We just got back from Zodiac’s MILPRO Division Training and had a great time with some of the new and some of the old. To start things off we thought you’d like a sneak peak of Zodiac’s D Tube 750 design that has more space inside than anything in the First Responder or Commando range of boats.
Because of the “D Tubes” you no longer have the tubes’ radius intruding on deck space for gear or operations. Our resident operator Adam went out and had a good couple of days running tactical maneuvers and drills to put the new design thru it’s paces. Everyone loves what this boat will do including this writer.
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The Zodiac SRMN 550 has long been a favorite of the Police and Enforcement Community and one of our favorites for going fast and making high speed high G low radius turns. Adam grabbed a couple of pics between the times he was spraying everyone on the water while piloting the Zodiac SRMN 550.
Last but not least we show the Zodiac SMRN 500 in orange. Chances are you’ve already come across this one in your travels as it’s used throughout the marine community for rescue, safety ,law enforcement, oil rigs, etc.
Mike likes this one for heart pounding performance with “jockey console/seat system” that let’s the operator run it like a supercross racer. Bumps and high G turns are nothing for this model that makes the operator feel they are “Jedi” and the force is strong with them.
People ask me about jet pumps for their inflatable or their usability/feasibility almost daily. To make a long story short may inflatables can work with a jet pump no problem, in fact some work better the jet sleds out there because they float more weight and have less draft than aluminum sleds. Take a trip with Chris in his inflatable as he climbs up the Clackamas River to a more private beach that’s accessible only by floating with a tube or walking the river (it’s too shallow for other sleds/boat types).
Oh yeah I might as well answer the other question I get a lot too, “I have a big dog will his claws pop the boat?”. The short answer is “NO!”. Maura is about 165lbs of dog claws and is all about the boat ride. If your dog’s claws “popped” your boat chances are it was a pool toy not a Zodiac Inflatable Boat.
Yet another case study in the Zodiac FC470’s wide range of uses. As a rescue platform for waterborne rescue scenarios the Zodiac FC470 and ERB series are un-beatable. I found this video fun for two reasons, the intentional swamping of the boat, and the body of water they are training on. Yes we run rivers here, we go pretty hard and fast on some of the skinniest river systems in the NW for fisheries and guides not to mention for the thrill of the metal boat embarrassment race to the headwaters. Ron went big 30 years ago with his Commando on the Peyete River and set the pace for everyone else to follow.
We have more Police and Fire Departments utilizing the Zodiac FC470 and ERB models for their Swift/Fast Water Rescue Teams as well as Flood Response than all other models/types combined. The reasons this boat works so well is it’s shape, buoyancy, rigging, and downright amazing performance with virtually any outboard motor size.
Want to run with the Big Boyz? Get the right tool for the job! Get a Zodiac MILPRO FC470 and look at the water differently!
Zodiac MILPRO shares what has become common place for the SF (Special Forces) community. Underwater cache, infil, ex-fil, you name it Zodiac has been there and done that for over 100 years so they know what works and what doesn’t at this point.
Whether you are DELTA Force or Joe Weekender the Zodiac FC470 will get the job done and bring you home again in a transportable easily deployable platform. We love the FC 470 and usually have more than a few in service at any given time somewhere in the World. Operators in the know insist on the best, so should you.
First look at Wing’s New For 2015 P4.2 for Military and Professional Use. Incorporating Wing’s proven urethane material into a time tested length/shape for clandestine operations such as force insertion/extraction as well as search and rescue at the local level. Operators World Wide recognize the need for a 4.2 meter craft to handle the costal and inland waterways in a fast and safe way.
Note: when the floor boards aren’t level it is very hard to install the stringers. Try placing the other stringer under the boat to “level The floor boards” or Mike’s technique of utilizing the Navy’s way of kicking a few pumps into the keel then fitting the stringers.
Every once in awhile the boys at IBC’s Special Boats Division take a stock boat and rub some life into it.
This particular occasion they took a Bombard C4 Commando and rigged it up as a mission configurable Sportsmen’s Boat. Suitable for fishing, duck hunting, back country, and big game or just going fast this one does it all and asks for more.
They started by making a custom seating system with rotating folding chairs to utilize the accessory rails on the Commando’s HD floor system letting the user move them to where they wanted or needed them in seconds.
Next they took a look at the Scotty fishing and accessory system and did some magic there as well by applying the Scotty glue pads with heavy duty overlays to accept any Scotty product that uses the 241 standard base. (options abound)
The shop combined the Scotty system and Lowrance HDI System using the Scotty fish finder mount they were able to include a Lowrance HDI Gen2 5 inch GPS plotter/fish finder with transducer to help lock on to those secret spots with complete confidence. Removable was the idea with ultimate adjustability for viewing the screen at any position on the boat.
Taking a page out of Mike’s operational manual the shop installed Seadek non-skid to the HD Aluminum floors deadening the noise signature while providing superior traction in all conditions. The Army Green Camo Pattern doesn’t hurt when it comes to hunting ducks or geese and has been a favorite here in the NW for just that.
For that performance advantage the Special Boats Division went with a 40Hp T.L.D.I. 2 stroke outboard motor with a tiller handle. Mike and Adam insist on a tiller for laser precision handling with lock to lock maneuvers in less than a second. The T.L.D.I. motor is the first choice as it lends it’s self to pump applications as well as prop applications. This one is rigged with a prop but a lower unit pump kit is available for those operators who run the skinny stuff.
Now there is no excuse why your freezer is empty because the guys at IBC’s Special Boat Division have provided you with the master’s Tool Set.
It’s October again and that always makes me think of Dr. Bombard’s journey accross the Atlantic Ocean alone in a prototype inflatable boat.
On October 19th 1952 Dr. Bombard proved a castaway could survive in a liferaft until rescue on what the ocean could provide. With no food or water on his boat Dr. Bombard drifted for 65 days to prove his point. Dubbed the Heretique his prototype MK3 inflatable boat built by Zodiac would catapult survival at sea ahead centuries and boat design and knowlege immeasureably.
Starting October 19th and continuing on until December 23rd IBC will offer all Bombard Inflatable Boats in stock at an even better discount.
Our way of paying respect to Dr. Bombard and helping to get another generation of explorers on the water and off to adventure. Supplies limited to what’s on hand in the showroom and ware house.
This is a great time to buy as all new stock will be priced higher to reflect cost incereases for next season. Don’t worry IBC has a long history with the Bombard line and will always have boats coming, but not always at the price offered during the sale.
If you are looking for a jet powered inflatable boat the Bombard Commando series is the go to design. This custom mod from IBC is used by professionals the world over for shallow water operations, fishery based platforms, rescue, and law enforcement. A boat that can be rolled up and put into a small plane, car, or boat allows for rapid deployment anywhere there is water and a need for ultimate performance.