Happy Cat Neo Sailboat
Neo Sailboat
Neo Sailboat
Neo Sailboat
Happy Cat

Neo Sailboat

Speed Rating 7.0
Stability Rating 7.0
Max. Crew Capacity 3 Adults + 1 Child
Weight Capacity 772 lbs
Inflation Time ~20 mins


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A Speedy Single-Handed Racer

The quick and nimble Neo is for solo and duo sailors. From your camper to the water in just 20 to 30 minutes! The Neo sailboat is very light and makes it all the easier; this inflatable catamaran can be easily stowed away. It is spectacular – and light – to sail on one hull and easy to set back upright if it capsizes. Ideal for easy sailing, beginners, young people and up to two adults on protected waters.

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Setup is easy! Click here to watch the full Happy Cat Neo setup video.

Boat Capabilities

Happy Cat Neo

Max Crew Capacity
3 People
Max Carry Capacity
773 lbs
Capsize Resistance
Beaufort Rating

Happy Cat Neo Innovations

Perfect for all those who appreciate portability, but not at the expense of performance. This boat is a perfect replacement to a high performance sailing dinghy. This will just be faster and easier to sail!

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The upper section of the Square Head mainsail is wider, which allows you to sail at high speed even in light wind conditions.


The 3 m² jib reaches up to the mast to allow you to sail with more height using the tow points which are fixed at an ideal position close to the mast.


The convex hull bottom reduces resistance at the bow and stern, and the modern Wavepiercer bow cuts through the waves.


Easy to setup and dissasemble. The practical mast foot joint makes it easy to right and lower the mast, which can be righted by just a single person.


The profile frame, which is made from saltwater-resistant anodised aluminium, is firmly connected to the hull at the top and at the sides with four sleeve inserts.


The high-speed rudder, shifted towards the rear, ensures easy operation and smooth sailing while improving the steering control.

The entire Happy Cat Neo catamaran can be packed in only 2 bags for transport and storage. Two long bags (71 in x 12 in x 12 in). The small portable footprint is perfect for many cars, crossover vehicles, SUVs, hatch backs and RVs,. The bags can be packed away in a closet, and are great for sailors who live in apartments.

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Happy Cat Neo Features & Benefits

From your car, SUV, or RV to the water in just 20 to 30 minutes! The Happy Cat Neo inflatable sailboat is light, quick, agile, and easy to handle, making it a great option for solo or dual sailors.

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Portable, Packable, and Race-Ready

The inflatable catamaran can be easily stowed away and packed in to two bags that are less than 6 feet long. The compact size is perfect for sailors with smaller vehicles, and makes stowing a breeze in an apartment closet, garage, or shed. With a setup time in just 20 – 30 mins, you’ll be cutting through the waves in no time.

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Innovative Hull

More buoyancy, extra loads, increased safety – and smooth sailing with less spray: The convex hull bottom reduces resistance at the bow and stern, and the modern Wavepiercer bow cuts through the waves. You will be the fastest sailor on the water! It is has been developed and optimised through tank testing and the boat-skin is hand made from tough Grabner rubber.

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Robust Aluminium Frame

Frame with internal profile: The frame doesn’t twist, the hulls don’t bounce off: The profile frame, which is made from saltwater-resistant aluminium, is firmly connected to the hull at the top and at the sides with four sleeve inserts. These angular connectors provide torsional stability, while the trampoline mesh is integrated seamlessly and directly into the profile frame.

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Retractable Centerboard

The deeper the centerboard extends into the water, the better it reduces lateral drift – the centerboard of the HAPPY CAT reaches particularly deep and it can also be infinitely inclined to optimally trim the pressure point to the speed of each course.

The extremely robust and hydrodynamically optimised aluminium center board retracts automatically when it touches the ground and can be pulled in completely during landing.

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Extremely Easy Steering

The high-speed rudder, which is made from strong aluminium and shifted towards the rear, ensures easy operation and smooth sailing while improving the steering control just like a hydrodynamically optimised blade that extends deep into the water. It releases automatically when it touches the ground.

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Adjustable Traveler and Trim

Depending on the course, the tow point of the mainsheet is moved towards luff or lee using the traveller and the “twist” of the mainsail is reduced. You can perfectly adjust the mainsheet profile to the wind conditions, the mainsheet is hooked into the clew plate further towards the front or to the rear.

Happy Cat Neo Technical Specs

Boat Specifications
Overall Length13' 9"
Overall Width6' 7"
Mast Height16' 6"
Weight130 lbs
Max. Crew Capacity 3 people + 1 Child
Max Carry Capacity772 lbs
Hull Material1000 dtex
Packing and Assembly Specifications
Packing Length71"
Packing Width 12"
Packing Height 12"
Assembly Time ~20 mins
Operating Pressure 4.3 psi
Optional Outboard Motor Specifications
Outboard Power 2.2 kw / 3 hp
Outboard Weight 39.6 lbs
Shaft Length Motor Long Shaft L
Standard Equipment
Wavepiercing Hulls2
Neoprene Shrouds Protection 2
Safety Valves 2
Jib Sail 3 Sqm 1
Pressure Relief Valves 2
Mainsail 6 Sqm 1
Profile Frame 4-Parts 1
Jib Furler Endless 1
Trampoline Mesh With Snap-Buckles 1
Forestay 1
Double Toe-Strap 1
Traveller 1
Paddle Retainer 4
Main Sheet 3:1 1
Net-Pouch For Lines 1
Bowsprit 1
Drilling For Motor Mounting 2
Tensioning Stays For Bowsprit (see our Lee Shroud Tensioner or tensioner upgrade.) 1
Drilling For Slipping-Wheels 4
Sleeve-Inserts For Crossbar/Bow Deck-Cover 2
Packing Bag Set 3-Parts 1
Centerboard 1
Specification Label 1
Rudder 1
Repair Kit 1
Aluminum Mast 1
Valve Key 1
Mast Foot Hinge 2
Air-Valve Adapter Bayonet 1
Double Shrouds 2
Owners Manual 1
Happy Cat Accessories





The Neo Accessory Kit includes all of the parts you will want to have on hand for every Neo adventure. This includes all of the accessories needed to get you out on the water and harnessing the breeze.

Why Red Beard Recommends

The Neo benefits greatly from a bow crossbar as well as the welcome expansion of the trampoline by adding the front trampoline. The other parts included in this kit are beneficial to have on hand, especially the hand pump as the Happy Cat boats do not include one with the base boat.

Accessory Kit Includes:
1 Air Pump, 2 Single Paddles (128 cm), 1 Foredeck, 1 Anodized Aluminum Bow Crossbar, 1 Boat Line (16 ft), 1 Bottle of Liquid Hull Conditioner (1 Liter)

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The front crossbar and the foredeck are simple installations and greatly improve the performance and comfort of the boat. The foredeck will cut down on spray and it expands the trampoline for people and gear.

The front cross bar stabilizes the bows and prevents buckling in choppy conditions. This will cause the boat to lose less speed when cutting through waves and generally improve boat performance.


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Additional Accessories

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Deluxe Inflation Pump

The Happy Cat Neo does not include a pump. Go for a hand pump if you dare, but this electric pump has two stages and makes inflating the Neo a breeze. Using alligator clamps to connect to a car battery or inflate close to the water with a portable jump box. Even if you buy the kit with the hand pump, they are not mutually exclusive.

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Foredeck Net

This is an add-on to the foredeck. It allows you to store loose items under the net, always handy to have.

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Foredeck Bag

In lieu of the Foredeck Net, this Foredeck Bag will provide waterproof storage in a conveniently located bag on the foredeck. This is great for phones, wallets and even shoes if you plan to do some walking on a distant beach.

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Inflatable Seats

These inflatable seats attach to the side rails and give you a cushy seat in addition to covering the metal frame. This change in seating height can also be good for aging backs.

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Slipping Wheels

The Slipping Wheels attach to the rear frame of the boat providing a “built in” launching cart. Simpler and more convenient than a traditional launching cart.

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Masthead Float

This inflatable teardrop shaped float is easy to install and inflate and provides more buoyancy than any foam float. This will keep your Happy Cat on its side if you capsize, making it much easier to right without a fuss.

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Shroud Wind Vanes

These high quality wind vanes are mounted on the shrouds. This is much easier and more convenient than looking at a masthead wind vane.

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Strong Wind Sail Set

This extra sail set has a reduced sail area for both sails. The jib has a sail area of 21 ft2 and the mainsail has an area of 45.5 ft2. This is a great set for people looking to get familiar with the boat before using the larger sails and also for use on those heavy wind days.

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Tiller Lock

The helm can be fastened in seven different positions using the standard helm lock. That way you can let go of the rudder on long trips or secure it in place when paddling.

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Motor Bracket

Perfect for mounting an electric or up to 3 hp gasoline outboard. Be sure to get a long shaft motor so the propeller stays in the water in wavy conditions.

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Bimini / Sun Awning

Shady and cool fun without the mast. Sometimes you just want to get out on the water without needing to rig the mast. Use an outboard or paddles with the sun awning for a shady day of fun on the water!

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Boat Cover

Fully protective boat cover. Keep bird poop and the sun’s harmful rays off of your boat, it is well fitted and designed to leave the mast standing. It will keep your sails dry and secure underneath the cover.

Happy Cat Outboard Motors



For the times when the wind dies down, or when you want to use your Happy Cat as a tender or day boat, 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 Evo 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.

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EP Carry Electric Outboard Motor


The Evolution 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 Happy Cats.


  • Only 21 lbs including battery
  • The easiest motor to lift, mount, and operate due to its compact size
  • Efficient battery charges quickly and gives you plenty of range to get out and back without breaking a sweat

Kit Includes:
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.

Outboard Product

Torqeedo 1103CL

This 3 hp equivalent outboard is more powerful than the EP Carry, but it comes at a higher price point.


Resources & Support

Warranty & Registration
Brochures & Manuals
Assembly Information


Grabner provides a 24-month total warranty on all Happy Cat boats and a 7-year warranty on the boat-skin. For full details on what is covered in the warranty, reference the Happy Cat Owner’s Manual.

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Highly environmentally friendly and sustainable, Grabner boats are the most environmentally friendly on the world market.

  • The boat skin inside coating is made of renewable natural rubber.
  • The boat skin can be 100% recycled. This recovers 95% of the primary energy.
  • The boat skin does not contain PVC! No toxic plasticizers! No poisonous chlorine!
  • Grabner boats have an unsurpassed lifespan of several decades, instead of throwing away after a short time!
  • The boat skin is manufactured to the highest EU environmental standards in Germany.
  • Easy to repair: The Grabner factory service handles repairs quickly, professionally and will not let you down.
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