Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Seen at the 2018 Sailboat Show: the Minicat Guppy


Given the millennial's desire to store things in their apartments (see this post, Whither the Millennials), the models of inflatable sailboats continues to expand. (I previously wrote about the Tiwal inflatable sailing dinghy from the 2016 Sailboat Show.) At this year's show it was the small Minicat Guppy catamaran, a 3 meter inflatable that continues to expand the market selection for knock-down small boats. I took two photos but didn't hang around to talk to the salesman so I didn't get an idea on U.S.A. pricing. (More info at the above link.)

I've dragged this comment from Nail Sadykov to the main post. Nail says the Russian and Ukraine sailors have been designing inflatable sailboats for a while and the technology is advanced.
"English language link, with several different models; From Boatdesign.net. And from a Russian forum. New Ukrainian boat. Possibly, next year in Everglades challenge or R2AK race. In ex-USSR existed a long tradition of inflatable, demountable boats, suitable for transportation by passenger train or other public transport."





This year I did come across a rather forlorn, inflatable SUP, somewhat deflated, on a car roof rack. My guess is this particular boat owner assembled the SUP early in the summer, strapped it on his car for the duration of the summer months, and hit it with some air pressure when he wanted to use it.


5 comments:

Alden Smith said...

The sailing equivalent of the famous Kleeper kayak - good for a sailing fanatic who lives in a small apartment.

Nail Sadykov said...

Rather primitive boat if compared with modern inflatable multihulls from Russia and Ukraine or, even, with old Catapult.

Tweezerman said...

Nail,

A link to the Russian, Ukraine designs would be appreciated. Thanks.

Nail Sadykov said...

English language link, with several different models

https://www.boatdesign.net/threads/inflatable-a-class-and-other-inflatable-multihulls-from-ex-ussr.48040/

and Russian forum

http://gik.fordak.ru

New Ukrainian boat. Possibly, next year in Everglades challenge or R2AK race.
http://elandka.com

In ex-USSR existed a long tradition of inflatable, demountable boats, suitable for transportation by passenger train or other public transport.

Nail Sadykov said...

One more small comment: these inflatable multihulls are mainly used as cruisers, not daysailers.