Finding Peace In Honduras

Sometimes all you need is a good inflatable boat and a desire to find peace in paradise. These pictures come to us from a customer in Honduras while on a peace mission. It’s the same mission many of the 9-5 crowd strive to undertake someday.

Find your own peace in paradise, get a Bombard C4 from IBC and start exploring your world.

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Fall Into An Inflatable Boat For Family Fun

When the long hot days give way to the cold dark short days it means an end to many of the family activities outdoors.

Unfortunately the dark months can lead people to seek entertainment on electronic devices to fill the gap in excitement. On the other side of the of the spectrum are families who make the most out of a weekend to go fish, hunt, or crab. October gets pretty special in the NW with families catching salmon, hunting deer, crabbing, or just getting away to a spot you need a boat to get to.

One of our customers sent us his weekend with the family pics and we’d thought we’d share their experience.

A long weekend, a boat, and a little luck paid off for Steve and his family while on the Oregon Coast. Early morning temperature was right at that sweet spot where it’s too warm for ice but cold enough to where you don’t want to leave the tent or the cabin of your own volition. Only the sheer force of will to eat delicious crab and a fun day riding around in the Zodiac will muster the strength needed to get dressed.

The chore of baiting and setting pots is balanced by zipping effortlessly along in a Bombard Commando C4. When the situation allows forty ponies gallop along making the C4 earn another little bit of it’s legend. Steve has Seadek installed on the Bombard’s floorboards ensuring surefootedness even when covered with the Ocean’s bounty. Good thinking Steve!

While the crab traps are soaking clear weather allows for Zodiac rides for everyone including some random boaters who just wanted to try it out themselves. New friends are always made on these fall family outings.

Before they know it the intrepid family has to pull traps and sort the catch or no one gets their crab dinner. Around the fire is where legends and memories start. Friends and family laughing and telling the tales of the whopper that got away or that cool G-turn on the swell. Making these kind of memories is really what it’s all about.

We thank Steve for the pics and for bringing back memories of past adventures. If you want to make your own memories like Steve give IBC a call.

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Cleaning Your Inflatable Boat

Everyone has their own way of cleaning their inflatable boat and their own favorite products. Today I’ll be talking about three of them.

Starbrite RIB & Inflatable Boat Cleaner & Protectant 32oz.

Marykate Silicone-Free Cleaner For Inflatable Boats Tubes & Towables 32oz.

Aurora Inflatable Boat Cleaner 20oz.

First let me just say there are no wrong answers here, we only sell what we use ourselves so any of the three are awesome and safe to use on your inflatable boat or RIB.

Of the three only the Aurora product states it’s bio-degradable on the label. All of the cleaners mention not getting it in your eyes or on your skin and all of them recommend rinsing with water after. Don’t spay cleaning products into the wind with your mouth and eyes wide open or it will be unpleasant for you.

In the rinse category the Marykate brings the most bubbles with second place going to Star brite and last with the least bubbles Aurora. These stats may be interpreted as backwards because using less water seems better to me. After the rinsing phase all of the products left a clean fabric surface with the Star brite being the slipperiest to the touch. No doubt due to it’s PTEF component in the formulation.

In overspray tests all left a residue on the fiberglass that when wiped dry left a visible film that remained until rinsing. In the showroom that’s not an option so a moist rag followed by a dry rag gets the job done with the Aurora product leading the way slightly over the others.

In the smell category none of them are pleasant to smell, especially if a field day cleaning session is in your showroom’s lists of “to dos” . No clear winner could be ascertained but outside where people clean boats it doesn’t matter.

In fine particulate testing in areas such as the foot wells and on the tops of tubes the Star brite takes the lead effortlessly lifting fine particulate into suspension allowing easy wiping clean with a rag. You’ll need to rinse or change your rag more frequently but Star brite seemed to do better than the rest in amount of effort needed vs amount of loose dirt removed.

Moving underneath to the bottom fabric and fiberglass hull where road grime and tars can accumulate the Aurora product did the most work with the least effort and the least amount of rags. The remaining two were a tie but the Star brite rags came out looking the dirtiest, with second dirtiest being Marykate and least dirty being Aurora. Over all cleanliness appeared to be the same for all three.

I don’t really recommend cleaning the windshield with any of the products mentioned because of the film left behind will leave streaks in the viewable area. The key to getting past the film is judicious use of rinsing water until all the suds are gone from the overflow followed by a soft non-abrasive cloth. I like an old rig spun cotton T-shirt or chamois cloth.

All of the products clean marine vinyl upholstery well but I seem to lean towards the Star brite, or the Marykate followed by a treatment of Polyguard or 303 Protectant. Actual fabric upholstery should be cleaned with a dedicated upholstery product of which there are several.

Cost wise the clear winner is the Marykate product, it works, comes in 32oz. size, and does everything you need it to do with just a bit more rinsing. Second place I’d have to go with Aurora’s product, it’s slightly more money and comes in a smaller 20 oz. size but takes less water and work. Third place is Star brite’s product, while being just barely the most expensive it falls in the middle of the rinse category but leads in the particulate category plus it has a protectant built in.

After you pull your inflatable boat or RIB out of the water it’s a good idea to figure out what you need to do to clean and protect your investment. Keeping a boat showroom clean is hard but with a little secret sauce it’s easy to keep it looking good for the time you own it. A few minutes is all it takes when you use any of the three cleaners we used, but those minutes may add years to your boat.

It all comes down to personal preference or what’s available and as long as you’re taking care of your boat it’ll take care of you. After cleaning you should always use a conditioner/protectant with no silicone. When the season ends you want to be sure you’re putting away your boat clean and dry whether it’s rolled up or inflated on a trailer. Anything you put off until next year will be tougher to clean and could possibly harm your tubes.

If I had to pick a winner it’d be you because you’ve taken the time to look at cleaners for your inflatable boat/RIB and landed here. We’ve used a lot of cleaners over the years but these three seem to be the best of the bunch There’s one for every budget so you won’t have an excuse to take good care of your boat. Not all boat cleaners are good for your inflatable boat so before you spend your hard earned cash for the wrong stuff take a minute to see if any of these three cleaners are in your local shop. You’ll be glad you did!