The Free Shipping Society Of Today

Everyday I get the question “Do you offer free shipping?”, and everyday I say, “No try Amazon.”. More and more people assume that they should have free shipping for everything they want or need regardless of cost or dimensions. First let me be clear so all of the readers pondering the free shipping question understand that nothing is free.

Shipping and freight companies still charge for their services, if they didn’t they wouldn’t be companies they’d be out of work. Buying products online is commonplace in our modern age of smart connected devices and 5g networks and customers have become conditioned to the marketing illusion of “Free Shipping”. So much conditioning has occurred that it influences shopping behavior and final purchase decisions.

Today’s online shopper typically does research (and I use this term loosely) before deciding on where to buy. Price, availability, and lastly shipping influence the process and in the end the customer feels smarter because they think they were the driving force in the deal. Getting the object of your desire at a savings plus “free shipping” leaves you giddy with dopamine, you feel great about your purchase. Well dopamine is what our brains use to express the sensation of pleasure and the big online sellers know and exploit this fact to their benefit.

The part that makes this article a bit sad is that when I get calls from people needing parts for their “Zodiac” it’s often found they don’t even have a Zodiac. Their version of Zodiac is a Chinese special they got for less $$ plus free shipping. How could you not buy it? It was thousands less than the Zodiac and it came with free shipping! It’s like they are giving money away!

Remember NOTHING IS FREE….

Someone stills pays to ship that item from it’s origin, someone still pays to get it to the warehouse, someone still pays to get it packed and fulfilled, and someone still pays to have it travel to your door. If you think that someone isn’t you then you’re sorely mistaken. The next time you ask someone for free shipping why not just ask them to charge you less or give you the genuine product and not some knock off instead? These big companies that make billions a year and give nothing back to the community other than “free shipping” are making billions off of your dopamine levels.

If it doesn’t say Zodiac on it it’s not a Zodiac, and no we don’t offer free shipping. We are not Amazon or Ebay or some clearing house for junk. IBC sells genuine products at fair prices with shipping options for those customers who don’t live in the area. We employ actual humans, we support our local economy, U.S. Veterans, women, and people of all colors and walks of life. If you want free shipping we’d have to raise our prices because no business can keep it’s doors open by giving money away. This modern society of free shipping is one of the great hive mind marketing scams of our age, don’t fall prey to instant gratification through dark marketing to your dopamine centers.

You deserve a better boat, you should be able to talk to an actual person not a customer service switchboard. Questions? You can always call us here at IBC with your questions or if you need a little help. But…. ask yourself, “Do I really want free shipping?” before you ask us.

IBC offers uncompromising commitment to quality in every boat we sell.

Give us a call today (503)235-2628 to speak with our team, if you want free shipping ask for Adam. Hahahahaha! Just kidding don’t do that! 😉

 

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.

Inflatable Boat Capacity VS The Other Guys

Much has been touted about boat capacity in the world of tin and fiberglass boats, but how does it compare to an inflatable boat?

Tin Boat Capacity Plate

Inflatable Boat Capacity Plate

Upon comparison you see the tin boat is rated for up to a 60Hp outboard and up to seven people or 1325Lbs. total combined weight of cargo, people, and weight of the outboard, this must include fuel as well.

It must be noted the aluminum boat is 17 feet OAL and the inflatable boat is 15 feet 5 inches OAL.

The inflatable boat is rated for up to a 60Hp outboard and up to nine people or 2535 Lbs. total combined weight total.

This difference of two additional people and a surplus capacity of 1210 Lbs. in an inflatable boat that is almost two feet shorter starts to shed some light on the question of relative capacities in boat types. We selected the tin boat as a comparison here because in the Pacific NW we are tin boat centric, the same lack of capacity exists in fiberglass construction.

This added buoyancy in the inflatable boat means you can handle most things water wise,  and the likelihood of an inflatable boat coming to the rescue when your tin boat sinks is very high. The stability, capacity, and performance is of merit to the recreational customer as much as the professionals, and military users alike.

Seeing an inflatable boat tied to another boat or on deck gives people a look at the inflatable boat world but it’s a fleeting glance at best and an afterthought seconds later. What these mariners are saying with their inflatable boats is they are light, easy to store, carry a lot of goods and are safe where the other boats can’t be. Lest we forget they will go into mere inches of water fully laden.

What the rest of the world is missing is the inflatable boat as a primary platform has quite a lot of appeal in it. Cost of ownership and maintenance is within the average person’s grasp for a very high performing boat. Water sports become available without a second mortgage. Fishing even the most remote spots in a boat are now on the table. Moving cargo to remote locations means you can build that cabin you always wanted. Hunting spots where there are no people is easier and safer. You can roll up even a big inflatable boat and stick it in a closet if you want. The list goes on and on and on when you consider an inflatable boat and what it really means.

Some of the diehards in departments and agencies that are in districts that have water will still be drinking the jon boat kool aid until they ship water and have to get rescued themselves in, you guessed it, an inflatable boat.

Sadly these lessons have to be learned over and over again when there is a tragedy such as the Houston area flooding right now. The smarter choice, the one with the surplus capacity, means you have more options available as a boater than you thought.

Exercise your freedom get into the smarter boat that does more with less, spend less money and get more with an inflatable boat from The Inflatable Boat Center.

Bombard Commando C3 Missions Over The Horizon

In our day to day internet stuff and waterborne missions one boat we always seem to overlook is the boat we are currently in.

Enter the Zodiac Bombard C3 Commando! The Bombard Commando series is well proven and used by the pros here at IBC and others throughout the Big Blue Marble. What makes this particular boat “the goods” for so many different missions is it’s French heritage. Built in France by people who know a thing or two about inflatable boats the Bombard C3 is thermo-bonded at the Zodiac facility. Cut out of the burly grade of Strongan® DUOTEX then packed and shipped to us here at IBC our C3‘s are then rigged for their ultimate destinations. Some of our customers are good with an out of the box C3 (most will be) others need mods or accessories added to meet their needs.

The out of the box C3 Commando really stands on it’s own in the inflatable boat line up. Featuring an incredibly stiff construction with heavy duty aluminum floor boards that lock into a wooden keel the Bombard Commando is singular. With all of this stiffness the Bombard Commando C3 (stiffest of the series) suffers less torsion and flex. Torsion and flex scrubs power off in the form of deformation and a reduction of thrust along the axis. I guess when it says “Commando” they mean it!

The Bombard Commando C3 takes a short shaft outboard up to 40Hp but will perform well with even the diminutive electric motors available although you’ll be wanting more. Many of our customers here at IBC will be using the C3 Commando for professional use but by far the largest portion use them for fishing, hunting, and fun on the water.

One customer who sticks out in my mind is The Rozalia Project. Our friends at The Rozalia Project use their Bombard Commando C3 for ecology, marine debris collection, as a dinghy, deploying ROVs, ocean engineering et al. We love watching their adventures at sea and in port on the web. Rachael Z Miller and the crew of American Promise load that C3 Commando to the heavens and motor off easily from ankle deep water to the American Promise to unload their booty of flotsam and jetsam.

The Rozalia Project does their part to make the world a better place with their Bombard Commando C3, what are you doing with yours?

Do you like fishing as much as our friend Jennifer does in hers?

Jenny inflates and deflates her Bombard Commando C3 every time and uses a Yamaha F20Hp outboard to get to her fishing spots .
Yes you can fish on an inflatable, just ask Jenny she tells no tales.

Do you like going fast in your Bombard Commando C3 like Captain Ron does?

Skip Novak likes the Bombard Commando for his high latitude  expeditions and he knows a thing or two about sailing! See why he loves the Bombard C3 Commando below.

You can do a lot with the Bombard Commando C3, the world is wide open for your adventure you just need to take the first step. Give Adam a call here at IBC and get started today (503) 235-2628 or shop online for your Bombard Commando by clicking here.

Oregon Sends 125th STS To Aid In Houston Relief

The images and video of the recent hurricane and it’s aftermath are heart wrenching to look at. Members of the U.S.  Air Force 125th STS (special tactics squadron) have been deployed to aid in humanitarian relief in the stricken region. Many of these Special Forces Warriors are our close personal friends here at IBC and we wish them the best of luck and send our prayers to the people in the area.

Update The 304th Rescue Squadron has joined the rescue efforts with boats aircraft and PJ Rescue personnel. Hooyah 304th Rescue! Jon and the rest of the team our thoughts and prayers go with you.

IBC Zodiac MILPRO Rescue Class

When tragedies such as catastrophic flooding occur agencies often see the shortcomings in their disaster programs I.E. a lack of good Zodiac inflatable boats for rescue. IBC has been on the scene since the early 70’s providing agencies such as the 125th STS with boats, knowledge and training to accomplish their varied missions and continues to do so today.

Zodiac MILPRO ERB 380 Airfloor

Many of our customers and friends are already on the scene and are working diligently to rescue the people and even their pets in this trying time. Agencies looking to equip their teams should call Adam our Zodiac MILPRO lead to get started.

Models such as;

Zodiac FC 470

Zodiac ERB

Zodiac Grand Raid

Zodiac MK5

all work in the conditions present in Houston.

To our friends who already there doing their part, IBC thanks you for the people of Houston. To our buddy Hutch and the rest of the 125th STS Hooyah! IBC is here if you need us! Update The 304th Rescue Squadron has joined the rescue efforts with boats aircraft and PJ Rescue personnel. Hooyah 304th Rescue! Jon and the rest of the team our thoughts and prayers go with you.

To contact IBC for your MILPRO needs call (503)235-2628 and ask for Adam.

 

Outboard Engines And Fuel Woes

As a outboard dealer and 5 star gold certified service center we see a great many outboards with preventable fuel related issues.

Probably the number one most preventable running/starting issue is from not running your small carbureted outboard out of gas when you are done using it. Leaving the carburetor bowl full of fuel to evaporate each time leaves heavy solids behind that eventually cause a “varnish” or “sludge” issue the will surely cause starting and running issues. We see this day in and day out here at the shop, the customer always swears they’ve done everything right and it’s the outboard manufacturer who’s at fault. WRONG! Guess again sailor! When our certified mechanic gets into the system it’s almost always fuel residue and deposits. This failure modality is preventable and if suffered, treatable by a complete disassembly of the inflicted carburetor, and subsequent ultrasonic cleaning in special solvent. You better figure $150+ a carb to get it done properly and remember to do your job running it out of fuel before you put it away for awhile.

The second most common fuel related problem we see is carbon deposits from using the wrong octane fuel. There is no doubt that ethanol in our fuels serves no purpose other than line the pockets of our elected government officials and those of the industries which manufacture and promote this fake science. Testing clearly shows you get better cleaner burns in fuels without ethanol and better gas mileage to boot. Too many well intentioned but poorly informed people have thrust the ethanol economy on us and unless it’s voted down it will be with us for a long time. People trying to escape the hygroscopic tendencies of ethanol will proudly state that they buy ethanol free fuel from the fuel dock and think they are good to go. We hear it all the time at the shop, try telling someone they are wrecking that new motor  with the wrong octane and they will tell you that the high octane gives them more power. I guess I missed this in physics and chemistry class but hey what do I know? We all know a sea lawyer or two, you know they guy who knows everything about boats and the water but has no “Time On The Pond”. Our advice on octane is to run the recommended rating for your motor by the manufacturer, which in most cases is 87 octane. This will be debated by sea lawyers until the sun burns it’s self out but a quick look on the subject to Yamaha’s tech pages confirms this number. The real question then becomes why are you running 92, 94 or 108 octane av gas? Running this fuel requires a high compression motor to get it to burn correctly, you are not likely running a high compression small outboard motor for your inflatable or your trolling motor so you’re better off buying the cheaper e10 ethanol fuel and running it out of gas every time. If you know Mike here at IBC then you know he’s a proponent of not storing gas in that little remote fuel tank. His advice on the subject is to dump old gas in your car and burn it up. Old to him is a few weeks, but to most other people it’s measured in months to years. More on this later! So your trolling motor runs like crap and it’s making oil now (magic) and you only run the best most expensive ethanol free fuel available. Well you’re doing it wrong. That motor is clogged with carbon deposits, and you are getting fuel dilution in your oil. Run the proper octane, open the motor up once in awhile and get some rpms going to prevent this failure modality from occurring.

The third fuel related issue we see here is from storing fuel and mixing new fuel with old gross fuel. There are any number of fuel “stabilizers” on the market that make claims for long term storage that will outlast a zombie apocalypse. The short answer is “NO” don’t store fuel. By trying to store that three gallon tank full of fuel for a year or two then running it because you are cheap and lazy means you just clogged up that carb like in the first paragraph. Pour it out (dispose of properly) or don’t store it to begin with. By mixing bad gas and new gas you are just making more bad gas that will ultimately clog up the carb works and make your motor run poorly. You don’t pour new milk onto spoiled milk do you? Do you…..? Our season is short in the NW don’t make it even shorter and more complicated. Follow some good housekeeping rules about fuel and spend your time on the water having fun, not radioing for a tow.

Questions?

Call us (503)235-2628 we don’t call ourselves experts, but some of our customers do.

Fishing With Friends

For some reason we still get calls all day long from people that ask “Can I fish in an inflatable boat?”. Well the answer is YES! In fact there is so much fishing, specimen collecting, crabbing, etc. that I don’t have the space or time to try and document it all. We ask our customers to email us pics, and most say they will, but the reality is unless someone has a question or problem we don’t hear from them for 20 years.

We recently had one of our surfers in the shop looking to pick up some gear and Mike asked her if she had any fishing pics. Asheley being the sweetheart that she is sent us a couple to share with you here on our blog. Asheley and Kevin run a Bombard Commando C4 for surfing and fishing off the West Coast, in fact several of their friends IBC’s Mike included do so as well.

In the pic above you’ll notice 3 Bombard Commando C4s launching off the beach in the early am (photo was lightened for presentation) getting ready to mission. In this Girl Power Bombard Commando centric blog post you may be wondering why so many people utilize the Bombard Commando as a platform for fishing and surfing and play. If performance in open water, speed, and handling coupled with safety and confidence are concerns of yours then wonder no more. The Bombard Commando is championed by many professionals who require more from their inflatable boat where kitchey swag accessories have no place. The Bombard Commando series is all boat and no bull and that is where the difference is.

The girls asked me not to tell you where they go or what they use to catch all of the fish they get, and the boys were a little nervous about giving up their spots as well so let’s just say in the ocean and rivers on the West Coast.

I guess the real question you should be asking yourself is what can’t you do in an inflatable boat? If your name is Asheley and you run a Bombard Commando the answer is there isn’t anything you can’t do! Thanks for sharing Ashley and the rest of you, your secret spots are safe with us!

To get your own inflatable boat or RIB for fishing and fun with friends give the pros at The Inflatable Boat Center a call (503)235-2628 and get on the water today.

Professional and military users ask for Adam.

The Big Float 2017

Well another year and another Big Float goes into the books. This year’s Big Float was one of the biggest yet with over 3000 Portlanders taking to the Willamette River to float in the hot July sun. The Inflatable Boat Center was there providing safety, media, and V.I.P. services to The Big Float and helping to foster community awareness for Portland’s most maligned waterway.

Weekly water testing of the Willamette River shows that is safe to swim in despite the Willamette’s bad rap as a “Super Fund Site”. City representatives, local news and thousands of Portlanders got the message and put in at the newly created “Poet’s Beach” to float to Tom Mccall Waterfront Park and the big after float party.

IBC‘s role is simple in these events, make sure floaters and boaters are obeying the safety guidelines/rules set forth and to provide assistance where necessary in the area of operation. IBC fielded the Zodiac Bombard C4R for this task rigged with a Tohatsu TLDI 40hp two stroke outboard for immediate power and speed when required.

Navigating thru thousands of floaters while under power takes some skill and also some precautions such as a properly functioning safety lanyard and a Prop Guard to prevent potential prop strikes to swimmers in the water. These simple lessons learned employed for the mission at hand made everyone involved rest a bit easier in an otherwise very high stress operating environment. These added safety features are no substitute for keeping a proper watch, and operating at a safe speed around swimmers/floaters. IBC is all about safety and proper boating practices.

Thankfully the day’s event went off without a hitch and IBC conducted their mission flawlessly with the Zodiac Bombard Commando C4R taking all situations in stride. Where other boat types couldn’t carry the weight of the gear or the passengers the Bombard Commando took it all and asked for more. The inflatable boat can carry much more cargo and passengers safely than traditional boats.

To start an adventure of your very own give IBC a call (503)235-2628 or visit our online store http://www.inflatableboats.com/main.sc and see why we are rated #1 for inflatable boats world wide.

Enjoy some pics of The Big Float from IBC’s Mike below.

 

IBC Takes Out KATU Channel 2 For A Ride

The suns first rays were coming over the hill this morning as IBC’s Mike was putting in his Bombard Commando C4R to meet KATU Channel 2 for a quick morning news segment. IBC has been a supporter of The Big Float and The Human Access Project and today was to get a spot done before the big event tomorrow.

Mike picked up KATU’s Wesleigh Ogle and her camera man along with The Big Float ringleader Willie Levenson at the Portland Fire dock for some quick maneuvers and some filming of the event lead up. As is usually the case Mike chose the Zodiac Bombard Commando C4R for it’s carrying capacity and it’s ability to handle whatever is thrown at it.

After maneuvering around some barge traffic Mike put the news team on their location and loitered as the cameras rolled. Passengers discussed the event and water safety (IBC is all about water safety) as the dialog shifted to the fun aspect. Portland’s “The Big Float” is a movement disguised as a huge party with band barges, vendors and giant slip and slides to bring awareness to the Willamette River and it’s safe to swim condition.

IBC owns the water ways in our area and takes them very seriously, especially when the topic is about having fun safely. IBC sells and services inflatable boats to recreational, military and professional users and offers advanced rescue training to qualifying agencies in a support role.

IBC is the nation’s oldest Zodiac dealer and inflatable boats is the core business. Our staff has many years on the water operating in all the World’s oceans in all conditions so we know a thing or two about inflatable boats. Whether it’s a dinghy or a a sport boat IBC has you covered with the right boat at the right price to ensure your enjoyment on the water for years to come.

Check out our online store to see and purchase your next inflatable boat and enjoy no sales tax in checkout. Questions? Give us a call (503)235-2628 and ask for Adam.

 

 

IBC Takes Out Channel 12

Another early morning for IBC‘s Mike as he takes out News Channel 12’s Kandra Kent and Human Access Project ring leader Willie Levenson for a boat ride to Poet’s Beach.

Poet’s Beach is Portland’s first downtown beach where Portlanders can go for a refreshing dip and it’s also the starting point for The Big Float. The River Huggers Swim Team, The Human Access Project, The City of Portland, Inflatable Boat Center et al have put forth tremendous effort to make this beach happen.

Once a “Superfund Site” the Willamette is now safe to recreate and swim in and that’s kinda the whole point of The Big Float, giving Portlanders a place to go in the city for good clean fun.

Today marks the grand opening of Poet’s Beach with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and many others making an inaugural splash to mark the start of Poet’s Beach’s season.

The Big Float starts Saturday July 15 and will feature two floating stages with live music, food carts, giant slip and slides, and much much more. The Big Float is touted as Portland’s best waterfront celebration so mark it on your calendars and come see what all the fuss is about.

IBC will be there for V.I.P. services and as a safety overwatch for the event.

To witness the awesome power and speed of an inflatable sport boat give the pros at IBC a call (503)235-2628 and ask for Adam. You can also check out our online store at http://www.inflatableboats.com/main.sc.