The 2018 Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races brought some liquid sunshine to Portland this year but the competition was red hot. The Inflatable Boat Center was on hand to lend a safety boat and operator as we like to do for local events. Thankfully it was a casualty free year again with only a broken tiller on one of the boats that led to a low speed collision.
Law enforcement was in full force with several other assets which helped to transfer some of the load off of our already heavily laden mission profile.
All in all it was a good time despite the rain that menaced paddlers throughout the event. IBC took out several news channels for the event, which was a first for many of the news teams. KATU’s Amanda shared some of her pics below in the link, and more will follow as the media is dispersed thru the proper channels. Unfortunately we weren’t able to collect any images this year ourselves due to mission tempo and our event responsibilities.
The boat IBC chose to use was the Zodiac Bombard Commando C4R open rigged with a 40hp outboard tiller arrangement. The tiller allows for ultra fast throttle and steering response when maneuvering tight and fast conditions, or in this case around lines and other small craft in the exclusion zone. Having 40hp on a Bombard Commando C4 gives the operator smooth speed and the ability to bring heavy loads to plane easily to complete the mission at hand.
After the event while in transit to the pull out location IBC’s Mike was on hand to lend assistance to a small sailing vessel that was over turned. With the Bombard Commando, some line, and a bit of seamanship Mike was able to right the vessel and tow it to a nearby dock. The Bombard Commando’s incredible buoyancy and soft sided nature allowed positioning without damage to either vessel as lines were put under load.
The Bombard Commando line of boats continues to perform where others can’t and is a favorite of the IBC staff for all things on the water.
This model is based on the Bombard Commando C3 with added Scotty Fishing attachments, a fish finder/GPS, Scotty strong back oar conversion kit, adjustable oars, collapsible paddles, bimini top, Yamaha F20, bench on rail seats, and more.
Setup with the outdoorsman in mind this package can be broken down and packed for transport by, auto, truck, or plane and reassembled on site to go where the sidewalks end. Suitable for waterfowl hunting, fish, crabbing, big game, or even just a fun day trip. With the Bombard Commando C3’s wooden keel assembly is easy and choppy water is a walk in the park.
The Yamaha F20 four stroke motor operates very quietly and barely makes a sound at idle. The clean and efficient Yamaha F20 can make your precious fuel supply on back country hunts seem to last almost indefinitely when used smartly thereby extending your reach. Full throttle operation brings the “RECON” on plane with three to four men aboard and tops out around 25 mph at sea level. Two separate shallow water settings on the Yamaha F20 will make possible entry into sloughs and creeks while fully laden with a hunting camp gear a breeze and make you wonder why you didn’t think of the “RECON” sooner.
This boat is quite possibly the best boat package ever made for the Northwest Territories and coastal regions because of it’s carrying capacity, ease of use, and safety.
You can see one in person at the NW Sportsman Show booth #1143 and talk to Adam or Mike about what you want to do or where you want to go and get one made for yourself custom. We love the water and the woods and it’s very likely that’s where these two guys would be if they weren’t there to meet you and talk about exciting times to be had with inflatable boats.
It’s that time of year when the days get shorter and the activities change. I love the fall and winter because I get to go boating more now that the last minute summer customers aren’t desperately trying to squeeze me out of time off. Summer comes every year but the lack of planning is astounding. It never fails, I get the call for an immediate need of a boat before Friday or any other random day with only one days notice. The lack of planning doesn’t always end well so plan for next season now or you might be disappointing the family.
Back to the Bombard I mentioned above, sorry for the tangent, the lack of sun and the cold rain and snow means it’s crabbing and hunting time! Woo Hoo now it’s my time to play on the water, go diving and spearfishing, and I always use my Bombard Commando for the mission.
IBC had the opportunity to rig a Bombard C5 Commando for a customer who loves to travel around the country and fish bass, as well as some big game adventures and extended arctic trips. So why not a Bombard Commando C5?
For his moose hunting mission we added a min-console with adjustable bench on rail system powered by a 50 hp Tohatsu. The system is variable trolling rpm active by a push of the ignition key in 100 rpm increments allowing for some salmon fishing while he makes camp for moose. Right now the boat is in Colorado then on the way to Missouri for that bass mission but I was able to grab a few pics before it left the shop. Questions call us here at IBC (503) 235-2628 or visit us online at The Inflatable Boat Center