This one is pretty straight forward as a proper dinghy should be. Introducing the doughnut boat or DG230 dinghy. It’s as simple as it comes. Simply unroll and inflate. Presto! You’ve just completed the assembly process! Add the oars and woosh you’re off. Don’t want to row or paddle? No problem Cardinal has you covered with a removable outboard motor transom that simply fits over some d-rings and is tied on with a simple piece of line. That’s right no tools! Don’t take my word for it have a look at the un-boxing and assembly of the Cardinal CDDG230 for yourself.
See the pics below for maximum effect 😉
The Cardinal CDDG230 Dinghy, a smooth operator in a sea of lesser boats. Get one at www.inflatableboats.com or call (503)235-2628 to order over the phone.
So you paid your money and got your boat and now you’re ready to venture out. First you have to unbox and assemble it but, “Where do I start?” you ask.
2. Open The Box
3. Unpack and inspect your contents, you should have a boat, foot pump, oars, oar locks, a bag, 1 seat bench, 2 stringers, floorboards, patch kit. Most of the small items will be in your spare parts kit.
4. Unroll your boat and remove all packing from the hull and valves, transom, etc.
5. Inflate the chambers and keel without the floorboards, leave for at least a half hour to “stretch”. This allows for easy assembly the first time (easier anyway), the first time assembly is the toughest.
6. Deflate the hull and place first two bow boards into the boat in their correct positions.
7. Install transom floorboard.
8. Install remaining middle floorboard overlapping the transom board, then make a “tent” by lifting the transom and middle floorboards up so the pieces mate at the joints. After you have the tent up push down at the point and make all floorboards flat.
9. Install the stringers on both sides
10. Inflate and install oars and seat (note install seat bench before boat is at pressure or it will be extremely hard to place the bench after)
Just in for IBC evaluation first articles in rescue orange, ISUPs for the lifesaving types. With higher pressures, Leafield Valve, non-skid top deck surface, thruster or twin fin set (removable center skeg), d-rings,et al. Project Code Name “Strength” meets and exceeds expectations. Deployable from 4 wheeler,car, truck, boat or various aircraft the ISUP packs back down to fit into a small lightweight bag with shoulder strap/back pack straps sewn in making back country rescue a snap.
My first contact was a bit suprising when I pulled the box out of the stack and felt how light it was. It felt half as light as an unboxed ISUP I had on the showroom floor. (this is a feature that won’t be overlooked by lifesaving professionals) Figuring there must be some mistake I decided to snap a few pics as we unboxed and unrolled it. (see images below)
Pricing and availability to rescue teams will follow shortly after the exhaustive IBC testing process.(other colors available soon for the consumer/recreational markets)
The Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races couldn’t have been better this year.
IBC was on station performing rescue and transportation duties to the racers and the committee boats.
Only one rescue was performed and that was for some debris that drifted onto the course so altogether almost perfect.
We’ll be posting pics as soon as we get the good ones from our friends Susie and Larry of The China Media group. Mike piloted the Bombard C4R Commando into the tricky spots between the rocks and on the course putting the photographers right in the middle of the action. It’s always a treat to see the photos or fruits of the work because it’s hard to pilot and shoot in a dynamic situation while monitoring two radios. Simply put you need an extra set of hands, and IBC had two great sets of them with Susie and Larry from The China Media LLC group. Thanks you two!
Here’s a couple Mike grabbed in between the action.