The Kayacat is a personal catamaran you can paddle like a Kayak or Sail, SUP, Slide Seat Row, Motor and more, and each Kayacat fits in its own backpack which you can carry as hand luggage on most airlines!
The basic model, the PUMA weighs in at just over 6kg(13lb)! It can be unpacked and set up in under 8 minutes, and can be repacked in under 4 minutes, giving you more time to enjoy the water.
The performance is excellent when compared to other watercraft, including kayaks. It is easy and fun to use, easy to set up and pack away, resilient, and also affordable. The Kayacat is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. We have had children as young as 5 years old single-handedly carrying and launching Kayacats into the sea, rivers and lakes.
Kickstarter Backers will be get approximately 20% off the anticipated retail price, as well as being first in line for delivery when Kayacat rolls off the production line. Items are shipped worldwide to backers, from only £50 and should arrive in 3-5 business days after dispatch from the factory.
The key to Kayacat's lightness, strength, stability and versatility comes firstly from the use of a core modular inflatable reinforced float system and adjustable cross struts, to which a rigid aluminium (or carbon fibre) frame is fitted that most of our APPS easily attach to.
Secondly, most inflatable kayaks are made from PVC, kayacat is NOT. Instead, we use a unique triple-layer laminate system, that delivers incredible strength, rigidity, buoyancy and reliability, as well as being environmentally friendly.
Kayacat has a unique modular design that combines the stability of a catamaran with a state of the art, inflatable, triple-layered-laminate float system, making all of the parts interchangeable, replaceable and adaptable.
The catamaran floats make for a combined long, narrow waterline of almost 7m, which means great efficiency through the water. An unpowered glide distance of 85m has been recorded during testing!
Kayacat has a huge range of accessories (APPs), with more coming all the time. Available APPs include the Sailing APP with packable mast, and boomless sail (it goes in the bag too!), the Slide Seat Rowing APP, fishing APPs that include rod holders, a rotating seat, and a rechargeable electric motor. There is also a Scuba Diving APP to allow for spare air-cylinders and a boarding ladder, and even an APP that will let you transport a bicycle. Many more APPs are under development.
All the Kayacat models have a recommended weight capacity of 115kg seated weight, with 20kg aft and 10kg forward cargo storage (Camping equipment, bicycle, etc)
When it comes to dependability, only the very best component materials will do. As such, all our Kayacat products are constructed using the strongest, most durable, materials available.
KAYACAT has been in development for over two years and has been tested around the world on rivers, lakes, moderate white waters and seas. From the Hebrides in Scotland, in Tenerife in the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. It has been taken down the river Ebro in Spain in full flood conditions, even over whirlpools, while carrying camping gear!
The PUMA is for Kayaking or Stand Up Paddling, it is light and simple enough to be used by anyone, whether you are into exploring, sports, or just want to have some fun! Kayacat opens up a world of leisure activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Puma is incredibly light, maneuverable, and very fast for stronger paddlers, yet remains very stable in the water. Inflation takes minutes using the hand pump, and rechargeable electric pumps are available to make setting up your Kayacat even more of a breeze!
All of the available, and soon to be available, APPs can be fitted to the PUMA.
The PUMA pack Pledge Reward pack includes the core modular float system, Backpack, 4-piece paddle, hand pump and a widening kit for the cross struts and seat, allowing two people to paddle side by side (perfect for taking your kids out on the water)
For more details about the PUMA visit http://kayacat.com/product-range/kayacat-puma/
The COUGAR is our ready-to-sail out of the bag model (after inflation and assembly) . Wider cross struts increase the distance between the floats, so you can sit sideways while sailing. The rigid frame has additional strengthening and fittings for the packable mast and rudder.
There is no boom, no rigging wires, and it has never railed up or capsized in extensive testing. It is designed to flex and forgive yet still perform, even sailing upwind.
It is still incredibly light, and is easy for people of all abilities to sail in just a breath of wind, but is also very fast for the more experienced sailors, as the breeze picks up. And if the wind drops, just paddle home!
Complete beginners have learned to sail Kayacat in less than 20 minutes!
Further APPS can be added such as attachable safety floats and a super-lightweight expanding carbon fibre seat frame!
Also remember, that even though all models of Kayacat can be paddled easily, the Cougar can be set up in narrow (PUMA) mode if you prefer.
The COUGAR pack Pledge Reward pack includes the core modular float system, backpack, 4-piece paddle, hand pump, sailing rig, rudder and both wide and short cross-struts (for Kayaking and SUP)
A two piece paddle (as seen in the video) that can be used as a centre board/keel for serious upwind performance is no-cost option to replace the standard double-blade paddle. We'll send out a survey to ask if you'd prefer this after the campaign.
For more details about the COUGAR visit http://kayacat.com/product-range/kayacat-cougar/
The CHEETAH is ready to go rowing. Wide cross struts are used, along with a sliding seat, foot rests, and two packable oars.
The Cheetah is fast on the water, great for racing, and offers a great full body workout; ideal if you want to lose a few pounds! Why stare at the wall in the gym when you can do your workout on the water?
A foot steering system has been developed and will soon be available as an APP.
The CHEETAH Pledge pack includes the core modular float system, backpack, two packable oars, hand pump, Slide Seat Rowing APP, and wide and narrow cross-struts.
The Kayacat MAX includes both the Sailing APP and the Slide Seat Rowing APP in one package so you can Paddle, SUP, Sail, or Row whenever you choose!
The KAYACAT MAX Pledge pack includes includes the core modular float system, backpack, 4-piece paddle, hand pump, sailing rig, rudder, two packable oars, the Slide Seat Rowing APP, and both wide and short cross-struts (for Kayaking and SUP).
The Kayacat MAX includes both the Sailing APP and the Slide Seat Rowing APP in one package so you can paddle, SUP, sail, or row whenever you choose!
Kayacat is every bit as good at sailing, as it is paddling, as it is at SUP and Slide Seat Rowing, or any other mode. It's up to YOU to decide how you use YOUR Kayacat as it is completely modular.
As kickstarter will not allow more than one pledge per account, we’re now adding the electric pump as an “ADD-ON”. This means that if you would like the electric pump, as well as your kayacat, simply increase your pledge amount by the cost of the pump, and we will send you a survey at the end of the campaign to see what it is you would like to add on..
Electric pump - £25 ADD-ON
A rechargeable electric pump that makes inflating your kayacat a breeze.
We have four standard colours available for Kickstarter Pledgers. Colours depicted above are a representation, and actual colours may vary.
We will contact Backers after successful completion of our Kickstarter project, to get your preference.
Our factory requires a bulk order from us to ramp up into full production, and we need some specialist tooling made for some of the fixtures and fittings.
Some of the Kickstarter fund will be used for furthering our already extensive patent and design rights program, our rights will extend to all our rights and technical aspects. So you can be confident that Kayacat is here for the long term.
In the interest of transparency the pledge prices we have shown do not include shipping costs or any customs fees, import duties or taxes. The shipping price is added when you pledge, but again, it does not include duties or taxes.All individual backers are responsible for paying any such fees, import duties or taxes that may apply.
Our shipping partner works with lots of E-Commerce and Crowdfunded companies and assures us that in many countries import taxes will not apply for individual items under a certain $ value, however we cannot guarantee that this applies to all of our backers.
The shipping rates indicated are for individual items only. Delivery is our fastest express, 3-5 business days from our factory to your door, as we know you will want your Kayacat as soon as possible.
If we are successful in our Kickstarter campaign we may have sufficient orders to allow for bulk shipping to certain countries or territories and therefore will be able to reduce the shipping costs for individual items. In that case we will pass on the discounted shipping rates to you, our backers. In all cases we will endeavour to supply the best shipping rates possible at the time of fulfillment. Thank you for your understanding.
We hope like us you are concerned about the Marine Environment. At Kayacat our plan is to set aside a portion of our net profits for viable marine conservation projects.
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Risks and challenges
We anticipate very few problems with production and shipping, and hope there will be no unexpected delays. Our factory has already made high quality samples for us, and has promised us a high production volume once they have received a bulk order from us. We have shipping and fulfilment partners lined up, ready to deliver your Kayacat. Even in the worst case scenario we would hope to have your Kayacat with you in time for the holiday season..Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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