There’s a lot of buzz about SeaDek in the boating world and for good reason. SeaDek manufactures EVA non-skid for boats and anything else that requires good traction in all conditions. What The Inflatable Boat Center does with it is make exclusive custom kits for the Zodiac Yachtline series of inflatable boats, as well as offer solutions for many of the other sport boat types.
IBC designed and owns some exclusive kit designs but they also sell sheet material for DIY applications.
One customer named Paul who recently upgraded his dinghy to a Zodiac RIB 310 took a sheet of SeaDek and did his own application.
We’re calling Paul for the next shop job his install was so nice!
Mike was one of the first to use SeaDek in an inflatable boat on his Bombard Commando C4R. He got the idea after talking to SeaDek surfing buddy Jason at a boat dealers show and the rest is history.
We love the SeaDek product and know you will too! Call us and see what we can do for your boat or if you want to do it yourself what you can do for yourself with IBC and SeaDek.
I get this question asked a lot, “How do you launch a small rib from the beach?”. My answer is usually Aussie Style! For those of you who don’t know what that means I refer you to the video below.
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
It’s a new year already and for some boaters that means getting your boat registration renewed. Oregon State Marine Board has a new online renewal system that is up and running and from the feedback we have been getting at the shop it’s a much quicker process than going to the Oregon State Marine Board Headquarters in Salem or mailing in your payment.
Also new for this year is the IBC Special Boats Division’s Bombard Commando Package with a 40hp outboard included. This is one of our favorite packages for doing all the work and having all the fun, rolled up into a eyelid peeling performance boat.
The Portland Boat Show is starting next week at the Portland Expo Center so if you are in town stop by our booth at the show for some special pricing that’s too low to publish!
IBC will be in Booth #214 and will be premiering the Bombard Air Ethic 500, The Zodiac Pro 550 Special Edition, Zodiac Bayrunner 500, the 2015 Highfield line, Cardinal Inflatable boats, and many more that will get you out on the water and in the fun zone.
2015 is looking to be the best year for inflatable boats yet as more and more people everywhere are learning the benefits of the inflatable boat over traditional boats.
Wednesday, January 7th – Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Halls C, D & E
Wed thru Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kids 12 & Under are FREE
Parking is $8 per space, per entry. Carpools of three or more are $7.
Exhibitor parking is $7 and includes in and out privileges.
Stay tuned for more exciting news as 2015 progresses.
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.
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.
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
5. check the fit of each piece to it’s corresponding floor board section.
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
9. press down with your hands or a roller over the entire surface to ensure good adhesion
10. re-install your floor boards
Take your time during installation and you will enjoy years of good traction and good looks.
Rember IBC offers complete design and installation of your custom SeaDek System.
IBC Designed Custom Teak SeaDek Kit for Zodiac Yachtline 380 DL above and installed below.
Zodiac Yachtline 420 DL SeaDek Installation Custom Teak Kit Pics Below
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.
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.
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.