WELCOME TO PLATYPUS CRAFT A COMPANY DEDICATED TO THE DESIGN OF INNOVATIVE WATERCRAFT
CONCEPT I The future of Snorkeling
The missing link between boat & dive!
The Platypus is a revolutionary nautical concept for exploration of shallow waters. This semi-submersible watercraft can navigate either on or under the water.
It looks like a trimaran with a central float - called "pod" - connected to the lateral floats by rocker arms: it thus can immerse the pod and passengers to a depth of 2 meters for underwater navigation, the lateral hulls remaining at the surface with the engines. Powered by two outboard motors, the boat is designed to be powered by electrical or gas engines.
It is accessible and usable for both surface navigation and immersion. Breathing is ensured by the Platypus so there is no need for air tank!
Transportable in a container or trailer, the Platypus consists of standard and reliable marine components, the maintenance is therefore easy.
The concept has been patented internationally since October 2009.
Platypus is accessible to everyone for surface navigation and immersion.
The cockpit is located on the back of the pod so that the pilot can drive the craft and permanently monitor the passengers.
To certify the craft as a standard boat and ensure optimum safety, the cockpit is equipped with a digital Periscope (*) a digital system consisting of a waterproof screen and surface cameras providing a 360° viewing angle
On demand a cockpit can be mounted on the rear platform.
To ensure passenger safety, Platypus is automatically equipped with caged propellers on the engines.
(*) As standard or optional depending on version
A NEW DIVING EXPERIENCE
As a hybrid boat, Platypus offers the advantages of both concepts:
On surface, enjoy the pleasures of sailing across the clear waters with a boat which is easy to pilot with simple controls.
Go to the underwater world and discover new diving sensations.
Share your feelings and experienced live, via the underwater communication system and stay connected via Wifi and GPS (optional).
Platypus behaves like a jet ski passengers sit astride the nacelle.
In dive mode, no need for oxygen or special skills to enjoy a new dimension of underwater exploration.
Air is provided for the passengers of the pod with an integrated electric air compressor in the floats, no need for a tank!
As an option, the Ocean Reef masks allow penssengers a very comfortable breathing, wide scope of observation and an underwater radio communication system.
A “User-Friendly” Innovation
Easy to use
Platypus is designed to be used without special skills. While sitting on the platform, the user's head may be submerged between 30 and 80 cm under water depending the immersion level of the platform. Platypus provides decompression and optimal safety.
A boat license may be required depending on the power of the engine, from 6HP to 100HP.
Easy to maintain
Platypus concept is innovative and patented. All components are selected from standard and reliable marine components. The design is based on standard solutions: Platypus provides simple maintenance like all good boats!
Platypus offers a high level of security by meeting the standards of CE certification.
Platypus has propeller cages and the cockpit offers a 360° view whether the pod is above or under the water surface.
Platypus Craft is a French company founded in 2009, expert in the design and development of innovative watercraft dedicated to recreation and yacht markets.
To ensure the launch of the first standard, Platypus Craft has partnered with the company CDO Innov, French manufacturer of environmental machines and aluminum boat, for the manufacturing and the sales, and the naval architect firmVPLP for the design and naval architecture.
Platypus project was approved innovative project 2016 by the Sea Pole Bretagne Atlantique in the context of the SME initiative
December 2014 - Platypus Craft selected as the “200 builders for tomorrow” (Osons La France)
November 2015 - Platypus Craf: Awards Tremplin Entreprise
July 2016 - Platypus Craft is certified by the Atlantic Ocean Center (Pole Mer Atlantique)
François-Alexandre Bertrand I Inventor of Platypus, Founder & CEO of Platypus Craft
François Alexandre Bertrand, 40, is the founder of Platypus concept and founder of Platypus Craft. A graduate of the School of Foreign Trade (ESCE), he has followed a career in consulting for 8 years, before a break in Australia, in 2009.
There he discovered a passion for diving and lead him to the great adventure of Platypus project. He passed the PADI in Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef and identified a need for a surface vessel able of navigating on and underwater.
In return road trip to Sidney, he saw an amazing animal in a river: Platypus.
Know in Europe as "ornythorinque", half duck half beaver, this mamal can swim on the surface and dive for short periods: it gave its name to the upcoming project.
"FAB" spent seven years developing this project. It now takes a new dimension with the expansion of the team: experts, technical and industrial partners, but also financial investors are helping to evolve this concept into an exisiting operational prototype and strong business project.
In parallel, FAB is the Partnership & Business Develpment Director of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society, event recognized worldwide as a showcase women who make the world of today and tomorrow - the "Davos of Women".
Our main shareholers :
CDO Innov, manufacturer of environmental equipment and Platypus
Xavier Niel, Founder and CEO of Free
Thierry Petit, Co-Founder of Showroomprive.com
Platypus Craft thanks all the partners, suppliers and service providers who have lent or given their equipment and expertise to develop the Platypus project
CDO INNOV is a French company building motorized devices to manage sensitive areas (hydrocarbons depollution, invasive plants and sargassum collecting solutions)
Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) is a French based naval architectural firm founded by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, responsible for designing some of the world's most innovative racing boats. Their designs presently hold many of the World Speed Sailing records
The underwater world must be made more and more accessible so to be a precious and favorable environment to mankind.
OCEAN REEF invents, designs and produces equipment to be fully at ease in discovering the underwater wonders
Prototypes Composites Solutions manufacture prototypes and small series high performance composite materials, manufacturing of carbon fiber parts, manufacture of composite parts, cutting foam hot wire
Torqeedo manufactes electric outboards offering the highest performance in the world. It is leader in this segment of the market with electric engines from 0,5 to 60 KW.
HydrauNautic is a innovative company specialised in tailor made solutions to suit nautical hydraulic applications
From quick delivery service of basic component to complete engineering of custom hydraulic One Off system, HydrauNautic can offer the best for your boat.
With over 15 years experience in nautical hydraulic, HydrauNautic has equiped the most representative sailing boats and competition boats in the world
Banque publique d'investissement (literally [French] Public Investment Bank, also known as Bpifrance, BPI Groupe S.A.) is a French investment bank. It was a joint venture of two public entity: Caisse des dépôts et consignations and "EPIC BPI-Groupe". (ex- "EPIC OSEO")
The Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Pôle Mer Méditerranée are marine science and technology clusters located in Brittany and Provence, whose remit is to promote economic competitiveness at a global level. They have a combined membership of over 600 that includes major companies, SMEs, public and private laboratories, universities and selective HE institutions, all of which are involved in the maritime field
ELVIS energy is designer and manufacturer of energy storage solutions. They developed the first propulsion sysem of the prototype built on inboard engines 2 * 6kw with battery 2 * 14kw allowing 14 knots on the surface!
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Reportage "james bond style " du platypus par BFM TV diffusé le 5 juillet 2016
M6 Reportage : CDO Innov et Platypus Craft présentent l'innovation Platypus, premier semi-submersible français diffusé le 1er Juillet 2016
France 3 - Platypus Craft : Présentation du premier semi-submersible français diffusé le 3 Juillet 2016
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