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HOW TO SAIL A CATAMARAN

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DOES MINICAT HAVE A GUARANTEE?
Yes – MiniCat has a full 24-month warranty from the manufacturer. In the unlikely event that you should experience any defect, don’t hesitate to contact the retailer or distributor where you purchased your MiniCat, and they will take care of your warranty claim. In addition to the standard warranty, MiniCat also has a 7-year warranty on the ‘boat skin,’ so don’t worry about the inflatable hulls; we’ve got you covered. NB. When you purchase your MiniCat, you must register your ownership on the MiniCat website to validate your warranty.
DO I NEED A SAILING LICENCE FOR A MINICAT? DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SAIL A CATAMARAN?
No license is required to use a MiniCat, although if you are a complete novice, we recommend a short beginner’s sailing course. Please check with your local sailing authorities. In some countries, even a small sailboat needs registration, but it is not required in most countries.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO LAUNCH THE BOAT AND GET THE BOAT OUT OF THE WATER SINGLE-HANDEDLY?
Yes – the MiniCat is specifically designed and manufactured for single-person use. The carrying, assembly, disassembly, launching, and sailing can all be done on your own, but of course, you will have an advantage if you have some experience with boats and know-how to sail a small catamaran.
CAN INFLATABLE BOATS BE USED IN THE SEA (SALT WATER) AS WELL AS FRESH WATER?
Absolutely – YES! Beach sailing or inland waters are the natural habitat for MiniCat. Remember to rinse your MiniCat with fresh water and occasionally clean individual parts. Please take special care to remove any sand, especially from the frame and mast sections inserted into each other. Please be sure to carefully read the instruction manual that comes with your MiniCat.
HOW TOUGH IS THE BOAT? HOW WILL THE MATERIAL STAND UP AGAINST SAND, SMALL STONES, ROCKS AND ABRASIVE SURFACES?
An inflatable boat has the advantage that the inflatable surface gives way slightly to external pressure and, therefore, is resistant to damage. Stones in the water are generally smooth and so don’t cause any harm. Sand will not cause any abrasions to the surface under normal usage. Some very sharp corals, sharp concrete, or metal objects may damage the material. The material used in the construction of the hulls is from the German company HeyTex; this is the same material used for white-water rafts and is manufactured specifically for this use. Please note that every new MiniCat is supplied with a repair kit; minor repairs to the floats are a simple task. MiniCat repair kits are also available to purchase. For your added confidence, MiniCat gives you a 7-year ‘boat-skin’ warranty for the inflatable hull material.
DO I NEED ANY SKILLS OR TOOLS TO ASSEMBLE A MINICAT?
No, the MiniCat’s simple yet sturdy design allows you to set it up with just your hands. No tools are needed. Just read the instruction manual carefully. You can also access video instructions for each MiniCat model on the MiniCat YouTube Channel. Everything you need is in the bag to be ready to set sail.
WHAT SAILING KNOWLEDGE DO YOU NEED IN ORDER TO SAIL A CATAMARAN MINICAT?
Most sailing clubs recommend that you have at least an RYA 2 before sailing any small craft or sailing dinghy, but if you have any sailing or even sail-board experience, you should be able to sail this catamaran. You will enhance your skills on every outing.
WHERE CAN I SAIL A MINICAT?
You can sail a MiniCat anywhere: lakes, larger rivers, or the sea. All you need is about a foot of water and a light breeze. Due to the lightweight design, MiniCat sails easily, even in gentle conditions. The advantage of fantastic portability is that you can easily access beaches and launch sites that cannot be reached directly with a vehicle and trailer.
IS MINICAT SAFE?
Safety must always come first. Twenty years ago, during the first design phase and pre-production, MiniCat underwent three years of testing and engineering to achieve optimum stability and strength in all parts. It is recommended that you do not go sailing alone and always let people know where you are and when you will likely be back. Remember, conditions can change quickly, and all bodies of water can be dangerous and must be treated with the respect they deserve.
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