A Zodiac boat on the beach
Zodiac Marine & Pool is a French company known for its boats and swimming pools. However, they are best known for their widely used small inflatable boats.
In 1998, the company acquired the Llanelli-based competitor Avon Inflatables. In 2008, The Carlyle Group acquired the marine and pool division of Zodiac Aerospace.
The Zodiac inflatable boats are commonly used by the United States Military.
Zodiac boats were brought into American popular culture in the late 1960s. They were ubiquitous in the popular television documentary series, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.
The word "ZODIAC" is a registered trademark for rigid-hulled inflatable boats.