What’s Under Your Feet?

Mike had some down time here at the shop due to completely using up his computer so he took a minute out of his schedule to install some Seadek non-skid to a couple of boats. Seadek comes in sheets and custom CAD/CAM configurations to meet most of the inflatable floor types we use here at IBC.

Sure pretty colors and nice contours look sharp but what is Seadek really? The Seadek product is an EVA textured non-skid that holds up to bare feet and combat boots alike and offers easy cleaning and comfort. Positive traction when a boat is on plane and in heavy maneuvers means a lot to our professional users as well as our casual recreational users alike. If you’ve ever had to get on your knees on a waffle deck or hard non-skid in any sort of sea state you are aware how uncomfortable it can be doing simple tasks.

Enter Seadek to the rescue and suddenly you have a cushion beneath your body and the hard surfaces that not only looks great but actually serves a purpose. The large sheets can be measured and cut to fit just about any floorboard model and most RIBs and applies merely by peeling the backing sheet and sticking it down just like a sticker. The adhesive used in the Seadek product resists just about anything you’ll encounter in the marine environment making it a first choice for non-skid. Here at IBC we use Seadek on our aluminum floorboard Zodiac and Bombard models to enhance footing and overall looks.

On our deluxe RIBs such as this Avon Seasport 360 IBC designs foot well inserts the Seadek then manufactures in a teak look product that fits as well as it functions. No measuring simply peel and stick and you’re off the the yacht club in fine style and comfort.

Hopefully Mike will get his new computer fixed up and ready soon but in the mean time he’ll be installing Seadek non-skid on customer boats. To find out more about Seadek Non-Skid Products give Mike a call (503)235-2628 and be confident with what’s under your feet.

Introducing New Zodiac MILPRO RIBs

Recently IBC was in attendance for the 2017 Zodiac MILPRO Vancouver Seminar in Vancouver BC. Twenty six countries were represented with military, law enforcement, and other government agencies on hand for some bleeding edge technology and demos.

The offerings Zodiac MILPRO and Hurricane brought are a far stretch from the boats you might have been exposed to in your military days. Vastly improved material science and finite element analysis coupled to ISO standards and CAD/CAM mean these are stronger, lighter, faster, better than anything that has come before.

In my day (Mike) gps, cell phones, radar, etc. weren’t around or weren’t deployable in the R.I.B. platform. We used old school techniques and tools for the jobs at hand on the many different missions we ran in the Navy. Whether it was loading demo, or doing salvage or dive ops we did it all with the inflatable boats. Sure we dreamed big and wished certain things were available then that are now. Electronics wise we are light years ahead, gps, ais, radar, radio and more are all available in marinized versions that could launch the space shuttle with just one of their ic chips. Big glorious multi-function flat panels and touch controls coupled to fly by wire screaming power makes intercepting or overtaking any vessel a snap.

Multi-mission decks mean gun mounts to sonar fish are but a few minutes work to switch between. Shock mitigation cabins and reconfigurable seating means one boat does more in even the toughest conditions. These boats are special operator dream fuel, they are law enforcement sugar plums, they are the very tip of the spear or the trident as it were. The new Zodiac MILPRO and Hurricane R.I.B.s  will save more lives and cost less to operate than any other technology on, in, under, or above the water period!

If running boats for fun or profit is your thing you won’t do better than the Zodiac MILPRO lineup. IBC has the configuration you need and at the right price for quick return of investment. There are as many options as stars it seems so just because you haven’t seen it anywhere doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Give Adam, IBC’s MILPRO specialist, Adam a call (503)235-2628 or shoot him an email adam@inflatableboats.com with your inquiry.

All pictures taken by Adam, faces blurred by necessity.

Zodiac MILPRO As Part Of Distributed Lethality

In the ever changing seascape of mission multi-tasking US Naval assets must be agile and intelligent in the face of sophisticated challenges to sea control. Today’s enemy represents a new breed of threat where cheap off the shelf drones, ROVs, and fast attack craft (FAC), pose serious threats to US Navy ships and personnel. These new surface threats mean that the old models no longer remain relevant. Electronic warfare is rapidly evolving to the point where swarm attacks can quickly overcome traditional shipboard systems that were developed for larger easy to detect targets,

Zodiac MILPRO RHIBs and inflatable boats are easily reconfigured for different theaters and mission profiles and can be carried by ships, helicopters, transport aircraft or even be deployed by submarines.

Over the last few years new language and tactics have been adopted to existing assets such as the inflatable boat for autonomous and swarm warfare. Distributed lethality and ad hoc networks bring together submarine, surface and air assets onto a 3 dimensional battle space where autonomous RIBs can carry out extended patrol, ASW (anti-submarine warfare), ASuW (anti-surface warfare). With Russian and Chinese Navies building up their assets and exerting challenges to sea control in areas where American sailors operate in the Global War On Terror it isn’t too much of a stretch to see new ideas are needed.

Small directed energy weapons can be fitted onto FAC and RIBs making the swarming drone attack defensible before damage is inflicted on ships, or harbors. Massive networking of RADAR and SONAR into the distributed system via placements on nigh unsinkable boats such as the Zodiac MILPRO RIB mean more ocean is covered with less personnel and less risk to larger slower ships. Over the horizon extended missions/patrols can relay critical intelligence in real time to task force assets and conduct immediate action missions against threats.

Manned missions are getting easier and SWCC/SOF units benefit from shock mitigation cabins and seating that keep operators safe and minimize combat fatigue leading to successes against unseen forces that mount suicide attacks in FAC (fast attack craft).

EOD teams tasked with clearing and maintaining safe shipping lanes benefit from Zodiac’s legacy of anti-mine platforms with low/no magnetic signature. With the rate of turnover in the current military most of our veterans who conducted missions in the now expanding littoral zones have been retired. The current breed of sailors lack the experience to conduct clandestine missions in hostile zones without tapping into the already taxed SOF community. The Zodiac MILPRO RIB or inflatable boat can be carried by even the smallest vessel which extends it’s reach deep inland, up rivers, and in harbors where shoals prohibit ships passage. Getting operators to and from the mission in the littoral zones must not be overlooked. Frogmen turned the tides of war during WW2, Korea, Vietnam, The War On Drugs, et al. and they did it with small fast inflatable boats.

Times are changing from the constant tension and danger of The Cold War to one of smaller faster lighter attacks with low tech IED drones and the new problems that have manifested as a result. The need for more small craft that accomplishes the multi-mission nature of sea power today must not be ignored.  Taking lessons learned from SOF and applying them to multimodal platforms like Zodiac MILPRO’s range extends and hardens the distributed lethality systems currently being developed.

 

 

To discuss your needs with a MILPRO specialist contact Adam at The Inflatable Boat Center (503) 235-2628 and see what our years of experience operating outside of the norm can bring to bear for your warfighters, first responders and enforcement units.

Let There Be Light (waiting for the Zodiac MK2 Heritage)

Sitting here waiting anxiously for my shipment of  two Zodiac MK2 Heritage Classics to arrive my mind began to wander to the upcoming total solar eclipse.

If you know me at all you know that a wondering mind is definitely par for the course, but you also know my mind wanders to things of merit. People often ask me what do they need on a boat and the usual suspects are a whistle, paddles etc. Of the ready items available people seem to always forget one crucial item, the flashlight. In a pinch a good flashlight will allow you to signal for help, see what you are doing in the dark, help with a MOB situation, or reach for your camera during a time of total solar eclipse!

A good flashlight will be focusable, water resistant, have a lanyard and clip, and if available a magnetic base. Every “Go Bag” should have one, there are multitudes available online and at check outs for impulse buys everywhere.

The one I often carry with me for tactical missions on the water is the NEBO Redline OC. This model ticks off the boxes for what I feel are minimums for any activity on the water or ashore. It clips to my PFD and has a lanyard so if I’m working over the side and it falls it’s still attached. Being able to focus the spot means swimming the bilges for that missing washer and nut I just dropped is a whole lot easier. The magnetic base makes it easy to deploy for a hasty work light giving me the use of both hands which any of us know is a plus when working aloft or below.

The NEBO Redline OC (Optimized Clarity) is impact resistant and mine has survived a fall from the top of the dry dock to the basin with nary a scratch and all for a cost that everyone can live with. If you are lacking in the flashlight department and need one for your “Go Bag”, everyday carry or your tool box you can pick one up here at the shop or by checking our website.

Don’t be left in the dark wondering, get a quality flashlight before you head out on the water and be spot on when the time arises.

 

LIGHT
• High-power 600 LUX LED

LIGHT MODES
• High: 600 LUX – 2 Hours / 92 Meters
• Strobe – 4.5 Hours / 92 Meters

DESIGN
• Anodized aircraft-grade aluminum; water and impact-resistant
• OC Technology
• Convex lens
• Tactical edge
• 6x adjustable beam
• Dual-direction belt/pocket clip
• Magnetic base

OPERATION
• Rear-positioned, glow-in-the-dark ON/OFF button with Soft Touch Technology

ACCESSORIES
• Lanyard included

BATTERIES
• Powered by 1 AA battery (included)

SPECS
• Length: 4.5”
• Diameter: 1” (Barrel)     1.25” (Head)
• 0.25 lbs.

U.S. PATENT
• D 659,869 S

Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB

The Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB offers some distinct improvements over the previous generations. Amenities such as an updated bow locker and forward fuel tank system seem obvious to the technical people, but to the aesthetic and function crowd the deeper and wider stowage seat get top billing. Also added is a very well thought out after stowage locker and transom well just forward of the outboard with industry standard access hatch and multiple non-skid stepping areas.

Integrated lifting points are standard and in multiple locations making hoisting your Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB onto a vessel easily accomplished.

Dropping the hook on the Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB is also breeze and the built in bow step with integrated bow roller and cleat make perfect sense to all of us. Often times we wonder why other brands don’t utilize a system such as this. Obviously the answer to most design features is cost. Highfield like so many other non-traditional brands manufacture in China but where they differ is with the quality of materials chosen for the task.

Here at IBC we tend to stock only the best boats made at the best manufacturing centers out of the best materials. When working with Highfield in the early days we voiced concerns over materials and assembly techniques to the plant supervisors and vendors and helped come to a level of craftsmanship that rivals some of the best.

The discriminating buyer will naturally see the advantages the Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB offers over lesser brands and come to the easy conclusion that not all deluxe tenders are the same. The Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB offers a level of build and comfort that rivals tenders more than twice the price and it does it with an aluminum hull to boot.

To see the Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB yourself stop into the IBC store in Portland Oregon. To reserve your own Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB call Mike at (503)235-2628 and make arrangements. This is a limited edition model so supplies are limited.

  • Valmex P.V.C. Fabric
  • Powder Coated Aluminum Hull
  • Integrated Transom Supports
  • Bench Seat (stowage)
  • Integrated Bow Locker
  • Lifting and Towing Eyes
  • Non-Skid Deck Matting
  • Heavy Duty Rub Strake
  • Length 11’6″
  • Beam 6’3″
  • Weight 245lbs.
  • 6 Persons
  • Tube Diameter 18″
  • Max HP 40 HP (Yamaha F40LA rigged)
  • Long Shaft Shaft Transom

 

MILPRO Season

This time of year IBC is always scuttling around busy with various agencies and their seagoing Zodiac MILPRO RIBs, and swift water rescue boats. In preparation to underway commitments bigger ships need work done and usually on the quick to meet mission requirements and deployment dates. The U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps Of Engineers, U.S. Military Forces, state and federal law enforcement and fire you name it and we see it here.

Sometimes the service is just a bit of paint and shine on battle damage or even planned maintenance on a unit prior to deployment. Today it was a bit of paint on a U.S. Army Corp Of Engineers Zodiac MILPRO RIB. Our job was to de-rig a console set and repaint it prior to an underway. IBC made all of the graphics, matched the color, and painted the console set, then rigged it back to spec. It’s just too bad we didn’t get a chance to re-rub the entire boat but budget and underway commitments take precedent over what we want.

Fortunately Mike grabbed a couple of pics of the boat before she had to go back to the mother ship so we could appreciate the job the repair shop did.

IBC is your one stop shop for sales and service of the full Zodiac MILPRO line of RIBs and inflatable boats. Give us a call today for your military and professional needs and see why we are ranked Tier 1.

IBC Zodiac MILPRO Rep. Adam (503) 235-2628

Avon Seasport Tenders In Stock At IBC

The re-introduction of the Avon RIB line to the yachting community brings some new and exciting models. So far IBC has the Avon 340 and 360 Seasport models in stock and ready to find a new mothership.

Stay tuned to IBC and the IBC Blog for updates and videos about new models and some models we’ve come to love over the years.

Shop online thru our web store www.inflatableboats.com or at our shop in Portland Oregon and see boats for everything on the water.

Questions? Call the pros at IBC (503)235-2628

Avon Seasport 340

Avon Seasport 360

 (more pics coming soon)

Avon Seasport 380

Avon Seasport 400

Avon Seasport 420

Avon Seasport 440

Avon Seasport 470

Avon Seasport 490

Avon Seasport Grand Tender 850

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

 

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.