Shallow Water Running

Friday night the IBC Shark Rescue Crew takes a minute to discuss the details of the ongoing shallow water studies on island “X”. Where other props and boats fear to go the inflatable boat excells letting operators get to that “Secret Spot” quickly and safely with a full science package.

Get while the getting is good.Low tide dreams.
Get while the getting is good.Low tide dreams.

MKVI HD Downtown Portland Oregon

Take a ride on the Zodiac MK6 HD with IBC’s Mike and Ryan in the video posted above.This particular boat had many modifications done for a specific heavy duty mission in a very remote top secret location

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Sticks And Stones

I get asked alot about sticks and stones puncturing or “popping” an inflatable boat.Usually unless it’s a stick about the thickness of a spear with a pointed stone attached to the end of it it’s no problem. Part of the allure of the inflatable boat is going where people don’t go, adventure over the horizon and that sort of thing. The crew here at IBC certainly maintain that attitude and put their boats were other boats fear to go.Check out yesterday’s beaching op.

Beaching in remote areas.
Beaching in remote areas.

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.



Tracking Pacific Walrus: Expedition to the Shrinking Chukchi Sea Ice

The Inflatable Boat Center works with their customers very closely to accomplish their missions.

Take a look at the USGS Video “Tracking Pacific Walrus: Expedition to the Shrinking Chukchi Sea Ice” I’ve  embedded in this post featuring an IBC custom rigged Searider. USGS’s mission was walrus tagging and tracking the Arctic Ice Zone, a mission made successful by the use of an inflatable boat.

The use of an inflatable boat offers many benefits over a solid hulled vessel, one of which is SAFETY, others might include speed,economy,handling,etc.

If I showed you a customer list you would ask yourself, “Why don’t I own an inflatable boat?”. That’s probably the biggest question in boating right now, and with current economic woes the fiberglass and metal boat guys are asking themselves,”why aren’t I selling boats?”.

Inflatable boats are the environmentally concious choice and they are infinitely configureable to meet the demands of any user.

That’s the answer.

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


Inflatables As An Alternative To Hard Boats

People in the NW where I live always ask me about “deadheads” or logs in the river wrecking my inflatable boat. Well recently I had the opportunity to prove what I’ve been saying for awhile now….”You just don’t see damage like a fiberglass,wood, or aluminum hulled boat.” Look there has to be a reason 99.9% of all rescue boats are inflatable, they are lighter,faster,and more robust to what nature throws at them than that of a solid boat. In the video I’ve embedded here, you’ll see Adam and myself go by a U.S. Coast Guard boat while on plane then promptly hit a large log!! We were much more worried about the motor than the boat, and once we discovered we still had a lower unit it was back to the races. Being dressed as Santa Claus means we were on a mission and that mission can’t be scrubbed because of a sinker or a deadhead.

Enjoy the video and boat in complete confidence with an inflatable boat.

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.