Takacat LX Series boats are durable, stable, and designed with smart features that make them a perfect choice for marine professionals and recreational water enthusiasts alike.
Whether you’re looking for a foldable sports boat for fishing or exploring, or need a quality portable tender for your yacht or RV, the Takacat team of lightweight dinghies are a tough, stable, and fun option on any water. The full Takacat lineup features stability, versatility, and lightweight performance for a wide range of uses. The innovative and fully removable Tube Transom® system allows Takacat inflatable tenders to be rolled up into two carry bags for easy transportation and storage.
The Takacat LX Series boats feature a revolutionary, and completely removable, Tube Transom®. The sleek and minimal Tube Transom® design makes the boat about 15 lbs lighter than traditional inflatable boats. Because the transom can be completely removed, Takacat packs down significantly smaller as compared to other inflatable boats. All Takacat boats can be packed small enough to be checked as baggage on a plane, thrown into bench seat storage, or tossed into an SUV trunk for a weekend adventure — no need for a trailer.
The lightweight, low resistance design of Takacat boats provides quick and level planing, exceptional stability, and fuel economy. The low draft and buoyant inflatable catamaran construction allows for navigation through extremely shallow water and provides the ability to get further up on a beach or ramp before grounding the boat.
The unique Tube Transom® design of Takacat combined with the fully open bow allows the deck to continuously drain. Fast and constant draining keeps the deck dry and prevents water from building up inside the boat, a great advantage when sensitive gear is on board or when towing.
Takacat boats are now available in seven bold colors, including two camouflage options. Show your team colors, be more visible (or less), or add a bit of color and personality to your adventures. Takacat custom colors are available through authorized Takacat North America dealers.
The one-of-a-kind optional rigid floor combines the best features of both traditional RIBs and inflatables. A rigid floor offers the ultimate in stability on the water, without compromising the light weight and compact versatility of an inflatable. The innovative construction of Takacat means it is fully removeable, so unlike a traditional RIB, a boat outfitted with a rigid floor can be retubed easily and inexpensively with replacement tubes. And tubes and Tube Transom® still pack down to fit anywhere.
All Takacat boat models are available in both PVC and Hypalon fabric construction. Standard tubes are fabricated from durable custom-made 0.9mm, 1000 denier PVC. Digital Camo and Woodland Camo color options are built using thicker 1mm, 1200 denier PVC for extra rub and tear resistance in flooded timber and murky, backcountry water. All models can be custom ordered in Hypalon fabric for exceptional UV protection and resistance to extreme temperatures.
Smart and functional design comes standard with every Takacat model. We never settle for second best, and always have high quality design and solid materials as our top priority. It’s who we are, and we're proud of it.
The open transom and raised floor keeps the water out and the floor dry. Any water that does find its way in, will go straight out the back.
Takacat’s original open bow design provides safety and convenience when entering and exiting. Standard inflatable high-pressure air floor and optional hybrid fiberglass rigid floor both offer an ultra-stable surface for on/off-boarding from land or water.
Inner and outer grab lines provide safe handholds so you can sit anywhere.
Catamaran design makes for efficient and easy rowing while also tracking well, even in a crosswind. (420LX does not include oars)
Halkey-Roberts fill valve for fast, reliable inflation and deflation. Pressure relief valves prevent over-pressurization when left in the hot sun.
Non-skid PVC on the air deck floor makes for slip-free fun! Ultra UV Stabilized, it will not get chalky over time.
Aerodynamic tapered bow is designed to ensure you go over the top of rough and choppy waters. It also reduces windage over flared bow designs.
Fixed oarlocks and Velcro straps ensure you won’t be up the creek without a paddle!
Designed with a single seam on each hull. Seam is sealed using a chemical bonding gluing system and a quadruple overlap of material to ensure airtightness, even after years of folding.
Innovative Tube Transom Design has quick attachment points for rod holders and beach launching wheels.
Lifting handle at the stern for easy portage, even with a light outboard still attached.
Heavy-duty rubber under-tube protection for beaching and transport ease.
Extra large diameter tubes for added carry capacity and comfort.
Shallow Draft is a huge advantage when navigating shallow water and allows you to get further up the beach or ramp before the hull of the boat grounds.
Not a flat bottom. Catamaran hull allows for a lower wetted surface area making Takacat boats much faster with less horsepower.
Discover the Takacat LX Series of boats and compare details to find your perfect boat.
The T260LX is the go-anywhere ultra-compact boat. Portability and lightweight make it an ideal small watercraft for couples or solo boaters for fishing, and perfect for storage in an RV or larger vessel as a tender. Small size makes it a breeze to inflate and be out on the water in minutes.EXPLORE THIS MODEL
Packed full of the innovative features that define Takacat, the Takacat T300LX is the flagship tender and most popular smaller day boat in the Takacat LX range. This boat has repeatedly proven to be a truly fun and reliable tender by thousands of passionate boaters.EXPLORE THIS MODEL
The innovative design and rugged performance of Takacat meet in the perfectly midsize T340LX. With plenty of room for the family, or just enough for a couple friends, fishing gear and a cooler, the T340 LX is the versatile do-it-all boat for a day on the water.EXPLORE THIS MODEL
There’s no doubt why the Takacat 380LX is a family favorite. The large roomy deck provides plenty of the space for the whole crew and the ride is supremely stable. It’s the perfect watercraft for fishing, swimming, diving, hunting, or just a day of cruising.EXPLORE THIS MODEL
The Takacat 420LX combines all the distinctive features of the Takacat line with an extra wide platform, making it a workhorse on the water. The wide platform means the boat can hold up to 7 people. Even with all the extra room, it stills packs down to fit in the trunk.EXPLORE THIS MODEL
Boat Specification Comparison
Boat Specification Comparison
Our passion for the water and leading edge boat design grew over a lifetime spent in and around boats. We invite you to experience the most innovative and modern range of inflatable catamaran sport boats on the market. Takacat LX Series boats are versatile, portable, and cost effective and provide the rugged capability to handle whatever weather and water conditions your expedition throws at you.
Portability and versatility are top of mind for the RV lifestyle. The Takacat is the ultimate portable boat for life on the road.Learn More
Be ready when it counts. Quick assembly, dependability, and lightweight portability allows Takacat to go where it’s needed most.Learn More
Memories are made on the water. Leave the tech at home and spend a day cruising, picnicking, swimming, and exploring.Learn More
The rugged versatility and lightweight portability of Takacat combine for a smooth comfortable ride wherever research calls.Learn More
The compact and versatile Takacat is just as ready for provisioning as it is for exploring and snorkeling in secret coves.Learn More
Takacat compact portability gets you out to those honey holes while the fish are biting. Setup is a breeze, even in backcountry.Learn More
Dive anywhere in the world. Signature Takacat portability, and an ultra-stable diving platform, are ready for any adventure.Learn More
Answer the call with the Takacat inflatable hunting boat. All the utility and flexibility of a Jon boat, without the hassle.Learn More
Learn more about the technical details and find answers to your questions using these handy resources.
Your boat includes:
3-Year Warranty against defects in the material or workmanship that affect usability.
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“The Takacat dinghy has performed exceptionally well, and I look forward to using it again this upcoming season. One of many good things about it, is the low drag, so we loose virtually no speed towing it (as opposed to a standard dinghy).”
Andreas B. Heide, Professional Sailor & Explorer
“We have been using the Takacat at Lake Pupuke, MadLoop WindSurf School for about a year now. We have been open for 25 years and used all types of inflatable dinghy. The Takacat is the best inflatable dinghy I have ever used by far. So stable, so light, so practical. This boat is a complete winner in every way. I fully recommend anyone ,and every one to buy a Takacat.”
Alan McIntosh. Owner/Manager, MadLoop WindSurf School
Q. Why should I pick a Takacat over a conventional inflatable?
A. Most inflatables in the U.S. market are boring. They all look and perform the same. Instead of copying everyone else’s design, we decided to innovate. The Takacat catamaran hull design is fast, stable, safe, and comfortable. The fast draining removable Tube Transom® is simple and portable, which makes Takacat one of the most versatile inflatable boats in the market.
Q. Are Takacats easy to set up?
A. The Takacat line of boats are designed for quick and easy assembly. No need to mess around with heavy and complicated floorboard systems, our high pressure air deck floor fits perfectly in place while it inflates. Inflation with the supplied manual pump takes about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the boat and your urgency. Inflation with an electric pump takes about 8-10 minutes
Q: Are Takacats easy to deflate and pack away?
A. Our innovative, Tube Transom® enables the Takacat hulls to be rolled-up like a swiss cake roll which makes it easier to store & transport than traditional inflatable boats. The big advantage comes by way of weight savings which makes carrying the boat easier, but also makes the boat nimbler on the water and faster with smaller HP outboards.
Q. What is the best way to transport my Takacat?
A. The Takacat LX and Sport Series offer true portability. They can be fully deflated and will fit into most cars and SUVs. They can be transported either inflated or deflated on roof racks. They can be stored easily on boat decks because of their size and weight, they sit flat on deck without the need for a cradle. The LX and Sport models take up very little space when packed in their bags for storage. Takacat LX and Sport models offer an unparalleled experience from storage, transport to on the water, there is no better!
Q. What outboard should I buy for my Takacat?
A. Takacat boats utilize a catamaran hull design, this means that the boats have far less wetted surface and are much more efficient on the water than flat-bottom or V-hull boats. You can use less horsepower than other boats to achieve the same speeds.
Electric outboards are more efficient when used on a Takacat and are a great option.
The most common gas outboard is the 6hp. It is lightweight and portable which completes the package for the Takacat. The longer the boat you choose, the faster it will be and it will be able to plane with more weight. For example, a 420LX with a 6hp will plane with 440 lbs on board.
Stay tuned for our detailed performance data to be released in early 2021.
Q. Do I need to cup my propeller or buy an aftermarket cavitation plate?
A: We recommend cavitation plates for outboards greater than 6hp and less than 20 horsepower. Our dealers carry a wide variety of brands, we have tested and confirm the efficacy of the Permatrim and the Davis Dole-Fin.
We recommend having your propeller cupped if you experience any cavitation or ventilation. Cupping the prop will give the propeller more grip in the water and increase performance.
We recommend PowerTech stainless steel propellers for the best possible performance of your Takacat, although not necessary in most cases.
Q. How do I attach my Takacat to my davits?
A: You can use stainless shackles to attach to the lower transom bar through the holes in the top of the wheel brackets. The bow attachment point can be easily attached by running a lifting line around the floor (before inflation) but between the two under-floor D-rings.
Q. How to tow my Takacat?
A: We recommend towing your Takacat by making a 3 point bridle to the two bow safety line D-rings and the under-floor D-rings.
Q: Where are the Takacat boats designed and manufactured?
A: The Takacat LX, Sport and Explorer models are all designed by Greg Sowden in Aukland New Zealand. The boats are manufactured in Qindao, China by the same boatbuilder since 2007.
Q: Why would I want glued seams instead of welded?
A: Welded seams are great for RIBs as they are cheap and easy to do. They are also easy to replicate on repetitive seams. RIBs are also inflated about 90% of the time.
Takacat boats are typically folded and unfolded hundreds of times in their lifetime. Welded seams will become brittle and start to leak. Welded seams are also not 100% repairable, they can only be patched over.
Glued seams are more flexible over time and can have higher holding power in complex shapes. Our house blend glue is specifically engineered to maintain its flexibility over many years and after extend exposure to UV.
Q: Does the Takacat have any design or build certifications?
A: Yes, All Takacat model boats are CE tested and are CE marked to the latest CE standards 2013/53/EU.
All Takacat boats are also manufactured to International Standards ISO 4892-3:2006.
Q: How do I retube my Takacat?
A: Takacat LX, LX Hybrid and Sport models can be easily retubed by simply constructing your boat with a new set of tubes ordered from your local Takacat dealer!
Q: Should I buy a PVC or Hypalon Takacat?
A: The vast majority of Takacat boats are of the PVC variety. Because most Takacats live not-in-use lives in their bags, there is not real advantage of the Hypalon.
Hypalon comes in handy when you will be in tropics levels of UV and in a year-round type of usage. We mean 100% in the water all the time.
You can still circumvent the need for pricey Hypalon by electing to buy chaps. That will protect the boat skin from UV and even provide a bit more abrasion resistance.
Q: Can I buy an extended warranty?
A: Technical Specs (size, weight, carry capacity etc.), there are several differences between the Takacat models:
Q: My Takacat needs repairs or replacement parts, what do I do?
A: You should first reach out to your local dealer. Many of our Takacat dealers are also boat repair facilities and would be happy to repair your boat.
If you do not have a local dealer or are located outside of North America, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for replacement parts inquiries.
Q: Can I leave my Takacat inflated for long periods of time?
A: Yes you can! We would recommend equipping your Takacat with chaps for UV protection (and to keep the bird poop off) and you may also need to apply Inflatable Bottom Paint (yes, that is a real thing) to contend with any growth in your waters.
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There is nothing more exciting than making a purchase you know the whole family will enjoy. To buy a Takacat, or if you need help deciding, get in touch with us or one of our dealers. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.