MiniCat 420
MiniCat 420
MiniCat 420
MiniCat 420
MiniCat 420
MiniCat 420
MiniCat 420
MiniCat 420

MiniCat 420

Speed Rating 8
Stability Rating 8
Max Crew Capacity 4 Adults
Weight Capacity 992 lbs
Assembly Time ~30 mins


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Performs as good as it looks.

The MiniCat 420 is our best selling MiniCat model. It fits a wide range of functionality with the ability to mount an outboard and a total weight capacity of 992 pounds! This is the perfect family sailor. Easy enough for a few kids to manage, but turns into a rocket ship when put into capable hands. The MiniCat 420 is the best value in sailing. Period. It will only fly a hull when you want it to and will ghost along efficiently in the lightest of air.

The MiniCat 420 comes in 5 different trim levels: Instinct, Emotion, Evoque, Laura Dekker Edition, and the Red Beard Exclusive Carbon model. All 420 models include a continuous line jib furler. You can learn more about each trim level below.

MiniCat 420 Instinct

The Instinct is the base model of the 420. The Instinct has a boomless mainsail but does not utilize a dedicated forestay or allow for the addition of a gennaker. We recommend buying the higher 420 trim levels due to the lack of dedicated forestay on the Instinct.

MiniCat 420 Emotion

The Emotion is a great boat at a great price. You have an aluminum bowsprit, boom, and an epoxy/fiberglass rudder. The Emotion uses a mostly mono-film mainsail and a dacron jib.

MiniCat 420 Evoque

The Evoque is the carbon fiber version of the Emotion, the boom, bowsprit, and rudder are all carbon fiber. This saves a few pounds and the boat gets a color scheme change. The mainsail is a laminated film with a dacron jib.

If the MiniCat Evoque is the perfect boat for you, select the Evoque option under the trim level dropdown on the left as select your favorite sail color under the sail color dropdown.

MiniCat 420 Carbon - Red Beard Exclusive

The 420 Carbon is an Evoque but instead of an aluminum mast, we have replaced it with an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber mast. We have also added a traveler to bring this boat up to the highest performance possible.

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The Laura Dekker edition has an awesome colorscheme over a dacron jib and a poly-x racing mainsail. The Laura Dekker also boasts a traveler and all the carbon fiber bits from the Evoque.

Setup is easy! Click here to watch the full MiniCat 420 setup video.

Boat Capabilities

MiniCat 420

Max Crew Capacity
4 People
Max Carry Capacity
928 lbs
Capsize Resistance
Lakes & Bays
Beaufort Rating

MiniCat 420 Trim Level Innovations

The MiniCat 420 is our best selling MiniCat model. It fits a wide range of functionality, and makes the perfect family sailor. Its 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.

420 Instinct 420 Emotion 420 Evoque 420 Carbon 420 Laura Dekker
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Boomless mainsail keeps young heads safe.


Sails available in 4 fun colors.


Continuous-line furler for the jib adds safety and convenience.


Dedicated forestay for easy stepping of the mast.


Boom with vang and outhaul adds improved sail trim and control.


Monofilm mainsail, like a windsurfer, is eye-catching and provides excellent performance.


Carbon fiber boom, spirit, and rudder are lighter and stiffer than their counterparts on the Emotion.


Laminated and reinforced mainsail is more durable and strong than the Emotion sails.


Sails and framing have a sleek black color scheme with black primary colorway.


Only MiniCat 420 available with a carbon fiber mast. This mast is light enough to carry around with one hand.


Added traveler for better sail trim and shape.


Sails and framing have a sleek black color scheme with black primary colorway, the same as the Evoque.


Red, white and blue sail design flows from jib to main. Iconic and eye-catching.


Added traveler for better sail trim and shape.


The fully battened square-top mainsail is made of an ultra-high performance laminated poly-x racing material for extreme performance and durability.

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MiniCat 420 Features & Benefits

The MiniCat 420 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.

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Windowed Sails

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.

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Continuous Line Roller Furling Jib

All MiniCat 420 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.

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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 420 sailors have reported surfing waves up to 16 knots, but average reaching speeds of 10-12 knots have been seen.

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Heytex 5509 PVC

All MiniCats, including the MiniCat 420, 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!

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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.

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Ergonomic Trampoline

The MiniCat 420 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.

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Low Aspect Ratio Keels

The MiniCat 420 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 420 to tack much quicker than other hard hulled catamarans.

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Small Pack-down for Easy Storage and Transport

The MiniCat 420 packs away into two 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.

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Additional Equipment

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 420 Techincal Specs

Boat Specifications
Overall Length13' 9"
Overall Width6' 11"
Height16' 7"
Total Weight97 lbs
Crew Size1 — 4 People
Carrying Weight992 lbs
Hull Material Heytex 5509
Keel TypeLAR Keels
Custom SailsYes
Optional Motor BracketYes
Packing & Assembly Specifications
Bag Sizes 68” x 12” x 12”
Setup/Rigging Time~30 mins
Trailer NeededNo
Tools Required for AssemblyNo
MiniCat 420 Accessories



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.

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Additional Accessories

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!

Front Trampoline Product

Front Trampoline

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!

Takacat Inflator Product

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).

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Pintop Mainsail

This pintop mainsail is the perfect addition to any MiniCat 420. This 48 ft² sail is over 30% 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 420 before using the big main. You can also use this sail when sailing in higher winds with reduced risk of capsizing.

Wind Vane Product

Wind Vane

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.

motor mount Product

Motor Mount

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.

Telescopic Paddle Product

Telescopic Paddle

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.

Boat Cover Product

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.

Mast Float Product

Mast Float

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 420 Carbon mast. Also see our Carbon Mast Upgrade.

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Spare MiniCat 420 Boat Bag

This is an extra MiniCat 310 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.

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Transport Trolley

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.

Rudder Cover Product

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.

Shroud Covers Product

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.

Inflatable Seats Product

Inflatable Seats

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.

Trapeze Kit Product

Trapeze Kit

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.




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.

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EP Carry Electric Outboard Motor


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.

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


Resources & Support

What’s Included
Warranty & Registration
Assembly Information
MiniCat 420 Instinct

Black Powder Coated Aluminium Masprofile, Fibreglass/Epoxy Rudder, Monofilm Mainsail, Jib, Jib Furler, Grey Floats, Black Trampoline, and See-Through/Chosen Color Sail & Jib.

MiniCat 420 Emotion

Black Powder Coated Aluminium Masprofile, Fibreglass/Epoxy Rudder, Monofilm Mainsail, Jib, Jib Furler, Grey Floats, Black Trampoline, and See-Through/Chosen Color Sail & Jib.

MiniCat 420 Evoque

Black Powder Coated Aluminium Masprofile, Fibreglass/Epoxy Rudder, Monofilm Mainsail, Jib, Jib Furler, Grey Floats, Black Trampoline, and See-Through/Chosen Color Sail & Jib.

MiniCat 420 Carbon - Red Beard Exclusive

Black Powder Coated Aluminium Masprofile, Fibreglass/Epoxy Rudder, Monofilm Mainsail, Jib, Jib Furler, Grey Floats, Black Trampoline, and See-Through/Chosen Color Sail & Jib.

MiniCat 420 Laura Dekker - Ltd. Edition

Black Powder Coated Aluminium Masprofile, Fibreglass/Epoxy Rudder, Monofilm Mainsail, Jib, Jib Furler, Grey Floats, Black Trampoline, and See-Through/Chosen Color Sail & Jib.

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Minicat Warranty

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.

Assembly Video

Instinct Assembly

Trapeze Assembly

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