Jay’s New Zodiac Bayrunner Pro 500 Touring

This morning was bright, clear, and cold as Jay made his way up the corridor to his final destination at IBC. Today was the day Jay got to pick up his brand spanking new 2016 Zodiac Bayrunner Pro 500 Touring for SONAR research. She was all ready to go on her trailer for deployment to Monterey Bay where her main duties are to study the impacts of infra-sonic range acoustics on marine life.

jay zodiac bayrunner 500 touring

We always get excited when someone says “marine life” or “Zodiac” because the two are like peas in a pod, you usually see them together. Ever wonder why so many whale watching tours use a Zodiac? The simple answer is marine life, whether mammals or fish, love inflatables as much as we do!

 

The Zodiac Bayrunner 500 Jay is picking up has the Zodiac Advantage of being a very stable and seaworthy boat with replaceable tubes that extend the operating life indefinitely. Easy to plane with very little effort means that no matter what Jay is doing he is impacting the environment in the least possible way with his Zodiac.

To get your very own Zodiac Bayrunner 500 Pro Touring simply click here or give IBC a call at (503)235-2628 and get underway today!

 

Zodiac Replaceable Tubsets or Naked Boats Exclusive Pics!

I get asked a lot about replaceable tubesets and the Zodiac Advantage by even the most salty of sailors so I thought I’d share some boat porn.
Zodiac pioneered the replaceable tubeset to keep old boats as good as new by simply sliding the old tubes off and sliding a new set on. Sounds simple, and it is. Just as promised simply slide off the old and slide on the new.

Some models that make use of this system are the Zodiac Yachtline Series and the Zodiac Pro Series.
Let’s take a look at the Zodiac Yachtline Series first: (warning photos of boats in various stages of undress to follow)

bow keepers/nipples
bow keepers/nipples
main tube bolt rope slot
main tube bolt rope slot
after tube retainer slot and main bolt rope slot
after tube retainer slot and main bolt rope slot
Naked Zodiac Yachtline 340 DL prior to tubeset,  and Seadek installation
Naked Zodiac Yachtline 340 DL prior to tubeset, and Seadek installation

We find it helpful to spray soapy water onto and into the bolt rope slots to act as lube for the installation process.

At this point we attach the bow keepers/nipples with screws and the aft tube retainers into their slots.
At this point we attach the bow keepers/nipples with screws and the aft tube retainers into their slots.
Fully Dressed and Ready
Fully Dressed and Ready

The tubeset installation process is virtually identical for the Zodiac Pro Series hulls. Take a look at a naked Zodiac Bayrunner 500 Pro Touring:

bow keepers/nipples and main tube bolt rope slots
bow keepers/nipples and main tube bolt rope slots
naked Zodiac Bayrunner 500 Touring
naked Zodiac Bayrunner 500 Touring
Zodiac Bayrunner 500 Touring tubes installed not inflated
Zodiac Bayrunner 500 Touring tubes installed not inflated
tubes on prior to inflation
tubes on prior to inflation
tubeset installed and inflated
tubeset installed and inflated

There you have it the “Birds & Bees” of tubeset replacement and yet another reason why Zodiac innovates and dominates the genre of inflatable boats and RIBs. You deserve the best you deserve a Zodiac.

Get yours today online at www.inflatableboats.com or by calling (503)235-2628 and speaking with one of the industries leading experts on inflatable boats and RIBs.

 

Floods Meet Their Match / Zodiac MILPRO ERB Emergency Response Boat

Rain, floods, and natural disasters happen, just look at IBC’s home state or Oregon this week.

Photo Credit Bruce Sussman Portld Meteorologist
Photo Credit Bruce Sussman Portland Meteorologist

Climate change is causing flooding and heavy weather in greater frequency all throughout the World and governments are struggling to keep up with the calls.Towing a trailer over unimproved roads and on trails to a response site is difficult to say the least. Now see why having a ready to launch rescue boat with you at all times just became possible and practical using the Zodiac MILPRO ERB.

Any patrol vehicle can become a rescue vehicle capable of performing swift water rescue, flood rescue, active lifesaving, etc. In 3 minutes a first responder can go from response to active rescue with the take anywhere Zodiac MILPRO ERB Inflatable Boat.
Using existing compressed gas technologies available to any police, fire, rescue, or military unit extends the capability and flexibility to use anywhere or anytime with any system. Consumers can even make use of the ERB’s rapid inflation system by using their personal SCUBA tank and getting a ready dive boat or dinghy that is built military tough but easily rolls back up to a small manageable package.”No inflation tank, no problem!”, just use any hand, electric or foot pump and you are on the water in minutes.

Go more places and save more lives with the Zodiac MILPRO ERB and The Inflatable Boat Center.
ERB Demos available by appointment to qualified agencies by calling IBC Zodiac’s Senior Dealership and MILPRO Elite Dealer. www.inflatableboats.com (503)235-2628

The Zodiac ERB 380 and Zodiac MILPRO ERB 400 can deploy in under 3 minutes.

Go Big Or Go Home

I’m not usually here on a Sunday but I came in to receive a big MILPRO RIB 750 D-Tube for special operations and other maritime missions. If you are a lucky agency then you will get a chance to go for a ride while it’s here at IBC (MILPRO’s Elite Dealer). If you didn’t make the cut but still want to lay your hands on the 60knt + beast give IBC a call and we’ll get you sorted for the next sortie.

Zodiac SRA 750 D Tube RHIB 1 Zodiac SRA 750 D Tube RHIB 2 Zodiac SRA 750 D Tube RHIB 3 Zodiac SRA 750 D Tube RHIB Zodiac SRA 750 D Tube RHIB 4

Zodiac Takes Over and Avon Comes Back

If you were at the Zodiac press release in Fort Lauderdale today you would have heard some knowns and some unknowns. The obvious is Zodiac’s new leadership is poised like a panther to take on it’s myriad competitors in the Asian manufacturing sector. Offering new life, new products and genuine Zodiac materials and builds at similar pricing structures to the cheap knock offs flooding the market today means Zodiac is future minded.

I remember the glory days of Zodiac, I remember the influx of copy cats and the shrinking market as a result of the poor quality and support of said copy cats. The Zodiac brand suffers when consumers think of the cheap knock offs as Zodiacs just because they are inflatable. Zodiac has stood strong the test of time for over 100 years as the inventor and innovator of the inflatable boat platform.

Zodiac’s new leadership is taking names and putting them on notice with real serious inflatable boats and RIBs like the days of yore but utilizing the ultra bleeding edge of technology and material science that today has to offer.

I’ve used Zodiacs as a fisherman, a sailor, and as a specialist in the US Navy’s Rescue Dive and Salvage community. I continue to use Zodiacs today as a tool to fun and freedom like it was when I was a child watching Cousteau and reading Bombard.

AVONLOGO

Make no mistakes great things are coming from Zodiac like the re-emergence of the Avon line! Woot Woot! If you are a sailor like me and have the high latitudes and the equatorial regions under your belt then you know that Avon was the go to tender for any sloop rig on the high seas. Easy to roll and stow the Avon represented quality for the active yachtsman. Yes Zodiac and Avon have lived under the same roof for some time with Bombard it is a very happy family with strong values. The Avon plant has been tasked with much of the military and professional work these past years and as a result the Avon line hasn’t been available to recreational users like the white water crowd and the sailing crowd.

All I can say is the thrill is back and everyone is giddy with excitement for the legend of Zodiac and what comes next.

Expect great things from Zodiac, Avon and Bombard as we move forward and as always IBC has got you covered no matter where in the World you find yourself.

Press release below take from “Trade Only Today”

FORT LAUDERDALE — Zodiac Nautic, the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of RIBs and inflatables, said Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show that the industry and consumers should expect a significant revival of the venerable brand.

“Zodiac is a wonderful brand. I am no miracle worker, but Zodiac is a sleeping giant,” said CEO Dominique Heber-Suffrin, who assumed ownership with partners in July after years of financial trouble for the iconic French builder.

Heber-Suffrin said the U.S. market accounts for 40 percent of Zodiac’s global business and that under his leadership “accelerated growth here in the U.S.” will be a priority.

Zodiac has manufacturing plants in France, Tunisia and South Carolina.

Heber-Suffrin promised new-boat introductions at the Miami International Boat Show in February, a renewed marketing campaign, new incentive programs for consumers and a reintroduction of the Avon brand.