This time of year things slow down for the typical boater or stop altogether. Myself and all my friends look forwad to this each and every year. Practically no one on the water means we have the whole river,lake and ocean to ourselves. What makes this possible is the environmental float suit first made popular by the military. Taking a page from their book the yachtsman or inflatable boat operator can effectively extend the boating season to a year round activity. Fishing, hunting,crabbing, camping or just playing around are activities that open up completely in the winter months. Unrestrictive vistas and aventures await you this winter season and all it takes is a suit. IBC can get you the right suit for any activity but for most it will be the Mustang or 1st Watch Environmental Float Suit that meets the need.
When it’s 17 degrees outside and you want to run the river for brunch at The Riverplace Hotel go ahead and enjoy it but keep our seats open because we’re coming for lunch at the bar!
To get your own Environmental Float Suit contact IBC at (503)235-2628 or order online www.inflatableboats.com and enjoy the boating lifestyle year round.
Sometimes a day trip goes a little bit longer than originally intended and before you know it you’re in the inky dark.
In this installment I’m going to show you how to install a set of removable nav lights to your inflatable boat.
So you went to www.inflatableboats.com and bought adhesive for your boat and your navlights and have everything laid out and ready to go.
Your Zodiac or other brand of inflatable boat is fully inflated and clean from all debris and gunk.
Take your bow and stern lights out of the packaging and trace their respective locations with a silver Sharpie and set aside for later.(if Hypalon scuff area marked out with sandpaper)
Pour adhesive into a disposable paper cup or similar taking care not to introduce bubbles.
Add the correct amount of catalyst per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Mix well taking care to not introduce bubbles to the mixture then set aside.
Clean glue pad and areas you marked out earlier with correct solvent in both forward and aft locations.
Wait 5 minutes
Repeat cleaning with solvent on glue pads and areas marked out.
Wait 5 minutes.
With a natural short or trimmed bristle brush apply a THIN LAYER of adhesive to both glue pads and areas marked out on the boat.
Wait 5 minutes
Apply a second THIN LAYER of adhesive to both glue pads and areas marked out on the boat.
Wait 5 minutes.
Align your bow light glue pad with your marks making sure the orientation is correct and press down firmly.
Use a dull putty knife or spoon or whatever you have that is stiff and not sharp to “bone” or burnish the glue pad from the center out to the sides or edges.
Repeat step 14 above for the stern light.
Clean off excess glue from around areas with a lint free rag dampened (not soaking wet) with solvent.
Wait 3 days prior to use.
You’ve just completed installing your portable nav light set!
Don’t forget the batteries and I’ll see you out on the water.
We went ahead and added a Scotty glue on rod holder base at the same time we did the lights. The Scotty glue on base accepts fish finder/GPS display holders,crap pot pullers as well as the ever popular GoPro Camera Mount and more all in one system. Get yours at www.inflatableboats.com and make your inflatable boat even more awesome.
This one in from Bodega Bay from long time Commando user Charles F.
Not his first Bombard Inflatable Boat, Charles rigged his new C5 himself using off the shelf parts and some custom fitting on his radar arch.
The radar arch is rigged for easy break down and storage only taking a couple of minutes to fully rig the Raymarine System and Electric Scotty Downrigger.
Featuring a Yeti Cooler for a front seat, 12 gallon fuel tank with Yamaha 10 micron fuel water seperator and a F50 Yamaha Outboard.
Charles runs his Commando all around the bay and in the surf taking fish in some spots a regular boat would fear to go.
The Commando Inflatable takes you there and back in complete safety and confidence like no other boat can.
Sure I love the Commando line, I run one myself, and more and more people looking for hi performance and economy are finding the Commando to be the “Sweet Spot” in boating.
All items listed or in the photographs are available at the Inflatable Boat Center or online at www.inflatableboats.com
Thanks Charles for sharing these pics of your awesome boat.
See you on the water!
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.
The Captain asked me to swing by his desk for a second today to “check something out”. Usually this is to check out some inflatable boat design or item, but today it was to check out a trailer for a film called “Midway”. (see embedded) or view at www.midwayfilm.com
I have to say that I was moved enough to post the trailer here.Too much of our enviroment is trashed and full of plastic garbage and this hammers it home. I constantly see empty cans and plastic bottles in my landings on beaches everywhere I go. I’ve taken to carrying trash bags so I can pick this crap up and dispose of it properly. Why can’t people just take their trash with them? You can’t hardly find a place that doesn’t have plastic waste on it or beer cans creating an ecological nightmare. Go ahead and look next time you’re out in your boat or dinghy and you’ll see what I mean. Too often we’ll get motors in the shop that suck this stuff up into their cooling systems causing expensive repairs and much frustration.
Do your part, pick up your trash and help keep the water clean for another generation. Let’s not be the last one.
When Swift Water Rescue Teams like Pierce County Washington need something done to their boats IBC is there. In this case Pierce County’s Swift Water Rescue Team needed reflective lettering applied to their boats in less than day to provide continuous service on the water. IBC responed and had the job done in record time.