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Special feature: Takacat

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Standout features of the Takacat boats are stability, versatility, and being lightweight. Photo: Supplied

Whether it is fishing, exploring, or simply looking for a quality portable tender for a yacht or motorhome, Takacat’s innovative range of quality catamaran inflatable boats has something for every outdoor enthusiast.

Takacat was founded by Greg Sowden, who also designed and developed the range. Since 2007, the Auckland-based company has been committed to bringing a new range of quality and innovative catamaran inflatable boats.

Sowden spent a lifetime in and around inflatable boats.

“Whenever possible, I prefer to be out on the water enjoying a wide range of activities including fishing, diving, and exploring with the family,” he says.

That depth of experience combined with the years of research and development culminated into the innovative range, making the Takacat catamaran the ultimate portable boat.

“Standout features of the Takacat boats are stability, versatility, and being lightweight, making them a firm favourite among the fishing community and divers,” says New Zealand distributor Paul Powney.

Stability

The catamaran offers a stable platform for freshwater or saltwater fishing. Photo: Supplied

The large diameter tubes combined with the catamaran hull design provides exceptional stability.
“When you are out on the water, if boarding from the mothership or enjoying a spot of fishing, you will really appreciate the stability of your Takacat dinghy,” says Sowden.

“The catamaran design offers huge stability and a shallow draft giving you the ultimate platform for freshwater or saltwater fishing.”

Revolutionary transom design

The range comes with Takacat’s revolutionary Tube Transom® that can be fully removed from the inflatable tubes for easy deflation. The inflatable can then be rolled up into a carry bag for easy transportation and storage.

Lightweight

Due to its unique design, the Takacat is one of the lightest inflatable catamarans on the market, the company says.

Portable

Removable fishing rod holders and compact storage bags make this inflatable dinghy ideal for fishing trips and transporting in a car boot or motorhome. There is also a significant size and weight advantage with no fixed
transom – a big advantage when it comes to handling, transportation, and/or storage of the portable boat.

Performance

The range comes with Takacat’s revolutionary Tube Transom® that can be fully removed from the inflatable tubes for easy deflation. Photo: Supplied

A lightweight, low-resistance hull provides quick and level planning and fuel economy. Boasting a shallow draft with loads of buoyancy also allows for shallow water navigation, plus the ability to get further up the beach or ramp before grounding.

Dry ride and quick drain design

The hull is specifically designed to glide over the water and avoid wet rides. If water does end up in the boat, the quick drain bottom design ensures minimal water remains inside the inflatable.

Bow design

The original on/off open bow design provides easy re-entry from the water if swimming, snorkelling, or diving.

Takacat features at a glance

The Takacat range is one of the lightest inflatable catamarans on the market. Photo: Supplied
  • Innovative open bow design for easy access
  • Portable (rolls up to fit in a bag)
  • Bag to water in minutes
  • Exceptional stability on the water
  • Lightweight (from 25kg/2.6m)
  • Available in 6 sizes: 2.6m, 3m, 3.4m, 3.8m, 4.2m, and 4.6m
  • Quick and easy set-up/pack down
  • Quick drain design transom
  • Heavy-duty under tube rubber protection
  • Large diameter tubes (0.48m)
  • Suitable for outboard engines from 2.5 to 20hp
  • Unique tapered bow design for a dry ride
  • Multiple pack down shape and size options
  • Quick-release wheel option
  • Built to ISO Safety Standards

For more information and to check out the full range, visit takacat.co.nz.

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