Never has one boat model been to so many places and served so many different users so well. The Zodiac Cadet Fastroller series is one of our favorites here in the NW the Arctic and in the Tropics. IBC has thrown these models out of moving planes onto the Arctic ice in recent months bringing trapped researchers home during a breakup. We’ve loaded them into small sailboats headed for the horizon, and we’ve put more than a few into RVs for travelers needing a reliable boat that doesn’t need a trailer.
Recently one of our long time customers sent some pics of a stop he made in the Bahamas while out adventuring. They knew of a nice spot with not a lot of people, ok no people to be precise, that was pretty inaccessible to most craft. Explorers would fly over in planes and dream of diving or snorkeling pristine waters and untouched reefs. If only they could get there?
Since our guy is kind of a “Fly Boy” he decided to fly in with a Zodiac Cadet Fastroller in the plane, land on the water and put the Zodiac to use. I might like to mention here that the Zodiac Cadet Fastroller series of inflatable boats seems to be a favorite for pilots around the big blue marble we call Earth. The reality of “Earth” is that most of it is covered by water, maybe it should be called “Water”? Anyway, our intrepid adventurer had great success on this stop and sent us a few pics we thought we’d share with our extended family of friends and customers.
These types of adventures are what get us out of bed in the mornings. We breathe in the sea air filling our lungs and our souls with the desire to see what lies beyond the hazy horizon.
Start your own adventure today by calling IBC (503)235-2628 or by shopping our secure online store
Well now that most of the show season madness is over and everyone is waiting for their orders lets take a look at Zodiac’s Open 7 RIB.
By all viewing angles the observer realizes that Zodiac’s Open 7 is a whole new and modern approach to running the blue water. Generous aft seating means bringing friends and family out for some exploring and adventure was never easier. Transom steps and boarding ladder options envelope the outboard and give bathers a sure and positive way for getting into the Zodiac Open 7 regardless of fitness level.
Zodiac’s forward thinking seems apparent just about everywhere you look. Upon inspection you’ll notice deck fittings already strategically placed to add additional seats, scuba racks, etc. making the Zodiac Open 7 truly mission configurable.
Integrated anchor roller and bow step up forward removes the uncertainty of anchoring up for lunch on the hook or a simple swim call. The chain locker is generous and offers easy access via a marine latch and forward hatch.
Refueling can be a pain at the fuel dock so Zodiac made it easy on the Open 7, with access to the secondary hatch right where it ought to be.
Speaking of hatches the Zodiac Open 7 has a lockable gas strut assisted console hatch that leads to a truly cavernous under deck stowage locker. No more worrying about gear left aboard, pfd storage or water sports storage. One just puts everything below safe and secure.
If water sports are your thing then Zodiac has heard your call and made a sleek and functional towing arch option that looks as good as it works. If you’re towing the kids on a tube or you’re trying to set the wakeboard endurance record the Zodiac Open 7 answers your call in a stable, safe, fun, and efficient craft.
With the ever changing field of marine electronics breaking new tech every six months it’s hard to plan for dash space to layout all the doodads. Zodiac is above all a tech company and as such redesigned the console and dash on the Open 7 to accommodate the future of boating electronics. This was a forward thinking move and one that the mechanics and riggers are cheering about. The would be boater can have everything they ever dreamed of and more!
When considering a hull’s efficiency to cut thru the bumps and chop many manufacturers take the easy way out and design for one scenario thereby limiting what the boat will do in any given sea state. Zodiac has taken their enormous knowledge base into the design phase and put together a truly open water hull. Performance is optimized to the very edge of hydrodynamic law making the Zodiac Open 7 suitable for blue water, fresh water, lakes or rivers alike. Zodiac takes it’s lessons learned from hard military applications, shipping, rescue and exploration to a whole new level for the recreational customer. Many state and federal organizations will love the what this hull design will do for their missions let alone the recreational customer out for a quick fun trip.
In the terms of power and economy IBC’s choice to rig their premier Zodiac Open 7 with a clean burning and quiet Yamaha F250HP outboard is a perfect balance of power and grace. The Yamaha F250 coupled to Zodiac’s Open 7 purrs like a kitten sipping fuel like the aforementioned kitten lapping milk from a saucer. Pushing the throttle forward transforms the kitten into a team of roaring lions on a yolk. Taming that lion team is easy with the Zodiac Open 7’s hydraulic steering control and offers nimble maneuvers at any speed. You won’t even notice how fast you are moving until you see your speed on the generous digital screen. The Zodiac Open 7 literally tears your expectations asunder and gives you the smoothest ride possible afloat.
We just couldn’t find anything wrong with the Zodiac Open 7, it all seems so right. At a price of $70K with trailer from IBC in Portland Oregon it makes you wonder why anyone would need another kind of boat when the Zodiac Open 7 does it all, and does it better.
To view the Zodiac Open 7 contact the team at The Inflatable Boat Center (IBC) by phone (503)235-2628 and schedule an appointment. If you’re on the other side of the world have a look below at IBC’s Portland Boat Show Open 7 premier in North America.
In our day to day internet stuff and waterborne missions one boat we always seem to overlook is the boat we are currently in.
Enter the Zodiac Bombard C3 Commando! The Bombard Commando series is well proven and used by the pros here at IBC and others throughout the Big Blue Marble. What makes this particular boat “the goods” for so many different missions is it’s French heritage. Built in France by people who know a thing or two about inflatable boats the Bombard C3 is thermo-bonded at the Zodiac facility. Cut out of the burly grade of Strongan® DUOTEX then packed and shipped to us here at IBC our C3‘s are then rigged for their ultimate destinations. Some of our customers are good with an out of the box C3 (most will be) others need mods or accessories added to meet their needs.
The out of the box C3 Commando really stands on it’s own in the inflatable boat line up. Featuring an incredibly stiff construction with heavy duty aluminum floor boards that lock into a wooden keel the Bombard Commando is singular. With all of this stiffness the Bombard Commando C3 (stiffest of the series) suffers less torsion and flex. Torsion and flex scrubs power off in the form of deformation and a reduction of thrust along the axis. I guess when it says “Commando” they mean it!
The Bombard Commando C3 takes a short shaft outboard up to 40Hp but will perform well with even the diminutive electric motors available although you’ll be wanting more. Many of our customers here at IBC will be using the C3 Commando for professional use but by far the largest portion use them for fishing, hunting, and fun on the water.
One customer who sticks out in my mind is The Rozalia Project. Our friends at The Rozalia Project use their Bombard Commando C3 for ecology, marine debris collection, as a dinghy, deploying ROVs, ocean engineering et al. We love watching their adventures at sea and in port on the web. Rachael Z Miller and the crew of American Promise load that C3 Commando to the heavens and motor off easily from ankle deep water to the American Promise to unload their booty of flotsam and jetsam.
Well another year and another Big Float goes into the books. This year’s Big Float was one of the biggest yet with over 3000 Portlanders taking to the Willamette River to float in the hot July sun. The Inflatable Boat Center was there providing safety, media, and V.I.P. services to The Big Float and helping to foster community awareness for Portland’s most maligned waterway.
Weekly water testing of the Willamette River shows that is safe to swim in despite the Willamette’s bad rap as a “Super Fund Site”. City representatives, local news and thousands of Portlanders got the message and put in at the newly created “Poet’s Beach” to float to Tom Mccall Waterfront Park and the big after float party.
IBC‘s role is simple in these events, make sure floaters and boaters are obeying the safety guidelines/rules set forth and to provide assistance where necessary in the area of operation. IBC fielded the Zodiac Bombard C4R for this task rigged with a Tohatsu TLDI 40hp two stroke outboard for immediate power and speed when required.
Navigating thru thousands of floaters while under power takes some skill and also some precautions such as a properly functioning safety lanyard and a Prop Guard to prevent potential prop strikes to swimmers in the water. These simple lessons learned employed for the mission at hand made everyone involved rest a bit easier in an otherwise very high stress operating environment. These added safety features are no substitute for keeping a proper watch, and operating at a safe speed around swimmers/floaters. IBC is all about safety and proper boating practices.
Thankfully the day’s event went off without a hitch and IBC conducted their mission flawlessly with the Zodiac Bombard Commando C4R taking all situations in stride. Where other boat types couldn’t carry the weight of the gear or the passengers the Bombard Commando took it all and asked for more. The inflatable boat can carry much more cargo and passengers safely than traditional boats.
The suns first rays were coming over the hill this morning as IBC’s Mike was putting in his Bombard Commando C4R to meet KATU Channel 2 for a quick morning news segment. IBC has been a supporter of The Big Float and The Human Access Project and today was to get a spot done before the big event tomorrow.
Mike picked up KATU’s Wesleigh Ogle and her camera man along with The Big Float ringleader Willie Levenson at the Portland Fire dock for some quick maneuvers and some filming of the event lead up. As is usually the case Mike chose the Zodiac Bombard Commando C4R for it’s carrying capacity and it’s ability to handle whatever is thrown at it.
After maneuvering around some barge traffic Mike put the news team on their location and loitered as the cameras rolled. Passengers discussed the event and water safety (IBC is all about water safety) as the dialog shifted to the fun aspect. Portland’s “The Big Float” is a movement disguised as a huge party with band barges, vendors and giant slip and slides to bring awareness to the Willamette River and it’s safe to swim condition.
IBC owns the water ways in our area and takes them very seriously, especially when the topic is about having fun safely. IBC sells and services inflatable boats to recreational, military and professional users and offers advanced rescue training to qualifying agencies in a support role.
IBC is the nation’s oldest Zodiac dealer and inflatable boats is the core business. Our staff has many years on the water operating in all the World’s oceans in all conditions so we know a thing or two about inflatable boats. Whether it’s a dinghy or a a sport boat IBC has you covered with the right boat at the right price to ensure your enjoyment on the water for years to come.
Check out our online store to see and purchase your next inflatable boat and enjoy no sales tax in checkout. Questions? Give us a call (503)235-2628 and ask for Adam.
Another early morning for IBC‘s Mike as he takes out News Channel 12’s Kandra Kent and Human Access Project ring leader Willie Levenson for a boat ride to Poet’s Beach.
Poet’s Beach is Portland’s first downtown beach where Portlanders can go for a refreshing dip and it’s also the starting point for The Big Float. The River Huggers Swim Team, The Human Access Project, The City of Portland, Inflatable Boat Center et al have put forth tremendous effort to make this beach happen.
Once a “Superfund Site” the Willamette is now safe to recreate and swim in and that’s kinda the whole point of The Big Float, giving Portlanders a place to go in the city for good clean fun.
Today marks the grand opening of Poet’s Beach with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and many others making an inaugural splash to mark the start of Poet’s Beach’s season.
The Big Float starts Saturday July 15 and will feature two floating stages with live music, food carts, giant slip and slides, and much much more. The Big Float is touted as Portland’s best waterfront celebration so mark it on your calendars and come see what all the fuss is about.
IBC will be there for V.I.P. services and as a safety overwatch for the event.
Another one of our customers here at IBC was looking for a good surf boat to use on an expedition to Vancouver Island in BC. As per usual we had already made that trip ourselves years ago so we had a few ideas. Adam put together a Zodiac MK2 Futura HD for the platform because of the patented Futura hull design allows very quick and laser precise handling. The Zodiac Futura’s ability to turn in it’s own length without ventilation or cavitation makes it ideal for maneuvering in the impact zone and reef channels leading to the lineup.
Having surfers or swimmers in the water while operating a boat can be nerve wracking and dangerous to say the least. With this in mind Adam had our mechanic Chris rig an Evinrude Rescue Pro ETEC jet pump for an outboard which was developed for this exact purpose for our nation’s special forces. The Evinrude Rescue Pro ETEC outboard has evolved from a special forces motor in it’s Enforcer configuration to the Rescue Pro which is used by many of the swift water rescue agencies in America today. When the calls come in for a jet outdrive the options are limited to mostly the Bombard Commando series of inflatable boats. Typical outboard jets do not work with the Zodiac Futura Hull well at all, which is why the Evinrude ETEC Rescue Pro is used on the special Futura hulled boats for rescue, and military special forces. Making the leap to the recreational market was an inevitable outcome because of the protection it offers to people in the water.
No one likes to be out in the doldrums on a boat with the sun blazing down on them, and for this Adam added a Bimini Top to the Zodiac Futura’s tubes. Simply by un-folding the Bimini and clipping it’s straps to d-rings will alleviate much of the sun’s harmful rays and provide a cool dry shaded area for the person not surfing at the time. The Bimini Top is so popular we add it to many other inflatable boats for everything from fishing to camping or even just a nice cruise on the river.
Adam put the Zodiac MK2 Futura HD on a trailer for places that allowed access via a launch ramp. Those more remote surf destinations where services are unavailable require the use of launching wheels and Adam has again put his years of experience to use here. Adam has even went as far as providing inflatable launching rollers that can be rolled and stowed anywhere you can take a rolled up boat.
To have Adam build your dream boat give him a call (503)235-2628 and get out on the water today.
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.
If you’re living near us you know the weather has been a bit cool lately with lows in the 30’s, but if you’re near the river you know this is the time of year we get to play too.
Recently IBC’s test pilots Adam and Mike went out to hit the water with Depot Bay’s Fire and Rescue to demo a few boats of which the Zodiac ZMSR 380 Surf Rescue was one. Zodiac MILPRO’s ZMSR 380 is an easy to assemble and use inflatable boat designed for the challenges rescue personnel face in coastal operation zones. From the water up the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR takes lessons learned from across the globe’s surf zones and puts technology and know how into the very core of the design.
Features such as the stringerless composite deck with integrated foot straps and soft non-skid come to meet the eye when you peer into the boat. To address the surf zones ability to move a city block of water per wave Zodiac MILPRO’s approach to dewatering is simple yet elegant utilizing dual ovoid scupper trunks that dump the water out almost as fast as it can come in. Rounding out the integrated bow dodger is a co-pilot handle making punching thru the surf safe and easy.
The Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 is also available in a racing version for the lifeguard competitions in Australia and South Africa. If you’re not a competitor or a surf lifeguard don’t fret the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 performs exceptionally well in swift water and flood water rescues making it a top level pick for inland rescue teams that need a high performance rescue platform.
To schedule a demo with IBC in the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 have your department’s training officer or chief give us a call (503)235-2628 and get your space reserved. To order the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 shop online via our secure website or give the pros at IBC a call (503)235-2628.
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.
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.