It’s the start of day two at The Portland Boat Show and usually on day two we post a few pics.
Sure it’s better to see the boats in person, but not all of you can make it to The Portland Boat Show and it’s this reason we put up the galleries. Videos will be forthcoming and added to the blog area so check back often for the full high def experience. If you are going to the Seattle Boat Show you will still have a chance to see the premier of Zodiac’s Open 7 RIB in the US. To say that Zodiac has put other makers on notice would be an under statement! The Zodiac Open 7 has something for everyone including the speed demon and the casual boater alike. Looking towards the future and the ever changing role a boat has in it’s lifetime Zodiac has included expansion capabilities that allow the user to add or subtract seating and accessories with ease. This sort of functionality or as we say in the military segment “mission configurability” makes the Open 7 peerless in the recreational market. Advanced materials and manufacturing techniques ensure that the Zodiac Open 7 will never be outdated and removable/replaceable tubes in commercial grade mean it will always look it’s best and perform like a stallion.
We are closing up our Portland location early for the duration of the Portland Boat Show so please call to see if we will be there if you want to visit the showroom. (503)235-2628.
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.
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.
Laura Dekker is the youngest person to circumnavigate the planet solo aboard her ketch named “Guppy”. Some of you might have seen a documentary about her trip called “Maiden Trip” on Netflix. We all sail here or have sailed at some point so this was right up our alley, and of course with sailing there’s the inevitable dinghy ride to adventure. Adam, Chris, and Mike made quick friends with Laura and swapped some sea tales before her well presented story began.
The Portland Yacht Club was near capacity as she spoke in her own words what the incredible trip meant to her and the challenges she had to overcome along the way. While talking informally with Laura before the show, she shared what her views were on dinghy carrying and size. Laura is a blue water sailor and pretty much does the same thing most of us do here at IBC, which is to say she rolls it up and stows it below rather than crossing an ocean with it on deck or in davits. (see our earlier blog post “A Tale Of Two Tenders”).
As we all know after a crossing or jaunt to a far away land is done it’s the time of the tender. The tender is the passport to adventure and exploration once you have arrived at your destination, it’s the link to the outside world and all of it’s wonders. Chores that would be impossible without a tender become adventures in their own right and kids argue about who’s going to do the laundry or get stores. Yes the sailor’s key to hidden treasure remains the trusty dinghy and a willingness to see the world.
If you have a chance, stop by Laura’s blog and read her courageous tales of sailing 1 1/2 times around the World solo when she was only 14.
If you are feeling adventurous and want a proper dinghy, tender, or sport boat call us here at IBC and let us help open your door to adventure! (503) 235- 2628
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.
professional Leafield C7 valves
spacious vented bow lockers (select models)
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.
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.