Fishing From An Inflatable Boat? Say What!

It happens at every NW Sportsman Show, every year without fail. People walking by the IBC booth will say non-sense like “Those boats pop easily.”, or “You can’t fish from a Zodiac.”. Self proclaimed subject matter experts about all things boating and outdoors. HA!  It doesn’t really bother me as most people saying that obviously have no clue about boats, the outdoors, hunting or fishing. To look at some of the “experts” I have to wonder how they made it that far down the aisle without falling over because clearly they are more of an expert on eating snacks and sitting on the couch.

Almost all of the Alaskan bush residents stop by the booth and tell tales of their Zodiacs and where they take them, and often they question why there are so many tin boats here in the NW Oregon/Washington area. That in it’s self is an anomaly, the Portland Boat Show is considered the biggest aluminum boat show in the world now. Lots of swagger and braggadocio permeates the NW Sportsman Show and tin talk is right up there at the top with terrible elk calls echoing thru the catherdral like ceilings of the Portland Expo Center. Sometimes I want to play videos of all the rescues of tin boats that occur every year, all conducted by Zodiacs. This wouldn’t prove anything as the paradigm is already in place for the tin men.

Considering that most tinneys sit in a driveway for 360 days of the year until the parade at buoy 10 time is upon us. Most tin owners don’t advance their seamanship other than cracking a beer on a hog line, which is a problem. Magazine articles and T.V. shows proclaim the buoy 10 fishery as epic and score of boats and tourists descend like lemmings all vying for their chance at a king or coho. Guys talk smack at the ramp when we put out, and are still there when we return limits caught. Offhanded remarks like “Did you get a leak?” are fodder for misinformed sportsmen trying to look cool while struggling to launch their boats. When these same people see our kills bags busting at the seams they change their tune. The fish checkers just know we have fish, they always come over to eagerly chat and document the easy catch in our boat.

Customers sending their pics of brown bear and moose in a tiny inflatable boat making their way home are treats to us when we see them. So much of the world was discovered in a Zodiac that it makes you wonder where the disconnect occurs. If you are looking for something that doesn’t require a mortgage payment, floats more cargo in less water, uses less motor and therefore less fuel you should be looking at an inflatable boat. Heck don’t take our word for it, here’s some customer pics of people going their own way and doing rather than talking.

If you have questions about an inflatable boat call Mike or Adam (503)235-2628 and see what our years of experience on all types of boats from the arctic to the antarctic and points in between can do for you.

If you’re an online shopper check out our secure shopping site at www.inflatableboats.com

Boat Show Special Pricing

IBC is back from our last big show and we’re getting ready for the season opener. Special Boat Show Pricing is going to expire soon so don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. As always IBC is there to help you get on the water with the right boat at the right price.

To order your new dinghy, adventure boat, rescue boat, professional or military boat call one of friendly sales staff at (503)235-2628 today.

IBC is a 5 Star Gold Rated Yamaha Service Center, as well as a certified Zodiac Repair Facility, and MILPRO Elite Dealer/Service Center. IBC is uniquely qualified to address your inflatable boat needs and is Zodiac’s Senior Dealer in this corner of the world. Let our decades of experience help with your next undertaking whether it’s in the high polar latitudes or even the inland waterways of our nations’ heartland.

NW Sportsman’s Show

Well the Portland Boat Show and the Seattle Boat Show have ended and now we’re getting ready to go to the NW Sportsman’s Show . If you missed your chance to see the Zodiac Open 7 in Seattle we’ll have it installed in our Portland showroom soon. Adam & Mike will be on hand to offer expert advice on military, commercial and recreational inflatable boats and RIBs plus we’ll be introducing our Zodiac Bombard C5 Commando Sport Jet package.

If you are a serious adventurer, hunter, fisherman or just interested in an awesome boat stop by our booth and see what we can do for you. The NW Sportsman’s Show can be an overwhelming experience, better fasten a seat belt on your brain and stop by our booth #1143 or have your mind blown with the C5 Sport Jet Pack.

This boat does it all and has been in development ever since our humble beginnings with Capt. Ron on the world racing circuit. Our experience in the sailing, professional, military, yachting, and outdoor sports has made it easy for the beginner or pro alike to get the right boat for their activity and budget. What sets IBC apart from others in the game is we practice what we preach, we practice a lot actually. Every chance we get we’re out on the water training, playing, fishing, and evaluating the experience with a critical eye to do it better.

What can I say we love what we do!

Come and see for yourself, talk with Adam and Mike about your next adventure.

Can’t make the show?

Give us a call (503)235-2628

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! 😉