Recently IBC was in attendance for the 2017 Zodiac MILPRO Vancouver Seminar in Vancouver BC. Twenty six countries were represented with military, law enforcement, and other government agencies on hand for some bleeding edge technology and demos.
The offerings Zodiac MILPRO and Hurricane brought are a far stretch from the boats you might have been exposed to in your military days. Vastly improved material science and finite element analysis coupled to ISO standards and CAD/CAM mean these are stronger, lighter, faster, better than anything that has come before.
In my day (Mike) gps, cell phones, radar, etc. weren’t around or weren’t deployable in the R.I.B. platform. We used old school techniques and tools for the jobs at hand on the many different missions we ran in the Navy. Whether it was loading demo, or doing salvage or dive ops we did it all with the inflatable boats. Sure we dreamed big and wished certain things were available then that are now. Electronics wise we are light years ahead, gps, ais, radar, radio and more are all available in marinized versions that could launch the space shuttle with just one of their ic chips. Big glorious multi-function flat panels and touch controls coupled to fly by wire screaming power makes intercepting or overtaking any vessel a snap.
Multi-mission decks mean gun mounts to sonar fish are but a few minutes work to switch between. Shock mitigation cabins and reconfigurable seating means one boat does more in even the toughest conditions. These boats are special operator dream fuel, they are law enforcement sugar plums, they are the very tip of the spear or the trident as it were. The new Zodiac MILPRO and Hurricane R.I.B.s will save more lives and cost less to operate than any other technology on, in, under, or above the water period!
If running boats for fun or profit is your thing you won’t do better than the Zodiac MILPRO lineup. IBC has the configuration you need and at the right price for quick return of investment. There are as many options as stars it seems so just because you haven’t seen it anywhere doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Give Adam, IBC’s MILPRO specialist, Adam a call (503)235-2628 or shoot him an email email@example.com with your inquiry.
All pictures taken by Adam, faces blurred by necessity.
The Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB offers some distinct improvements over the previous generations. Amenities such as an updated bow locker and forward fuel tank system seem obvious to the technical people, but to the aesthetic and function crowd the deeper and wider stowage seat get top billing. Also added is a very well thought out after stowage locker and transom well just forward of the outboard with industry standard access hatch and multiple non-skid stepping areas.
Dropping the hook on the Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB is also breeze and the built in bow step with integrated bow roller and cleat make perfect sense to all of us. Often times we wonder why other brands don’t utilize a system such as this. Obviously the answer to most design features is cost. Highfield like so many other non-traditional brands manufacture in China but where they differ is with the quality of materials chosen for the task.
Here at IBC we tend to stock only the best boats made at the best manufacturing centers out of the best materials. When working with Highfield in the early days we voiced concerns over materials and assembly techniques to the plant supervisors and vendors and helped come to a level of craftsmanship that rivals some of the best.
Agencies that spend their time on the water ask for it by name….Zodiac MILPRO’s SRA 750 D-Tube. With so many marine operations underway in today’s society it’s no wonder that Zodiac MILPRO took the tried and true RHIB or RIB platform to new levels of performance in the SRA 750’s multi-mission platform. Suited for both ship based and port based operations the increased internal space provided by the Zodiac MILPRO SRA 750 “D-Tube” checks off the boxes for VBSS missions abroad as well as Homeland Security missions at the home fronts.
Features such as Zodiac’s shock mitigation system saves the backs of our warfighters in SWCC where surgery scars are the norm not the exception. High performance fly by wire controls and ultra high output outboards that sip fuel while on mission married to the SRA 750’s advanced hull design mean more time on station with lower operating costs and extended range capabilities. Abilities to go from over the horizon to the littoral zones for team insertion are noteworthy force multipliers making missions successful, safer and wider reaching into the battle space or rescue area.
For ship to ship VBSS missions (one of the most dangerous missions to undertake) operators appreciate the speed and stability only a Zodiac MILPRO can bring to the fight making it the ideal platform for boarding and clearing vessels who venture into exclusion zones. Pirates hate the Zodiac MILPRO SRA’s ability to mount weapons on the re-configurable deck plate system and it’s unparalleled speed in conditions that will sink lesser boats. Encircling and capturing combatant craft while at sea before they can come close to shipping or military assets means more lives saved.
You don’t have to the tip of the spear to use the SRA 750, whale watching tours to shipyard and coastal rescue organizations can all benefit from the steady and speedy nature of the SRA 750. Bar pilots love what the SRA 750 represents in terms of usability and cost of ownership when compared to more traditional boats on the market today. Rigid foam collars are available for the heavy shipping user as well as the recreational customer and can offer some advantages over inflatable when used in a high abrasion application like salvage or deep sea missions.
Yes the SRA 750 has notched it up a few clicks for it’s users and since it’s multi-mission there’s a configuration for anyone who works on the water. To schedule a demo or to purchase a Zodiac MILPRO SRA 750 call the pros at IBC (503)235-2628 and get the best boat for the mission of choice.
IBC is pleased to announce receipt of the new for 2016 Cardinal line of ALUMINUM RIBS in ultra light to heavy duty sizes and models for discriminating boaters everywhere.
professional Leafield C7 valves
spacious vented bow lockers (select models)
flat interior decks even on the ultra light models (an inflatable boat first)
heavy gage marine aluminum for added strength and a quieter ride
redesigned hulls and strakes
after lifting handles
integrated non-skid top decks incorporating a High Aspect Profile Pattern Integration or “HAPPI”
integrated lifting eye system “C-Lift”
Many more features depending on model and size.
This new line is quickly becoming the leader in aluminum hulled tenders and is out selling all other makes and models offered today. Come and see us at IBC and see what all the fuss is about or reserve yours now online.
Cardinal has done it again with their heavy duty Aluminum Hulled CDARP 310. Cardinal Inflatables has taken input from boaters, yachtsmen and sailors alike to deliver an Aluminum Hulled RIB that has all the features you’d ever need in a boat built to stand up to the harshest conditions. Compare it’s hull to other makes and models on the market and you see why more professional users request the Cardinal CDARP 310 HD Aluminum RIB for their boating needs.
Taking some notes from the miltary and other pros using inflatable boats, Cardinal has added multiple D-Rings in critical areas for cargo handleing and tie downs.
Hoisting aboard is easy with The Cardinal Integrated Lifting System “C-LIFT” which features easy access lifting eyes in the right spots.
Metal hulled boats have always been the slipperiest boats out there and many boats require additional non-skid to combat this design flaw. Cardinal has looked at this issue from the very beginning by incorporating a High Aspect Profile Pattern Integration or “HAPPI” into the deck design making sure footing a certainty. Cardinal is the only company that has taken this approach for a standard item rather than premium add on option. “Don’t worry be HAPPI!”