I get this question a lot when I’m out in the regular world talking to regular people, What can you do in a Zodiac?”.
The answer is “What can’t you do!”.
Yes we service what we sell, and we service other brands too, maybe more of the latter. Often times IBC is tasked with outfitting something special on a military or professional RHIB/RIB or rigging a complete custom package. We kind of like doing the impossible for operators in harm’s way if we can make it just a bit easier for them or to give them an advantage in an already dangerous mission profile.
Sometimes the mission is life saving or marine mammals, or marine biology, and off the shelf solutions just don’t exist for the particular application. Adam is the go to guy for MILPRO service and boat setups. When things require the best IBC delivers with the best MILPRO offerings available in the sector.
Need something not off the shelf or custom for your command? Give Adam a call to see how IBC can help you today. (503)235-2628
Monday started early for IBC as we made ready and launched at 4:00 am to support the Portland River Huggers swim across the Willamette River. Portland’s very own Mayor Ted Wheeler joined in the swim and several news teams were there to cover it from all angles, our job was easy, we just piloted the boat. 🙂 IBC’s Mike was on station to take out the media and provide safety and rescue services as needed with the 40 Hp rigged Zodiac Bombard C4R Commando.
Thankfully there were no casualties and everyone had the endurance to make the swim under their own steam. Mike (our intrepid adventurer) pretty much insists on using the Zodiac Bombard Commando platform as his vessel of choice in marine operations. Mike keeps his boat open and mission configurable to quickly adapt to conditions and the ever changing marinescape as it unfolds.
IBC provided a platform for the various news channels to film and report on the events as they unfolded live on the water. Mike grabbed a couple of selfies with the news to prove to the boss he wasn’t sleeping in which are featured below. To view the news articles about the Willamette River click the links provided.
The 2018 Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races brought some liquid sunshine to Portland this year but the competition was red hot. The Inflatable Boat Center was on hand to lend a safety boat and operator as we like to do for local events. Thankfully it was a casualty free year again with only a broken tiller on one of the boats that led to a low speed collision.
Law enforcement was in full force with several other assets which helped to transfer some of the load off of our already heavily laden mission profile.
All in all it was a good time despite the rain that menaced paddlers throughout the event. IBC took out several news channels for the event, which was a first for many of the news teams. KATU’s Amanda shared some of her pics below in the link, and more will follow as the media is dispersed thru the proper channels. Unfortunately we weren’t able to collect any images this year ourselves due to mission tempo and our event responsibilities.
The boat IBC chose to use was the Zodiac Bombard Commando C4R open rigged with a 40hp outboard tiller arrangement. The tiller allows for ultra fast throttle and steering response when maneuvering tight and fast conditions, or in this case around lines and other small craft in the exclusion zone. Having 40hp on a Bombard Commando C4 gives the operator smooth speed and the ability to bring heavy loads to plane easily to complete the mission at hand.
After the event while in transit to the pull out location IBC’s Mike was on hand to lend assistance to a small sailing vessel that was over turned. With the Bombard Commando, some line, and a bit of seamanship Mike was able to right the vessel and tow it to a nearby dock. The Bombard Commando’s incredible buoyancy and soft sided nature allowed positioning without damage to either vessel as lines were put under load.
The Bombard Commando line of boats continues to perform where others can’t and is a favorite of the IBC staff for all things on the water.
The internet is filled with good and bad, and every once in awhile good seamanship stories leak out. In the Yachting World news we came across a story about Skip Novak and a recent Antarctic expedition turned beach recovery utilizing the trusty Bombard C3 Commando and some good seamanship.
Check the link below for Yachting World’s full text on what went on at the bottom of the world.
Well now that most of the show season madness is over and everyone is waiting for their orders lets take a look at Zodiac’s Open 7 RIB.
By all viewing angles the observer realizes that Zodiac’s Open 7 is a whole new and modern approach to running the blue water. Generous aft seating means bringing friends and family out for some exploring and adventure was never easier. Transom steps and boarding ladder options envelope the outboard and give bathers a sure and positive way for getting into the Zodiac Open 7 regardless of fitness level.
Zodiac’s forward thinking seems apparent just about everywhere you look. Upon inspection you’ll notice deck fittings already strategically placed to add additional seats, scuba racks, etc. making the Zodiac Open 7 truly mission configurable.
Integrated anchor roller and bow step up forward removes the uncertainty of anchoring up for lunch on the hook or a simple swim call. The chain locker is generous and offers easy access via a marine latch and forward hatch.
Refueling can be a pain at the fuel dock so Zodiac made it easy on the Open 7, with access to the secondary hatch right where it ought to be.
Speaking of hatches the Zodiac Open 7 has a lockable gas strut assisted console hatch that leads to a truly cavernous under deck stowage locker. No more worrying about gear left aboard, pfd storage or water sports storage. One just puts everything below safe and secure.
If water sports are your thing then Zodiac has heard your call and made a sleek and functional towing arch option that looks as good as it works. If you’re towing the kids on a tube or you’re trying to set the wakeboard endurance record the Zodiac Open 7 answers your call in a stable, safe, fun, and efficient craft.
With the ever changing field of marine electronics breaking new tech every six months it’s hard to plan for dash space to layout all the doodads. Zodiac is above all a tech company and as such redesigned the console and dash on the Open 7 to accommodate the future of boating electronics. This was a forward thinking move and one that the mechanics and riggers are cheering about. The would be boater can have everything they ever dreamed of and more!
When considering a hull’s efficiency to cut thru the bumps and chop many manufacturers take the easy way out and design for one scenario thereby limiting what the boat will do in any given sea state. Zodiac has taken their enormous knowledge base into the design phase and put together a truly open water hull. Performance is optimized to the very edge of hydrodynamic law making the Zodiac Open 7 suitable for blue water, fresh water, lakes or rivers alike. Zodiac takes it’s lessons learned from hard military applications, shipping, rescue and exploration to a whole new level for the recreational customer. Many state and federal organizations will love the what this hull design will do for their missions let alone the recreational customer out for a quick fun trip.
In the terms of power and economy IBC’s choice to rig their premier Zodiac Open 7 with a clean burning and quiet Yamaha F250HP outboard is a perfect balance of power and grace. The Yamaha F250 coupled to Zodiac’s Open 7 purrs like a kitten sipping fuel like the aforementioned kitten lapping milk from a saucer. Pushing the throttle forward transforms the kitten into a team of roaring lions on a yolk. Taming that lion team is easy with the Zodiac Open 7’s hydraulic steering control and offers nimble maneuvers at any speed. You won’t even notice how fast you are moving until you see your speed on the generous digital screen. The Zodiac Open 7 literally tears your expectations asunder and gives you the smoothest ride possible afloat.
We just couldn’t find anything wrong with the Zodiac Open 7, it all seems so right. At a price of $70K with trailer from IBC in Portland Oregon it makes you wonder why anyone would need another kind of boat when the Zodiac Open 7 does it all, and does it better.
To view the Zodiac Open 7 contact the team at The Inflatable Boat Center (IBC) by phone (503)235-2628 and schedule an appointment. If you’re on the other side of the world have a look below at IBC’s Portland Boat Show Open 7 premier in North America.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.