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SASU NAUTINOV

6, allée du jas Neuf, 13620 Carry-le-Rouet
France
Telephone +33 4 2561096

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  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.09  Safety Equipment
  • 03.09.09  Safety Tools / Equipment

Safety Tools / Equipment

Our products

Product category: Safety Tools / Equipment

Air Bob - standard pack

Air Bob is a patented device for emergency hull breach sealing. It is simple, efficient, durable and versatile.

This pack contains an anchoring bar, a balloon with an axial duct, a circular plate and a rope linking them, as well as a storage bag.

Inflating the balloon between the breached hull and the plate ensures a strong, immediate and lasting counter-pressure.

We successfully used it at sea on shredded and splintered hull breaches, and irregular or angular surfaces. Notably, we used it on the 15 by 9 cm breach of a small sailboat, sailing autonomously for 60 miles and more than 36 hours.

technical specifications

 Air Bob

included in every pack
  • thermoplastic polyurethane balloon (crystal TPU), 60 by 25 cm with an axial duct, 840 dtex fabric reinforcement and Halkey-Roberts gaz valve
  • injected polyamide pressure plate, fiber reinforced (PA6 GF 30), 45 cm diameter, dark blue color, with an integrated rope clamp
  • epoxy / glass fiber bar, 50 by 2 by 0.72 cm
  • polyester knitted rope, 5 mm spliced on the bar, with a blocking ball
  • pump tip adapter kit

storage bag
included in every pack
  • nylon storage bag, 50 by 50 cm (total weight including Air Bob: 1.6 kg)
  • laminated user manual

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About us

Company details

2014 - proof of concept
A deformable structure pressed around a hull breach yields an efficient seal in an original manner.
This idea is confirmed on the breach of a small boat in a swimming pool, using a foam balloon.

A prototype inflatable polyethylene balloon with an axial duct is successfully tested. Once inflated between the dammaged hull and a circular plate, it yields a quick and strong counter-pressure. Moreover, it adapts to irregular or angular surfaces.

A patent is filed with the French patent office in May 2014.

2015 - first tests at sea
The first tests at sea are successfully carried out in Marseille's bay, on breaches of increasing size under the waterline of a 6 m sailboat, launched from its trailer with Airbob installed.

The system is then uninstalled and reinstalled at sea under realistic wreck conditions with breaches as large as a soda can.

An international extension for the patent is filed.

2016 - critical tests
The accumulated experience at sea and materials evolution (carbon plate and glass fiber / epoxy bar) allow the fulfillment of an unprecedented experiment.

The system is installed on a 15 x 9 cm shattered breach which can sink the boat in a few minutes, inside a hull loaded with about a ton of water.

The same boat then sails for 60 miles, and spends one night anchored at bay with the breached sealed by the system.

The Nautinov company is created in November.

2017 - technical evolution
Switching the balloon material to thermoplastic polyurethane yields an improvement in resistance and elasticity. The cam cleat is integrated to the plate, and an injection mould is built.

The systen is now mature in terms of reliability, ease of use and lightness, with predictable manufacturing costs. Scalability is possible thanks to three French subcontractors. A pre-series of 100 devices is produced for rescuers and professional sailors.S

The French patent is delivered and Airbob wins an award at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in May 2017.

2018 - partnerships and product launch

Cooperation with professionals at sea begins, with 50 French rescuers stations equipped with the device and 15 professional sailors of the Route du Rhum

The system is presented in the Nautics (boat shows) of La Rochelle and Paris, and arouses interest among insurance companies.

The patent is officialy delivered in the USA and Europe in July. Online sales start in November.




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