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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry.
All pictures taken by Adam, faces blurred by necessity.
Built to spec for our friend Gary at Whale’s Tail Charters the Zodiac Pro 750 features a heavy duty hull and professional tubeset just like the orange RIBs you see the US Coast Guard driving.
The Zodiac Pro 750 custom is rigged with a clean and quiet Yamaha F150 outboard that is kind to the environment and the people aboard making whale watching and marine biology missions safer and better for marine mammals and land lubbers alike.
Going over the horizon means you need a good set of nav tools and a good back up compass all of which were purpose specified and installed ensuring a safe voyage for the captain and the crew.
When the wind blows you will be glad to be in the heavy duty Zodiac Pro hull that cuts thru the water and reduces felt shock and bumps. Relax in the generous seating or have a seat on the tubes to get up close and personal with the largest living creatures on the planet and have a whale of a time!
We are looking at an exceptional year for whale watching and marine excursions with Gary and Whale’s Tail Charters so book your trip now and ride on one of the best boats afloat with one of the best captains on the Oregon Coast.
Enjoy the unwrapping and setup pictures as well as a short walk around video of Whale’s Tail Charters new Zodiac Pro 750.
If you are considering an inflatable boat or RIB for your personal use give IBC a call at (503)235-2628 and get out on the water today.
I get asked a lot about replaceable tubesets and the Zodiac Advantage by even the most salty of sailors so I thought I’d share some boat porn.
Zodiac pioneered the replaceable tubeset to keep old boats as good as new by simply sliding the old tubes off and sliding a new set on. Sounds simple, and it is. Just as promised simply slide off the old and slide on the new.
Some models that make use of this system are the Zodiac Yachtline Series and the Zodiac Pro Series.
Let’s take a look at the Zodiac Yachtline Series first: (warning photos of boats in various stages of undress to follow)
We find it helpful to spray soapy water onto and into the bolt rope slots to act as lube for the installation process.
The tubeset installation process is virtually identical for the Zodiac Pro Series hulls. Take a look at a naked Zodiac Bayrunner 500 Pro Touring:
There you have it the “Birds & Bees” of tubeset replacement and yet another reason why Zodiac innovates and dominates the genre of inflatable boats and RIBs. You deserve the best you deserve a Zodiac.
Get yours today online at www.inflatableboats.com or by calling (503)235-2628 and speaking with one of the industries leading experts on inflatable boats and RIBs.
We are grilling up some awesome R.I.B.s in the service dept. currently. Today’s blue plate special consists of the Zodiac Bayrunner 420. Flavored generously with extra seating and sound system it’s a mouth watering combination on a U.S. built fiberglass hull and Pro Zodiac Hypalon tubes. MMMMMMM GOOD! It’s a very seakeeping vessel able to perform well in the rivers, lakes, bays, and open water alike. Perfect for whale watching or a family picnic on that distant island you’ve always dreamed about.
The next best thing coming is the Bombard Air Ethic one of our favorite designs with the added plus that it’s eco friendly and a serious performer. The Bombard line is one of our favorite Zodiac offerings and is synonymous with quality and performance (take a look at the Commando models for example). Bombard took everything one step forward again with next level engineering and materials in the construction of the Limited Edition Air Ethic. Tear producing speed and handling with no regrets. Because of the combination of natural fibers and recycled materials making up part of the award winning hull design you can feel good about using it. Special welded replaceable tubes use no glue or solvents in their construction and are made at the same factory in France as the hull further minimizing the carbon footprint. Now if that doesn’t taste great I don’t know what does!
We are very excited about all of the new R.I.B.s that are being cooked up in our secret test kitchen, (service dept.), and if you are in the market for a new boat you should be too. Call us and set up a special viewing of the flavor of choice and see why IBC continues to be your #1 inflatable boat source.
Paying tribute to Dr. Bombard (French Physician, Adventurer and Environmentalist) the Bombard brand takes a step into the future with all new manufacturing practices and local sourcing of materials minimizing the impact on the environment. Giving a nod to Dr. Bombard’s epic journey 60 years ago in a prototype inflatable Bombard developed the “Air Ethic 500” in commemoration of his incredible triumph.
Dr. Bombard’s Atlantic Ocean crossing in an untested design with no food or water was the springboard for all current modern inflatable boats as well as leading to the development of lifeboats and survival at sea techniques. With such a great history it’s no wonder the Bombard brand is considered the leader in product development and cutting edge design.
IBC is proud to announce North America Exclusivity in this very limited Bombard model.
See what all the fuss is about in the IBC Showroom located in Portland Oregon or shop online from the comfort of your chair.