Portland Bridge Swim 2017

The past weekend has been a busy one for us here at IBC in the shop and on the water. Sunday the 9th IBC was on hand to provide security, rescue, and safety to the Portland Bridge Swim.

IBC’s Mike was on the water lending a hand to swimmers in distress as well as some boaters too. The day started out simple and slow but before the swimmers had reached the end of Ross Island Mike had already secured a boat fire and taken the vessel into tow. Mike’s Bombard Commando C4R made quick work out of the Four Winns cuddy cabin with a side tow setup to the Bombard Commandos’s hog strap. The Tohatsu TLDI 40HP outboard took the stricken vessel upriver effortlessly and put her into place at Willamette Park Boat Ramp docks. Upon leaving the area to rejoin the swimmers and resume patrol Mike came upon another older wooden vessel who was DIW (dead in the water). Once again the Bombard Commando C4 was put into rescue and salvage service for a boat much larger and heavier than the Four Winns cabin boat he just quit. After a short time Mike had the other stricken vessel secured at the dock and was back on patrol.

By now the Sun was higher in the sky and there were a great many boats on the water both commercial and recreational. IBC was tasked at this point to maintain a safety corridor for swimmers transiting down river. The duty was easy for Mike’s Bombard Commando  rigged with the Tohatsu TLDI. The Tohatsu TLDI 40hp is a two stroke low pressure direct injection  motor with legendary performance and CARB 3 STAR rating for ultra low emissions. Interception and rerouting of marine traffic was no problem for the Bombard Commando and the Tohatsu TLDI 40 coupled to IBC’s Mike and his ICOM M88 radio.

As Swan Island loomed large so did the US Navy ships and their special security needs. All boats , swimmers, etc. had to maintain a 200 yard exclusion zone from the US Naval vessels and special LEO units were on hand to enforce that rule. Upon seeing Mike arrive in his C4 Commando wearing Inflatable Boat Center banners duties were transferred over to IBC. Mike positioned committee boats along the zone for exclusion and course guidance and set up comms for the duration of the event transit. When IBC’s Mike was properly relieved he quit the zone and got underway for area Gulf to ensure swimmer safety and traffic rules were being met and enforced on the water. Much of IBC’s time in area Gulf was in the realm of interception due to the Bombard Commando’s high rate of speed and maneuverability Mike was able to catch every boat type from ski to fishing to commercial who entered the course or operated in an unsafe manner. Luckily no one was ticketed and everyone was happy to comply once they found out there were swimmers in the zone. Perhaps what is most telling is the boat owners who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars were all humbled publicly by IBC’s Mike with his C4 Commando!

All in all the days event went without any real issues with only some minor rescues and a couple of tows, all done with the Bombard Commando C4, Tohatsu TLDI 40 (with Prop Guard), and our crusty rescue/salvage sailor Mike representing IBC on the water.

To get your own inflatable boat give us a call here at The Inflatable Boat Center (503)235-2628 and speak to one of our friendly staff about your next adventure.

 

Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races 2017

Well it’s that time of year again, time to get out the trusty Bombard Commando C4R and get out on the water to support the Portland Rose Festival and the 2017 Dragon Boat Races. Every year IBC provides a boat and an operator to the City of Portland for the festivities ensuring safety and support standards that make everyone rest easy.

Mike’s Rescue Go Bag ready for most things on the water.

 

For the last several years IBC has been sending Mike down with his Bombard Commando C4R and 40hpTLDI outboard. This winning combo means that even with seven people in the boat Mike can still get on plane and maneuver quickly. If a rescue situation occurs this package covers the miles in minutes to retrieve the victim or victims and quickly deposit them on the beach for EMS responders. Other missions Mike and the proven Bombard Commando C4R complete are course security patrols, media trips, V.I.P. transportation, and integrating with local and federal agencies to support their missions.

Mike likes the Bombard Commando for river missions over the other options because you are able to leverage an incredible amount of the usable horse power and run thru sections too shallow or obstructed for other vessels. This bit of knowledge isn’t going unnoticed as more and more agencies are putting the Bombard Commando on their missions to manage tough water where they operate. See Capt. Ron run his C3 Commando thru the Peyete River and “Devil’s Staircase” and you’ll see IBC has been doing this stuff for awhile. This video was shot in the early 80’s, we were doing it back then and we still do it today!

This is a hard earned knowledge base and one that sets IBC apart from the competition. We use the boats we sell and we use them very hard.

The TLDI 40hp outboard motor is clean burning with a 3 star rating and fuel efficient  enough to make the new four stroke motors scratch their heads. When the mission needs 2 stroke pep and power IBC has you covered with the TLDI series of outboards new with a 5 year warranty. (Government Pricing Available)

New clean burning and quiet 2 stroke outboards are available at IBC that meet CARB requirements.

As the weekend unfolds Mike will be on station downtown is his indefatigable Bombard Commando C4R wearing IBC banners so if you see him on the beach say hi.

Flying the banner for the event.

Pictures of the event will be coming next week, to talk to IBC about getting your own ultimate Commando package give the guys a call (503)235-2628 or shop online thru IBC’s industry leading secure website.