The new brand of pleasure catamaran "MODX Catamarans". The first MODX 70 series is currently under construction and will be launched in the second half of 2023.
Mr. Matthieu Robert, Madintec's managing partner, talks about the genesis and the vision shared with Océan Développement, the shipyard builder of the MODX series, which aims at decarbonizing tomorrow's yachting.
A look back at the history of Madintec
Madintec is a design office created ten years ago and entirely dedicated to innovation in the world of boating. We are specialized in the development of electronic and software solutions. We are known for our new generation autopilot: MADBrain. It has rapidly conquered the offshore racing market in the last 5 years. We accompany several skippers in great victories like the Vendée Globe. We wish the 46 boats that we equip at the start of the next Route du Rhum to follow the same path of success.
During the Cannes Yachting Festival, the partners of Océan Développement with Madintec.From left to right : Jean GUYON, Marco SIMEONI, Matthieu ROBERT and Franck DAVID
What is the interest for you to collaborate on an innovative program through the new MODX 70 sailing catamaran?
Participating in an innovative adventure in the nautical industry is the very essence of our design office. It is essential to feed our ten engineers with challenges, all the more so when it is in collaboration with talented teams such as Océan Développement, directed by Franck David, and the new start-up Aeroforce, which will soon launch a very innovative product in the field of automated inflatable wings dedicated to pleasure boating.
The other essential point that motivated our participation in the MODX70 project is the adequacy with our values and our commitment to solutions participating in sustainable nautical transport and respecting the oceans.
It is in the same spirit that we are participating in the SkyCityFoiler project, an electric hydrofoil catamaran (MerConcept). Madintec proposes from today a complete solution to democratize the piloting of hydrofoil ships which allow a strong reduction of energy needs.
It is high time that the yachting industry wakes up and starts its decarbonization, the solutions are there!
Without revealing "trade secrets", can you tell us more about the major development axes associated with the MODX 70 (hydrogeneration, wing automation, pilot, energy manager,...)
Indeed, we cannot reveal too much the technological innovations associated to the MODX 70, they are numerous and varied. This project challenges the whole Madintec team. We are developing new electronic boards to meet the needs of wing automation, it is brand new and it must be safe and simple! Simplicity also means a dedicated user interface made by our team. But we think that the essential and the originality of the project is the integration within the same system of the various components of production and consumption of energy. In this way, we design particularly efficient management algorithms. We are inventing the yachting of tomorrow, without charging stations!