C-3 Commandos Save The Day At The Bottom Of The World

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.


If the Bombard C3 Commando sounds like a boat you’d be interested in give us a call (503)235-2628 or order online with our secure shopping cart.


Beard Growth 101

When March rolls around people in the Pacific NW start to see days where the sun comes out and it doesn’t rain. This signal of the seasons means it’s time to start thinking about boating again. Where things get sticky is when boaters who at the end of last season were tired or complacent walk down to where their dingy was left in the water.

There it sits (or floats) dirty , floppy, full of stagnant water and wearing a beard of growth that would make a modern day hipster proud. Of course this beard could have been avoided by proper maintenance and storage.

Some boaters don’t have the choice of pulling their inflatable boat or rib when it’s not in use. For these boaters a simple two part process can help to prevent or eliminate the dreaded beard. Aurora Marine makes products that are simple to use cheap and effective.

Steps To A Clean Boat.

First if the boat  has substantial growth Aurora makes Inflatable Bottom Spray that removes algae, barnacles, zebra mussles etc. from hypalon, pvc, and fiberglass. Just wet the hull, shake the bottle and spray it on. Let the spray work for about 20-30 minutes then rinse and repeat if necessary.

Step Two: Prep the boat for Aurora Poly Guard by using Aurora Speed Clean

Speed Clean is a cleaner/restorer and is suitable for use all over your inflatable boat or rib. It is the secret sauce IBC uses when people bring in old dirty floppy for repairs. The customer would always ask us what we used to clean the area of interest and invariably it was Speed Clean.

Step Three: Application of Aurora Poly Guard UV Protector.

Aurora Poly Guard UV Protectant and Polish is suitable to use all over your inflatable boat or rib, hypalon, pvc, fiberglass, nylon etc. It is non greasy, non slippery, doesn’t get on your clothes or person and lasts for a whole season. Apply two coats of Aurora Poly Guard to the bottom of your inflatable boat or rib in preparation for the anti fouling product Repelin.

Step Four: Application of Repelin Foul Release Coating.

The Aurora Repelin Foul Release Coating speaks for it’s self by eliminating or greatly reducing marine growth. Two coats is all you need to apply after the Poly Guard. It’s one of the most stolen items from boat houses because it works! If you have any algae on the bottom of your boat it just wipes off and leaves a slick fast surface.

By following the simple steps above you won’t be faced with the woes of inattention when you go to use your dinghy. As always keep your boat tight and look for adventure at the horizon.

If you have any questions about Aurora products or anything in general give us a call (503)235-2628!

For more cleaners and conditioners visit our Cleaners And Conditioners section online.

How Much Air Do I Put In My Zodiac?

While having a look at some recent searches on our blog here I see a common search term, “How much air do I put in my Zodiac?”.

To answer this question I’d always refer to your boat’s manual but a good rule of thumb is 3.48 P.S.I.

This pressure would be the same for hypalon or pvc material. If you are using the supplied foot pump that came with your boat you won’t be able to over pressurize your Zodiac as the pumps are designed to only pump up to the rated pressure. Even if I was standing on the foot pump and had a friend helping it would only pump to it’s rated pressure.

When we are talking about a Zodiac Fastroller air floor the pressure would be 11.2 P.S.I. and would be in it’s second stage of it’s two stage pump.

Air floor pressure on the Zodiac Aero series of boats have a pressure of 8.5 P.S.I.

Remember that pressure is dependent on temperature and after launching your boat it’s a good idea to kick a few more pumps into the tubes, keel and floors of your boat to accommodate for the cooling effect of the water. The inverse is true if your boat is left on the hard and it gets very hot outside. you may need to vent out some excess pressure to keep it in the right operating pressure.

One way to remove all ambiguity is to buy a 12V inflator pump with gauge and auto shut off like this one here.

If you have questions we have answers, just give us a call (503)235-2628 (ask for Adam)

Zodiac’s Open 7 – A Walk Around

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.

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Fishing From An Inflatable Boat? Say What!

It happens at every NW Sportsman Show, every year without fail. People walking by the IBC booth will say non-sense like “Those boats pop easily.”, or “You can’t fish from a Zodiac.”. Self proclaimed subject matter experts about all things boating and outdoors. HA!  It doesn’t really bother me as most people saying that obviously have no clue about boats, the outdoors, hunting or fishing. To look at some of the “experts” I have to wonder how they made it that far down the aisle without falling over because clearly they are more of an expert on eating snacks and sitting on the couch.

Almost all of the Alaskan bush residents stop by the booth and tell tales of their Zodiacs and where they take them, and often they question why there are so many tin boats here in the NW Oregon/Washington area. That in it’s self is an anomaly, the Portland Boat Show is considered the biggest aluminum boat show in the world now. Lots of swagger and braggadocio permeates the NW Sportsman Show and tin talk is right up there at the top with terrible elk calls echoing thru the catherdral like ceilings of the Portland Expo Center. Sometimes I want to play videos of all the rescues of tin boats that occur every year, all conducted by Zodiacs. This wouldn’t prove anything as the paradigm is already in place for the tin men.

Considering that most tinneys sit in a driveway for 360 days of the year until the parade at buoy 10 time is upon us. Most tin owners don’t advance their seamanship other than cracking a beer on a hog line, which is a problem. Magazine articles and T.V. shows proclaim the buoy 10 fishery as epic and score of boats and tourists descend like lemmings all vying for their chance at a king or coho. Guys talk smack at the ramp when we put out, and are still there when we return limits caught. Offhanded remarks like “Did you get a leak?” are fodder for misinformed sportsmen trying to look cool while struggling to launch their boats. When these same people see our kills bags busting at the seams they change their tune. The fish checkers just know we have fish, they always come over to eagerly chat and document the easy catch in our boat.

Customers sending their pics of brown bear and moose in a tiny inflatable boat making their way home are treats to us when we see them. So much of the world was discovered in a Zodiac that it makes you wonder where the disconnect occurs. If you are looking for something that doesn’t require a mortgage payment, floats more cargo in less water, uses less motor and therefore less fuel you should be looking at an inflatable boat. Heck don’t take our word for it, here’s some customer pics of people going their own way and doing rather than talking.

If you have questions about an inflatable boat call Mike or Adam (503)235-2628 and see what our years of experience on all types of boats from the arctic to the antarctic and points in between can do for you.

If you’re an online shopper check out our secure shopping site at www.inflatableboats.com

Boat Show Special Pricing

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.

NW Sportsman’s Show

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.

Can’t make the show?

Give us a call (503)235-2628

Portland Boat Show 2018

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

2018 Zodiac Fastrollers In Stock

There is no doubt that the Zodiac Fastroller series of inflatable boats rule supreme when it comes to portability and performance. In the last couple of years these boats were uncommonly hard to find due to their popularity with sailors. This year we doubled down and brought even more of them in to IBC to meet the needs of cruisers and sailors everywhere.

While costing more than a Chinese built inflatable boat their value is understated in their pricing. French built to standards the other manufacturers wish they could attain the Zodiac Fastroller is the leader of the roll up. The French have a rather novel way of Thermobonding™ their special Strongan Duotex™ Fabric together that vitually eliminates any seam leaks or repairs. Upon inspection the user will see that there is very little glue at all on the inflatable boat with the lion’s share at the transom bed. Everything else is Thermobonded™ and won’t come apart sitting in the sun for days, weeks, months, or years.

About the only negative thing on the Zodiac Fastroller is they last too long. Well negative is a perspective thing, it’s negative to us here at IBC because we likely won’t see that customer again for 20 years when they are looking for the same thing or a bigger size.

The Zodiac Fastroller series has an actual keel shaped keel that inflates when the floor is inflated. Just forward of the transom there are two additional skegs that address any yaw on a hard maneuvers giving boaters an additional edge for those tricky beach landings.

Premium Zodiac exclusive materials, and equipment mean your grocery getting needs are handled. When you’re not using your Zodiac Fastroller it can easily be deflated and rolled up into a small package that can be stowed almost anywhere.

So much of the Zodiac Fastroller’s popularity has leaked into popular culture that it’s become the RV boat of choice. Because you merely unroll and inflate, it goes from zero to hero in minutes without breaking a sweat. Smart RV owners have opted for the 12V electric inflation pump and launching wheels. What this one two punch means is everything is loaded into the finished boat and casually walked to the water. No muss, no fuss, all fun in the sun!

RVers aren’t the only ones picking up of the ease of use of Zodiac’s Fastroller. Fishermen with little time , money or space have opted for the portable Zodiac Fastroller since they can fit it into even the diminutive Smart Car or Prius. Crabbers up and down our West Coast have been using the Zodiac Fastroller for decades and that trend is only growing.

Yes the incredibly responsive yet light as a feather Zodiac Fastroller is blurring the lines between dinghy and stand alone boat. For many it will be the only boat they’ll ever need, for others it’ll be the boat they come to when their no name boat falls apart. In either case IBC has you covered with a goodly supply of Zodiac’s Fastroller Inflatable Boats. Follow this link to buy one today.

Questions? Call us here at the IBC headquarters in Portland Oregon (503)235-2628.

Merry Christmas From IBC

The crew at IBC wish to thank all of our customers and wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We will be closed our usual Sunday and Monday but back to work on Tuesday December 26th to serve you with the best boats and service afloat.

Adam, Mike, Chris, Ron and Nora in the foreground

Boat Show season is right around the corner and there is much to see this year. New Avon deluxe tenders, Zodiac’s flagship Open 7 model will be on hand and much more!

Zodiac Fastrollers are back in stock at IBC so get yours before the rush and avoid waiting to get the perfect tender for smaller yachts today! Lightweight performance in genuine French Zodiac form, always a best seller worldwide.

Don’t miss you chance at the Zodiac Heritage Classic. A very special Zodiac Classic from a very limited run. IBC still has #16 of 50 left in our showroom for one lucky person.

Zodiac MK2 Heritage 16 of 50

For all of your inflatable boat needs call IBC (503)235-2628

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