MiniCat Sailboats

Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail

It is never too early or too late to grab the helm and learn to sail. The MiniCat Brand is beautiful, portable and easy to assemble which makes getting out on the water hassle free. MiniCats do not require a dock, trailor, or storage so you can avoid the overhead costs on your journey to becoming an admiral. At Great Lakes Watercraft, we have a few recommendations from the MiniCat lineup for ambitious sea dogs ready to learn.

MiniCat Guppy

The smallest and simplest boat in the MiniCat range, the Guppy is a great trainer for beginners. You can learn to sail on a low stress, single sail boat! Holy mackerel!

MiniCat 310 Sport

The 310 sport is the first boat with jib sail equipped with a roller furler to quickly pulls the sheet while asea. It was designed for individual sailors who want a compact, fun boat to sail, with the option for speed and high performance. The 310 model is easy to right should you capsize, even for children!

MiniCat 420 Emotion

The Emotion is the first trim level in the 420 series to come equipped with a boomed mainsail and a dedicated forestay for greater sail control. It is the first fully featured boat, so skills learned on this weatherly boat will translate well to a bigger rig.

Day Trips

Day Trips

The MiniCat lineup has a very forward thinking, practical design. These sailboats can be assembled in 20-45 minutes and they pack down small enough to fit in a closet, garage, or on the roof rack of your Chevy Spark! Great Lakes Watercraft recommends a few models that are perfect for spending a day on the water with friends and family. Having a unique boat with a full selection of sail colors, you are sure to be all the scuttlebut on the water.

MiniCat 420 Instinct

The 420 is the smallest size boat with space for having all hands on deck. It is rated for 4 adults and up to 992lbs! The Instinct does not have a boomed mainsail. So a family of four can run a tight ship without concern that heads will be knocked by the boom.

MiniCat 420 Emotion & Evoque

These are fully featured for your day sailing voyage. Complete with a boom, continuous line jib furler, and dedicated forestay, it is easy enough for a few kids to manage and can go full speed ahead in the right hands. The Evoque has a carbon fiber boom, bowsprit, and rudder; while the Emotion parts are made of aluminum and epoxy.

MiniCat 460 Esprit

The MiniCat 460 carries 4 adults and supports a weight capacity of up to 1,234lbs! It is complete with 124 sq ft of sail area made of a Poly-X racing material. It is the best value in performance beach cats and a spacious boat for the whole family.

Camping & RVs

Camping & RVs

Exploring everything the Great Lakes has to offer often means packing it all in your car, truck, or RV and hitting the road! Limited space may mean limited activity options when you get to your destination. Let MiniCat help you make waves on your vacation! We have a few options that can help you can graduate from a cabin boy to a deck hand on a compact, ultra portable sailboat!

MiniCat Guppy

The smallest and simplest boat in the MiniCat range, the Guppy packs into a single bag, which can slide into the storage boot of your RV or be strapped to a roof rack! It takes about 10 minutes to set up when you get to your destination.

MiniCat 310 Sport

The 310 also fits in a single bag. The 310 Sport is what we would call a ‘performance sailing dinghy’. It boasts 56ft2 of sail area and only weighs 77lbs. It combines pristine design and premium materials to give customers a boat that’s easy to carry on land, and efficient on the water.

MiniCat 420 Evoque & Laura Dekker

With the 420 series, what you give up in portability, you more then make up in performance. The boats pack into two large bags, that can be transported in a tailgate or on a roof rack. Both the Evoque and the Laura Dekker come equipped with carbon fiber elements to keep the boat lightweight. These fully-featured sailboats provide an elite sailing experience while on the road or on vacation!

Racing

Racing

These cats can run fast on the water! Lightweight, premium materials and intelligent design enable skippers to have portability, stability, and reliability without sacrificing performance. The are the lightest weight sailboats on the market with an unrivaled sail area to displacement ratio (SA/D). They can move in any amount of wind, but in 15-20 knots you get a true feel for the flank speed!

MiniCat 420 Laura Dekker

The special edition 420 is named after the brand ambassador, Laura Dekker. It has an awesome color scheme over a dacron jib and a poly-x racing mainsail. The Laura Dekker also boasts a traveler and all the carbon fiber bits from the Evoque.

MiniCat 420 Evoque (with Carbon Mast Upgrade)

To maximize the SA/D, you go as lightweight as possible! The carbon mast has less weight aloft which allows you to carry full sails in stronger wind. It can be stepped by a six year old and it has the added bonus of making the bags easier to transport.

MiniCat 460 Elite

The 460 is the largest and fastest in the MiniCat lineup. The Elite model is equipped with all of the carbon fiber goodies and a sleek poly-x racing mainsail. Pair with an optional gennaker and suffer to gap off from the competition.

Yacht Toys

Yacht Toys

Looking for something fun while your cruiser or yacht is anchored at bay? Look no further than MiniCat. They are towable, extremely lightweight, and can be stored in bags below deck. When you are done sailing, MiniCat can also be used as a tender. Just remove the sails, mast, and put on the engine support bracket. Then fit your electric motor and go!

MiniCat Guppy

The smallest and simplest boat in the MiniCat range, the Guppy packs into a single bag, has a single sail, and is best suited for a single adult or a few children! It takes about 10 minutes to set up when you get to your destination.

MiniCat 310 Sport

The 310 Sport is what we would call a ‘performance sailing dinghy’ that packs down into a single bag. It’s very efficient on the water and small enough to assemble on an open bow or swim deck.

MiniCat 420 Evoque

The 420 Evoque is the first rate, fully featured sailboat to have at anchor. It demands a more space for assembly, but will be your entertainment for the week! Practice and race in low wind or on a 20 knot day!

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Main Sail

The Guppy is equipped with a single sail, without a boom. It’s total sail area is 42ft2. The sail is composed of a ‘Dimension Polyant’ and it has a window to ensure 360 visibility. Without a boom, this is the perfect sailboat for young, and young-at-heart sailors.

Mast

The Guppy mast is light enough to carry with one hand! The mast comes in 3 sections which assemble to a total mast height of 11.2ft. It is composed of a powder-coated, light weight alloy tubing built to ensure rigidity and strength for performance, safety, and portability!

Rigging

Stay supports are perfectly engineered for quick and easy assembly. All fittings are from Ronstan, Seasure, Clamcleat and Suchomel to provide the highest quality.

Hull Floats

The Guppy is equipped with 9.8ft hulls with a 13 inch diameter. Made of Heytex 5509, they are abrasion resistant. The floats are single-chamber with a combined load capacity of 518 lbs.

Frame & Trampoline

The aluminum, powder-coated frame provide the back bone of the lightweight catamaran. The pre-laced trampoline is high-strength woven plastic fabric. It comes pre-attached to both hulls for a simple, fast assembly experience.

Keel Fins

To confidently control your boat it is imperative to minimize 'side-sail', especially when sailing against the wind. The precision design and shape of the UV stabilized propylene detachable keel fins enable excellent performance yet still allows sailing in very shallow water without the risk of damage.

Rudder & Tiller

The design of the rudder allows it to be raised and lowered to help launch and navigate the shallows. Thanks to the locking device the rudder can be easily arranged from the helm to the desired position. The tiller arm is jointed allowing full 360 degree movement which increases comfort when sailing.

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Main & Jib Sails

Equipped with almost 55ft2 of sail area, the MiniCat 310 is considered a performance sailing dinghy! It is composed of ‘Dimension Polyant’ and uses 6 flat spires for excellent sail shape. The boomless mainsail prevents accidental head bumps. The sails are available in your choice of Red, Blue, Orange, and Lime Green. The MiniCat 310 Sport comes standard with a jib furler to take down your jib while out on the water! How neat is that?!

Mast

The mast comes in 3 sections which assemble to a total mast height of 12.5ft. It is composed of a powder-coated, light weight alloy tubing built to ensure rigidity and strength for performance, safety, and portability!

Rigging

Stay supports are perfectly engineered for quick and easy assembly. All fittings are from Ronstan, Seasure, Clamcleat and Suchomel to provide the highest quality.

Hull Floats

The MiniCat 310 is equipped with 10.2ft hulls with a 13 inch diameter. Made of Heytex 5509, they are abrasion resistant. The floats are single-chamber with a combined load capacity of 518 lbs.

Frame & Trampoline

The MiniCat 310 boasts a rigid, lightweight aluminum frame with UV protected foam for comfortable seating! The trampoline is a high strength woven plastic. It is fitted with pockets and bungees for gear storage!

Keel Fins

To confidently control your boat it is imperative to minimize 'side-sail', especially when sailing against the wind. The precision design and shape of the UV stabilized propylene detachable keel fins enable excellent performance yet still allows sailing in very shallow water without the risk of damage.

Rudder & Tiller

The design of the rudder allows it to be raised and lowered to help launch and navigate the shallows. Thanks to the locking device the rudder can be easily arranged from the helm to the desired position. The tiller arm is jointed allowing full 360 degree movement which increases comfort when sailing.

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Main & Jib Sails

The MiniCat 420 is equipped with a main sail and a jib. The total area of the sails is 104 sq. ft. The Instinct sails are made of a Dimension Polyant, while all models from the Emotion and on are made of a windsurfer Sport Monofilm mainsail. Both the main sail and the jib have transparent windows to ensure better visibility and security while sailing. Boomed mainsails are equipped with a vang and outhaul to provide better sail shape to outpace the competition!

Mast

The mast comes in 3 sections which assemble to a total mast height of 16.6 ft. It is composed of a powder-coated, light weight alloy tubing built to ensure rigidity and strength for performance, safety, and portability. A carbon fiber mast upgrade is available which is stronger and 39% lighter.

Rigging

All fittings are from Ronstan, Seasure, Clamcleat and Suchomel to provide the highest quality. The special edition Laura Dekker model also comes equipped with a mainsheet traveler for increased speed on a close-hauled line. All models of the 420 utilize a dedicated forestay with the exception of the Instinct.

Hull Floats

The MiniCat 420 is equipped with 13.8 ft hulls with a 17.7 inch diameter. Made of Heytex 5509, they are abrasion resistant. The floats are single-chamber with a combined load capacity of 1168 lbs.

Frame & Trampoline

The MiniCat 420 frame, to which the floats attach, is produced from light-weight aluminum and the frame parts are powder coated. The trampoline is produced from high strength woven plastic fabric.

Keel Fins

To confidently control your boat it is imperative to minimize 'side-sail', especially when sailing against the wind. The precision design and shape of the UV stabilized propylene detachable keel fins enable excellent performance yet still allows sailing in very shallow water without the risk of damage.

Rudder & Tiller

The design of the rudder allows it to be raised and lowered to help launch and navigate the shallows. Thanks to the locking device the rudder can be easily arranged from the helm to the desired position. The tiller arm is jointed allowing full 360 degree movement which increases comfort when sailing. The rudder on 420 Evoque is made of Carbon Fiber.

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Main & Jib Sails

The MiniCat 460 is equipped with a main sail and a jib. The total area of the sails is 124 sq. ft. The material ‘Racing PolyesterX-PLY Line’ is used for the main sail and the jib is made of “Polyester Dakron”. Both the main sail and jib have transparent windows to ensure better visibility and security while sailing. The 460 Esprit can be equipped with optional Gennaker.

Mast

The mast comes in 4 sections which assemble to a total mast height of 20 ft. It is composed of a powder-coated, light weight alloy tubing built to ensure rigidity and strength for performance, safety, and portability. The 460 Elite has a carbon fiber mast which is stronger and 39% lighter. The carbon fiber mast is easier to step while assembling the boat and weighs much less weight aloft enabling you to carry much fuller sails without capsizing."

Rigging

Stay supports are perfectly engineered for quick and easy assembly. All fittings are from Ronstan, Seasure, Clamcleat and Suchomel to provide the highest quality.

Hull Floats

The MiniCat 460 is equipped with 15.1 ft. hulls with a 19.2 inch diameter. Made of Heytex 5509, they are abrasion resistant. The floats are single-chamber with a combined load capacity of 1213 lbs.

Frame & Trampoline

The MiniCat 460 frame, to which the floats attach, is produced from light-weight aluminum and the frame parts are powder coated. The trampoline is produced from high strength woven plastic fabric.

Keel Fins

To confidently control your boat it is imperative to minimize 'side-sail', especially when sailing against the wind. The precision design and shape of the UV stabilized propylene detachable keel fins enable excellent performance yet still allows sailing in very shallow water without the risk of damage.

Rudder & Tiller

The design of the rudder allows it to be raised and lowered to help launch and navigate the shallows. Thanks to the locking device the rudder can be easily arranged from the helm to the desired position. The tiller arm is jointed allowing full 360 degree movement which increases comfort when sailing. The rudder on 460 Elite is made of Carbon Fiber.

How to Assemble a Minicat Sailboat

Ultra-Portable

All models store easily in your shed or closet and fit comfortably in any personal vehicle. It has never been easier to take your boat with you on vacation. No boat slip, no trailer just sailing!

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