Guy Couach has passed away at the age of 88. Mr Couach, who died on 6 January 2014, introduced boat building to the Couach engine-manufacturing dynasty first established by his grandfather, Albert Couach.

Guy Couach was born in 1926, and upon joing the family business, had implemented the mass-production of motorboats by the time of his 29th birthday. This was followed, in 1962, by the establishment of the Guy Couach shipyard in Gujan-Mestras, which began the construction of composite yachts. He oversaw a world first, with the construction of the first ever yacht made of Aramat, and continued to take a personal role in innovation until he stepped down in 1986.

The Couach shipyard was sold to investment group, Nepteam in 2011.

A statement issued by the yard following the news praised Mr Couach’s contribution to French nautical history:

With his departure goes a personality that has profoundly influenced the history of French yachting over the last 40 years. In the name of all the employees, saddened by this disappearance, the current management of the Couach shipyard would like to express its deepest sympathies to Guy’s family and loved ones. The company shares their grief and would like to show its support for the loss of the founding father of the shipyard that continues to bear his name today.

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