Fox TV Show “American Grit” Features The Bombard Typhoon 310 ALU

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At this point the cat is out of the bag and the show has begun to air so we are able to talk a little about it. The show in question is Fox TVs “American Grit” hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena and an elite group of military heros as mentors to competing teams. Watch as 16 contestants push beyond their limits for prize money worth up to a million dollars. – See episode 1

American Grit Mentors

IBC was there consulting with producers before filming to help with boat type selection and evolution planning so contestants could have a good and challenging experience similar to the military programs our troops use today.

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Much thought went into selecting the right boat at the right size and weight for the evolutions. In the end the Special Forces Zodiac FC470 was scrubbed and the Bombard Typhoon 310ALU was put forward as the best fit for the cadre in the evolutions. Because it’s easy to set up and light to carry all while being rated for 4 adults and up to a 10hp outboard the Bombard Typhoon 310 ALU checks all the boxes for “American Grit”.

The Bombard Typhoon is available in sizes up to 15’5″ with a 40hp rating and is tough enough for the “American Grit” cadre while being easy to setup and fun for the whole family. Don’t be fooled by internet copy cats the Bombard Typhoon line is a Zodiac brand and has all of 110 years experience with inflatable boat design and materials, your no name knock off internet special is but a cheap imitation and you’ll get what you pay for.

See Episode 2

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Bombard Typhoon 310 ALU

Speaking of teams, IBC added additional handles forward for John Cena’s cadre to allow everyone to team carry the Bombard Typhoon thru the terrain and obstacles laid out for the evolution. IBC knows about teamwork, we are a small shop that tackles big impossible missions for operators around the world daily.

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IBC prides it’s self on our own individual times “on the pond” that mesh together into one of the most knowledgeable inflatable boat cadres on the planet. From Navy deep sea evolutions to off shore racing, leisure cruising, and sailing our guys have done it all  just for the fun of it.

Watch “American Grit” Thursdays on Fox and get into the game, and if you are looking for a great boat for a great price give our team a call and join the evolution!

Shop for a Bombard Typhoon

 

 

NW Sportsman Show Booth #1143

Adam and Mike will be on hand for the 2017 NW Sportsman Show the Portland Expo Center February 8-12 in booth #1143. The Inflatable Boat Center will be showing one of their Special Boat Division’s packages called the “RECON”.

This model is based on the Bombard Commando C3 with added Scotty Fishing attachments, a fish finder/GPS, Scotty strong back oar conversion kit, adjustable oars, collapsible paddles, bimini top, Yamaha F20, bench on rail seats, and more.

Setup with the outdoorsman in mind this package can be broken down and packed for transport by, auto, truck, or plane and reassembled on site to go where the sidewalks end. Suitable for waterfowl hunting, fish, crabbing, big game, or even just a fun day trip. With the Bombard Commando C3’s wooden keel assembly is easy and choppy water is a walk in the park.

The Yamaha F20 four stroke motor operates very quietly and barely makes a sound at idle. The clean and efficient Yamaha F20 can make your precious fuel supply on back country hunts seem to last almost indefinitely when used smartly thereby extending your reach. Full throttle operation brings the “RECON” on plane with three to four men aboard and tops out around 25 mph at sea level. Two separate shallow water settings on the Yamaha F20 will make possible entry into sloughs and creeks while fully laden with a hunting camp gear a breeze and make you wonder why you didn’t think of the “RECON” sooner.

This boat is quite possibly the best boat package ever made for the Northwest Territories and coastal regions because of it’s carrying capacity, ease of use, and safety.

You can see one in person at the NW Sportsman Show booth #1143 and talk to Adam or Mike about what you want to do or where you want to go and get one made for yourself custom. We love the water and the woods and it’s very likely that’s where these two guys would be if they weren’t there to meet you and talk about exciting times to be had with inflatable boats.

For more information on the NW Sportsman Show Click here

For more information on inflatable boats call one of our friendly staff at (503)235-2628

Zodiac MK2 Classic Fastroller

Today we’d like to mention a little known Zodiac gem that does not disappoint, the Zodiac MK2 Classic Fastroller. Mike and Adam were going to shoot a video on how to setup the Zodiac MK2 Classica Fastroller but then they realized it would be utterly boring. You see with the Zodiac MK2 Classic Fastroller all you do is unroll and inflate. That’s It! No fitting floorboards or struggling with stringers anymore just unroll and go.

The Zodiac MK2 Classic Fastroller fits the bill for a premium dinghy, exploration boat, fishing, hunting, camping, etc. because it’s so easy to use. One thing the guys love around the shop here at IBC is the Zodiac Classic Series of inflatable boats performance. While we don’t constantly show them online, we constantly love them on the water. They are such well thought out boats they are often our first pick for many missions and outings.

Manufacturing is done in France by the same people who build the Bombard Commando and Zodiac Futura models. All Zodiac Classic inflatable boats are made of stronger stuff, i.e. Zodiac’s “Strongan™” fabric that is thermo-bonded by the same machines the ESpace Division developed. ( yes Zodiac is an aerospace company too)

The Fastroller airfloor is an option on the Zodiac Futura series and for small tenders in the Zodiac Cadet series. Lightweight and ease of use make this the ultimate portable boat. Don’t get taken by some cheap imitation airfloor from a company that you never heard of, get a real Zodiac, made from the real fabric, with a real Zodiac 5 year Warranty.

Get your next Zodiac simply by shopping in our online store, or by calling the pros at The Inflatable Boat Center (503)235-2628.

You’ll love your new Zodiac almost as much as us!

 

 

 

Full Steam Ahead For 2017

It’s full steam ahead at IBC right now as we rig and receive boats daily for the upcoming season. The 2017 NW Sportsman’s Show is right around the corner and we’ll be there showcasing models that fit the mission of hunting and fishing. Tubesets are coming and going every time I blink it seems and new sport boats and Avon tenders seem to be all the buzz.

We are open despite the weather so give us a call (503) 235-2628 or stop by the Portland Showroom on 2041 SE Powell Blvd. and talk face to face with one of our pros.

Now is the time to be thinking about your new tender, your old boat that needs repair, that motor service you put off, basically anything that needs doing or buying so you’ll be ready when the weather turns nice again.

Remember Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax so our prices are even better than you thought! Find out why more boaters come to IBC than anywhere else (503)235-2628

 

Ice Storm Hitting Portland

Well the 2017 Portland Boat Show came and went during what has been the worst weather in Portland for years. Convention goers had to brave snowy and icy conditions just for a glimpse of the new Avon Tenders and IBC’s Special Boats Division Commando/Recon models.

Moving out of the 2017 Portland Boat Show had it’s own set of issues but snowy, icy, roads was on the forefront of it all. Despite dismal attendance IBC and Zodiac Nautic were on station to give some quality time to the V.I.P.s who were brave enough or foolhardy enough to venture out into the fray. Those who made it were rewarded, and we were happy to make some future adventures possible for new and old owners alike.

Today is a new day and with the new day comes new challenges, take our impending ice storm that bears down on us while I type this. All of our efforts can’t overcome Mother Nature and as such IBC will be closing early. Shipping inbound and outbound is cancelled until drivers are able to navigate Portland’s icy unplowed and unsalted roads. Public transport has been suspended or detoured with Portland’s Trimet telling citizens to stay indoors unless it’s an emergency. (stay safe out there Portland)

Yes, apparently “The City That Works” only works when the weather is nice!

Buying online means IBC is open 24/7 so save $$$ while you can with boat show pricing by ordering online and selecting in store pick up if you are local, or just add your shipping info for a total before you have to buy anything for a freight quote. IBC leads the industry with it’s online shopping experience and online security keeping our customers safe and happy.

2017 Portland Boat Show

If you’re local to the NW and Portland you probably know that Oregon’s Governor declared a state of emergency due to the recent weather and it has virtually shut down the city of Portland. We understand that some of you won’t be able to make it to the Portland Boat Show so IBC grabbed a few pics for those of you snowed in and suffering from cabin fever.

As always IBC is there even in the worst of weather bringing you the best boats at the best price. Feel free to shop our Boat Show Specials online from the comfort and warmth of your favorite armchair and know you aren’t missing out due to severe weather.

If you are able to make it out stop by the booth and say hi to Adam, Mike, and Chris who will be standing by to answer all of your questions about your next boat.

Enjoy the snow! OOPS! I mean the show!

Dear IBC, Please Bring Avon Back

Dear IBC, please bring Avon back to the US market. As long time sailors we’ve come to really appreciate our old Avon yacht tender in our travels. Everyone always comes up to us and asks where we got our Avon, “Can IBC get us one?” etc. It’s getting to where we can’t go to a port without worry of someone stealing ours out of pure envy alone. Sailors world wide want the Avon tenders back, can you help us?

We’ve heard and documented your calls and read and filed your letters. At the 2017 Portland Boat Show you will know IBC’s answer!

Without spoiling it for anyone IBC will be showing at least one new/old model of some fame. Curious yet? Others are in the works and will be in the shop soon, let’s just say the future looks bright from France, the U.K., and the good old US of A.

Interested parties should call Adam (503)235-2628 to set up an appointment at the show or in the shop to talk about your new deluxe tender.

New things are afoot for the RIB market in other areas too. Recent secret photos have been obtained from deep behind the Hypalon Curtain showing new models being made, ready for shipping to a secret IBC SBD testing location. 2017 is bringing sweeping change and new innovation that will undoubtedly change the seascape for good.

 

IBC Special Boats Div. C-3 Commando RECON Package

Come in hot or use stealth with the IBC Special Boats Division C-3 RECON.

Fishing and hunting has never been easier than with the Bombard Commando C-3 RECON (an IBC Exclusive). Get to those fishing and hunting spots with ease and stealth whether by the clean and quiet Yamaha F20 or by the integrated oar system. The RECON’s strength is its multi-mission capabilities that utilize Scotty Fishing components allowing for rapid reconfiguration and force multiplying tools of the trade.

Generous fishing attachments are strategically placed throughout the boat making back bouncing, trolling, or bobber fishing a snap. Want to add a crap trap puller? Just remove a Scotty Fishing Rod Holder or other attachment and drop in the Crap Trap Puller (not included). Need a shotgun holder? Same drill, just drop in a Scotty Rod Rest/Yolk Attachment and you’re hunting.

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Features include:

4 Scotty Rod Holders

1 Scotty Fish Finder Mount

2 Bench On Rail Seats

Rod Rack

Yamaha F20 Outboard

3 Gallon Fuel Tank

Bimini Top (with quick release snap hooks)

Adjustable Length Oars (with integrated collars)

French Built Genuine Zodiac/Bombard Hull (with thermo-bonded Strongan Fabric)

Heavy Duty Aluminum Floorboards

Sectional Wooden Keel

Patch Kit

Foot Pump

Carry Bags

Overall Length 12’6″

Max Hp 40

This package is an IBC Special Boats Division exclusive designed with the serious outdoorsman in mind, get it quick or it will slip by you in the night.

Twas Our 45th Year

Twas our 45th year

And Inflatable Boat Center knows

The Secret to being America’s Longest Zodiac Purveyor

Is to adapt and grow

 

Our customers are aware

That without them we will not exist

Their loyalty and support over the years

Allows us to innovate and persist

 

We say thank you every year

To all those who subscribe

Believing in the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected

Is what we endeavor to provide

 

With all that is being said

We would be remiss in not expressing

A holiday wish to all our customers

Full of Christmas blessings

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Merry Christmas, Capt. Ron-Inflatable Boat Center

 

 

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!