Inflatable Boats Converge On Beacon Rock

IBC’s Adam and Mike went on a mission with a couple of friends to Washington’s Beacon Rock to enjoy one of our last sunny days here in the NW. Everyone met up in Oregon at Chinook Landing for the 20 mile up river run at 10:00 AM. Friends in attendance included Katie in Adam’s boat and Ty in his own Zodiac Futura MK2C. The morning was cool and overcast with a 5 knot West wind letting the boats settle in for what looked like a perfect day on the water. Fog and haze was cooking off quickly by the time the flotilla made it to Rooster Rock State Park in Oregon. Along the way Adam in his Zodiac MK1 Futura S,Mike in his Bombard Commando C4R, and Ty in his new Zodiac MK2C Futura played games and completed maneuvers in high speed handling and close quarters operations. A good time was had by all!

By the time we made it to Washington’s Beacon Rock State Park it was full speed ahead for the next adventure. We pulled into perfect weather and beautiful vistas in the marina with plenty of dock space for everyone including the Portland Yacht Club on their annual cruise. The group made their way from the marina over the well groomed trail to the rock’s main trail and ascended the 52 switchbacks to the summit. It couldn’t have been a better day.

The trip back down river was bumpy until we got past Oregon’s Rooster Rock State Park and then it was smooth sailing again all the way back to Chinook Landing’s boat ramp. All in all it was a grand adventure worth the price of admission.

If this sounds appealing to you go to and start your adventure today, or stop by our showroom on 2041 SE Powell Blvd. and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff to outfit your own personal  adventure.

You’ll be glad you did!

River Surveying From An Inflatable Boat

IBC is closing early today at 4:00PM to allow IBC Special Operators Adam and Mike to operate survey boats for Portland City Officials and Oregon State Officials in conjunction with the Human Access Project. Wave if you see us on the water and know IBC is there for the community and for clean water rights for everyone.

IBC was chosen for this task because the inflatable boat represents the perfect platform for getting into those hard to reach areas hidden areas a regular boat simply cannot access. Stop by the IBC showroom and see how an inflatable boat can change the way you do things on the water.

Inflatable Boat Center

2041 SE Powell Blvd.

Portland Oregon 97202


Do your part and help keep the Oregon waters clean and accessible for future generations.

Click for more information on the Human Access Project.


Here are a few pics from last nights mission.

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City planners, designers and architects made the journey along with citizens concerned with water quality and public access. IBC provided operators and inflatable boats to conduct the survey as well as some ideas on how to accomplish future goals concerning Portland water access and public safety.

Shooting From A Moving Boat

While you may think I’m talking about “SpecOps” I’m actually talking about video and stills. Sure the special forces use inflatable boats in the execution of their missions and for good reason. The inflatable boat as a platform for shooting could be one of the most perfectly suited vessels on the water due to it’s inherent buoyancy and stability. G.I.s who’ve been deployed know this and use it to their advantage in the civilian world providing support for film, t.v. and commercial crews world wide. IBC’s operators have performed these exercises many times and in fact Adam is doing it right now as I type this for the IFC series “Portlandia“.

People always are amazed at the quality of the media we pull from the water and full time pros like the Frog Squad in Africa. What we know is the inflatable boat is “THEE” boat to use on location because it will take you where others fear to draft and carry substantially more film gear and crew. Those cameras and batteries add up quickly to several tons, now imagine getting all that gear on a remote beach surrounded by shallow water and navigation hazards.

Our own operators Mike and Adam take pages out of the Rescue & Salvage Book while accomplishing support for events like The Portland Rose Festival, The Big Float, et al., you should too. Mike regularly takes photographers and videographers out on a Bombard C-4 Commando to maneuver around rocks and hazards in a dynamic environment while keeping the cameras rolling and on target. Adam uses the Zodiac Futura for level turning at speed and easy beaching. Both Adam and Mike have extensive Hawaiian experience running the biggest surf on the planet over shallow reefs with exposed coral so they know what the deal is to be sure.

Mike & Adam have many craft at their disposal for mission support. Boats in the 14′ – 16″ range seem to be their numero uno go to size with a short list including the Zodiac MK2 Classic HD, The Zodiac MK2 Futura, and the Bombard Commando C-4. These craft all carry more than a ton and or up to 7 people plus are easy to get on and off the beach by yourself.

The portability of the inflatable boat makes location shooting easy since the boats can be rolled up and loaded into small bush planes or helicopters and dropped from low altitude, something the bush pilots in the artic do everyday. We have answers if you have questions call us at (503)235-2628 and see why an inflatable boat might be right for you. Want to hire IBC to support your mission? Call us with the details and we’ll see if we can help.

Remember if it swells ride it!

Bombard C5 Commando Goes All The Way Up!

I sell a lot of the Bombard Commando series of inflatable boat, heck I use one myself even. Every once in awhile I come across some unique applications I feel are worthy of mentioning. This C5 Commando user “Janvier” uses the C5 Commando on far away water systems that normal boats could never get to for their fishery work.

The frequently have to dismantle the boats to portage around beaver dams, drop them from aircraft or put the Commando’s immense carrying capacity to use on water only inches deep.

Take this image for example

Janvier's C5 Commando Sockeye Salmon Tranport Tank

While not exciting in it’s self, the Bombard Commando carries a metal tank full of hundreds of gallons of water and about 4000 Sockeye Salmon thru some of the stickiest brush and skinny water on the planet to deliver it’s payload safe and sound.

Janvier says this boat carries more than the 20′ aluminum boat and is infinitely more stable doing so.

I like this one showing the hydrophone and bathymetric gear (yeah I’m all science geeky too)

Janvier's C5 Commando with Science Package
Janvier’s C5 Commando with Science Package

Note the net spool for collecting juvenile Sockeye Salmon for further studies.

Of course any fly fisherman can appreciate the Bombard Commando’s ultimate shallow water operation as illustrated here.


Not bad for a 20 year old boat huh!

Get your next boat at IBC and GO COMMANDO on those hard to get to spots!

You’ll be glad you did….

Images courtesy of the Skeena Fisheries Commission

A First Nations organization studying salmon in the Skeena River Watershed

“Over The Horizon” How Far Will You Go?

We just received another OTH for a little bit of shine and buff operations. The Zodiac MILPRO OTH is for those commands that absolutely positively need the sea keeping ability that only a Zodiac will provide. Blistering performance and unparalleled safety means successful mission completion every time you put out on the water in harms way. Accept no substitutes, insist on the best for all of your military and professional boat service needs at IBC. call (503) 235-2628 to schedule your next service.

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