Portland Boat Show 2018 Day Two

It’s the start of day two at The Portland Boat Show and usually on day two we post a few pics.

Sure it’s better to see the boats in person, but not all of you can make it to The Portland Boat Show and it’s this reason we put up the galleries. Videos will be forthcoming and added to the blog area so check back often for the full high def experience. If you are going to the Seattle Boat Show you will still have a chance to see the premier of Zodiac’s Open 7 RIB in the US. To say that Zodiac has put other makers on notice would be an under statement! The Zodiac Open 7 has something for everyone including the speed demon and the casual boater alike. Looking towards the future and the ever changing role a boat has in it’s lifetime Zodiac has included expansion capabilities that allow the user to add or subtract seating and accessories with ease. This sort of functionality or as we say in the military segment “mission configurability” makes the Open 7 peerless in the recreational market. Advanced materials and manufacturing techniques ensure that the Zodiac Open 7 will never be outdated and removable/replaceable tubes in commercial grade mean it will always look it’s best and perform like a stallion.

We are closing up our Portland location early for the duration of the Portland Boat Show so please call to see if we will be there if you want to visit the showroom. (503)235-2628.

Portland Boat Show 2018

Today we’re hard at work getting boats ready and transported to the Portland Expo Center for the 2018 Portland Boat Show. As usual IBC will be bringing out some old favorites as well as the new Zodiac Aluminum Hulled RIBs, Avon Seasport Deluxe Tenders, and introducing the Zodiac Open 7 RIB to the US market. There’s even talk that Zodiac’s extremely limited MK2 Heritage is going to be there for people not in Paris to see.

With all that’s going on in the boating world and in particular the new Zodiac and Avon offerings you had better get your tickets early. (click here) IBC will be manning the both (Booth #214) throughout the show to answer any questions you may have regarding your next inflatable boat.

Can’t make the Portland Boat Show? No problem come see us at the  Seattle Boat Show ! IBC will be in Seattle for their boat show and will be bringing the Zodiac Open 7 to blow minds in the NW. Yes it’s going to be a great year for boating in the NW and IBC will be there every step of the way as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. Don’t be stuck on the beach this year like you were last year. Come down to the Portland Boat Show and start planning your summer!

If you’re land locked and can’t make it to any of the NW Boat Shows this season don’t fret. IBC has the industry leading website to make shopping at home easy. To shop online click here

2018 Zodiac Fastrollers In Stock

There is no doubt that the Zodiac Fastroller series of inflatable boats rule supreme when it comes to portability and performance. In the last couple of years these boats were uncommonly hard to find due to their popularity with sailors. This year we doubled down and brought even more of them in to IBC to meet the needs of cruisers and sailors everywhere.

While costing more than a Chinese built inflatable boat their value is understated in their pricing. French built to standards the other manufacturers wish they could attain the Zodiac Fastroller is the leader of the roll up. The French have a rather novel way of Thermobonding™ their special Strongan Duotex™ Fabric together that vitually eliminates any seam leaks or repairs. Upon inspection the user will see that there is very little glue at all on the inflatable boat with the lion’s share at the transom bed. Everything else is Thermobonded™ and won’t come apart sitting in the sun for days, weeks, months, or years.

About the only negative thing on the Zodiac Fastroller is they last too long. Well negative is a perspective thing, it’s negative to us here at IBC because we likely won’t see that customer again for 20 years when they are looking for the same thing or a bigger size.

The Zodiac Fastroller series has an actual keel shaped keel that inflates when the floor is inflated. Just forward of the transom there are two additional skegs that address any yaw on a hard maneuvers giving boaters an additional edge for those tricky beach landings.

Premium Zodiac exclusive materials, and equipment mean your grocery getting needs are handled. When you’re not using your Zodiac Fastroller it can easily be deflated and rolled up into a small package that can be stowed almost anywhere.

So much of the Zodiac Fastroller’s popularity has leaked into popular culture that it’s become the RV boat of choice. Because you merely unroll and inflate, it goes from zero to hero in minutes without breaking a sweat. Smart RV owners have opted for the 12V electric inflation pump and launching wheels. What this one two punch means is everything is loaded into the finished boat and casually walked to the water. No muss, no fuss, all fun in the sun!

RVers aren’t the only ones picking up of the ease of use of Zodiac’s Fastroller. Fishermen with little time , money or space have opted for the portable Zodiac Fastroller since they can fit it into even the diminutive Smart Car or Prius. Crabbers up and down our West Coast have been using the Zodiac Fastroller for decades and that trend is only growing.

Yes the incredibly responsive yet light as a feather Zodiac Fastroller is blurring the lines between dinghy and stand alone boat. For many it will be the only boat they’ll ever need, for others it’ll be the boat they come to when their no name boat falls apart. In either case IBC has you covered with a goodly supply of Zodiac’s Fastroller Inflatable Boats. Follow this link to buy one today.

Questions? Call us here at the IBC headquarters in Portland Oregon (503)235-2628.

Merry Christmas From IBC

The crew at IBC wish to thank all of our customers and wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We will be closed our usual Sunday and Monday but back to work on Tuesday December 26th to serve you with the best boats and service afloat.

Adam, Mike, Chris, Ron and Nora in the foreground

Boat Show season is right around the corner and there is much to see this year. New Avon deluxe tenders, Zodiac’s flagship Open 7 model will be on hand and much more!

Zodiac Fastrollers are back in stock at IBC so get yours before the rush and avoid waiting to get the perfect tender for smaller yachts today! Lightweight performance in genuine French Zodiac form, always a best seller worldwide.

Don’t miss you chance at the Zodiac Heritage Classic. A very special Zodiac Classic from a very limited run. IBC still has #16 of 50 left in our showroom for one lucky person.

Zodiac MK2 Heritage 16 of 50

For all of your inflatable boat needs call IBC (503)235-2628

Shop online with IBC’s Online Store

 

 

Zodiac Open 7 RIB NEO

As a boater and a inflatable boat enthusiast I see and pilot a good many boats in my day to day on the water. One that has garnered a lot of attention lately is the Zodiac Open 7.

Rarer than unicorns at the time of this writing, there have been two built with a third being wrapped up and shipped to The Inflatable Boat Center right this second. If you were lucky enough to go to Paris then you got to see some of the forward thinking innovations Zodiac has folded into the mix.

Surely if you’ve been paying attention while you were out for a cruise you would have noticed a change in the boating community. Younger boaters look for water sports and smaller packages and are willing to pay as much as a home just to go water skiing or wake boarding.

Tin boats seem to have a hold on fishing but lack the buoyancy and redundancy to be safe in any sort of sea state other than a placid lake or river. The tin guys will all talk trash at a boat ramp as they fumble with launching or recovery about the “raft” next to them. Later on the radio when the call comes out that they sunk and need help do they then start to appreciate the strengths of the inflatable boat or RIB.

Zodiac pays attention to what’s going on in the World and in the way people use their boats. With ownership back safely in French hands the new and the old come together in harmony of design with the purpose built strength of a huge knowledge base. The Open 7 blends it all together in a package that is easy to pilot, and has the pedigree of being the safest boat type afloat today. Younger generations will appreciate that the Zodiac Open 7 is kind to the environment in it’s production and it’s deployment.

While the folks at The Inflatable Boat Center have their Zodiac Open 7 rigged with a Yamaha F250 that seems to tear at the space time continuum when throttled up, it barely uses fuel as one would expect. Zodiac pays keen attention to the environment and the miserly fuel consumption of their designs has always been a herald to lower cost of ownership. The Zodiac Open 7 isn’t just smart, it’s beautiful as well.

The folks at The Inflatable Boat Center tell me their Zodiac Open 7 will be priced at $69.999.00 turn key with a trailer included. Compared to a ski boat that doesn’t do anything else or a lead sled this is the best value in boat money today. The Zodiac Open 7 is the perfect chameleon, it adapts to anything the wind or sea throws at it and it does it with poise and grace. I think we’ll be seeing more of the Zodiac family on the water as the younger smarter generations come to boating as a hobby or vocation.

To see the Zodiac Open 7 for yourself give the folks at The Inflatable Boat Center a call to schedule a viewing (503)235-2628, or see the Zodiac Open 7 at the Portland boat Show, or Seattle Boat Show in the coming months. The folks at The Inflatable Boat Center speak Zodiac fluently and seem to all have grown up on the water. Chances are they probably have been there or done that already and are happy to talk to people about their upcoming adventures afloat.

www.inflatableboats.com is their website address.

Zodiac Open 7 photos below:

 

 

Inflatable Boat Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale

It’s that busy time of year again with Black Friday sales and food and family a-plenty . Here at IBC it’s no different, we will be closed on Thanksgiving but open on Black Friday. Our regular days off of Sunday and Monday remain the same so please plan accordingly if you are planning a visit. To help bargain shoppers we have several of the most popular boats on sale and have included a free bench bag on most models.

Our Black Friday Sale starts today and continues until next Tuesday so don’t delay or you will miss out until next year.

Shop IBC’s Back Friday Deals.

You can always give us a call by dialing (503)235-2628 and asking for Adam.

Happy Thanks Giving from the IBC Crew

 

The Free Shipping Society Of Today

Everyday I get the question “Do you offer free shipping?”, and everyday I say, “No try Amazon.”. More and more people assume that they should have free shipping for everything they want or need regardless of cost or dimensions. First let me be clear so all of the readers pondering the free shipping question understand that nothing is free.

Shipping and freight companies still charge for their services, if they didn’t they wouldn’t be companies they’d be out of work. Buying products online is commonplace in our modern age of smart connected devices and 5g networks and customers have become conditioned to the marketing illusion of “Free Shipping”. So much conditioning has occurred that it influences shopping behavior and final purchase decisions.

Today’s online shopper typically does research (and I use this term loosely) before deciding on where to buy. Price, availability, and lastly shipping influence the process and in the end the customer feels smarter because they think they were the driving force in the deal. Getting the object of your desire at a savings plus “free shipping” leaves you giddy with dopamine, you feel great about your purchase. Well dopamine is what our brains use to express the sensation of pleasure and the big online sellers know and exploit this fact to their benefit.

The part that makes this article a bit sad is that when I get calls from people needing parts for their “Zodiac” it’s often found they don’t even have a Zodiac. Their version of Zodiac is a Chinese special they got for less $$ plus free shipping. How could you not buy it? It was thousands less than the Zodiac and it came with free shipping! It’s like they are giving money away!

Remember NOTHING IS FREE….

Someone stills pays to ship that item from it’s origin, someone still pays to get it to the warehouse, someone still pays to get it packed and fulfilled, and someone still pays to have it travel to your door. If you think that someone isn’t you then you’re sorely mistaken. The next time you ask someone for free shipping why not just ask them to charge you less or give you the genuine product and not some knock off instead? These big companies that make billions a year and give nothing back to the community other than “free shipping” are making billions off of your dopamine levels.

If it doesn’t say Zodiac on it it’s not a Zodiac, and no we don’t offer free shipping. We are not Amazon or Ebay or some clearing house for junk. IBC sells genuine products at fair prices with shipping options for those customers who don’t live in the area. We employ actual humans, we support our local economy, U.S. Veterans, women, and people of all colors and walks of life. If you want free shipping we’d have to raise our prices because no business can keep it’s doors open by giving money away. This modern society of free shipping is one of the great hive mind marketing scams of our age, don’t fall prey to instant gratification through dark marketing to your dopamine centers.

You deserve a better boat, you should be able to talk to an actual person not a customer service switchboard. Questions? You can always call us here at IBC with your questions or if you need a little help. But…. ask yourself, “Do I really want free shipping?” before you ask us.

IBC offers uncompromising commitment to quality in every boat we sell.

Give us a call today (503)235-2628 to speak with our team, if you want free shipping ask for Adam. Hahahahaha! Just kidding don’t do that! 😉

 

What’s Under Your Feet?

Mike had some down time here at the shop due to completely using up his computer so he took a minute out of his schedule to install some Seadek non-skid to a couple of boats. Seadek comes in sheets and custom CAD/CAM configurations to meet most of the inflatable floor types we use here at IBC.

Sure pretty colors and nice contours look sharp but what is Seadek really? The Seadek product is an EVA textured non-skid that holds up to bare feet and combat boots alike and offers easy cleaning and comfort. Positive traction when a boat is on plane and in heavy maneuvers means a lot to our professional users as well as our casual recreational users alike. If you’ve ever had to get on your knees on a waffle deck or hard non-skid in any sort of sea state you are aware how uncomfortable it can be doing simple tasks.

Enter Seadek to the rescue and suddenly you have a cushion beneath your body and the hard surfaces that not only looks great but actually serves a purpose. The large sheets can be measured and cut to fit just about any floorboard model and most RIBs and applies merely by peeling the backing sheet and sticking it down just like a sticker. The adhesive used in the Seadek product resists just about anything you’ll encounter in the marine environment making it a first choice for non-skid. Here at IBC we use Seadek on our aluminum floorboard Zodiac and Bombard models to enhance footing and overall looks.

On our deluxe RIBs such as this Avon Seasport 360 IBC designs foot well inserts the Seadek then manufactures in a teak look product that fits as well as it functions. No measuring simply peel and stick and you’re off the the yacht club in fine style and comfort.

Hopefully Mike will get his new computer fixed up and ready soon but in the mean time he’ll be installing Seadek non-skid on customer boats. To find out more about Seadek Non-Skid Products give Mike a call (503)235-2628 and be confident with what’s under your feet.

Inflatable Boat Capacity VS The Other Guys

Much has been touted about boat capacity in the world of tin and fiberglass boats, but how does it compare to an inflatable boat?

Tin Boat Capacity Plate

Inflatable Boat Capacity Plate

Upon comparison you see the tin boat is rated for up to a 60Hp outboard and up to seven people or 1325Lbs. total combined weight of cargo, people, and weight of the outboard, this must include fuel as well.

It must be noted the aluminum boat is 17 feet OAL and the inflatable boat is 15 feet 5 inches OAL.

The inflatable boat is rated for up to a 60Hp outboard and up to nine people or 2535 Lbs. total combined weight total.

This difference of two additional people and a surplus capacity of 1210 Lbs. in an inflatable boat that is almost two feet shorter starts to shed some light on the question of relative capacities in boat types. We selected the tin boat as a comparison here because in the Pacific NW we are tin boat centric, the same lack of capacity exists in fiberglass construction.

This added buoyancy in the inflatable boat means you can handle most things water wise,  and the likelihood of an inflatable boat coming to the rescue when your tin boat sinks is very high. The stability, capacity, and performance is of merit to the recreational customer as much as the professionals, and military users alike.

Seeing an inflatable boat tied to another boat or on deck gives people a look at the inflatable boat world but it’s a fleeting glance at best and an afterthought seconds later. What these mariners are saying with their inflatable boats is they are light, easy to store, carry a lot of goods and are safe where the other boats can’t be. Lest we forget they will go into mere inches of water fully laden.

What the rest of the world is missing is the inflatable boat as a primary platform has quite a lot of appeal in it. Cost of ownership and maintenance is within the average person’s grasp for a very high performing boat. Water sports become available without a second mortgage. Fishing even the most remote spots in a boat are now on the table. Moving cargo to remote locations means you can build that cabin you always wanted. Hunting spots where there are no people is easier and safer. You can roll up even a big inflatable boat and stick it in a closet if you want. The list goes on and on and on when you consider an inflatable boat and what it really means.

Some of the diehards in departments and agencies that are in districts that have water will still be drinking the jon boat kool aid until they ship water and have to get rescued themselves in, you guessed it, an inflatable boat.

Sadly these lessons have to be learned over and over again when there is a tragedy such as the Houston area flooding right now. The smarter choice, the one with the surplus capacity, means you have more options available as a boater than you thought.

Exercise your freedom get into the smarter boat that does more with less, spend less money and get more with an inflatable boat from The Inflatable Boat Center.

Bombard Commando C3 Missions Over The Horizon

In our day to day internet stuff and waterborne missions one boat we always seem to overlook is the boat we are currently in.

Enter the Zodiac Bombard C3 Commando! The Bombard Commando series is well proven and used by the pros here at IBC and others throughout the Big Blue Marble. What makes this particular boat “the goods” for so many different missions is it’s French heritage. Built in France by people who know a thing or two about inflatable boats the Bombard C3 is thermo-bonded at the Zodiac facility. Cut out of the burly grade of Strongan® DUOTEX then packed and shipped to us here at IBC our C3‘s are then rigged for their ultimate destinations. Some of our customers are good with an out of the box C3 (most will be) others need mods or accessories added to meet their needs.

The out of the box C3 Commando really stands on it’s own in the inflatable boat line up. Featuring an incredibly stiff construction with heavy duty aluminum floor boards that lock into a wooden keel the Bombard Commando is singular. With all of this stiffness the Bombard Commando C3 (stiffest of the series) suffers less torsion and flex. Torsion and flex scrubs power off in the form of deformation and a reduction of thrust along the axis. I guess when it says “Commando” they mean it!

The Bombard Commando C3 takes a short shaft outboard up to 40Hp but will perform well with even the diminutive electric motors available although you’ll be wanting more. Many of our customers here at IBC will be using the C3 Commando for professional use but by far the largest portion use them for fishing, hunting, and fun on the water.

One customer who sticks out in my mind is The Rozalia Project. Our friends at The Rozalia Project use their Bombard Commando C3 for ecology, marine debris collection, as a dinghy, deploying ROVs, ocean engineering et al. We love watching their adventures at sea and in port on the web. Rachael Z Miller and the crew of American Promise load that C3 Commando to the heavens and motor off easily from ankle deep water to the American Promise to unload their booty of flotsam and jetsam.

The Rozalia Project does their part to make the world a better place with their Bombard Commando C3, what are you doing with yours?

Do you like fishing as much as our friend Jennifer does in hers?

Jenny inflates and deflates her Bombard Commando C3 every time and uses a Yamaha F20Hp outboard to get to her fishing spots .
Yes you can fish on an inflatable, just ask Jenny she tells no tales.

Do you like going fast in your Bombard Commando C3 like Captain Ron does?

Skip Novak likes the Bombard Commando for his high latitude  expeditions and he knows a thing or two about sailing! See why he loves the Bombard C3 Commando below.

You can do a lot with the Bombard Commando C3, the world is wide open for your adventure you just need to take the first step. Give Adam a call here at IBC and get started today (503) 235-2628 or shop online for your Bombard Commando by clicking here.