FAQ

What is the difference between the Takacat Lite and Sports series?

The difference is in the bow design and it comes down to personal preference. The Takacat Lite has an open bow design like a sledge or landing craft. The Takacat Sport looks more conventional with a full bow tube, which in this case is tapered. Below the waterline, the Takacat Sport and Lite feature a very similar catamaran hull design and share very similar characteristics: Incredibly stable, row superbly and provide quick, level and efficient planning.
 

Are Takacats easy to set-up?

The Takacats are designed for quick and easy assembly. It's as simple as inserting the top and bottom stainless steel tubes into position and inflating the main chambers to pressure (3psi). Attach the outboard bracket with 4 bolts and wing nuts (not required if you are only rowing). Insert the air deck floor and inflate to 8 - 10psi. No mucking around with heavy and complicated floorboard systems. Inflation with the pump supplied takes 8 - 15minutes depending on the Takacat size and your fitness level. Inflation by our speedy electric pump takes 5 - 8 minutes, depending on the size of Takacat you are inflating.
 

Are Takacats easy to deflate and stow?
Our innovative, fully removable transom enables the Takacat to be rolled-up smaller, easier and lighter than traditional inflatable boats that have a fixed transom. A big advantage when it comes to handling, transportation and/or storage. Ideal for the caravan, motor home and foldaway tender markets.

 

How should I transport my Takacat?

The Takacat Lite and Sport Series offer true portability. They can be fully deflated and will fit into most cars, SUVs, etc. They can be transported either inflated or deflated on roof racks. They can be stored easily on boat decks and duckboards because of their shape and lightness; they also take up little space when stowed away for storage. For boats of their size and performance, they are hard to beat.

 

Boat launching and retrieval

Takacat's new quick release wheel system makes launching and retrieval easier than ever before. This opens up a wide range of launching locations where it is not possible with other types of boats. Takacats are light in weight for their size and are well balanced both on and off the water. You can now leave the busy and sometimes dangerous boat ramps behind.

We do suggest you research your launch area, prepare yourself and your crew, and take your time to get ready. For surf conditions, try to keep the bow pointing into breaking waves when going out, and when coming back in, sit on the back of a wave for a safe passage.

 

Where are Takacat inflatables designed and made?

Designed, developed and tested by founder Greg Sowden in Auckland, New Zealand. These versatile inflatable catamaran boats are then CE tested and custom-built in our Chinese factory using quality components from around the world.

 

Welded vs. Glued seams
Our standard production uses a glue system for the following reasons. We do, however, offer welded seams (made to order) if required. For example, in our Takacat Lite design there is only one main seam running parallel down each chamber. Technically, yes, this can be welded but, like most if not all other manufactures, the air deck floors plus all fittings including handles, D rings, rubbing strips, oar locks, transoms and even the end cones that seal the chambers, can only be glued. We feel this rules out any advanatge of a welded seam over glued. A glued seam is also better for being folded and won't crack / split like a welded seam can. If a welded seam does split, it is near impossible to repair. If a glued seam splits it can be repaired. Like all aspects of production, there are pluses and minuses for each. With 10 years of Takacat production, we are getting better and better and will continue to develop.

 

How do I buy a Takacat?
Takacat inflatable boats are only available direct from Takacat.com or a select few international re-sellers. To view prices and how to buy in your country / region please
Click here

 

Do you have International distributors?

We have a limited number of international re-sellers. To view please click here

 

How do I know if I am buying a genuine Takacat product?

Our products proudly carry the Takacat.com Logo and are only sold via our Takacat.com website and a limited number of international distributors. If in doubt whether a boat is genuine, be sure to contact us at [email protected]

 

How do you handle warranty claims?

If you think you have a warranty claim simply e-mail [email protected] and supply your details along with a description and photo of the fault. Once we have received this information, we will then decide the best way to fix the fault while causing you the least possible hassle. This could involve Takacat working with a local repair shop to solve any fault that may have occurred. Since you are dealing direct with the company that designs and produces the Takacat inflatables, we will be able to assist you in getting back on the water as quickly as possible.

 

Easy replacement tubes / re-tube

Unlike conventional ribs or inflatable boats Takacats can now be re-tubed simply and cost effectively due to our revolutionary transom design. Our fully removable high pressure air deck floor system, and tubes are not fixed or glued to a hull or transom. There for there is no hassle or costly process to have your aged of damaged tubes re-made and replaced. You just simply order a set of new tubes from Takacat.

 

Fabric type: PVC or HYPALON?

There are a few key questions to ask you when it comes to making the decision of buying a PVC or Hypalon inflatable boat. From a price point, PVC is hard to beat.
If your usage of the boat is only a few months of the year and/or you look after it and don’t leave it uncovered in the elements then the extra price of the Hypalon is hard to justify.

You can expect to get between 5 - 10 years out of your PVC tubes depending on your usage. For customers in extreme conditions and climates such as in the tropics, Hypalon is recommended and will provide you with a longer working life.

 

Hypalon (Neoprene fabric) offers the best UV and abrasion resistance (also resistant against chemicals as well as high temperatures), colour stability and air-tightness in addition to great suppleness and high adhesion values in order to enhance workmanship. The fabric is sanded and prepared prior to a cold gluing technique being used. This creates a very strong bond that will last as long as the fabric itself. PVC (Polyurethane fabric) offers a cost-effective entry into the benefits of inflatable technologies and design.

The bonding methods of Hypalon and PVC differ with PVC having the ability to be heat-welded or glued. Due to problems associated with heat-welding such as cracked, brittle and hard to repair seams we have chosen to use a gluing system (chemical/molecular bond). Both welded and glued tubes can only be glued to their hulls or transom. PVC is very easy and cost-effective to repair compared to Hypalon and is a good all round choice.

 

Are Takacat CE marked?

Yes, all Takacat series have been CE tested and are CE marked. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to e-mail us at [email protected]
 

Maintenance 
Regularly check valves, stitching, ribbons, hooks, screws and nuts on your Takacat boat. Pontoons are more alive than a plastic hull and their constant movement can cause fatigue damage. It is important to keep the pontoons sufficiently inflated. Under-inflation will cause more water resistance and thus slowing. Regularly check the pontoon mounts to the transom and hull and other joints in the tubes. In smaller inflatables between any loose floorboards and pontoons, it is important to keep areas clean from dirt and debris that could rub and wear down the pontoon.

Cleaning basically requires no more than a cleanser, a brush and a sponge for managing the cleaning and maintenance of the boats pontoons.

Soap: Mix the soap with water according to instructions on the package. Scrub the pontoons with a sponge or scrubbing brush. Rinse off with water. Never use high pressure when cleaning the boat, it can damage the stitches or fabric of the pontoons, etc.

 

 

Storage
TAKACAT Sport or Lite inflatables can be stored either inflated or in a storage case. When stored in a bag, the bag must be dry. Take this opportunity to clean sand etc. from between the floorboard and pontoons. When it comes to winter, there are some basic tips. The boat does best not to stand in freezing temperatures, although it is not a must to have it indoors. If you cover the boat, do not use a vinyl tarp and let some air out of the pontoons.

 

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