Zodiac Zoom 450 SP AL Assembly

I get alot of calls every day from people who want to know how to assemble an inflatable boat. Since I was breaking out a new Zodiac Zoom 450 SP AL for the showroom I figured this was as good a time as any to take some pics and write a few words on inflatable boat assembly. Almost every inflatable boat will assemble the same way from the military, commercial, and recreational to the cheap “shower curtain” copy cats out there.

1. Remove your boat from it’s bag or box, unroll it and inflate it without the floorboards. Do this for the very first assembly of a new boat to “stretch it” out and let it stand for at least an hour. (not required if your boat is not brand new)

zodiac zoom 450 sp al preassembly inflation

2. Deflate the hull and begin placing the floorboards.

zodiac zoom 450 sp al preassembly deflated

3. Place the aft floorboard into the hull and slide it back under the batten on the transom. (take care to align the drain plug cutout if present)

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zodiac zoom 450 sp al floor batten

4. Install the forward bow board into the hull making sure it’s seated against the forward seam and the keel tube is centered in the keel valve access hole.

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5. Add remaining floor boards (the number of floor boards will vary from boat model to boat model) leaving the last board out to form a teepee.

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6. Add the last floorboard to the boat and fix one end into the tongue and groove leaving the other end to overlap the remaining end.

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7. Lift open floorboard ends up and place the tongue and groove ends together forming a “teepee”.

zodiac zoom 450 sp al floor teepee

8. Push down on the “teepee” with your foot taking care not to pinch your fabric.

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9. Install your stringers (the extruded metal floorboard locking pieces) over the floorboard joints. The Zodiac Zoom 450SPAL has 3 per side for a total of 6, your boat model will vary.

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10. Inflate your boat to shape equally in each chamber starting at the bow and working your way aft. Do not inflate to full pressure on any single chamber until all chambers are to shape equally.

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Note if you are installing the seat on your boat be sure and install it before you get it up to pressure or you will have a hard time.

zodiac zoom 450 sp al seat

11. Inflate the chambers to pressure (generally 3.5 psi)

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12. Inflate the keel last (generally 3.5 psi) then place the cap on the valve. The valve caps are the actual air seal on the boat so ensure they are in place prior to getting underway.

zodiac zoom 450 sp al keel inflation zodiac zoom 450 sp al floor keel opening

13. Assemble and install the oars or paddles depending on your model.

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14. Enjoy the ride!

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If you have questions give us a call (503)235-2628 or visit us online to buy your next Inflatable Boat www.inflatableboats.com

Adding Oars and Oarlocks To Inflatable Boats

In this installment I’m addressing a common question I get here at the shop, “How do I add oarlocks to my boat?”.

The answer isn’t always simple but one simple and effective way is to:

  1. add a pair of scotty glue pads (which accepts the 241 base found on most of the Scotty line)
  2. add a set of rod holders
  3. remove rod holders leaving the 241 base installed
  4. add a set of oarlock posts
  5. add the Scotty Strong Back Oarlocks
  6. use the oars of choice
  7. done!

I’ve attached some photos of a Bombard C4R that has a few attachments on it for down riggers and rod holders etc.

As always check our website www.inflatableboats.com or give us a call (503) 235-2628 and start your adventure today.

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New Yachtline Non-Skid Products!

IBC is happy to announce the addition of an entirely new set of Yachtline non-skid products custom manufactured in SEADEK material for the yachting enthusiast exclusively at IBC. Call (503)235-2628 and see what IBC can do for you or email seadek@inflatableboats.com for a custom quote.

shop available products

Available in 16 different colors and limitless combinations including custom graphics and contour cutting.(orange not avaiable for civillian vessels)SeaDek Colors

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Snow Camo pattern on this Commando C4R Rescue Boat
Snow Camo pattern on this Commando C4R Rescue Boat

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Fishing With My Friends

I said it once I’ll say it again just for all of my friends and people who ask me, the Zodiac /Bombard Fish N Hunt is the perfect all around boat at an unbelievable price.

Forget the Sea Hawks or the Neptunes or what ever they are called, if you are looking for a budget boat that gets the job done look no further. The Zodiac Fish N Hunt is the real deal and at the price IBC is offering them is less than half of retail. You might as well get a boat with over 150 years under it’s belt over some fly by night operation’s “deal too good to be true”.

Don’t belive me? Just ask my bar-b-que! My smoker is always cooking up the day’s catch and it’s always full.

Get your Fish N Hunt before they are all gone.

 

http://inflatableboats.com/Zodiac-Fish-N-Hunt-360S-ZFISNHUNT360.htm for an 11’10” version

or

http://inflatableboats.com/Zodiac-Fish-N-Hunt-310S-ZFISHUNT310S.htm for a 10″2″ model.