MiniCat in 2020: Our Favorite Inflatable Sailboat 5 Years Later
MiniCat is a brand new product in the USA. The company is a manufacturer of quality inflatable catamaran sailboats. Red Beard Sailing is the first to offer this boat commercially in the United States. We are going to spread the word as best as we can to show people there is another option for sailing out there.
It’s been 5 years since MiniCat came to the USA, and Red Beard Sailing couldn’t be prouder to be the East Coast Distributor for the world’s favorite portable sailboat. As you know, we specialize in inflatable sailboats, and we only carry the best in the business. The MiniCat does not disappoint.
Offering 4 sizes that are capable of crewing 1 to 4 people, MiniCats are also built to go anywhere. All models fit into 1 to 3 bags and can be assembled in 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the model. You can even remove the mast and add an outboard to transform these boats into a tender. To top it off, they also come with a 24-month warranty.
So what’s happened in the last 5 years?
Before we dive into the MiniCat fleet, if you’re looking for a quick overview of what MiniCat has to offer, check out our brand new MiniCat Overview page. You can compare the entire fleet, view a variety of videos, and learn more about the MiniCat brand.
The 2020 MiniCat Inflatable Sailboat Lineup
Based off of the popular MiniCat 310, the Guppy is designed to be efficient and straightforward. A perfect boat for beginners, the Guppy assembles in just 10 minutes. Fitting in just one bag, you can transport the Guppy by car and even check it as luggage for a flight.
Starting at just $3,500, the Guppy provides value that is hard to beat at that price. A perfect toy for bringing along in your camper or a larger boat or yacht.
MiniCat’s first boat, now over 15 years old, is the MiniCat 310. Large enough for 2 people and assembling is just 25 minutes.
Say goodbye to your slip and trailer.
As is standard for all MiniCats, the 310 fits in a bag. Weighing only 77lbs, the 310 will fit in many cars and most SUVs with ease. A compact boat that is built for performance, it’s no wonder that the MiniCat 310 is such a popular boat.
The MiniCat 310 is offered in 2 different trim levels. Super, and Sport.
“Since the first time I saw a MiniCat being sailed (circa 2009), I was so impressed at how so much fun could be had from a sailing boat that you could carry in a bag.”
- Laura Dekker, Youngest Sailor to solo-circumnavigate the world
The MiniCat 420 is Red Beard Sailing’s best selling boat! Are we surprised? Not at all.
The MiniCat 420 can crew up to 4 people and has a carrying capacity of 992lbs, making it large enough for the entire family without sacrificing on performance.
The largest boat in the MiniCat Fleet is the MiniCat 460. Measuring 15 feet in length, the 420 is impressively lightweight, coming in at 128lbs. Fitting into three bags, the MiniCat 460 maintains the MiniCat tradition being ultra-portable and built for performance.
If you’re looking for speed, we highly recommend the gennaker and snuffer add-on to this boat. Featuring a 129 ft² (12 m²) sail area, the performance increase is noticeable.
The 460 is offered in 2 different trim levels: the Esprit and the brand-new 460 Elite.
One of the best aspects of owning a MiniCat is the number of accessories that are available. You can really craft the sailing experience you’re looking for.
MiniCat doesn’t hold back with how you can customize your boat. Red Beard Sailing carries MiniCat:
Check out or MiniCat Accessories Buyer's Guide to find out which accessories best suit your needs!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex “Red Beard” Caslow is the Owner of Red Beard Sailing, a Baltimore area dealer for the MiniCat, XCAT, Reverso, and RowOnAir boat brands. Alex’s passion for sailing dates back to his childhood when he joined his grandfather for outings on the Chesapeake Bay. As an adult, Alex and his wife, KC, founded Red Beard Sailing as a means of filling a market niche for portable, inflatable sailboats that would encourage more people to take up the sport. Since its founding in 2015, the business has grown considerably and been recognized in the NY Times, SAIL Magazine, and several other podcasts focused on sailing.