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.

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1974

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.

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2012

Zodiac adopts a new modernized update on their classic “Z” logo.

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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!