Cardinal has done it again!

Brand New For 2015!

Cardinal has done it again with their heavy duty Aluminum Hulled CDARP 310. Cardinal Inflatables has taken input from boaters, yachtsmen and sailors alike to deliver an Aluminum Hulled RIB that has all the features you’d ever need in a boat built to stand up to the harshest conditions. Compare it’s hull to other makes and models on the market and you see why more professional users request the Cardinal CDARP 310 HD Aluminum RIB for their boating needs.

Taking some notes from the miltary and other pros using inflatable boats, Cardinal has added multiple D-Rings in critical areas for cargo handleing and tie downs.

Hoisting aboard is easy with The Cardinal Integrated Lifting System “C-LIFT” which features easy access lifting eyes in the right spots.

Metal hulled boats have always been the slipperiest boats out there and many boats require additional non-skid to combat this design flaw. Cardinal has looked at this issue from the very beginning by incorporating a High Aspect Profile Pattern Integration or “HAPPI” into the deck design making sure footing a certainty. Cardinal is the only company that has taken this approach for a standard item rather than premium add on option. “Don’t worry be HAPPI!”

Available in PVC or Hypalon

COLOR: White
LENGTH:10’1″
BEAM: 5′
AIR CHAMBERS: 3
TUBES: 16″
VALVES: Leafield
WEIGHT: 143 lbs.
LOAD: 1,343 lbs.
CREW: 5
HP: 15
INTERIOR DECK: Flat
Other: Two Aluminum Seats / Thirteen-316 Stainless Steel D-Rings / Bow Storage Locker / Ten Grasp Handles / Heavy Emergency Grasp Lines / Bow and Stern Carry Handles / Four-inch Full Surround Rub and Keel Strake / Stainless Steel Bow and and Stern Lifting Eyes / Fold-Down Locking Oar System with Two-Piece Breakdown Aluminun Oars and Oar Holders / Protective Transom Motor Clamp Plate / Foot Pump and Service Kit.

 

2015 Portland Boat Show

The 2015 Portland Boat Show Starts today  and IBC is there  with some special boats on display. Come see the 550 Pro Special Edition, or the Bayrunner 500 Racing, we even have a Bombard Air Ethic 500 on display! (the only one in America)

The new 2015 line of Highfield Inflatable boats are in stock featuring aluminum hulls and quality fabrics on display at the Portland Boat Show and in our showroom (you can also order them online).

A favorite among our operators and special use clients the Bombard Commando Series(another IBC exclusive) is on hand and on display in our showroom, at the boat show and online with many non-standard options available through our Special Boats Division here at IBC. Think of it as an inflatable boat pro shop and you’ll start to understand where the team guys are coming from when they build one of these bad boys out for a customer. (Most of us run one)

The new Cardinal Folding RIBs are on display as well as some extra special dinghies and SUP Boards. Don’t miss out on our 2015 Portland Boat Show Kayak Specials with prices to low to print!

For the luxury yachts out there IBC has on display the Zodiac Yachtline 340 in luxury Camel Trim Color and custom SeaDek Teak non-skid (only available thru IBC) with enough bells and whistles to make even the most up turned nose take notice.

All this and more at the 2015 Portland Boat Show Booth #214

Join IBC at the 2015 Portland Boat Show Booth# 214
Join IBC at the 2015 Portland Boat Show Booth# 214
Come see the IBC Booth #214 at The Portland Boat Show
Come see the IBC Booth #214 at The Portland Boat Show

Storing Your Inflatable Boat For The Winter

This time of year I get quite a few calls about storing inflatable boats for the winter season. “Should I leave it inflated, or deflated?”, is probably the most popular so lets start there.

Stowing Your Boat Deflated

If you are going to roll up and store your boat for the winter make sure you keep it off of the floor in your garage. It’s that one mouse you didn’t know you had that’s going to chew holes into it and make it a winter cache or nest. Do make sure your inflatable boat is clean and dry before you roll it up and stick it in it’s bag for several months. If it’s not clean and dry you will have a science experiment on your hands when you unroll it in the spring. The ocean, pond, river or lake included micro-organisms in it’s water that love a dark moist place, don’t make it easy for them. Don’t leave your inflatable boat outside rolled up against the house or you will likely get the science experiment, the mouse holes, and the spiders/ bugs all rolled into a giant spring roll of nightmares when you go to use it.

Don’t leave your boat out in the shed to die, or it likely will. Out of sight out of mind right? I get this call all the time, ” I bought a boat from you a year ago and when I unrolled it the attachments were coming off, is this under warranty?”. Short answer probably not. Typically when I look up the deal  the customer bought it ten years ago and left it to die in his/her shed until someone said “boat” and triggered a memory. A lot of the time they thought they were calling someone else and that short answer sounds like, “I don’t sell insert non-Zodiac brand   here.” Your tin shed can get hotter than Hades in the summer time and colder than the Moon in winter time. Put ten years of that abuse and neglect to any boat, inflatable or otherwise, and you will encounter problems. Keep your investment shipshape by storing it in a house closet or in the garage off the floor and be a happy camper in the spring.

Stowing Your Boat Inflated

This one is hard for some people to figure out for some reason? If you are going to leave your inflatable boat inflated for the winter you better be prepared to kick some air into it once in awhile with your foot pump. Keep it full and firm and problem free.

Listen, air leaks out of a SCUBA tank or welding tank, balloon, etc. It’s air, don’t you remember anything from 2nd grade about air, or at the very least that balloon you tried to save when you were a kid? If you leave your inflatable boat rigged with a motor on a trailer for months of unseen neglect don’t call me in a frantic state on the first nice day to complain that your transom ripped off. (are you reading this volunteer fire dept.s across the country?) Yes it will happen, as the air leaks out the strain on the after tubes becomes non-conducive to a glued joint and it’s longevity. “I left my boat half inflated leaning against the wall and now it has holes in it”. This one sentence says it all in two words, half inflated. If you are going to snag on something believe it’s because there’s not enough air in the boat to keep it rigid and smooth. The guys/gals who are storing their boats this way are asking for a mouse hole or messed up attachments. The inflatable boat gets it’s strength from the air inside of it’s tubes, when you let half of it out you strain the system. It’s like bleeding a warrior of half of his blood then sending him into battle. It just doesn’t work. By far this storage scenario is one of the worst for the dreaded mouse hole problems. When you lean it up against a wall you put it directly in the path of the mice you didn’t think you had, and letting half of the air out only makes it possible for them to chew on it. Hey don’t believe me and IBC’s 40+ years of doing these repairs every single spring, find out for yourself, but don’t complain to me when it’s opening day and we are backed up for weeks with Fire Dept. Rescue Boats. Instead of the half inflated scenario just clean it and roll it up like above paragraphs or keep it full and firm. No one likes a floppy dinghy!

Of you are trailering your boat check it frequently throughout the winter, cover it with a good cover like Carver or Sunbrella and kick air into it when it needs it. Done!

I write this story with snow dumping outside the shop door before I go kick some air into my Bombard C4 Commando. Yes I’m going out tonight and probably in the morning too! I currently use my inflatable boat year round but I’ve stored it for years and years without a problem because I just followed the advice above.

 

 

Boats To The Left Of Me And Boats To The Right Oh My!

Adam and Mike are setting up new 2015 inflatable models in the IBC Showroom today.

Stop and shop for first dibs on the new and cool before the season price increases.

Inflatable Boat Center

2041 SE Powell Blvd.

Portland Oregon 97202

(503)235-2628

or get them online at www.inflatableboats.com

Come and see us, order online, or over the phone, help us get Mike off the new batch of Bombard Commandos!

 

2014 NW Sportsmen’s Show IBC Corner Booth

Just a few quick picks of the corner IBC Booth at the 2014 NW Sportsmen’s Show in Portland Oregon before I go out there myself today. Stop by the booth and say hi to Adam and Mike, both have enough miles at sea to answer just about any question you may have about boating. Stop by and see why IBC is the #1 Inflatable Boat Dealer in the world.

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Downrigger Mounts For Inflatable Boats

I get asked this question alot, “How do you mount a downrigger to a Zodiac?”. The answer is actually pretty easy as it turns out, use a Scotty Glue on Pad or a Weaver Ultra Mount setup. Scotty has done alot of work making their system compatible with just about everything that floats and all of the products fit with the same base. (see below for example of this)

rod holder installed scotty fish finder installed rod holder installed inboard

The Weaver System uses a similar glue on setup but uses “Bolt Pads” with a common thread size making attachments as easy as lefty loosey – righty tighty. By using the Weaver Bolt Pads you can customize just about anything you can imagine onto your Zodiac or other brand of inflatable boat.(see below for examples)

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Get the Scotty System or the Weaver System by going to our website or by calling (503)235-2628 and speaking to our friendly sales staff.

 

SeaDek Sheet Installation D.I.Y.

Today I’d like to talk about SeaDek installation. SeaDek as most of you are aware or are learning now is a non-skid marine product that we (IBC) have been fitting on our deluxe tenders and rescue boats for a couple of years. We love how it works in the wet and use it on our personal boats as well.

So you’re a d.i.y. guy or gal and have purchased a large sheet of SeaDek from IBC to install yourself.

1. remove your floor boards from your boat

2. clean your floor boards

3. use your floor boards as a template taking care to measure off the “H” members that join them together

4. use a sharp bladed knife like a box cutter  to cut your pieces

seadek large sheet installation

5. check the fit of each piece to it’s corresponding floor board section.

seadek floor board installation 2

6. mark off any areas the stringers or “H” members will need clear and trim to marks

7. peel off a section of the backing paper and fold it back exposing a small area of the adhesive and fit into place (this will act as an anchor to ensure you install as straight and true as possible)

8. peel off remaining paper backing and stick to floor boards

seadek floor board installation

9. press down with your hands or a roller over the entire surface to ensure good adhesion

10. re-install your floor boards

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11. enjoy!

 

Take your time during installation and you will enjoy years of good traction and good looks.

Snow Camo pattern on this Commando C4R Rescue Boat
Snow Camo pattern on this Commando C4R Rescue Boat

Rember IBC offers complete design and installation of your custom SeaDek System.

SEADEKYL380DL

IBC Designed Custom Teak SeaDek Kit for Zodiac Yachtline 380 DL above and installed below.

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Zodiac Yachtline 420 DL SeaDek Installation Custom Teak Kit Pics Below

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For you D.I.Y. people out there you can purchse what you need here http://www.inflatableboats.com/SeaDek-Non-Skid_c95.htm

As always we are here to help so if you have any questions give us a call (503) 235-2628 and see what makes IBC #1 in the World for Sales Service And Repair of inflatable boats.

Camo Pontoons For Sportsmen Sneak Peak

We like to keep fellow Watermen and Sportsmen apprised of things that are of interest and today’s offering is no exception.IBC is pleased to announce they will be showing the new camo pontoons at the NW Sportsmen’s Show in Febuary at the Portland Expo Center.The all new camo pontoons will be available for pre-order starting….NOW!

Call (503)235-2628 and reserve yours today. They are selling quick to the guides and outfitters that have come thru the shop so don’t miss your chance.

IBC World Exclusive

Very Limited Numbers

Deliveries to begin in March.

A first look at the camo pontoon pattern for 2014. Another IBC World Exclusive!
A first look at the camo pontoon pattern for 2014. Another IBC World Exclusive!

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