The company officially takes on the Zodiac name.
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.
The company introduces a U-shaped inflatable Zodiac boat.
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.
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.
Zodiac Nautic turns to the leisure industry to accommodate “vacationers” and their growing interest in recreational boating.
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.
US Navy Pilot George Sigler sets off in a Zodiac Mark III dubbed “Courageous” with no freshwater and only 6 pounds of food, journeying from San Francisco to Hawaii in 56 days while testing new survival techniques.
Zodiac adopts a new modernized update on their classic “Z” logo.