Inflatable Boat Saves Sinking Yacht

It’s been awhile since we posted last but I thought this story justified the time it takes to tell.

About a week ago we got in a severly damaged inflatable boat, it looked like it went through a warzone to say the least. What happened was a thru hull fitting blew out in the yacht and she was taking on water quick. One of the crew decided to drop the hook to get her stationary without checking with the captain. The anchor fell and went thru the inflatable one one side of the tubeset,the floor and one chamber on the other side of the tubeset!

After much confusion the decision was made to abandon ship to the dinghy (the one the anchor went thru). As the boat went down it started to pull the dinghy along with it so the crew found themselves in the water scratching for the one chamber that was still inflated. All hands thought that was it, they would be lost in the blue never to be heard of again.The dinghy had other plans though…

After much bubbling and hissing the dinghy found it’s center mass to the line still attached to the now sunken yacht and with all of an inflatable boat’s floatation power lifted the bow of the yacht to the surface. The crew made to the dinghy and clung on until they were rescued. When the salvage team went out to assess the situation they found the inflatable boat still holding strong and the yacht’s bow still showing. Suffice it to say that the salvage job was much easier as they were able to attach inflatable air bags to bring her back up.

The captain brought the dinghy in for repair and she is currently getting her final touches completed before joing the yacht again. You can’t even tell where the anchor went thru and she holds air like she did when it was new!

I couldn’t make this up if I tried, and I doubt there is a much better story as to the bouyancy and safety of the inflatable boat. Boat in confidence with an inflatable boat and live to tell the sea tales you read about in school.



Portland Yacht Club Christmas Ships Cook Out

IBC would like to thank the Portland Yacht Club for inviting us members and guests out for a night of celebration and cook out white the Christmas Ships went by.
It was a packed house inside and out with members and guests enjoying some good conversation centered on the Christmas Spirit and the incredible light show by flotilla.
Obviously you had to be there to get the full effect so these images won’t do the show justice but I’ve included them for the non-members and members who couldn’t make one of the Club’s biggest events of the year.

Portland Yacht Club


Remembering The Sailors Of Pearl Harbor

IBC would like to take a moment to remember the sailors and other service members who paid the ultimate price for freedom at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941.
In honor of our servicemen and women IBC is extending a Military Discount for all new boat purchases to customers who present a Military I.D. Card in the store.

Portland Boat Show 2 for 1 Coupon

1st — for the first time there will be a 2 for 1 coupon available for those attending the 2013 Portland Boat Show.
2nd — for WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY the 9th, 10th & 11th, from 5pm to close, 9pm there is N/C (no charge) parking for those attending the 2013 Portland Boat Show.
For a couple attending the show those days we have just saved them $18.00. instead of paying $10.00 per person and $8.00 to park, it will cost 2 people attending W/T/F only $10.00.

Jusk click on the coupon image and print it out on your home computer, present it at the show and save.
Come see us at the show Booth # 212 and see what the World’s Leading Authority on Inflatable Boats can do for you.

Hawaiian Typhoon Boat Special

Now Available for our Hawaiian Customers needing a great boat at a great price.
The Typhoon 420 Aluminum is the only boat you need to get to that “Secret Surfing Spot”,fishing hole, or if you just want a great boat to dive those Japanese Zeros strewn about the Islands. Great for Molokini Crater snorkel trips or whale watching off the coast.

This offer brought to you by your bruddas on the mainland.
“IBC way da best”

Looking After An Outboard

You don’t have to be IBC’s 5 Star Gold Certified Master Mechanic “Dan The Man” to properly care for an outboard. First and foremost become acquainted with your user manual, even if you have owned an outboard before. Technology changes at an ever increasing pace, so read the book. There is nothing worse than a break down, especially if weather is coming in, if you are offshore or in a shipping lane. Familiarizing yourself with the operation and nomenclature of your motor may save you some headaches later on.
Annual Check

Everyone operating a boat should have their outboard serviced annually by a qualified mechanic. Seals and impellers can degrade over time and new Ethanol Fuel Blends can render an outboard useless in a matter of weeks. Warning Alarms, spark plugs and wires, upper and lower unit oil, and any other critical items your qualified mechanic and manufacturer recommend should be inspected before you start your boating season. Don’t wait until the last minute before you go boating either. Chances are you’re not the only one trying to get out on the water or trying to get your outboard serviced before the weekend.
Flushing Out Your Outboard

ALWAYS FLUSH YOUR MOTOR after using it even if it was only used in freshwater. Flushing attachments are more and more frequently found on the new 4 stroke motors(look at Yamaha’s example), check your owner’s manual to find out if yours has one or not and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The indefatigable “Rabbit Ears” or flushing attachment fits nearly all motors without built in flushing systems and with the addition of a garden hose complete the package. Ten minutes on the rabbit ears and you’re done. With the problem of invasive species this is a must after every outing.
Cooling Discharge

Always check for cooling water discharge out of the “Tell Tale” when you start your motor. If you don’t see any water being discharged from under the cowling or “peeing” as I hear so often, shut down the motor and figure out the cause. Sometimes it’s debris or vegetation covering the intake, sand in the water passages, other times it’s a bad impeller. Today’s modern impellers are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances out of space age neoprene derivatives but they aren’t indestructible. An annual check will tell you whether or not you need to replace your impeller, or the rate of flow from the tell tale outflow pipe (or lack thereof). Remeber if the motor hasn’t been run in several years the impeller can dry out and become brittle thus making it more apt to break apart when run.

Always , always, always use fresh fuel every single time. Fuel that is left in your tank can begin breaking down in days to weeks. The new E10 fuels available at your local gas station are less effecient and leave unburned contaminants in your motor. If possible use ethanol free fuel from a reputable marine supplier or buy your pump gas from a trusted source. Independent studies have found some dishonest stations watering down their gas beyond the federally allowed 10% to increase their already fat bottom lines. It’s buyer beware so know where the good gas is sold or ask the local fisherman who earn their livelihood on the water. Most manufacturers won’t honor fuel issues in their warranties so be proactive and use the “Good Stuff”! It’s a good idea to disconnect the fuel line and run the motor out of fuel if it isn’t going to be run for any period of time longer than a few days (carburated motors only , never run a fuel injected motor dry unless your manufacturer reccomends it). If you must use “pump gas” use a fuel stabilizing additive such as “Yamalube Fuel Stabilizer & Conditioner Plus” for E10 fuels.

The opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and may not be the opinions of IBC


New IBC Web Store

The new website/store is almost finished and boy oh boy does it look and function good.
When it launches it will be at the old domain The parts and accessories sections will have you wondering how you made it this far without ever seeing soo many options. Definitely keep checking back at as well as here for more and tricks and super web specials.

Inflatable Boat Works

Welcome to the Inflatable Boat Works site, (soon to be joined to the Inflatable Boat Center’s comprehensive web shop). The Inflatable Boat Center is America’s Senior Zodiac Dealership and offers sales and service on most quality inflatable boat brands for recreation, commercial or military use. Stop by our showroom on 2041 SE Powell Ave., in Portland Oregon and see one of our salaried salesmen for all your inflatable boating needs. Give us a call (503)235-2628 with your questions or concerns regarding repair, accessories, new boat models, yacht tender or special projects.

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