It seems like I’m having to say goodbye to some really awesome boats every other day. This week I’ve had to say goodbye to a few Zodiac Bombard Commando C5s as well as the Zodiac MKII Heritage Classic #16 of 50. Yes having to say goodbye is hard for me because I just love the boats people are requesting these days.
The Zodiac/Bombard Commando C5 is one of my all time favorites from doing arctic operations to playing around on the weekends with my best girl and will always be my go to.
Looking at the Zodiac MK2 Heritage Classic I’m brought back to where it all began for me with the Cousteau family and the Debroutelle family in France. The Zodiac Heritage has that classic look that so many of us identified with as kids but it’s made to modern standards and built to perform. Does the MK2 Heritage Classic go well at the yacht club? Yes it does, sexy doesn’t begin to describe the Zodiac MK2 Heritage Classic. This beauty has legs when you push the stick forward and feel the breeze on your face. If you don’t want to disturb your coiffed hair you can flip up one of the windshields and use the mirror to freshen up your makeup. The back to back adjustable seating means it fits any driver or passenger and as an added plus it will lay down flat and turn into a soleil tableau (sun deck) allowing it’s user to catch some rays on placid water. This one is extra special and will be missed once it’s gone.
We love our job here at IBC because it means we get to work with great customers who want the best for their boating dollar. Making special boat packages to delivering off the shelf products the result is always the same, smiles!
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Another Bombard Commando application came thru the tech area recently with a request for a high performance two stoke outboard. Taking a page out of Mike’s operational manual IBC went with the Tohatsu TLDI 50Hp 2 stroke outboard with multi-function tiller option. IBC added a custom camo bimini top a 12 gallon forward mounted fuel tank and various rigging components to offer the customer a setup like Mike runs for blistering performance when it counts. Of course Mike won’t run a bimini top on his Bombard Commando, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. With the IBC removable bimini system you can do what you want in fair weather or foul.
The Tohatsu TLDI (Two Stroke Direct Injection) motor offers a broadened power band and ultra low emission 3 star CARB rating in a package that is very eco-friendly and fuel efficient. The 2 stroke Tohatsu outboards are being used by some of the very best operators in the military as well as the professional front for their high performance and ultra-reliability in conditions that kill lesser motors dead. (note these special forces variants aren’t available to the public at this time) Much of the boat to boat footage and other marine based operations IBC conducts throughout the year are powered by this work horse of a motor that is rarely seen on camera.
Forget about mixing gas the TLDI does all the math and heavy lifting for you so all the operator has to do is twist the throttle and point the bow. With it’s sophisticated ignition timing and fuel air mixture control the Tohatsu works well at most altitudes and environments whether salt, fresh or brackish waters. The Tohatsu TLDI doesn’t ask for fanfare it simply accomplishes the mission and goes home like a true silent professional.
By using Zodiac’s Bombard Commando as a platform operators experience greater mission capabilities due to it’s Strongan Duotex fabric that is “thermo-bonded” in Zodiac’s state of the art French facility. Usually when someone is talking about their “Zodiac” they aren’t actually talking about a real French Zodiac like the Bombard Commando series. Often times they are talking about some other brand “X” inflatable boat that people like to call a Zodiac. Insist on the boat the legend is based on, insist on a real Zodiac inflatable boat like the Bombard Commando, Zodiac Futura, or Zodiac Classic and never compromise your safety or performance again.
The Bombard Commando C5 in this article is yet another we have to move out of the shop to make way for the next Bombard Commando C5 that is getting rigged for yet another customer wanting the best his money will buy. Enjoy the pictures below and remember when you are ready to go Commando give IBC a call first (503)235-2628 and see why we are rated #1 for Bombard Commando applications anywhere there is water.
We were sending another Bombard Commando C5 out the door to make room to rig yet another Bombard Commando C5 for a customer and thought to ourselves “Why not take a couple of pics?”.
This particular boat was replacing an old Zodiac Futura that had a short shaft transom. The Bombard Commando’s transom had to be notched to accept the short shaft Tohatsu 50hp four stroke the customer had already. IBC tech did a good job of fitting the motor and rigging the steering and control cables into the new notch. (see the pics below)
One of the IBC lessons from using these boats over the years was to rig and fit a 12 gallon fuel tank forward to balance the boat and increase performance across the spectrum. Easier to plane, better terminal speeds, chop management, and brain smashing G turns are the end result.
Since the customer wanted seats and a steering wheel helm for his dive excursion and fun boat, but didn’t want to sacrifice usable deck space, IBC rigged a crossbar steering helm and bench on rail seat system. Zodiac has been in the inflatable boat business for a minute and has come up with elegant solutions like the HD Aluminum Floorboard and accessory rail system across the sport boat lineup. Utilizing Zodiac’s Z1255 bench on rail IBC easily fit the adjustable seats within minutes to the Bombard Commando C5 floorboards. (Zodiac has owned Bombard for a good many of years and manufactures the Bombard as well as the Avon lines)
All of the Bombard Commando series of inflatable boats come stock with rigging options to build your own version of what we call the Commando Sport out of the box. Mix and match accessories to get your own custom sport boat in the configuration of your dreams with the HD line of Zodiac Sport Boats from the venerable Zodiac Classic, Zodiac Futura, and Bombard Commando lines.