hello from Friday Harbor WA USA
I owned a 16 foot Bombard for 20 years. Finally it delaminated in 2008, and i ended up using the hypalon to line a water feature in my garden.
Recently, I have been obsessionally searching for a fishing boat. In my price range, most things that caught my eye seemed to be fiberglass and 20-30 years old, and with a 2 stroke engine. My wife kept reminding me about how much we loved our old bombard, and how easy it was to launch the thing at one of the local ramps. Finally, after looking at 15 or so fiberglass boats, and realizing that they were all projects, and that I would have difficulty getting them in and out, and would therefore have to pay moorage at $150 a month, I started looking at inflatables on Craigs List.
Two weeks ago, i bought an inflatable, a 2009 RIB Zodiac pro with all the fixings including a top-of-the-line Lawrence GPS fish finder, and a nearly new Yamaha 40 HP four stroke. It is tiny, maybe 14.5 feet, which I have been describing to friends as my new Porsche for the water.
It's a great fishing year here in the Salish Sea. In the past two weeks we've caught too many pink salmon, 3 Coho, and 2 kings.
I have lots of ideas to share and to ask about on the site. For one example, the other day I needed a zodiac valve wrench, which the dealer was willing to sell to me for $120. So i made one in ten minutes from an eight inch long piece of 1/2 PVC pipe, with notches cut with a dremel tool, and a hole in the other end for a pencil to turn it with more leverage. Works great.