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

merry christmas ibc

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!

 

 

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!