Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB

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.

Integrated lifting points are standard and in multiple locations making hoisting your Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB onto a vessel easily accomplished.

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.

The discriminating buyer will naturally see the advantages the Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB offers over lesser brands and come to the easy conclusion that not all deluxe tenders are the same. The Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB offers a level of build and comfort that rivals tenders more than twice the price and it does it with an aluminum hull to boot.

To see the Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB yourself stop into the IBC store in Portland Oregon. To reserve your own Highfield Ocean Master 350 Limited Edition Wide Body RIB call Mike at (503)235-2628 and make arrangements. This is a limited edition model so supplies are limited.

  • Valmex P.V.C. Fabric
  • Powder Coated Aluminum Hull
  • Integrated Transom Supports
  • Bench Seat (stowage)
  • Integrated Bow Locker
  • Lifting and Towing Eyes
  • Non-Skid Deck Matting
  • Heavy Duty Rub Strake
  • Length 11’6″
  • Beam 6’3″
  • Weight 245lbs.
  • 6 Persons
  • Tube Diameter 18″
  • Max HP 40 HP (Yamaha F40LA rigged)
  • Long Shaft Shaft Transom

 

Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid

Never before has one boat been used for so many different applications as the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid.

Zodiac MK3 Grand Raid 2

From it’s humble beginnings in France to work with the Cousteau Society, exploration, it’s many rescue operations, even the space program has adopted it’s use, the Grand Raid has done it all and asked for more. Most of us that served in a small boat capacity in the various military branches will recognize it’s form and remember how much of a joy it was to operate on. Yes the indefatigable nature of the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid has been etched into our hearts and minds and persists even today.

What makes this particular boat so special? The Zodiac Grand Raid series has spanned generations with it’s tough construction and ease of use, it is literally passed on from generation to generation. The Grand Raid’s fabric has become the standard against all other hypalon/csm inflatable boats to be measured against. It’s design is often copied in lesser boats but it’s enduring nature and longevity has never been duplicated. No other boat stood as resolutely against the elements as the Grand Raid, proof of it’s worth and value.

The old fashioned process of hand cutting, sanding, gluing, and assembling the many features has stood the test of time and modern process engineers because there simply isn’t a better material that does it all like the Zodiac Grand Raid’s neo/csm. Resistance to fuels and solvents in the environment have prompted it’s usage in the oil and mining heavy industries, and it’s abrasion resistance competes against all current modern space age polymers.

The Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid hasn’t had to do much in the way of design evolution other than the obvious upgrades to the floor board material from wood to milspec aluminum. Yes the legends at Zodiac had put purpose and thought forward early on in the design process making the Zodiac Grand Raid nearly perfect for any type or body of water it would later see in it’s use. The Zodiac Grand Raid pays attention to detail when it comes to swift water rescue, it floats over a ton of cargo in the shipyards, it can be rolled up and dropped from aircraft onto the polar ice, it conducts scientific studies on global warming and it does it all on a budget. Dollar for dollar the Zodiac Grand Raid is one of the most economical boats to own and operate based on it’s long life alone, but it’s attractive price is helpful too.

With the ability to accept rowing frames it blurs the lines in white water exploration, adding down riggers brings bottom fishing and trolling into it’s fold, and negotiating surf opens up littoral zones to operations that were unattainable before. Yes the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid has stood the watch for decades and continues to do so today.

While this configuration was originally designed for military use veterans returning home adopted it as their leisure boat of choice thereby bringing it into the folds of the civilian and professional categories it occupies today. Wherever there’s a niche the Grand Raid fills it, when the hour is late and the danger close the Zodiac Grand Raid answers the call saving lives daily. With the resurgence of interest in inflatable boats from young smart minds eager to experience boating the Grand Raid is definitely worth a look over most others. The wake skate and watersports crowd love the economy of it over competing purpose built boats costing over $100K, and they love the very small foot print it leaves on the environment. Those of us looking for a great boat that will easily accomplish a camping adventure needn’t look farther than the Zodiac Grand Raid.

Special Forces tough with the gentle nature of a kitten when underway the Grand Raid will not disappoint!

Ask how IBC can get you on a Grand Raid today by calling (503)235-2628 or by visiting our secure shopping portal.

 

All New Aluminum RIBs In Stock At IBC!

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.

Featuring:

  • professional Leafield C7 valves
  • spacious vented bow lockers (select models)
  • multiple D-rings
  • 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.

 

Zodiac Cadet 270 ALU

Mike finds a minute to assemble the new Zodiac Cadet 270 ALU out of the box and grab a few pics as well as do a short assembly video. The Zodiac Cadet 270 ALU features new aluminum floor boards instead of the old wood standby floor system. Many boaters will add on Seadek non-skid for added comfort and traction in all conditions. Mike uses a 12 volt auto inflator for assembly and recommends you do the same if a foot pump isn’t your idea of fun. To get your next inflatable boat stop by our online shop visit our store in Portland Oregon or give us a call (503)235-2628.

Zodiac Zoom 450 SP AL Assembly

I get alot of calls every day from people who want to know how to assemble an inflatable boat. Since I was breaking out a new Zodiac Zoom 450 SP AL for the showroom I figured this was as good a time as any to take some pics and write a few words on inflatable boat assembly. Almost every inflatable boat will assemble the same way from the military, commercial, and recreational to the cheap “shower curtain” copy cats out there.

1. Remove your boat from it’s bag or box, unroll it and inflate it without the floorboards. Do this for the very first assembly of a new boat to “stretch it” out and let it stand for at least an hour. (not required if your boat is not brand new)

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2. Deflate the hull and begin placing the floorboards.

zodiac zoom 450 sp al preassembly deflated

3. Place the aft floorboard into the hull and slide it back under the batten on the transom. (take care to align the drain plug cutout if present)

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4. Install the forward bow board into the hull making sure it’s seated against the forward seam and the keel tube is centered in the keel valve access hole.

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5. Add remaining floor boards (the number of floor boards will vary from boat model to boat model) leaving the last board out to form a teepee.

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6. Add the last floorboard to the boat and fix one end into the tongue and groove leaving the other end to overlap the remaining end.

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7. Lift open floorboard ends up and place the tongue and groove ends together forming a “teepee”.

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8. Push down on the “teepee” with your foot taking care not to pinch your fabric.

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9. Install your stringers (the extruded metal floorboard locking pieces) over the floorboard joints. The Zodiac Zoom 450SPAL has 3 per side for a total of 6, your boat model will vary.

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10. Inflate your boat to shape equally in each chamber starting at the bow and working your way aft. Do not inflate to full pressure on any single chamber until all chambers are to shape equally.

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Note if you are installing the seat on your boat be sure and install it before you get it up to pressure or you will have a hard time.

zodiac zoom 450 sp al seat

11. Inflate the chambers to pressure (generally 3.5 psi)

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12. Inflate the keel last (generally 3.5 psi) then place the cap on the valve. The valve caps are the actual air seal on the boat so ensure they are in place prior to getting underway.

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13. Assemble and install the oars or paddles depending on your model.

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14. Enjoy the ride!

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If you have questions give us a call (503)235-2628 or visit us online to buy your next Inflatable Boat www.inflatableboats.com

Fish N Hunt N Friends

Take a look at Tanya and friends in their new Zodiac Fish N Hunt.

Colorado resident Tanya and her crew  with their new Zodiac Fish N Hunt available only from IBC
Colorado resident Tanya and her crew with their new Zodiac Fish N Hunt available only from IBC

Tanya and friends use their boat on the high mountain lakes and streams in the Rocky Mountains. Getting to those impossible spots you just can’t get to just got a whole lot easier! Don’t wait until summer is over or we run out of these great boats, set yourself up for success and strike while the time is right. Enjoy your world this summer, teach a child to fish, picnic on that “sweet little island” with someone special.

Get your Zodiac Fish N Hunt before it’s too late!

IBC is the World Exclusive Dealer of the Zodiac Fish N Hunt 360 and Zodiac Fish N Hunt 310