French shipyard Couach has endured a span of difficult years. Although sold and bought several times in recent years, it has remained on task, developing, building and launching quality yachts, including, most recently, its flagship. Couach signed the contract of Hull No. 1 of its 5000 custom series several years ago, and she is finally here. In some ways, the shipyard has returned to its roots with what it describes as a slightly militaristic styling. The shipyard built its reputation with excellent sea boats, suitable for the toughest environment and for that reason was contracted to build many boats for the navy and coast guard. The 162-foot (49.9-meter) 5000 Fly La Pellegrina is elegant in her simplicity with nice taught lines. Built in glass-Kevlar composite with carbon reinforcements, this trideck displaces 290 tons yet retains stability in heavy seas. Equipped with twin 5,300-hp MTU diesels, she is able to go a fast 28 knots but also has a nice long range at cruising speed. French designer Jean-Pierre Fantini created a contemporary and airy interior that includes a show-stopping mural. The spacious interior comprises six cabins, including the owner’s suite. LaPellegrina’s owners plan to add her to the charter market this summer, and the yacht is expected to debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2012. Hulls No. 2 and 3 are already in production with anticipated delivery dates in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
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