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The MiniCat 460 is the largest and fastest in the MiniCat lineup. It fits a wide range of functionality with the ability to mount an outboard and a total weight capacity of 1,234 pounds! This is a great family sailboat, with a focus on speed and performance. It's also a great day sailor when you want to carry more weight and make better speed, especially in light winds. This boat turns into an absolute rocket ship when put into capable hands. The MiniCat 460 is a great value in performance beach cats.
The MiniCat 460 comes in 2 different trim levels: Esprit and Elite. All 460 models include a continuous line jib furler, traveller, and boomless mainsail. You can learn more about each trim level below.
The 460 Esprit is a fantastically fast and efficient sailboat. Its mast is one section taller than the 420 mast and has a longer waterline which translates to a faster boat in all conditions.
The 460 Elite is everything the 460 Esprit aspires to be, but with carbon fiber bits for a more performance aesthetic. Don’t be fooled, the carbon mast isn’t just for looks; the carbon mast is much easier to step when assembling the boat, and it is much less weight aloft than the aluminum mast which allows you to carry full sails in stronger winds without a worry of capsizing.
MiniCat 460 Trim Level Innovations
The MiniCat 460 is our best selling MiniCat model. It fits a wide range of functionality, and makes the perfect family sailor. It's very fast, easy to sail, and can even be outfitted with an outboard for use as a tender, or for when the wind dies down.
Boomless mainsail for worry free tacking.
Poly-X Racing mainsail is both good looking and offers better performance and sail shape over dacron or mono-film.
Optional trapeze lets you sit back and relax, even when the wind is blowing strong.
Carbon mast is almost weightless for easy stepping and improved control on windy days.
Windows in Jib and Main for 360° visibility for safer operation in busy waterways.
Traveller allows for improved sail shape, this makes up the difference for having no boom.
MiniCat 460 Features & Benefits
The MiniCat 460 is a boat that combines premium and lightweight materials that will give you an edge on your next open water race, or better yet, will stand up to a rigorous fun-filled weekend for a family of four.
The Jib and Main sails on the MiniCat boats all have windows in them. This allows you to be more aware of your surroundings. Even with the colorful sails, sometimes other boaters are not paying attention. These windows allow you to see 360° and be responsive to your surroundings.
Continuous Line Roller Furling Jib
All MiniCat 460 models are equipped with a continuous line roller furler. This allows you to put away the jib sail, on either tack without any worry or possibility of a snag, clog, or line override that the single-line furlers are notorious for. You can also store your jib furled (folded in half) to make boat set-up and take-down quicker and easier.
Fully Battened Square-top Mainsail
The square-top mainsail provides this beachcat with more than enough power to have a fun day on the water. Fully battened with fiberglass battens provides great sail shape, even in light winds. Some 460 sailors have reported surfing waves up to 18 knots, but average reaching speeds of 10-16 knots have been seen.
Heytex 5509 PVC
All MiniCats, including the MiniCat 460, have hulls made in Germany with Heytex 5509 PVC. This is top shelf PVC and has an extended life expectancy of typical boat PVC. This boat fabric is no different than other PVC with regards to repair. It is easily repairable by an amateur, so no more expensive boat yard repair bills!
Powder Coated Lightweight Frame
MiniCats are built with lightweight aluminum frames that have been powder coated using techniques that are time tested and durable. The rugged, long-lasting frame uses the lightest weight materials for both transport ease and sailing performance.
The MiniCat 460 has a feature rich trampoline. MiniCat has designed the tramp to have plenty of places to hold on with reinforced handles in each corner. There are also pockets for the halyards and drybags, to keep the trampoline tidy and free of snagging points. There is a hiking strap long enough for at least 2 pairs of feet and bungee lacing at the base of the mast for stowing larger gear. There are also diagonal webbed straps sewn on the trampoline to provide extra grip.
Low Aspect Ratio Keels
The MiniCat 460 is rocking long shallow keels under each hull which contribute to the MiniCat’s ease of use and great sailing characteristics. The keels allow the MiniCat to be sailed in very shallow waters. You need only fly a hull when you want; it is very easy to prevent capsizes thanks to these keels that resist rotation of the hulls. The keels are set aft of the mast, which allows the 460 to tack much quicker than other hard hulled catamarans.
Small Pack-down for Easy Storage and Transport
The MiniCat 460 packs away into three easy-to-manage bags. These bags are well-organized to keep things from getting damaged in storage. The MiniCat bags and packaway are better than other portable boats on the market. These bags can be stored under your bed, in a closet or checked as luggage on an airplane. Call your airline for a quote on oversized luggage fees, they can vary by airline. Wheeled storage bags are easy to transport and move around without heavy lifting.
MiniCat has a comprehensive catalog of accessories for their boats. From front trampolines to motor mounts and even a gennaker, there is a way to spice up your next adventure!
MINICAT 460 FEATURED ACCESSORY
PUMP UP YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE
Pumping up a MiniCat is absolutely possible with the included hand pump, but Red Beard prefers letting technology do the work for him.
The Deluxe Inflator Pump is the perfect companion for MiniCat boats. These boats need a lot of air to fully inflate, doing that by hand is a chore and is much slower than using this automatic pump. Hook the pump up to a 12v source and set the dial to the pressure needed (.25 BAR / 3.7 psi) and press the ‘On’ button. The 2-stage pump will start to inflate with its high volume stage, then click to the high pressure stage and automatically stop when the proper pressure is reached.
- 2-stage pump for fast and accurate inflation
- Lightweight and easy storage in included storage bag
- Fits the MiniCat inflation valve (use the MiniCat hand pump gasket for a perfect seal)
- Work on other assembly procedures while the hulls are inflating to shorten assembly time
Accessory Kit Includes:
Bravo BTP 12 Deluxe Inflator Pumps, 1 Soft Carry Bag with Shoulder Strap, Assorted Adapters Including Halkey-Roberts Adapter, Alligator Clamps for Attaching to Battery or Battery Pack, 1 Year Warranty Serviced by West Marine.
MiniCat has been at this for over a decade and after thousands of boats sold they have created the largest selection of accessories of any inflatable sailboat manufacturer. With a large selection comes a bit of confusion about what accessories you need and what accessories you don’t. The last thing Red Beard wants is for you to buy something you will never use!
The Front Trampoline for the MiniCat models are fantastic. They cut down on spray, and instead of being just a netting, it is shaped like a bag. A great storage option that’ll keep the main trampoline uncluttered!$195
Takacat Volume Inflator
This fast and easy battery-operated inflation pump is easy to use, smaller than a soda can, and has a built-in battery that will run the pump for a total of 45 minutes. It will work with any boat that uses a Halkey-Roberts valve. The pump fills most of the air volume in the chambers, so you only need to top up the pressure with a hand or foot pump (usually included with your inflatable boat).$50
This is pretty straightforward. If you think you will need a motor for the MiniCat this is the accessory for you! Pair this with the EP Carry outboard and you have a dual purpose boat for maximum versatility. This engine support attaches to the rudder mount, you will need to store the motor on the bow when you are sailing.$165
This pintop mainsail is the perfect addition to any MiniCat 460. This 48 ft² sail is over 45% smaller than the standard mainsail, nearly all of the reduction in sail area was done at the top of the main, this allows the sail to still be powerful but with reduced heeling action. Use this sail to get used to sailing the 460 before using the big main. You can also use this sail when sailing in higher winds with reduced risk of capsizing.$775
A great tool for sailors who prefer a wind indicator at the top of the mast. Points to your apparent wind direction while underway so you know what point of sail you are on.$75
This paddles takes up a little more room than a shoe box, but is nice to paddle the boat along. The MiniCat boats are all very lightweight and move very nicely under paddle.$30
Protective Boat Cover
This is for those who want to leave their MiniCat assembled for weeks or months at a time. It’s good at keeping sunlight exposure at a minimum, or for keeping the bird poop off of your trampoline. Red Beard recommends tying down or weighing down the boat to prevent the wind knocking the boat over.$695
An inflatable mast float that is aesthetically pleasing and functional if you capsize your boat. This will prevent the boat from flipping upside down aka turtling, making it much easier to right and get back to sailing. An empty milk jug can be used as a budget mast float, but that is much less aerodynamic and high tech looking. The mast float does not fit on the 460 Elite carbon fiber mast.$300
Spare MiniCat 460 Boat Bag
This is an extra MiniCat 460 boat bag. Some customers prefer to store the parts in two bags to make each bag lighter and to carry other gear such as PFDs as well as other safety gear.$175
Spare MiniCat 460 Hull Bag
This is an extra MiniCat 460 hull bag. Some customers prefer to store the parts in more bags to make each bag lighter and to carry other gear such as PFDs as well as other safety gear.$175
This is a nice set of wheels that are great for both transporting your boat from your car (if you use your car battery to power your Deluxe Inflator Pump) or from your RV spot to the water’s edge. This cart will also cradle your keel fins. This can be used in lieu of the Float Supports.$600
Protective Rudder Cover
This is for people who are a little rough on their storage bags, or plan to do lots of traveling with their boats, or for customers that choose a model with a carbon fiber rudder.$55
Neoprene Shroud Covers
This is a great accessory for families with young children. This will keep little fingers from getting caught in the shroud brackets. The shroud brackets are the number one hand holds for passengers aboard the MiniCat.$20
Perfect for the sailor who enjoys sailing in a bit more relaxed position. Not to mention these would provide some nice butt cushioning when relaxing with the family, or chatting with the race crew.$545
MiniCat does offer these, but sailors that are used to sitting on a trap wire will be disappointed. These boats don’t fly a hull easily, making these wires a bit superfluous. If you really enjoy hanging on the wire, you will still get that same experience from this kit.$275
SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A LITTLE PUSH
For the times when the wind dies down, or when you want to use your MiniCat as a tender, it’s easy to add an outboard motor. Lower the outboard into the water, press the power button and off you go. To use the Minicat as a tender we recommend a motor up to 3 hp with a long shaft (20” or longer) like the EP Carry Motor or Torqeedo 1103CL below.
EP Carry Electric Outboard Motor$1600
The MiniCat is very easily pushed along by a simple paddle, but to make way against wind, waves and currents, sometimes it is necessary to use a small outboard. The Electric Paddle is lightweight, waterproof and a great value. This motor can even be charged via solar while underway for an extended range! The EP Carry is the motor that Red Beard recommends for all MiniCats.
- Only 21 lbs including battery.
- Available in three shaft lengths. Long is recommended.
- The easiest motor to lift, mount, and operate on a transport dinghy due to its compact size.
- Efficient battery charges quickly and gives you plenty of range to get out and back without breaking a sweat.
One long shaft motor, Soft motor carry bag with shoulder strap, 5-hour smart charger, Lock and key for security, Buoyant lithium battery in a drybag, and a 2-Year warranty.
Additional Compatible Outboards
Sometimes the motor we recommend isn’t the best for everyone’s particular needs or situation. Please check out these other motors for alternatives to our above recommendation.
This 3HP equivalent outboard is more powerful than the EP Carry, but it comes at a higher price point.$2699
Resources & Support
Full 24-month warranty for defects in material or workmanship. Contact Red Beard Sailing or the dealer you purchased from to file a warranty claim. Be sure to fill out the warranty registration from in the back of your Owner’s Manual and email it to us or directly to MiniCat to activate your warranty.