Bombard Commando C4R Rescue Jet

While out running a water test of a Bombard Commando C4R Rescue Jet on the Willamette River with Chris & Mike from IBC’s Special Boats Div. (and of course Nora the shop dog too) we came across a couple of bald eagles resting on a snag.

No, your dog's nails won't "pop" your inflatable boat. Just ask Nora our shop dog who is considered one of the bigger ones.
No, your dog’s nails won’t “pop” your inflatable boat. Just ask Nora our shop dog who is considered one of the bigger ones.

Bald eagles are returning in bigger numbers to our Willamette River and are an indicator species for ecology because they eat the organisms that live in the water such as trout, carp, bass, etc. Our rivers are getting cleaner and are safe to swim and recreate on which brings us back to the water test.

bald eagles on the willamette river
Bald Eagles On The Willamette River

 

This particular package is the second one built by IBC and the Special Boats Division for Montana’s search and rescue teams. They chose the Bombard Commando C4R for it’s rescue red color, and it’s wooden keeled performance that far surpasses any other inflatable boat rigged with a jet. The Bombard Commando C4R is rigged with a four stroke Yamaha 40/30 jet to allow access to flooded areas with debris, skinny rivers and creeks, and also offer protection from prop strikes to victims and rescuers in the water.

IBC and it’s Special Boats Division has pioneered the jet modifications used on these craft from it’s early white water racing roots with Capt. Ron Mauselle, to the new breed of boaters like Adam, Chris, and Mike. Our crew rates as “super users” and operates on all bodies of water in all conditions. We have an intimate understanding of the needs of the rescue professionals because we do it ourselves.

With proprietary mods and tuning IBC will take your visions of mission profiles and make them the things of legend. IBC serves the professional, military and recreational markets and offers boat packages for every occasion or mission. Give IBC a call today and see why we rate #1 for tough military and professional missions and #1 for recreational applications world wide.

Now for a couple of pics of the boat we ran this morning while you were sleeping.

 

Bombard Commando Summer

This summer every other call is for a Bombard Commando series of inflatable boat. The customers on the coast ,rivers, lakes and islands have all been seeing the benefit to the Bombard Commando series from Zodiac.

With it’s wooden keeled performance and ability to pack down into bags for transport more and more users are going Commando. We love the Bombard Commando and many of us use them here at the shop, but we are dismayed at some of the other no name manufacturers saying it’s too hard to put together. In fact it’s one of the easiest!

Don’t take our words for it, see two of our newest Bombard Commando owners and decide for yourself.

Shannon runs a Bombard C4 Commando with a Yamaha F20Hp outboard that she inflates and deflates every time to stick in her car for kite surfing and fun on the water.
Shannon runs a Bombard C4 Commando with a Yamaha F20Hp outboard that she inflates and deflates every time to stick in her car for kite surfing and fun on the water.
Yes you can fish on an inflatable, just ask Jenny she tells no tales.
Yes you can fish on an inflatable, just ask Jenny she tells no tales.
Jenny inflates and deflates her Bombard Commando C3 every time and uses a Yamaha F20Hp outboard to get to her fishing spots .
Jenny inflates and deflates her Bombard Commando C3 every time and uses a Yamaha F20Hp outboard to get to her fishing spots .

jenny c3 commando 2

What do these two ladies, surfers, divers and fishermen know that you don’t? The Bombard Commando series by Zodiac offers the best performance and ease of setup over most other makes and models on the market.

The next time you want to go boating don’t make excuses, make friends and Go Commando while you’re at it!

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Zodiac Inflatable Boats

  1. Founded December 22,1896 the Societe Mallet, et de Pitray would become the Zodiac of today’s notoriety.
  2. Zodiac started out making balloons, airships, and airplanes.
  3. The first aircraft to aircraft photograph was taken by Andre Schelcher a pioneer in automatic balloon photography.

    First Photo Of Aircraft To Aircraft
    First Photo Of Aircraft To Aircraft
  4. It wasn’t until 1934 that designer Pierre Debroutelle (an accomplished hunter and outdoorsman) designed/manufactured an inflatable kayak thus causing the genesis of modern Zodiac Inflatable Boats.

    Pierre Debroutelle 1936 Zodiac Inflatable Boat Designer
    Pierre Debroutelle 1936 Zodiac Inflatable Boat Designer
  5. The first military orders of Zodiac Inflatable Boats was in 1937 by the French Aeronauticale to load ordinance on seaplanes for the war effort. Zodiac MILPRO Inflatable Boats are used by military and Special Forces to this day and have been used in every conflict since their introduction.
  6. Zodiac did not invent the inflatable boat, it’s use has been documented as early as 880 BC. Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II greased up some animal skins to cross a river with troops. Zodiac’s Pierre Debroutelle invented the “U” shaped inflatable hull and wooden transom inflatable boat that we are familiar with today in 1937 and patented it in 1943.
  7. In 1952 Dr Alain Bombard ( then a 27 year old intern at the hospital  of Boulonge-sur-Mer) crossed the Atlantic in a 10 man Zodiac Inflatable Boat with no food or water to prove a person could survive off of the sea alone until rescue or landfall. His use of Zodiac’s patented hull design with a wooden transom and a patented wooden keel would propel Zodiac into the forefront of boating and survival at sea. Dr. Bombard’s boat is the predecessor of the Bombard Commando series we all love today at IBC.

    Pierre Moreau Assembles Wooden Keeled Inflatable Boat 1950s
    Pierre Moreau Assembles Wooden Keeled Inflatable Boat 1950s
  8. In the early 1950’s Zodiac began manufacturing inflatable lifeboats. In 1957 France issued a decree making it mandatory that all ships have inflatable lifeboats instead of wood or metal aboard and in use because of the lives saved by the introduction of the Zodiac Inflatable Lifeboat.

    The Zodiac Puteaux Factory 1950s
    The Zodiac Puteaux Factory 1950s
  9. Zodiac Inflatable Boats were often the first modern craft that indigenous peoples saw as explorers made the world smaller thru the 20th century. Missionaries to military units all used the Zodiac Inflatable Boat as their tool of choice when it came to the rough and tumble nature of exploring uncharted waters and lands.
  10. Zodiac’s involvement in the boating industry has created one of the safest and most efficient boating modalities afloat today, and the Zodiac, Bombard or Avon brands we have come to love all live under one roof and have done so for over 100 years. Think about that before buying that cheap knockoff!
    Aeronavale 1937 Zodiac Torpedo Bomb Handling Inflatable Boat
    Aeronavale 1937 Zodiac Torpedo Bomb Handling Inflatable Boat

     

Dr. Alain Bombard solos across the Atlantic Ocean with no food or water in a Zodiac Inflatable Boat
Dr. Alain Bombard solos across the Atlantic Ocean with no food or water in a Zodiac Inflatable Boat
IBC specializes in life rafts for commercial,military,and recreational boaters and pilots
IBC specializes in life rafts for commercial,military,and recreational boaters and pilots

 

 

Pacific NW Sportsman’s Show Ends

As the show came to a close Sunday night we said goodbye to old friends and new alike. IBC would like to thank everyone who came by our booth to see the Sportsman’s Classic Package . Fisherman and outdoors enthusiasts lucky enough to have got one at the discounted show rate will be challenging everyone else this year with a boat and a motor package that goes into a compact car or small bush plane. Making the world more accessible to a wider group of people is what we do daily at IBC.

Lots of celebrities were on hand at our booth giving tips on bass fishing, tuna techniques, and back country affairs to make even the most seasoned pro pay close attention. The word is getting out, inflatable boats do more with less hassle and a lower cost of ownership than traditional boat systems.

IBC Pro Mike takes a second to have a brat and tell bass fishing stories with friend Rowland Martin at the IBC Both.
IBC Pro Mike takes a second to have a brat and tell bass fishing stories with friend Rowland Martin at the IBC Both.

Here’s fishing legend Rowland Martin with IBC Pro Mike eating brats and telling fish tales at the booth. If you missed Roland’s demo or talk catch up with him here on his website.

If you missed the show but still want to score a good deal on an inflatable boat for your next adventure by giving us a call (503)235-2628 or stopping by the IBC website.

Update: one of my manufacturers shot me this pic of Rowland Martin in one of their “3 Legends” kayaks that were offered a couple of years ago to the fishing marketplace. He also stated that Mike’s circle of friends was improving… hahaha! Enjoy!

Legendary fisherman Rowland Martin takes out a Maxxon kayak for a little quiet time on the water.
Legendary fisherman Rowland Martin takes out a Maxxon kayak for a little quiet time on the water.

Boat Show Specials End Soon

Well another boat show has come and gone but not the savings. IBC is holding their boat show special pricing for a short period to allow those of you who live too far away to attend a chance on some great deals.

We have about 50 boats on display in our main showroom right now so stop in and check out the deals like IBC’s new Zodiac Pro Open 650 Neo Deluxe.

Shop online for even more boats at even more savings!

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Rozalia Project’s Year In Review

IBC provided Rozalia Project’s Bombard Commando C3 for their extended mission profile and they have been using it like it was meant to be used. The Bombard C3 Commando was recommended to them by high latitude sailor Skip Novak as the go to expedition boat for remote access. IBC also uses the Bombard Commando series of inflatable boats for much of their use as well. Capt. Ron raced his C3 Commando just about everywhere to much acclaim for example. We have countless surfers, fishermen, explorers, and recreational users going where others can’t in their Bombard Commandos. Unbelievable carrying capacity on an ultra-stable platform means impossible things become realities. Check out Rozalia Project’s video below and see some of the things they do in their Bombard Commando C3.
Published on Dec 21, 2015

Rozalia Project’s mission is to clean and protect the ocean. This video, by Alex Levin, introduces Rozalia Project through the experience of the ParleyxRozalia Expedition.

ParleyxRozalia: An Expedition for the Oceans took place in July and August of 2015 on remote islands and hard to reach shorelines in the Gulf of Maine. Our objective was to pick up as much ocean trash as we could, bring it back to the mainland for upcycling and recycling and work with coastal residents to collect data and develop solutions to the problem.

Thanks to our partner, Parley for the Oceans, and parters and host organizations around the country, during this expedition, we removed over 130,000 pieces of marine debris from shorelines, engaged thousands of people in person and through social media and collected data that will lead us to solutions and innovations to get ahead of this problem.

Interested in joining a Rozalia Project expedition? Learn more and check out volunteer opportunities for people of all professional and academic backgrounds ages 18+ on www.rozaliaproject.org or on our Facebook page.

Dr. Bombard’s Journey

It’s October again and that always makes me think of Dr. Bombard’s journey accross the Atlantic Ocean alone in a prototype inflatable boat.

On October 19th 1952 Dr. Bombard proved a castaway could survive in a liferaft until rescue on what the ocean could provide. With no food or water on his boat Dr. Bombard drifted for 65 days to prove his point. Dubbed the Heretique his prototype MK3 inflatable boat built by Zodiac would catapult survival at sea ahead centuries and boat design and knowlege immeasureably.

Starting October 19th and continuing on until December 23rd IBC will offer all Bombard Inflatable Boats in stock at an even better discount.
Our way of paying respect to Dr. Bombard and helping to get another generation of explorers on the water and off to adventure. Supplies limited to what’s on hand in the showroom and ware house.

This is a great time to buy as all new stock will be priced higher to reflect cost incereases for next season. Don’t worry IBC has a long history with the Bombard line and will always have boats coming, but not always at the price offered during the sale.

If you are looking for a jet powered inflatable boat the Bombard Commando series is the go to design. This custom mod from IBC is used by professionals the world over for shallow water operations, fishery based platforms, rescue, and law enforcement. A boat that can be rolled up and put into a small plane, car, or boat allows for rapid deployment anywhere there is water and a need for ultimate performance.

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