Bombard Commando C5 Jet

It seems like we keep coming back to the Bombard Commando line on this blog and it’s no secret the Bombard Commando is one of our favorites but we aren’t the only ones. Users who want a good performing boat that will take a bit of power seek us out and have us build them a custom setup like the one featured here.

In this iteration IBC’s Special Boat Division builds a Bombard Commando C5 Jet with an arch and IBC Spec.Boat.Div. bottom mods that keep the C5 on it’s course and protects it from hard impacts during rescues in swift and skinny water. Sure this boat still performs exceptionally well in calm deep water and in the blue water it was designed for but the added mods make this one hard to beat in any situation.

The intended purpose is to expand the capabilities of a fire/rescue group in their area of growing water borne rescue. IBC has done this and done it in spades as much of the tech that you don’t see in these pics was developed during the early years of Ron’s inflatable boat racing career. Running thru the surf zones in Africa and far away islands led to one tactic and crushing the white water in places like the Peyette River in Idaho brought about still more advances. The people who use these boats we build all swear by them and proclaim it’s one of the best tools in their box.

Other uses for a setup like this are fishing and hunting guides in the Northern Territories, oil platforms in South and Central America, law enforcement, surfing, diving, crabbing, fun, etc. Basically if you need to draw a minimum of water and carry a goodly amount of power while still being able to load up a ton of cargo your options drop off precipitously. The Bombard Commando handles all of this and more and for a limited time (until December 24th) all Bombard inflatable boats are on sale at IBC. Don’t wait until next year and pay more, get your Bombard Commando today and go big on the water!

 

 

Bombard Commando C5s And The Thin Blue Line

On this Veteran’s Day IBC would like to thank all of the men and women who served and continue to serve in the US military and those that have transitioned into The Thin Blue Line.

This morning IBC delivered another 2 Bombard Commando C5s to a law enforcement agency extending their mission capabilities. The Bombard Commando C5 is a boat that does a lot while maintaining a simple trim package. Helping to keep the costs down for agencies who are budget limited, but that still need to field operations on the water for public safety is the Bombard Commando’s call to action.

Bombard Commando C5s Police

The very capable Bombard Commando has long been a favorite of fisherman,crabbers, police, fire depts., racers and recreationalists alike because it’s sturdy construction and lack of needless attachments mean it is configurable for many different uses or missions.

Needless to say IBC loves this model range almost as much as our MILPRO line because our users are some of the hardest working and hardest playing people on the water today.

Please take the time to thank a veteran today and if you see a police officer on duty be sure to thank them as well. IBC is here when you are ready to purchase your first or next inflatable boat by calling (503) 235-2628 or by shopping online at our web store.

To my battle buddies, brothers and sisters in arms, and shipmates thank you for your service.

 

Bombard Commando C5 + 50 Hp

Adam and Mike take out one of our favs here at IBC for a water test. The Bombard Commando C5 has the room, takes the bigger motors, has a wooden keel for an all around whoop butt package. Fish, go fast, pull stumps or whatever your heart desires in THEE BOAT.

Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 15’5”/4.7m
  • Inside Length: 10’6”/3.2m
  • Overall Width: 6’3”/1.9m
  • Inside Width: 2’11”/0.9m
  • Buoyancy Tube Diameter: 1’8”/0.5m
  • Passengers: 9
  • Maximum Payload: 2535.3 lbs/1150 kg
  • Total Weight: 282.2 lbs/128 kg
  • Air Tight Compartments: 4
  • European Directive: C
  • Shaft: Long
  • Minimum Recommended Power (hp): 40
  • Minimum Recommended Power (kW): 45
  • Maximum Recommended Power (hp): 60
  • Maximum Recommended Power (kW): 45
  • Maximum Power Allowed (hp): 60
  • Maximum Power Allowed (kW): 45
  • Maximum Speed (km): 60
  • Maximum Speed (mph): 37

To get one before we run out again call (503)235-2628 or visit us 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.

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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.

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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