Remember when Zodiac offered the Fish N Hunt series of inflatable boats in America?
Chances are if you are a fisherman or hunter worth your salt you do.
Many an elk have had the chance to ride in one of these beauties and become the big trophy on the wall. Well rumors are circulating around that IBC may become the sole vendor for the Zodiac Fish N Hunt in the 11’10” and 10’2″ sizes, much to this hunter’s eager anticipation. Lightweight unsinkable duck machines with the capability of a lay down or upright blind scenario mean meat on the table to this outdoorsman. Oh the kokanee I have boated with this boat are the stuff of legends in my circle of red neck friends.
If you think you might be worthy of owning one of these green machines give IBC a call (503)235-2628 and see if you can get on the list to own one. They always always always sell out and leave many a hunter ,fisherman, or RVer left wondering how they are going to get one.
Finally a green boat for people who live the outdoor lifestyle at a price that will leave your peers green with envy!
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.
IBC just got in a shipment of BIG R.I.B.s, all 2014 models just in time for the BIG R.I.B. Cook Out!
Get em while they’re hot and save the headache of trying to get one in peak season when nothing but boating will do.
Fun for the family, fun for the professionals, just plain fun!
Experiance the Pro Racing Model (not for the timid)
YachtLine Models with ultra luxury options not available on regular stock boats.(ultra luxury options only available at IBC)
Pro open Models for the diver or water worker looking for the edge of tech and performance in a all around boat.
Bayrunner Models for the best of both worlds, luxury seating and performance in an open boat price range.
Hurry these beauties won’t last long.
Pictures to come soon.
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.
Another Bombard Commando C-4 in the field doing work on our nation’s waterways.
This one comes from a customer in Idaho who is helping to control the Bass Population one fish at a time!
The Yamaha F20 hp seems to be the weapon of choice rigged to the C-4 Commando (rated to 50 hp) because of it’s light weight and incredible performance and fuel economy. Mike here at IBC runs the same setup himself for fishing and crabbing on the coast of Oregon. Does it work? Lets just say he eats alot of seafood and brings alot in for his shipmates here at the shop.
Fishing, diving, recreation, and work the Bombard Commando does it all and takes the blue water no problem. Get one today at www.inflatableboats.com and GO Commando!
I get alot of calls from fisherman looking for the ultimate bass setup. They ask me what I use, where I go etc.The answer is pretty obvious, I run a Bombard C4 Commando with a Yamaha F20 as the mill, and I go everywhere the other boats can’t go. This rig ought to be registered as a lethal weapon because you become a Bassassin with it.
The basic Bassassin Rig looks like my friend Thomas’s here. (let’s just call him Mr. Smith) On my personal Bassassin Boat I utilize a quiet foam non-skid product that gives me an even better edge (forget about the carpet) over the competition. Everything is available to the experianced Bass Fisherman and the beginner alike by going to www.inflatableboats.com and ordering online.
Want to be a Bassassin instead of Joe or Jane Average Angler?
We have on occassion met some really great people here at IBC in our day to day operations, and Mr. Black is no exception.
Mr. Black, maker of fine fishing rods and accessories was kind enough to post some pics on our Facebook page which we promptly snatched and put up here.
Customers and looky loos always ask if you can fish out of inflatable boats, the answer is a definite yes.
In fact it’s probably one of the best kept secrets in fishing.
The go anywhere and do anything capabilities of modern inflatables really take the angler to the spots where others simply cannot get to.They are quieter, (especially so by the addition of SeaDek), more buoyant and carry more than hard boats, they are packable into remote locations, and last but not least infinitely more stable in any water conditions than hard boats. I definitely fish out of my C4 Commando, much to the dismay of my fellow boaters I might add. I will raft up to them in their aluminum boats or bass boats and tag out in minutes using the same tackle and rods in the same water!
Now that the secret is getting out to the next generation of boaters you’ll likely see more people fishing out of inflatables, until then enjoy Mr. Black’s photos