Whale Watching Eco-Tours

I ran into Carrie Newell today, which was funny as I was just looking at her website.http://oregonwhales.com/

Carrie, a Professor in Marine Biology and author of several books and articles on whales and marine life, runs the only Whale Museum in the state and the only museum in the world that focuses on individual gray whales.

Captain Carrie takes people out to observe migrating as well as local whale populations off of the Oregon Coast for whale watching tours/trips as well as scientific expeditions.

To book your trip visit her website or call 541-912-6734 to start your adventure today.

carrieswhales@gmail.com

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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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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

Adding Nav Lights To An Inflatable Boat

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.

  1. 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)bow light layout 2
  2. Pour adhesive into a disposable paper cup or similar taking care not to introduce bubbles.pour glue
  3. Add the correct amount of catalyst per the manufacturer’s instructions.add catalyst
  4. Mix well taking care to not introduce bubbles to the mixture then set aside.mix
  5. Clean glue pad and areas you marked out earlier with correct solvent in both forward and aft locations.mek stern light pad
  6. Wait 5 minutes
  7. Repeat cleaning with solvent on glue pads and areas marked out.mek stern light pad
  8. Wait 5 minutes.
  9. 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.bow light glue
  10. Wait 5 minutes
  11. Apply a second THIN LAYER of adhesive to both glue pads and areas marked out on the boat.bow light pad glue
  12. Wait 5 minutes.
  13. Align your bow light glue pad with your marks making sure the orientation is correct and press down firmly.bow light cure
  14. 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.bow light bone
  15. Repeat step 14 above for the stern light.stern light adhesion
  16. Clean off excess glue from around areas with a lint free rag dampened (not soaking wet) with solvent.
  17. Wait 3 days prior to use.

You’ve just completed installing your portable nav light set!completed stern and rod holder

Good Job!

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.

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Custom Boat Covers

Sometimes I forget to talk about accessories, like covers for example.
IBC just made a custom cover for a customer’s brand new 2014 Zodiac Bayrunner 500 and this time I remembered to take a picture.
The cover is used for storage on the trailer,trailering down the road,and as a mooring cover.
Whether it’s a custom cover for the dinghy on a Mega-Yacht or a special operations team cover,new bimini top,outboard cover etc. IBC has you covered.(no pun intended)
Utilizing performance marine and Sunbrella Fabrics in most colors to match your yacht IBC will have your cover made to fit with critical area reinforcing as standard.
Trailering loops? Yes they are there! Cinch cord? Yep, included as standard. IBC has gained exceptional insight through years of inflatable boat customization and rigging to make the process of custom covering quick,easy and inexpensive.
Give us a call (503)235-2628 and we’ll get you covered!
For Standard Inflatable Boat Covers Click Here or visit www.inflatableboats.com and shop securely with our online store.

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Big R.I.B.s (Flintstone Style)

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.

Midway Island And The Laysan Albatross

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.

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.