Bombard Commando C5 Jet

It seems like we keep coming back to the Bombard Commando line on this blog and it’s no secret the Bombard Commando is one of our favorites but we aren’t the only ones. Users who want a good performing boat that will take a bit of power seek us out and have us build them a custom setup like the one featured here.

In this iteration IBC’s Special Boat Division builds a Bombard Commando C5 Jet with an arch and IBC Spec.Boat.Div. bottom mods that keep the C5 on it’s course and protects it from hard impacts during rescues in swift and skinny water. Sure this boat still performs exceptionally well in calm deep water and in the blue water it was designed for but the added mods make this one hard to beat in any situation.

The intended purpose is to expand the capabilities of a fire/rescue group in their area of growing water borne rescue. IBC has done this and done it in spades as much of the tech that you don’t see in these pics was developed during the early years of Ron’s inflatable boat racing career. Running thru the surf zones in Africa and far away islands led to one tactic and crushing the white water in places like the Peyette River in Idaho brought about still more advances. The people who use these boats we build all swear by them and proclaim it’s one of the best tools in their box.

Other uses for a setup like this are fishing and hunting guides in the Northern Territories, oil platforms in South and Central America, law enforcement, surfing, diving, crabbing, fun, etc. Basically if you need to draw a minimum of water and carry a goodly amount of power while still being able to load up a ton of cargo your options drop off precipitously. The Bombard Commando handles all of this and more and for a limited time (until December 24th) all Bombard inflatable boats are on sale at IBC. Don’t wait until next year and pay more, get your Bombard Commando today and go big on the water!

 

 

Zodiac MILPRO SRA 750 D-Tube

Agencies that spend their time on the water ask for it by name….Zodiac MILPRO’s SRA 750 D-Tube. With so many marine operations underway in today’s society it’s no wonder that Zodiac MILPRO took the tried and true RHIB or RIB platform to new levels of performance in the SRA 750’s multi-mission platform. Suited for both ship based and port based operations the increased internal space provided by the Zodiac MILPRO SRA 750 “D-Tube” checks off the boxes for VBSS missions abroad as well as Homeland Security missions at the home fronts.

Features such as Zodiac’s shock mitigation system saves the backs of our warfighters in SWCC where surgery scars are the norm not the exception. High performance fly by wire controls and ultra high output outboards that sip fuel while on mission married to the SRA 750’s advanced hull design mean more time on station with lower operating costs and extended range capabilities. Abilities to go from over the horizon to the littoral zones for team insertion are noteworthy force multipliers making missions successful, safer and wider reaching into the battle space or rescue area.

For ship to ship VBSS missions (one of the most dangerous missions to undertake) operators appreciate the speed and stability only a Zodiac MILPRO can bring to the fight making it the ideal platform for boarding and clearing vessels who venture into exclusion zones. Pirates hate the Zodiac MILPRO SRA’s ability to mount weapons on the re-configurable deck plate system and it’s unparalleled speed in conditions that will sink lesser boats. Encircling and capturing combatant craft while at sea before they can come close to shipping or military assets means more lives saved.

You don’t have to the tip of the spear to use the SRA 750, whale watching tours to shipyard and coastal rescue organizations can all benefit from the steady and speedy nature of the SRA 750. Bar pilots love what the SRA 750 represents in terms of usability and cost of ownership when compared to more traditional boats on the market today. Rigid foam collars are available for the heavy shipping user as well as the recreational customer and can offer some advantages over inflatable when used in a high abrasion application like salvage or deep sea missions.

Yes the SRA 750 has notched it up a few clicks for it’s users and since it’s multi-mission there’s a configuration for anyone who works on the water. To schedule a demo or to purchase a Zodiac MILPRO SRA 750 call the pros at IBC (503)235-2628 and get the best boat for the mission of choice.

Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 Surf Rescue Boat

If you’re living near us you know the weather has been a bit cool lately with lows in the 30’s, but if you’re near the river you know this is the time of year we get to play too.

Recently IBC’s test pilots Adam and Mike went out to hit the water with Depot Bay’s Fire and Rescue to demo a few boats of which the Zodiac ZMSR 380 Surf Rescue was one. Zodiac MILPRO’s ZMSR 380 is an easy to assemble and use inflatable boat designed for the challenges rescue personnel face in coastal operation zones. From the water up the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR takes lessons learned from across the globe’s surf zones and puts technology and know how into the very core of the design.

Features such as the stringerless composite deck with integrated foot straps and soft non-skid come to meet the eye when you peer into the boat. To address the surf zones ability to move a city block of water per wave Zodiac MILPRO’s approach to dewatering is simple yet elegant utilizing dual ovoid scupper trunks that dump the water out almost as fast as it can come in. Rounding out the integrated bow dodger is a co-pilot handle making punching thru the surf safe and easy.

The Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 is also available in a racing version for the lifeguard competitions in Australia and South Africa. If you’re not a competitor or a surf lifeguard don’t fret the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 performs exceptionally well in swift water and flood water rescues making it a top level pick for inland rescue teams that need a high performance rescue platform.

To schedule a demo with IBC in the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 have your department’s training officer or chief give us a call (503)235-2628 and get your space reserved. To order the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 shop online via our secure website or give the pros at IBC a call (503)235-2628.

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

In this run up to Thanksgiving here in the US most of the boaters have given up their season and winterized their boats until next spring. Here at IBC we are dusting off new models and hitting the water for testing and evaluation. Many of the pictures and videos you may see contributed to our blog or youtube page have been created when it’s pushing freezing or below.

When the days are short and the nights cold we are usually found on the water doing demos for military, state or federal agencies, or we’re just out for a bit of fun. Knowing we have a big day planned on one of our very few days off keeps me up at night and waiting for the sun in the mornings.

Piloting a big RIB in the bitter cold may sound like a nightmare but it’s really a dream come true. Just the thought of standing in a Commando boat shooting video while boats fly past sends shivers down my spine, and not because it’s cold outside. Adrenaline is a funny thing and once you really and truly experience it, you seek it out in some strange places, i.e. on an icey boat pulling tactical maneuvers to “stay frosty”.

This next week we are running some Zodiac surf rescue models, a Zodiac MILPRO big SRA 750 with over 500hp available, and the battle proven Commando models on days where the normal person won’t even venture outside. Imagine not being able to pick the sunny nice days for performing a rescue or hitting a beach and you start to realize the challenges our men and women face daily operating to keep you safe. Testing and evaluation or T&E is a vital part of what makes IBC your go to inflatable boat shop. We get a lot of calls here for mission driven boats/support, and this T&E cycle season helps us to understand what you need in order to accomplish some of the most dangerous jobs on the planet successfully. (we like to play too!)

So enjoy your cozy fire and Thanksgiving meal with friends and family, and rest easy and soundly because IBC is there with the men and women who go in harm’s way to keep it that way. If you are lucky enough to come with us for one of these T&E missions dress warm and expect to be wet as your eyes are opened up to the possibilities that only a Zodiac MILPRO inflatable boat can accomplish.

Agencies that wish to schedule a session with the pros at IBC should have your department heads call us here (503)235-2628.

Stay tuned for images and video to come as we navigate thru the cold to present the best the inflatable boat world has to offer, and slice us off a piece of that turkey it’s cold out there!

 

 

Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid

Never before has one boat been used for so many different applications as the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid.

Zodiac MK3 Grand Raid 2

From it’s humble beginnings in France to work with the Cousteau Society, exploration, it’s many rescue operations, even the space program has adopted it’s use, the Grand Raid has done it all and asked for more. Most of us that served in a small boat capacity in the various military branches will recognize it’s form and remember how much of a joy it was to operate on. Yes the indefatigable nature of the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid has been etched into our hearts and minds and persists even today.

What makes this particular boat so special? The Zodiac Grand Raid series has spanned generations with it’s tough construction and ease of use, it is literally passed on from generation to generation. The Grand Raid’s fabric has become the standard against all other hypalon/csm inflatable boats to be measured against. It’s design is often copied in lesser boats but it’s enduring nature and longevity has never been duplicated. No other boat stood as resolutely against the elements as the Grand Raid, proof of it’s worth and value.

The old fashioned process of hand cutting, sanding, gluing, and assembling the many features has stood the test of time and modern process engineers because there simply isn’t a better material that does it all like the Zodiac Grand Raid’s neo/csm. Resistance to fuels and solvents in the environment have prompted it’s usage in the oil and mining heavy industries, and it’s abrasion resistance competes against all current modern space age polymers.

The Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid hasn’t had to do much in the way of design evolution other than the obvious upgrades to the floor board material from wood to milspec aluminum. Yes the legends at Zodiac had put purpose and thought forward early on in the design process making the Zodiac Grand Raid nearly perfect for any type or body of water it would later see in it’s use. The Zodiac Grand Raid pays attention to detail when it comes to swift water rescue, it floats over a ton of cargo in the shipyards, it can be rolled up and dropped from aircraft onto the polar ice, it conducts scientific studies on global warming and it does it all on a budget. Dollar for dollar the Zodiac Grand Raid is one of the most economical boats to own and operate based on it’s long life alone, but it’s attractive price is helpful too.

With the ability to accept rowing frames it blurs the lines in white water exploration, adding down riggers brings bottom fishing and trolling into it’s fold, and negotiating surf opens up littoral zones to operations that were unattainable before. Yes the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid has stood the watch for decades and continues to do so today.

While this configuration was originally designed for military use veterans returning home adopted it as their leisure boat of choice thereby bringing it into the folds of the civilian and professional categories it occupies today. Wherever there’s a niche the Grand Raid fills it, when the hour is late and the danger close the Zodiac Grand Raid answers the call saving lives daily. With the resurgence of interest in inflatable boats from young smart minds eager to experience boating the Grand Raid is definitely worth a look over most others. The wake skate and watersports crowd love the economy of it over competing purpose built boats costing over $100K, and they love the very small foot print it leaves on the environment. Those of us looking for a great boat that will easily accomplish a camping adventure needn’t look farther than the Zodiac Grand Raid.

Special Forces tough with the gentle nature of a kitten when underway the Grand Raid will not disappoint!

Ask how IBC can get you on a Grand Raid today by calling (503)235-2628 or by visiting our secure shopping portal.

 

Bombard Commando C5s And The Thin Blue Line

On this Veteran’s Day IBC would like to thank all of the men and women who served and continue to serve in the US military and those that have transitioned into The Thin Blue Line.

This morning IBC delivered another 2 Bombard Commando C5s to a law enforcement agency extending their mission capabilities. The Bombard Commando C5 is a boat that does a lot while maintaining a simple trim package. Helping to keep the costs down for agencies who are budget limited, but that still need to field operations on the water for public safety is the Bombard Commando’s call to action.

Bombard Commando C5s Police

The very capable Bombard Commando has long been a favorite of fisherman,crabbers, police, fire depts., racers and recreationalists alike because it’s sturdy construction and lack of needless attachments mean it is configurable for many different uses or missions.

Needless to say IBC loves this model range almost as much as our MILPRO line because our users are some of the hardest working and hardest playing people on the water today.

Please take the time to thank a veteran today and if you see a police officer on duty be sure to thank them as well. IBC is here when you are ready to purchase your first or next inflatable boat by calling (503) 235-2628 or by shopping online at our web store.

To my battle buddies, brothers and sisters in arms, and shipmates thank you for your service.

 

Deadrise & “Deep V”

When comparing boats these days you get a lot of information about “deadrise” or “deep V” but no explanations. Some of the calls we get here at IBC regarding those topics warrant a look and explanation for our inflatable boat customers.

Deadrise is explained as such: the angle of the horizontal plane to the hulls surface. What this means is how much of a V shape there is at any given position from the centerline or keel on a horizontal line to the angle or line of the hulls surface which is expressed in degrees.

bombard-commando-deadrise-angle

Boats generally have a varying amount of deadrise fore to aft as a result of their design and intended purpose. Most deadrise is measured and expressed at the transom due to when the boat is on plane this angle or measurement determines how stable a boat will be. Boat manufacturer statements that use “deep v or deep vee” are usually talking about the forward section of the craft as this dictates how well a boat will perform in cutting thru blue water and chop. Don’t be confused this is still a function of deadrise, but marketing has put forward “deep v” as a selling point to the uninformed user.

When negotiating heavy seas the crafts deadrise forward or “V” will dictate how softly it comes down between the swells and chop (expressed as frequency) and generally a “deeper V” means it cuts thru and dissipates the forces by using a broader surface area and reflection of energy away from the boat which in part translates to the water breaking and turning into spray. Basically the energy is partially transferred into the destruction and deflection of the water it’s self, while a portion of that same energy is transferred into the shock we as passengers feel.

Most inflatable boats have an inflatable keel that is a bit more rounded at the centerline that pushes down against the fabric to form the “V”, in the case of the Bombard Commando series it’s a more pronounced sectional wooden keel that better reproduces the traditional fiberglass or metal boats keel/hull design. That is to say the Bombard Commandos are often preferred by more professional users due to it’s more traditional boat hull shape and design attributes.

Zodiac developed and patented the inflatable keel in 1960 as Pierre Debroutelle made improvements to simplicity of assembly and storage. The inflatable keel was largely developed due to the “Leisure Society” movement occurring at the time and the desire to cut down on parts and bags to put them in. Zodiac inflatable boats were largely commercial and military items until then but a growing number of ex-military and maritime professionals had come to adopt and use the technology in various disciplines such as racing and fun with the family.

All inflatable boats featuring a keel have varying degrees of deadrise and different performance levels for the areas of interest they were designed for. It’s worth mention that all of IBC’s boats feature a “V” in their hull with the exception of bucket boats and alongside tenders that aren’t designed with rowing or planning in mind for their day to day use.

I hope this has made the topic a bit clearer for those of you that were confused between the two terms of “deadrise ” and “deep V”. We’ve attached some more pics below of a Bombard Commando C5 to help you on your way. As always feel free to give us a call here at the IBC shop (503)235-2628 when shopping for your next or first inflatable boat and make sure you get the right boat for the job at the right price.

 

How Thick Are Your Boats?

Boat material thickness can be a tricky one with all the hyperbole that is continuously published by here today gone tomorrow inflatable boat manufacturers from Qingdao China. Here at IBC our boats are measured in “decitex” no matter who made them Zodiac, Highfield, Avon, Bombard etc.

When shopping for your next inflatable boat it’s best to come to the table armed with information so you can ask the relevant questions. Many of the calls that come in to us from customers who have obviously spent alot of time “researching” on the web focus around thickness of fabric. The misinformed customer will ask “How many mils is the boat fabric?”. This question alone tells us which website they were on as we’ve seen most of them by now here in the repair shop. We have to try to find parts for angry customers that didn’t receive the support from brand X they were promised.

Let’s answer what a “mil” is first:
Mil is equivalent to .001″ (one thousandth of an inch) and is a sheet or film measurement, not to be confused with the metric measurement of millimeter which equals .03937″ (just a hair more than 1/32″)
Basically when the website you’re on says mils they are talking about a shower curtain, not something I personally want to be in with my family.

The next measurement we often hear over the phone or in email inquiries is “How many deniers are the boats you sell?”.

Denier is a unit of weight by which the fineness of silk, rayon, or nylon yarn is measured, equal to the weight in grams of 9,000 meters of the yarn and often used to describe the thickness of hosiery.
“840 denier nylon”
So what we are talking about here is panty hose, or if it’s 840 denier maybe a back pack. Yet another thing I’m not comfortable with is taking the family out in a floating backpack! Worth mention is often when a boat brand states denier they are actually taking about a nylon sheath with a unreinforced sheet material or bladder inside for air retention. Remember the shower curtain statement above?

Last but certainly not least is the standard measurement of decitex:
Decitex is the count grading for filament and spinning yarns recognized by all international bodies in the man-made fibres industry. Decimal multiple = mass in kilograms per 1000 meters length.
As stated decitex is only the weight or mass of the thread per kilometer, and this is where it gets a little trickier, any of the major brands will spec out in decitex and generally it’s very legit. When comparing apples to apples you’ll find that an additional measurement comes to play alongside with decitex and that’s weight per square meter. What this boils down to in the recreational market isn’t really that relevant but when you start comparing commercial and military models with specs that say 1670 decitex you also take a look at the weight per sq meter which gives a better understanding as to what thickness and density it really is. THIS MATTERS FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS

Since Zodiac, Avon, Bombard, and MILPRO are all under the same roof and use a propietary fabric for each of it’s models you’ll see a higher weight per sq meter than competitors and that’s where the rubber meets the road so to speak.
If I can get a free day in my old advanced materials lab I’ll do some micrographs of each of the fabrics so you can see exactly what this means visually and empirically.

Since it’s the decitex value that gives a boat it’s strength not the thickness of it’s coating much of this becomes alot easier to digest in the recreational market. Thickness of coatings will impart abrasion resistance to the fabric so look less to thickness and more to which descriptor is used to describe the fabric, dtx or decitex is the standard and it’s this descriptor that matters. Boats made out of “duotex” will be double the strength of similar fabrics and that translates to more rigidity and better use of available horsepower due to diminished torsional and flexure thrust loses.
Whew that sounds technical!

Remember it’s up to you to make the right decision on your next inflatable boat and there are alot of people trying to squeeze you out of a dollar. The real question you should be asking is, “Where can you take your budget boat when you have a problem?”. Shop smart and boat safe, we will be here to guide you in the process and get you in a boat that meets your needs within your budget.
Give IBC a call (503)235-2628 or visit us online http://www.inflatableboats.com

 

The Zombie Apocalypse Or The Fuel Storage Dilemma

These days there are any number of zombie apocalypse tv shows and movies to choose from via streaming and broadcast tv providers. My better half loves to watch them, but she hates to hear me interrupt with “There’s no possible way gas would last that long!”.

Let’s examine the fuel problem since it’s one of the most misunderstood problems boat owners face today. First off ethanol is a problem, but it isn’t the route of all evil additive makers would have you believe. Remember the problems you faced as a child in the 70’s when you had to cut the grass for the first time in the spring? No ethanol, same problem, you simply can’t store fuels for extended periods. If you’re too young to remember the 70’s rest easy this problem has been the same since gasoline burning internal combustion engines came into being.

Doing a web search into the matter will return a great many ads that look like science and self proclaimed “subject matter experts” going off on this additive and that one. If you are able to separate the wheat from the chaff you’ll come to statements from the oil companies themselves that state simply that gasoline cannot be stored for longer than 3 months. BP, Sunoco, Exxon, Shell all seem to come to the same conclusion so why do you take the word from some guy you met who had a boat once, or dramatized zombie fare from the entertainment field. If you want science maybe try ASTM study D525 and see what standards say about the subject material.

Look the solution to fuel related issues in small motors is simply don’t keep old gas around, dump it into your car, they’ll make more I promise you. If your small outboard is carbureted run it out of gas every time you use it by simply disconnecting the fuel hose while it’s running. Proper scheduled maintenance from a certified mechanic (IBC is 5 Star Gold Certified) will help you when you forget your duties as a boat owner.

Change your fuel water separator every 50 hours or once a season if you are a light user. Those clear bowls with drains that are on the aftermarket are just there to give you something to look at. If you can see water or separation in the bowl then you need to replace the filter cartridge plain and simple. Never dump out fuel water separators and reuse them they are already contaminated and you risk contaminating the rest of your fuel system.

Ethanol is a problem because it’s hygroscopic (it attracts water) and it compunds the already well understood problem of storing fuel. Some additives like Yamaha’s stabilizer and conditioner can help to minimize the problem, but no amount of after refinement chemical additives will alleviate the underlying failure modality. You should probably go vote on ethanol and corn farmer subsidies if you want that problem to go away.

Fuel related problems are the number one issue we see at boat shops, and historically that hasn’t changed. Granted IBC goes farther back than most boaters have been alive so take our word on it, the level of laziness in modern users has increased.

You just bought a fancy new 4 stroke motor because you like the lack of smoke and bleeding ear syndrome from old two strokes, that doesn’t mean you are released from proper care and maintenance duties. New motors are a modern miracle, but it only takes one lazy moment to bring things to all stop. These modern carbs and fuel injection systems demand prudent care and attention, it’s not like a car where you can pull over and call a tow truck.Boating has always been a dangerous activity that requires proper care and attention to detail, the modern world’s inventions have just made it easier to get out there without a life’s worth of training like the old nautical days. Pay attention because little details like when you bought your fuel can have big impacts to your enjoyment on the water or lack there of.

Winterize your motors and service them in the spring with us here at IBC and rest easy because we’re always on watch. To schedule service call (503) 235-2628 and ask for Adam.

 

Bombard C5 Commando + Mini Helm + Tohatsu 50hp Package

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter and the activities change. I love the fall and winter because I get to go boating more now that the last minute summer customers aren’t desperately trying to squeeze me out of time off. Summer comes every year but the lack of planning is astounding. It never fails, I get the call for an immediate need of a boat before Friday or any other random day with only one days notice. The lack of planning doesn’t always end well so plan for next season now or you might be disappointing the family.

Back to the Bombard I mentioned above, sorry for the tangent, the lack of sun and the cold rain and snow means it’s crabbing and hunting time! Woo Hoo now it’s my time to play on the water, go diving and spearfishing, and I always use my Bombard Commando for the mission.

IBC had the opportunity to rig a Bombard C5 Commando for a customer who loves to travel around the country and fish bass, as well as some big game adventures and extended arctic trips. So why not a Bombard Commando C5?

For his moose hunting mission we added a min-console with adjustable bench on rail system powered by a 50 hp Tohatsu. The system is variable trolling rpm active by a push of the ignition key in 100 rpm increments allowing for some salmon fishing while he makes camp for moose. Right now the boat is in Colorado then on the way to Missouri for that  bass mission but I was able to grab a few pics before it left the shop. Questions call us here at IBC (503) 235-2628 or visit us online at The Inflatable Boat Center

Bombard Commando C-5 50HP + Mini Console + Trailer Package

Bombard Commando C-5 50HP + Mini Console + Trailer Package

Bombard Commando C-5 50HP + Mini Console + Trailer Package

Bombard Commando C-5 50HP + Mini Console + Trailer Package

Bombard Commando C-5 50HP + Mini Console + Trailer Package

Bombard Commando C-5 50HP + Mini Console + Trailer Package

Bombard Commando C-5 50HP + Mini Console + Trailer Package

Bombard Commando C-5 50HP + Mini Console + Trailer Package

Get your Bombard Commando C5 Package Here