At 162 feet, the Couach Yachts 5000 Fly trideck megayacht is the first of its kind to come from this venerable French yard. The first model in the 5000 series is called La Pellegrina, after a rare and magnificent pearl that’s said to be perfectly spherical and of surpassing luster. The builder calls the pearl a “covetous” object, and designed this super-yacht with transatlantic potential and sensational accommodations around that adjective. La Pellegrina is constructed of glass, Kevlar, and carbon fiber, to save weight and maximize durability, speed, and handling. Couach says this vessel, with its 30’5” beam, is distinctive because it combines the advantages of composite construction with the benefits of an aluminum build, which include space, stability, and comfort.
POWER UP: Twin MTU diesels produce a 25-knot cruise and a top speed close to 30 knots, according to the builder. For ocean crossings, the 5000 Fly runs most economically at a leisurely 12 to 14 knots for a range of about 2,400 miles. Couach reports La Pellegrina can cross the Atlantic in 10 days and reach speeds unequalled by any other yacht in its size range. Four gyroscopic Seakeeper stablizers will make for a more comfortable ride.
LIGHT AND FAST: La Pellegrina’s V-hull is the largest the shipyard (in operation since 1897) has built with its one-piece infusion process, a technology the builder has employed for more than 30 years in both its pleasure boats and its military line of patrol and surveillance vessels.
FULL DECKS: La Pellegrina is 39 feet high (12 meters), with multiple decks for entertaining. The 5000 Fly can also be configured with a helipad on the second deck, which accommodates a wide-body helicopter. At the stern is a sizable garage for a 19-foot tender and two PWCs.
FINE DESIGN: The salon is the heart of a contemporary interior designed by Jean-Pierre Fantini (jp-fantini.fr), the Cannes-based designer noted for his work on yachts, private jets and residential projects. Interiors were styled by Danièle Chopard.
FINE DINING: Adjacent to the salon is a contemporary dining room surrounded by full-height glazing for exceptional views. Here, and throughout the boat, top-grade materials are used, including sycamore woods, white lacquers, leather, chrome and polished stainless steel.
OWNER’S SUITE: There are a total of six staterooms onboard, including the master suite on the top deck featuring panoramic views and access to a private terrace deck aft. There’s also an en suite bathroom with glossy slabs white Italian marble and an oversized dressing room.
GUEST ROOMS: The 5000 Fly can accommodate 12 guests in the six cabins, and each one—including the VIP stateroom forward shown here—is equipped with a high fog fire fighting system for added safety. Each cabin also features entertainment, lighting, and temperature control systems operated by iPad. In addition to guest cabins, there is room onboard for 10 crewmembers.
IRON SIDES: The view into the engine room, where there’s a pair of 5,300-hp MTU 20V 4000 M93s. Twin 5,800-hp MTUs are optinal, and will bring the expected top end up to 32-knots.
FORWARD THINKING: The 5000 Fly is designed to be easy to handle and to pilot. From the wheelhouse - where the elevated view atop two other decks obviously provides amazing visibility - there’s access to two Portuguese bridges to make for easier maneuvering.
Specifications: LOA: 162’ Beam: 30’5” Draft: 7’8” Displacement: 495 gross tons Fuel Capacity: 14,298 gal.
In addition to impressive performance and incredible looking interiors, the 5000 Fly has a number of other noteworthy features, including a movie theater and a six-person Jacuzzi on deck.
This megayacht only enhances Couach’s global reputation as a builder of some of the most luxurious yachts on the water. At this time, the yard is working on the completion of two more of these models—one slated for delivery in 2013, the other in 2014.
For more information, visit Couach Yachts.