We take deep pride in the history of Zodiac Nautic and it’s major accomplishments over the last century. Since 1896, Zodiac Nautic has been mastering air and water exploration in a truly innovative approach, gaining worldwide success.

1896
1896
Zodiac Nautic is first founded in France under the name “Mallet, Melandri and Pitray” by Maurice Mallet, Antonino Melandri and Paul Simard of Pitray who created airships for sports and tourism activities.
1911
1911
The company officially takes on the Zodiac name.
1934
1934
Pierre Debroutelle, one of Zodiac Nautic’s engineers, invents one of the first prototypes for modern inflatable boats in the form of a kayak. The Prototype was created for Aeronaval, who was looking for an innovative and easy solution for military transport.
1946
1946
The company introduces a U-shaped inflatable Zodiac boat.
1952
1952
Alan Bombard sails across the Atlantic Ocean alone and with minimal supplies in a watercraft dubbed the Heretique, a prototype MK3 inflatable boat built by Zodiac Nautic . His journey would be catapult survival at sea ahead and design and knowledge immeasurably.
1957
1957
In the early 1950’s, Zodiac Nautic introduces the inflatable lifeboat. Soon after, France decrees it necessary that all ships have inflatable lifeboats instead of the metal, due to massive life-saving impact of the Zodiac Inflatable Lifeboat.
1960
1960
Zodiac Nautic turns to the leisure industry to accommodate “vacationers” and their growing interest in recreational boating.
1968
1968
Zodiac Nautic tenders are used in the nonfiction documentary television series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, expanding the brand’s reach and popularity in America.

With a history of unrivaled experience, Zodiac Nautic is closely linked to all major innovations in the sector of inflatable boats. Today we are the world leader in inflatable products and services. We welcome you to become part of the legacy today!

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