The Bombard Line Of Inflatable Boats

Bombard L Angeviniere

Created in France during 1937 L Angeviniere specialized in equipment and clothing manufacturing for the French Navy. L Angviniere’s meeting with Dr. Bombard in 1957 spurred the development of liferafts based on Dr. Bombard’s experiances as a volutary castaway during 1952’s incredible Atlantic crossing. Development of class 1 models and the class 4 models it heralded from 1964 covered the range at the time for fisherman,commercial activities and of course the pleasure models.

The first Commando models were introduced in 1972 and were lauded for their incredible performance and handling in all water types. From performing rescues in icey high lattitude waters to sporting events and regattas in the tropics and at Cape Horn, the Bombard L Angeviniere line of boats quickly became the world leader in liferafts and performance boats.In 1980 Zodiac bought Bombard L Angeviniere and with it it’s vast expertise in liferafts and more professional boats such as the Commando series.

Now Zodiac a brand in it’s own right Bombard offers an alternative to the Zodiac line in it’s economical tenders and dinghies, leisure boats and RIBs, Explorer RIBs, and the tried and tested Commando lineup.

IBC uses Bombard Commando boats heavily in many different areas and offers ultra-affordable Bombard Typhoon models for those of us who don’t need a big Explorer RIB or Commando. IBC is your source for Bombard Inflatable Boats and RIBs in North America and has been since it’s founding in 1972. Our very own Captain Ron has used the Bombard Commando line to compete internationally in the inflatable boat racing circut and has many tropies and titles under his belt. From Africa to the Peyette River in Idaho Ron has been there and done that all in a Bombard Commando. His current Bombard Commando C3 (from 1982) still takes names when he gets it wet and stands as a testament to the quality, durability and ruggedness of the Bombard line.

Give IBC a call to get your next Bombard Inflatable Boat or RIB and make your legend start today. (503)235-2628

Bombard Inflatable Boats

Zodiac Bayrunner 420 Spearfishing

Our friend Mark sent in these pics of his spearfishing trip and we thought you might like a viewing. Mark uses his Zodiac Bayrunner 420 to surf, fish bass, free dive for crabs, spearfishing and more.

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The Zodiac Bayrunner comes with a lightweight but sturdy tubular seating system that allows for more carrying capacity than a molded in approach + a mini console all in Zodiac’s Pro RIB hull featuring a replaceable tubeset. Perfect for Mark’s day to day missions and just about anything else you want to throw at it.

See what IBC and Zodiac can do for you today by calling (503) 235-2628 and speaking with one of our sales pros or by shopping on line at

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Zodiac Inflatable Boats

  1. Founded December 22,1896 the Societe Mallet, et de Pitray would become the Zodiac of today’s notoriety.
  2. Zodiac started out making balloons, airships, and airplanes.
  3. The first aircraft to aircraft photograph was taken by Andre Schelcher a pioneer in automatic balloon photography.

    First Photo Of Aircraft To Aircraft
    First Photo Of Aircraft To Aircraft
  4. It wasn’t until 1934 that designer Pierre Debroutelle (an accomplished hunter and outdoorsman) designed/manufactured an inflatable kayak thus causing the genesis of modern Zodiac Inflatable Boats.

    Pierre Debroutelle 1936 Zodiac Inflatable Boat Designer
    Pierre Debroutelle 1936 Zodiac Inflatable Boat Designer
  5. The first military orders of Zodiac Inflatable Boats was in 1937 by the French Aeronauticale to load ordinance on seaplanes for the war effort. Zodiac MILPRO Inflatable Boats are used by military and Special Forces to this day and have been used in every conflict since their introduction.
  6. Zodiac did not invent the inflatable boat, it’s use has been documented as early as 880 BC. Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II greased up some animal skins to cross a river with troops. Zodiac’s Pierre Debroutelle invented the “U” shaped inflatable hull and wooden transom inflatable boat that we are familiar with today in 1937 and patented it in 1943.
  7. In 1952 Dr Alain Bombard ( then a 27 year old intern at the hospital  of Boulonge-sur-Mer) crossed the Atlantic in a 10 man Zodiac Inflatable Boat with no food or water to prove a person could survive off of the sea alone until rescue or landfall. His use of Zodiac’s patented hull design with a wooden transom and a patented wooden keel would propel Zodiac into the forefront of boating and survival at sea. Dr. Bombard’s boat is the predecessor of the Bombard Commando series we all love today at IBC.

    Pierre Moreau Assembles Wooden Keeled Inflatable Boat 1950s
    Pierre Moreau Assembles Wooden Keeled Inflatable Boat 1950s
  8. In the early 1950’s Zodiac began manufacturing inflatable lifeboats. In 1957 France issued a decree making it mandatory that all ships have inflatable lifeboats instead of wood or metal aboard and in use because of the lives saved by the introduction of the Zodiac Inflatable Lifeboat.

    The Zodiac Puteaux Factory 1950s
    The Zodiac Puteaux Factory 1950s
  9. Zodiac Inflatable Boats were often the first modern craft that indigenous peoples saw as explorers made the world smaller thru the 20th century. Missionaries to military units all used the Zodiac Inflatable Boat as their tool of choice when it came to the rough and tumble nature of exploring uncharted waters and lands.
  10. Zodiac’s involvement in the boating industry has created one of the safest and most efficient boating modalities afloat today, and the Zodiac, Bombard or Avon brands we have come to love all live under one roof and have done so for over 100 years. Think about that before buying that cheap knockoff!
    Aeronavale 1937 Zodiac Torpedo Bomb Handling Inflatable Boat
    Aeronavale 1937 Zodiac Torpedo Bomb Handling Inflatable Boat


Dr. Alain Bombard solos across the Atlantic Ocean with no food or water in a Zodiac Inflatable Boat
Dr. Alain Bombard solos across the Atlantic Ocean with no food or water in a Zodiac Inflatable Boat
IBC specializes in life rafts for commercial,military,and recreational boaters and pilots
IBC specializes in life rafts for commercial,military,and recreational boaters and pilots



IBC Goes Bigger & Custom

We just got in a particular client’s boat that was built to spec with some attention to the clients sea going mission. With a pro hull, custom console, purpose designed seating, optimized under deck fuel tank, t-top and more this one goes farther and faster than most others.

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She’s a real beauty under the shrink wrap so stay tuned for unwrapping pics .

As always IBC is your first and last stop for critical missions and applications. IBC will be there ready to serve when other boats and shops fear to venture out into the maelstrom.

Professionals Demand Professionals

When the world’s most highly trained individuals need inflatable boats or repair work done they come to IBC, one of the world’s best Zodiac MILPRO Dealers and MILPRO Service Center. IBC is ranked as an “Elite” MILPRO Center and enjoys Tier 1 Status for the military and defense sector.

You don’t have to be a Special Forces Operator to appreciate IBC’s quality and on time delivery;

  • Whale Watching Charters
  • Dept. Of Homeland Security
  • Fisherman
  • Rescue Professionals
  • NOAA
  • Department Of Defense
  • PMMC
  • Police
  • Fire Fighters

and many more depend on IBC’s legendary sales and service dept. For an out of the ordinary solution there’s IBC’s special boats division, where extraordinary things happen every day.

Whatever the need IBC is there with the right boat, parts or service to make all of your missions successful. Our staff is comprised of veteran inflatable boat specialists that have mastered the seas around the world in professional, recreational, and military capacities.

When the going gets tough give the IBC pros a call at (503)235-2628 and let our decades of experience work for you and the safe, successful completion of your mission.

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