Boats And Outboards In Stock While They Last

I’ve been wanting to blog for weeks but alas the times we live in have been consuming available man hours for clicking keys and staring at screens. Let’s give it a go and do some updating!

We’ve been receiving boats in good quantities, motors continue to trickle in, and some parts are starting to arrive again. Yesterday we received news on a over 130 containers inbound for the end of the year timeline. Barring any delays out of our control we’ll have more goods soon for some of the models we’ve been out of. Bear in mind that demand is high and pre-orders are filled first with any remaining stock to go into inventory.

Several popular Zodiac MILPRO models are in stock and ready to go at a moments notice for professional and military use, think Grand Raids, Sea Riders, ERBS, and HD versions. As we navigate the increased weather events, hurricane season and it’s impact on areas that see increased flooding globally IBC stands at the ready to help your mission be successful.

Outboard Motors remain elusive to capture in the wild. While I was out for a COVID test to meet mission requirements for next week I managed to drive by several other boat shops only to notice they were all out of boats and motors everywhere I looked. This explains why IBC has been getting calls all day long for outboards we wouldn’t normally have on hand. Fortunately IBC is a key dealer for brands like Yamaha so stock continues to be available albeit in limited quantities. Outboard costs have gone up like everything else in the world and again demand far outstrips supply. When we have outboards to sell we sell them, but in situations where outboards aren’t available or are the last ones in stock we reserve them for boat package sales. Do call in to check current availability on outboards, it changes daily with stock increasing and decreasing like the tides.

Recently IBC was evaluating the budget boat problem that is manifest in the world supply chain. We believe we’ve come up with some solutions that we can stand behind. IBC will be making more information available on those models soon with additions to our inflatableboats.com site when all the “I’s” are dotted and the “T’s” are crossed in the program. Keep checking in!

Rigging Programs have been hamstrung throughout most of the year with even simple parts like key switches, controls and cables becoming hard to come by. We have outboards awaiting boats, boats awaiting outboards, and both awaiting various rigging components. While some packages could easily get by with aftermarket parts, many of our critical high confidence/reliability items demand very specific parts and Q.A. procedures. These so called “Zero Compromise” or “Ship Safe” programs can be delayed due to the specs placed on such platforms so shipyards and agencies should plan for possible delays. If you are at this level you’re well aware of the constraints and are used to seeing some issues arise. For the rest of us just try to be patient as parts become available boats will be rigged.

Repair Materials have been the go to for most of the summer first time boaters fixing up old floppy second hand models. Recreational adhesives have been easy to come by but fabrics not so much. Unless it’s red, grey or white we’re currently out of fabrics/patches. Military and professional adhesive customers will continue to see long delays on controlled adhesives for their units/companies. Please bear with us your items are in process with military and professional shipments going out in the order they were received. Special Forces with a priority need will be addressed as best we can with commands ultimately deciding who gets what first.

12 Volt Inflation Pumps are back in stock and more popular than ever, Foot Pumps much less so.

2022 Boat Shows are up in the air right now for many shops and we are not excluded from the supply pinch happening right now. Keep checking in! If we’re able to support the show circuit with new models we’ll be in attendance, if not then it may be a pass.

Commando Models are still awaiting shipment for those of you looking for rugged adventure boats. If you can’t wait until the container comes in we suggest looking at our Zodiac MILPRO models such as the Grand Raid series. Our Zodiac MILPRO stock is good and offers some advantages to the more recreational based products like the Bombard Commando series.

Special Orders are still being processed and nothing has changed in regards to boats, outboards, tubesets, etc. If you decide you will just wait until stock become available you will lose your place in line. I see people make this mistake and then act surprised when the lead time increases. If you want it don’t wait or you will be disappointed by the result. In some cases of special orders IBC will only require a modest non-refundable deposit to get it in the books. In the past everything needed to be paid up front in order to do a special order. It’s case by case, product by product and as always special orders are fulfilled in the order they are received. The only exceptions on special order priority is reserved for our customers putting their lives on the line to help others survive/live.

IBC Showroom is open to the public and has remained so for the duration of the COVID crisis. We ask that you wear a mask and maintain a safe distance to others. It’s best to leave small children and the elderly at home when you visit. If you can not wear a mask due to an existing health condition accommodations will be made and an appointment will be setup for you.

IBC is ready to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding your existing or new inflatable boat purchase. Stop by or call (503)235-2628

We’re looking forward to the next chapter and everything it entails as we move into the fall season.

Be safe be happy and be healthy!

2021 Zodiac Cadets In Bound

Well we finally received an email saying our 2021 Zodiac Cadets are on the water inbound to us. Once we receive them all outstanding pre-orders will be filled with the rest to go to stock. Boats will be going quicker this year than last year as demand remains elevated and supply is depressed due to the on going COVID dilemma.

Zodiac’s indefatigable Bombard Commando models remain extremely hard to come by for the current near future so if you see that we have one act fast before it’s gone.

Zodiac’s Mini-Open Series will be getting the prime time treatment soon with models expecting to ship anytime now. Those of you who pre-ordered them will be taken care of first with remaining models that go in stock will get rigged with outboards next.

On the subject of outboards we are still experiencing delays with all manufacturers despite use designation. Military, professional and recreational markets are still seeing months of delays with COVID restrictions being the overall driver in availability. Agencies and recreational users need to take limited unit availability into account when planning for adventures.

Everyone is doing as much as possible in all areas to make 2021 the best boating year of record but shortfalls will occur. Please be patient as the World makes course corrections.

As always IBC is there to serve our customers and will continue to no matter the obstacles in front of us.

Be safe, be well and let’s go boating!

A Reflection On 2020/New Year’s Goals

2020 has been a tough year for everyone. Politics, Corona Virus, supply shortfalls and hardships felt by everyone. While the challenges keep coming so does some good news.

Outboard motors are starting to show up again although in small numbers, new boats are coming (pre-order yours today), and a vaccine is in limited distribution!

In 2020 we saw some models go away such as the Zodiac Futura line and the Zodiac Classic line. The discontinuance of the small fiberglass ribs meant we had to scramble to get what was available before they were gone.

The Mini Open Series was announced via a small online press release and some computer model renderings. We put in our orders for them in the 310, 340, 420, and 480 sizes and are accepting pre-orders.

New Zodiac Mini Open Series

The indefatigable Zodiac Fastroller Series has also gone by way of the dodo to make room for the Chinese built Zodiac Aero Series in the lineup. Fortunately we laid in the remaining stock of the French built Zodiac Fastroller models available and still have some of the best inflatable airfloor models ever made in stock. Current inventory is in the 285 size and the 325 size so get them whilst you can!

The Zodiac Yachtline 360 models are severely backordered and can a year to get thru manufacturing at this time. We only have one left that was recently received and once it’s gone expect a goodly wait for another.

Corona Virus impacts continue to be felt in the boating world as boat shows are cancelled everywhere leaving prospective boat owners nonplussed with the lack of opportunity across the board. Fortunately the web exists and has help ease that burden slightly but nothing beats kicking the tires in person.

Our showroom has been cleaned and treated professionally to help with the virus concerns but we do ask that you wear masks while visiting IBC during these weird times we live in.

2020 has seen an uptick in MILPRO demand for military, police, and rescue personnel, as well as renewed interest in UXO missions. While the COVID raged thru cruise businesses that were shut down demand increased for other sectors requiring proven performers such as the Zodiac Grand Raid and ERB models. Departments looking for these models need to put their plans in action before the new season of 2021 is upon us.

All in all the future looks bright despite the tarnished condition 2020 has left us all feeling. Remember to be safe, boat sensibly, wear PFDs and order what you need sooner than later to avoid disappointment in 2021.

As always IBC is there to help you every step of the way.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Navigating COVID Supply Issues

Everyone has been affected by COVID in one way or another. The other night on the news reporters were unable to find basic appliances, lumber, nails etc. The same supply chain woes have affected boat manufacturing and outboard motor supply as well. To make matters worse many manufactures have dropped products from their line cards.

Yesterday I was told of a few boats that weren’t going to be in the catalog next year, rumors have been circulating for awhile on this. Early in the day we were told the Zodiac Futura and Classic models were being discontinued and the tried and true Commando line was going to be dropped. This news rang bells in my mind and I put into motion a plan to get what was still available in the Commando line as they are about as good an inflatable boat as a person can buy.

We also stepped up our Zodiac Military and Professional (MILPRO) boats to shore up our numbers moving into the dark and quiet months as increasing interest in the pro stock has made some hard to come by.

We plan for interruptions to supply chains when we book our orders and so far here at IBC we’ve managed to serve our customers very well in the recreational line as well as the MILPRO line. Definitely being staffed with some crusty veterans has helped us with much of the MILPRO base. We speak the lingo and know the missions conducted so generally it’s pretty easy as long as the supply chain remains intact. Getting hit with the Commando news made the day tense until we got a call that put us at ease.

The beloved Commando Series will continue to be produced but the Classic and Futura lines won’t. We still laid in some stock of the Classic models and have some more coming as we hate to see that disappear go but “c’est la vie” as the saying goes.

Zodiac Bombard Commandos will be in very short supply until sometime next year but we have some coming, and some left in stock. The good news out of all of this is despite the uncertainty of the COVID World we live in Zodiac will continue to provide the best of the bunch to people wanting something other than a cheap knockoff no name brand.

The outboard motor supply chain is still severely backlogged but as luck would have we have some of the popular models in stock. How long that stock will last is a question we can’t answer since even the manufacturers don’t know.

IBC has been there every step of the way, every major disaster, the whole way through the COVID crisis supplying the pros with the tools they needed to save lives. To shore up Police, Fire and Pro customers in the future we took on another person from the Emergency Services sector who speaks the lingo for those who work on the water.

IBC is available by phone Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. Give us a call to preorder your next boat or to get one of several models in stock today. (503)235-2628

Zodiac Cadet RIB Tenders Back In Stock

As of today 09-29-20 IBC has many Zodiac Cadet RIB Tenders in stock in popular sizes.

Models Include:

Zodiac Cadet RIB 340 PVC

Zodiac Cadet RIB 310 PVC

Zodiac Cadet RIB 290 PVC

Zodiac Cadet RIB 260 PVC

Zodiac Cadet RIB 270 ALU

Zodiac Cadet 300 Compact PVC

Zodiac Cadet 250 Compact PVC

Also in stock now the Zodiac Cadet Fastroller Acti-V Series in 325 and 285 sizes.

IBC Corona Virus Update 08/10/21

Portland’s new mask mandate begins Friday 08/13/21 which means in order to visit IBC you must be wearing a mask regardless of your immunization status. Please leave small children and elderly at home when visiting, no large groups will be allowed into the showroom and capacity of the showroom will be capped to no more than 6 individuals at any one time.

MILPRO and REC manufacturing/shipping are impacted/delayed due to the Corona Virus so please plan ahead to avoid a shortfall of services or products. Many of our online items show out of stock, this is due to the severe bottleneck of shipping and to a lesser degree manufacturing. ALL manufacturers are experiencing increased demand for products with shipping adding an additional 6 months to a year on special order items such as tubes.

We are getting calls from across the globe from customers looking for outboards, boats, and trailers with increasing numbers looking to IBC to fill the holes in their local supply chains. It’s unsustainable for IBC to correct all of the global manufacturer issues but we’ll do our best with what we can get. These are difficult times that can test your patience and resolve especially with more mask mandates and closures happening throughout key regions where shipping and manufacturing occur.

Most of our day to day is spent answering the phones trying to explain the shortfalls of the various industries that are very much out of our control. Remember the whole World is going thru this in just about every facet of the production pipeline, it’s not just Zodiac or Yamaha or insert various brands here . Boats, motors, shipping, and parts have all seen substantial increases in cost over the last year with demand far outstripping current supply. If you have placed a special order it will be fulfilled, albeit a bit slower than usual and this shouldn’t be coming as a surprise to anyone at this point in our COVID Climate.

All we can do is be well and keep up a positive attitude while we patiently wait for new shipments of goods to arrive.

INFLATABLE BOAT CENTER (503) 235-2628

Inflatable Boats For Adventure

The morning frost covered all it surveyed as the first rays of sunshine reached out from the horizon to take their place in the sky. The mission today was one of adventure and to accomplish that mission I had 3 boats in the quiver to choose from.

The Zodiac Milpro MK3 Grand Raid

The Bombard C4 Commando

The Zodiac MK2 Heritage

The MK3 Grand Raid was a nice pick but a bit bigger than I wanted and it was on a trailer with a 60hp hanging off the back. This mission required me to have a roll up, the hitch was being used for the off road trailer already.

The Bombard Commando C4 would have been perfect but it too was rigged and on a trailer with a big 40hp hanging on it. Rigging that boat by myself would have been too difficult and I only had a few days of boating to contend with.

I was feeling defeated as the warming glow started to eat the countryside. It was at the very moment of despair I remembered I had the Zodiac MK2 Heritage in a corner of the shop. Success!

I originally bought the Zodiac MK2 Heritage to have a nicer looking deluxe boat for running about with my partner and pulling some tubes or a skier once in awhile. While the boat had the dash and seats etc. without them it was about perfect for a tiller handle mission.

Me grabbing a long shaft Yamaha F25 off the rack meant I was portable again and was able to use my existing launch wheels from the Commando. (bonus points) I was still going to use my little MK2 Heritage as a date boat with seats, stereo, and a steering wheel but today I was going to test it’s mettle.

“Why hadn’t someone thought of this setup before?” I wondered as I loaded the boat and motor into the off road camping trailer. You literally get the best of both worlds and for less money too.

Bouncing along the trail to the “secret spot” gave me some time to consider my choice and purchase. It was right about noon when I came upon one of my mates stuck in the mud with a tin boat in tow. After some judicious use of muscle and mechanics we were both on our way again to meet the third member of the party. He didn’t bring his boat because it was too big to maneuver thru the lodge pole pine, nor did he bring his trailer. He was going to be lonely, cold and beach bound in his tent as the other boat was really only good for one.

After we claimed our spots and a fire was built to make the day’s meal we set about getting our individual camp sites going. This is the point of the trip where you realize you forgot something. Much to our surprise we learned some new swear words as it was discovered our buddy forgot his tent. He was boat less and tent less and hopping mad to boot. Whiskey was poured and as my mates carried on a conversation of the morning activities and if there was room in the tent for two. I set about building my boat as they chattered like children.

I was kicking air in to the MK2 Heritage as the Sun drew down to a luminous red glow in the trees. Night falls quickly in this area between peaks and so does the temperature. Ten minutes later I joined my mates and informed the more homeless of the two I had room in my trailer for him. Cheers were had all around and stories of legend were told until the wee hours.

Upon sunrise I was greeted to a hot breakfast, coffee, and some scrutiny of my boat. Pushing off the water’s edge my mate commented on how stable the little MK2 heritage was, he is not a small man so this fact was not lost on him. The little Yamaha F25 was barely audible with only the sound of water coming out of the motor at idle. The hunt was on! I couldn’t just leave him to die on the jon boat so it was grudgingly decided that he come with me. Hunting and fishing was always a solo thing for me but he’s a good sort and handy on a boat so it worked out.

Suffice it to say we were all very successful in our outings with the last day being one of the Zodiac and the Zodiac only. It’s incredible stability proved a boon to all parties and our aged bodies plus the jon boat kept getting stuck in the shallows. It was immensely gratifying to see our pal in the mud and water trying to unstick his boat as we silently cruised by with the Yamaha whispering. He would just glare and mouth words not fit to print here.

It took only a few minutes for me to strike camp, the trip was over and it was time to leave unless I didn’t want a job anymore. I almost felt guilty as I left to see those two old coots struggling with that little jon boat and trailer in my mirror. Next year will be different, next year I’ll be bringing the Mrs. and Zodiac MK2 Heritage for round two and likely so will my friends. I only hope they are smart as I was lucky when they decide on which boat and motor combo to get.

Putting game and fish into the Zodiac MK2 Heritage was so easy it felt like an unfair advantage compared to my friend’s boat. Had I known the Zodiac MK2 Heritage crossed the boundary between hardcore and upper crust luxury earlier I might have a few less boats in the barn. Thanks again IBC for making the most of my time off, the stories will live forever as legend thanks to the Zodiac MK2 Heritage.

Zodiac Pro 5.5

Pulling the trigger on a new boat can be daunting with so many options online these days. Getting a good boat is even more difficult because of the online presence of so many bad brands that look good from far, but are far from good. Why should you buy a Zodiac when this other model is half as much money and even comes with a free tooth brush?

All kidding aside boaters getting duped into a lesser product that promises the moon and the stars with free bling and swag separates the wheat from the chafe. Features that you may overlook because of that price tag often leave a poorly informed customer with a bad taste in their mouth. When doing research the end user should be looking at more than the cheapest price. Research these days is just that, patting yourself on the back because you saved five bucks leads to issues and landfill in today’s buy it now economy.

Workmanship and trade craft have left the building and been replaced by free shipping and lower prices for a similar product. Thank heaven there are still some scruples and skill when it comes to quality over quantity manufacturers like Zodiac and it’s new Pro 5.5.

Options like a professional grade hull and professional replaceable tubes are a hallmark to the series. Yamaha Four Stroke engines don’t come cheap but are synonymous with dependability and performance. Molded in features like a bow locker in a professional grade top deck and below deck fuel tank free up space for additional creature comforts like a hi precision T-Top and after folding bench.

When you own a quality boat why put a sub par trailer under your investment? Often times unscrupulous dealers will install a cheap trailer under their version of boat just to keep that normal internet researcher interested with unbelievable low pricing. That’s just bad form and leads to problems later when you travel at speed. More than once we’ve lost a sale to another brand or dealer only to have the customer come back to us to fix their boat because it was setup wrong and on the wrong trailer. Long story short the boat whips back and forth on the freeway due to improper loading of the tongue, and the tow vehicle, boat, trailer and customer end up in the ditch upside down.

Getting a good trailer like a proper EZ Loader Trailer will help keep you and your investment safe. This boat and trailer package are made to work together in perfect harmony which is in the end the primary goal.

If you want to see the new Zodiac Pro 5.5 in person, or another boat give us a call before pulling that boat trigger and see what a difference it can make to your overall happiness.

Finding Peace In Honduras

Sometimes all you need is a good inflatable boat and a desire to find peace in paradise. These pictures come to us from a customer in Honduras while on a peace mission. It’s the same mission many of the 9-5 crowd strive to undertake someday.

Find your own peace in paradise, get a Bombard C4 from IBC and start exploring your world.

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Fall Into An Inflatable Boat For Family Fun

When the long hot days give way to the cold dark short days it means an end to many of the family activities outdoors.

Unfortunately the dark months can lead people to seek entertainment on electronic devices to fill the gap in excitement. On the other side of the of the spectrum are families who make the most out of a weekend to go fish, hunt, or crab. October gets pretty special in the NW with families catching salmon, hunting deer, crabbing, or just getting away to a spot you need a boat to get to.

One of our customers sent us his weekend with the family pics and we’d thought we’d share their experience.

A long weekend, a boat, and a little luck paid off for Steve and his family while on the Oregon Coast. Early morning temperature was right at that sweet spot where it’s too warm for ice but cold enough to where you don’t want to leave the tent or the cabin of your own volition. Only the sheer force of will to eat delicious crab and a fun day riding around in the Zodiac will muster the strength needed to get dressed.

The chore of baiting and setting pots is balanced by zipping effortlessly along in a Bombard Commando C4. When the situation allows forty ponies gallop along making the C4 earn another little bit of it’s legend. Steve has Seadek installed on the Bombard’s floorboards ensuring surefootedness even when covered with the Ocean’s bounty. Good thinking Steve!

While the crab traps are soaking clear weather allows for Zodiac rides for everyone including some random boaters who just wanted to try it out themselves. New friends are always made on these fall family outings.

Before they know it the intrepid family has to pull traps and sort the catch or no one gets their crab dinner. Around the fire is where legends and memories start. Friends and family laughing and telling the tales of the whopper that got away or that cool G-turn on the swell. Making these kind of memories is really what it’s all about.

We thank Steve for the pics and for bringing back memories of past adventures. If you want to make your own memories like Steve give IBC a call.

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