2 years of development
The Paradeep is an innovative waterway closure system designed by Alain Malardé. Its development starts from the observation made by this experienced sailor that of the three main risks at sea, which are fire, man overboard and flooding, only waterways do not have modern means of fighting them. So he thought of a solution similar to an umbrella that you take out of the hull, from inside the boat, in closed position. It is then opened and re-plated on the hull and fixed by screwing it via a kind of inner plywood, as shown in the video presented at the end of the article.
Insertion of the Paradeep by waterway
Blocking of the waterway
Paradeep clamping device
After the patent was filed, Alain Malardé approached Gwenaël Le Maguer of the University of South Brittany. They have designed together since 2015 a first prototype which made it possible to validate the concept.
Industrialization with Plastimo
Paradeep is now in the hands of Plastimo's R&D department. The heavyweight of nautical equipment is now working to industrialize the product. A partnership that suits Alain Malardé very well. "My relationship with Plastimo is very good. The first objective today is for the Paradeep to see the light of day and be marketed. For the rest of economic development, we'll see."
Commercialization in 2018
Plastimo also works on commercial packaging and price definition. The Paradeep should be available in the Plastimo catalogue in 2018.