Guy Couach, founder of the yacht builder that bears his name, died on Jan. 6. He was 88.
The grandson of Albert Couach, founder of Couach marine engines in 1897, Mr. Couach was the first to initiate industrial-scale production of boats, laying the foundations for mass production of motorboats in 1946.
In 1962, he founded the Guy Couach shipyard, for the manufacture of boats using composite materials. In 1970, the shipyard built the first-ever yacht made from Aramat, a kevlar-based composite material. Several hundred of these yachts were built in the shipyard on France’s southwestern shore. He led the company and design models until 1986.
The shipyard was purchased in 2011 by Nepteam, a regional investment group, and remains specialized in the manufacture of 20m-50m yachts with composite materials.