcachon, France. This is how the first Couach entity was born.

  • 1902

    LIBELLULE

    Accompanied by Auguste Bert, Albert Couach developed the first motorized “pinasse” in the Arcachon bay called “Libellule”.

  • 1918

    ENGINE DEVELOPMENT

    The family business is taken over by Albert’s two sons, Robert and Louis, who develop the Couach engine business.

  • 1947

    FIRST SERIES PRODUCTION BOAT

    Guy Couach created Arcoa. Under Arcoa, Guy Couach launched the mass production of boats.

  • 1948

    ARCOA

    The yard launches a 10.50 meter Pinasse (Arcoa 48), and sells more than 400 units. The majority of which will be exported to Africa, Madagascar and Asia. All the models are designed by Guy Couach, “the Great French Shipbuilder”.

  • 1955

    BEST SELLER

    The shipyard signs one of the best-selling models at the time, the Arcoa 1060. 60 years later, the marine performances of the Couach boats are still recognized all around the world.

  • 1962

    REVIVAL

    Birth of the entity “Guy Couach”. Guy Couach builds his shipyard in Gujan Mestras next to Arcachon and thus equips himself with his own tools and installations for shipbuilding.

  • 1970

    DIVERSIFICATION

    The company develops a range of surveillance launches for national and international maritime and government agencies. It then becomes a leading supplier to naval armies.

  • 1998

    NEW STRATEGY

    Strategic evolutions guide the company to manufacture patrol boats from 20 to 32 meters The success is present with the 2200 FPB and a production of 5 units in the first year.

  • 1999

    EXPORT OPENING

    A large contract for the manufacture of 50 units of 15-metre patrol boats is signed for the Arabic States. This will be Couach’s first major contract in the defence sector.

  • 2005

    THE YEAR OF CHANGE

    The Guy Couach shipyard is now called Couach Yachts. To perfect this strategy, Couach buys the International Marine Service refit shipyard “IMS Shipyard” in St Mandrier which will become its technical base in the Mediterranean. International sales are developing.

  • 2011

    NEPTEAM GROUP

    Nepteam Holding, owned by local investors, acquires the Couach firm. Thus contributing to the revitalization of industrial activity in the Arcachon bay and Mediterranean facilities.

  • 2012

    INTERCEPTOR, THE FIRST

    Couach has delivered a series of 15 units of 13.00 m interceptors for India. These fast interceptor ships have a maximum speed of 45 knots.

  • 2017

    BUSINESS AWARD

    Couach is awarded a contract to build a 17-metre interceptor capable of speeds up to 60 knots. In 2017, Couach will deliver 54 units in twelve months for the famous Lürssen shipyard. The company took advantage of this exercise to develop a unique industrial tool enabling the construction of a 16.50 metre boat per week.

     

  • 2018

    DELIVERY ON TIME – 0 DEFECT

    Couach has manufactured and delivered 79 fast interception vessels (60 knots) to the Middle East. This is one of the largest series production of military vessels in the world. The 79 interceptors were delivered in 20 months, without any delay or defect.

  • 2018

    INTERCEPTEUR 2.0

    Couach presents its new interceptor model : The 1400 FAST INTERCEPTOR CRAFT. A real summary of technology of 14 meters long that can accommodate up to 4 + 2 people and reach a maximum speed of 50 knots.

  • 2019

    COUACH IN THE WORLD OF SEA RESCUE

    Couach wins another historic contract in France for the design and construction of more than 70 safety boats for the French sea rescue company. This contract includes vessels ranging from 8 to 17 meters long.

  • 2019

    FOCUS ON THE HIGH SEAS

    Couach introduces its new offshore patrol vessel: The 3200 OPV. Optimized to face the rough seas, she can propel herself at 18 knots in sea state 5 thanks to an innovative propulsion system. She can accommodate up to 14 people up to 1 week.

  • 2020

    ONE KEYWORD : VERSATILITY

    Couach introduces its new coastal patrol vessel: The 2200 CPV. This new model has been designed to meet specific acoustic and ballistic requirements and has been optimized to perform all coastal patrol missions.

KNOWLEDGE

From boat design to delivery, all production stages are carried out at the shipyard in Gujan-Mestras by Couach teams […]

COMPOSITES

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TECHNOLOGY

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