Shane Goes Crabbing In A Typhoon

Today one of our customers (Shane) swung by for some fishing accessories and after some chit chat we got onto the subject of crabbing. We get asked quite a bit if you can go crabbing or fishing on an inflatable boat. Well the answer is a resounding YES!

Crabs? Yeah Shane has heard of them!
Crabs? Yeah Shane has heard of them!

Shane uses his Bombard Typhoon 420AL for doing everything from pulling the kids on tubes and wakeboards to fishing and crabbing. He sets it up out of the bags every time and uses his launching wheels to get it in and out of the water by himself.

Shane towing the kids on a tube with his Bombard Typhoon 420 AL
Shane towing the kids on a tube with his Bombard Typhoon 420 AL

By using launching wheels Shane is able to set the whole boat up and simply “walk it” into the water. No trailer no problem!

So easy even the kids can do it!
So easy even the kids can do it!
Crabbing is fun for the whole family with the Bombard Typhoon 420Al
Crabbing is fun for the whole family with the Bombard Typhoon 420Al

The fruits of a few minutes of fun can be a delicious dinner for two or more.

Shane shows us just how easy it is with his Bombard Typhoon 420AL
Shane shows us just how easy it is with his Bombard Typhoon 420AL

The bottom line is you go farther, faster, and can carry a bigger load with less in an inflatable boat. Get your own Bombard Typhoon 420 AL at IBC and get crabbing today!

 

 

Rozalia Project Combats Plastic In Oceans

If you know anyone from IBC then you know we hate garbage in our oceans. Midway and Laysan are prime examples of what “away” means when you throw something away. Those secluded distant low islands are magnets for tons of plastic debris adrift in the pacific. If we look closer to home we see even more plastic waste in our marinas, bays and beaches choking our mammals, birds and fish to the brink of extinction.We’ve all heard or seen the pacific gyre garbage patch and thought how it kills sea life on documentaries but what has anyone done?  Enter The Rozalia Project….

The Rozalia Project contacted IBC for one of our Bombard Commando’s (that we love so much) by way of recommendation from Skip Novak of Yachting World’s “Storm Sailing Techniques” series. Skip uses a Bombard Commando C3 for his polar adventures, so does our very own Mike, Ron, and many many others. The Rozalia Project is preparing for a polar mission to conduct plastic garbage clean up and research on environmental concerns before it’s too late for this big blue marble we call home. Their Bombard Commando C3 is able to pack down and stow on The Rozalia Project’s green mothership ( the greenest sailing vessel in the world) American Promise.

The endeavor is one that seems impossible given the size and scope of the ecological nightmare we all face but one The Rozalia Project and Bombard Commando C3 is facing head on. Take a look at some of the photos we received from members of The Rozalia Project earlier this week. Don’t try doing this with a traditional boat or you will be sunk!

If you haven’t done it yet go to The Rozalia Project’s website and support their cause, and see what you can do locally. Portlanders looking to get involved locally can contact The Human Access Project to volunteer.

If you are looking for a boat that does it all contact The Inflatable Boat Center (503) 235-2628.

 

 

 

Steve Drives A Zodiac Futura

Steve upgrades his Bombard Typhoon 360S to a new Zodiac Futura MK2C Fastroller. With the same Yamaha F20 he gains more capacity, faster speeds and more maneuverability. From the staccato of emails we received I can tell he’s well impressed with the new Zodiac MK2C Futura Fastroller. He sent us a couple of small videos from his maiden voyage that I posted up to youtube so you could share in his experience. Enjoy!

Just Ask Steve

Recently one of our customers took a little video of his Bombard Typhoon 360S and talked about some of his experiences with it. We thought we’d share it with you and for all the other Bombard Typhoon owners and Zodiac Bombard Fish N Hunt owners out there. If you are thinking about getting an inflatable boat for a little fun listen to what Steve C has to say.

Steve is a flight instructor who likes to spend some time on the water having fun. Airplane pilot to inflatable boat pilot Steve C does it all and has a lot of fun with his Bombard Typhoon 360S. If you want to have some fun on the water give the fellas at IBC a call (503)235-2628 or shop online via their secure online store.

Zodiac MK2C Inflatable Boat Goes Faster With Less Motor

While out on a safety patrol and rescue mission for the 2015 Portland Bridge Swim Mike and Adam came across a Zodiac MK2C Futura rigged with a 20hp Honda outboard. The customer had come from an older Zodiac MK2 GT model and has never been happier. It was easier to plane with less motor and went much faster than the older model.

Zodiac MK2C makes more from less and brings the whole family together.
Zodiac MK2C makes more from less and brings the whole family together.

The Zodiac Futura hull is one of the biggest leaps forward in hydrodynamics to come along. Zodiac engineers knew that they could go faster with less wetted surface so the measured and analyzed and planed then made the best hull imaginable. Often used in military special forces designs because it will get enormous amounts on plane with very little hp it also tracks and turns better than any other hull type.

Adam runs a Zodiac MK1 Futura and Mike has a hard time keeping up even though he has a bigger motor. Turns can be so instantaneous that you can toss out an unprepared rider when the boat is at full speed. Zodiac’s patented Futura hull utilizes additional tubes on the bottoms of the main sponsons that give it lift and makes it ride like a bullet train. These “speed tubes” as they are called are often imitated and renamed in the market on lesser boats and have names like high jackers, speed runners, speed rails,  etc. The problem with the copy cats boats is they are merely imitations and haven’t been engineered for each model like the Zodiacs which is why so many boats get utterly owned by Zodiac Futura hulls.

If you want to go faster, get better fuel economy, get more mass on plane, and use less motor then look no further than the Zodiac Futura line (also available in military and professional models).The Futura hull turns better, rides flatter, and is easier to beach and recover making any outing more fun and less work.

Purchase your next Zodiac from the Zodiac leaders at The Inflatable Boat Center by calling (503)235-2628 or by ordering online.

Zodiac 310 RIB Gets SeaDek

There’s a lot of buzz about SeaDek in the boating world and for good reason. SeaDek manufactures EVA non-skid for boats and anything else that requires good traction in all conditions. What The Inflatable Boat Center does with it is make exclusive custom kits for the Zodiac Yachtline series of inflatable boats, as well as offer solutions for many of the other sport boat types.

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IBC designed and owns some exclusive kit designs but they also sell sheet material for DIY applications.

One customer named Paul who recently upgraded his dinghy to a Zodiac RIB 310 took a sheet of SeaDek and did his own application.

Paul installs his own SeaDek kit in his new Zodiac 310 SE RIB
Paul installs his own SeaDek kit in his new Zodiac 310 SE RIB

We’re calling Paul for the next shop job his install was so nice!

Mike was one of the first to use SeaDek in an inflatable boat on his Bombard Commando C4R. He got the idea after talking to SeaDek surfing buddy Jason at a boat dealers show and the rest is history.

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

We love the SeaDek product and know you will too! Call us and see what we can do for your boat or if you want to do it yourself what you can do for yourself with IBC and SeaDek.

(503)235-2628

ORDER SEADEK SHEET ONLINE

 

Zodiac Bayrunner 420

I was out on the river running my Bombard Commando C4 last night and ran into one of the best 14′ boats on the water, the Zodiac Bayrunner 420. This boat’s hull is made in the US and wears the Zodiac Pro French tubes. (see image)

Zodiac Bayrunner Pro 420
Zodiac Bayrunner Pro 420

Hanging a Yamaha F40 clean burning 4 stroke motor makes this boat happy and the occupants even happier. With zero smell and only the sound of the cooling water stream at idle FISH BEWARE! This boat catches more fish than those clunky tin boats when it’s not being used for getting to those secret surf spots and secluded beaches you see in the magazines.

Wondering if you can go crabbing and salmon fishing? You betcha! If the surf is flat and the season is right owner Mark points the bow at his favorite fishing grounds and gets his limit of fish and fun!

This model is available to buy thru The Inflatable Boat Center in Portland Oregon on their website www.inflatableboats.com or by calling (503)235-2628