I’ve been wanting to blog for weeks but alas the times we live in have been consuming available man hours for clicking keys and staring at screens. Let’s give it a go and do some updating!
We’ve been receiving boats in good quantities, motors continue to trickle in, and some parts are starting to arrive again. Yesterday we received news on a over 130 containers inbound for the end of the year timeline. Barring any delays out of our control we’ll have more goods soon for some of the models we’ve been out of. Bear in mind that demand is high and pre-orders are filled first with any remaining stock to go into inventory.
Several popular Zodiac MILPRO models are in stock and ready to go at a moments notice for professional and military use, think Grand Raids, Sea Riders, ERBS, and HD versions. As we navigate the increased weather events, hurricane season and it’s impact on areas that see increased flooding globally IBC stands at the ready to help your mission be successful.
Outboard Motors remain elusive to capture in the wild. While I was out for a COVID test to meet mission requirements for next week I managed to drive by several other boat shops only to notice they were all out of boats and motors everywhere I looked. This explains why IBC has been getting calls all day long for outboards we wouldn’t normally have on hand. Fortunately IBC is a key dealer for brands like Yamaha so stock continues to be available albeit in limited quantities. Outboard costs have gone up like everything else in the world and again demand far outstrips supply. When we have outboards to sell we sell them, but in situations where outboards aren’t available or are the last ones in stock we reserve them for boat package sales. Do call in to check current availability on outboards, it changes daily with stock increasing and decreasing like the tides.
Recently IBC was evaluating the budget boat problem that is manifest in the world supply chain. We believe we’ve come up with some solutions that we can stand behind. IBC will be making more information available on those models soon with additions to our inflatableboats.com site when all the “I’s” are dotted and the “T’s” are crossed in the program. Keep checking in!
Rigging Programs have been hamstrung throughout most of the year with even simple parts like key switches, controls and cables becoming hard to come by. We have outboards awaiting boats, boats awaiting outboards, and both awaiting various rigging components. While some packages could easily get by with aftermarket parts, many of our critical high confidence/reliability items demand very specific parts and Q.A. procedures. These so called “Zero Compromise” or “Ship Safe” programs can be delayed due to the specs placed on such platforms so shipyards and agencies should plan for possible delays. If you are at this level you’re well aware of the constraints and are used to seeing some issues arise. For the rest of us just try to be patient as parts become available boats will be rigged.
Repair Materials have been the go to for most of the summer first time boaters fixing up old floppy second hand models. Recreational adhesives have been easy to come by but fabrics not so much. Unless it’s red, grey or white we’re currently out of fabrics/patches. Military and professional adhesive customers will continue to see long delays on controlled adhesives for their units/companies. Please bear with us your items are in process with military and professional shipments going out in the order they were received. Special Forces with a priority need will be addressed as best we can with commands ultimately deciding who gets what first.
12 Volt Inflation Pumps are back in stock and more popular than ever, Foot Pumps much less so.
2022 Boat Shows are up in the air right now for many shops and we are not excluded from the supply pinch happening right now. Keep checking in! If we’re able to support the show circuit with new models we’ll be in attendance, if not then it may be a pass.
Commando Models are still awaiting shipment for those of you looking for rugged adventure boats. If you can’t wait until the container comes in we suggest looking at our Zodiac MILPRO models such as the Grand Raid series. Our Zodiac MILPRO stock is good and offers some advantages to the more recreational based products like the Bombard Commando series.
Special Orders are still being processed and nothing has changed in regards to boats, outboards, tubesets, etc. If you decide you will just wait until stock become available you will lose your place in line. I see people make this mistake and then act surprised when the lead time increases. If you want it don’t wait or you will be disappointed by the result. In some cases of special orders IBC will only require a modest non-refundable deposit to get it in the books. In the past everything needed to be paid up front in order to do a special order. It’s case by case, product by product and as always special orders are fulfilled in the order they are received. The only exceptions on special order priority is reserved for our customers putting their lives on the line to help others survive/live.
IBC Showroom is open to the public and has remained so for the duration of the COVID crisis. We ask that you wear a mask and maintain a safe distance to others. It’s best to leave small children and the elderly at home when you visit. If you can not wear a mask due to an existing health condition accommodations will be made and an appointment will be setup for you.
IBC is ready to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding your existing or new inflatable boat purchase. Stop by or call (503)235-2628
We’re looking forward to the next chapter and everything it entails as we move into the fall season.
Be safe be happy and be healthy!