Whether sailing, rowing, stand-up paddling or motoring, the XCAT is the perfect multi-sport platform. This boat is simply enjoyed thanks, in part, to its ease of assembly and transport. Simply unload it from your roof rack or truck bed and assemble it in only a few minutes with no tools. The XCAT is the perfect fit for anyone looking for a portable sail or coastal rowboat and aren’t interested in fussing with inflatables or trailers.
A winner of SAIL Magazine’s 2017 award for Best Day Sailer, the XCAT combines versatility, portability and performance in a way that no other boat on the market can. From capturing high winds with XCAT Sail, or leveraging the forward-facing RowVista® or rear-facing RowMotion® rowing mechanisms with the XCAT Row, the XCAT opens up a whole new world of adventures.
Length 5 m (197")
Width 2.08 m (82")
Height 5.1 m (197")
Sail Area 8.4 m2 (Main sail 5.2 m2 (56 ft²); Genoa 3.2 m2 (35 ft²))
Mast Length 4.5 m (177") (2-piece)
Weight 75 kg (165 lbs) (Basic boat 55 kg (121 lbs) +
complete sail option 20 kg (44 lbs))
Max. Load 240 kg (529 lbs)
Design Category C
Assembly Time less than 12 minutes
01 Automatic heave-to for a break on the water
The XCAT does it with finesse by counter-steering automatically. Haul in the main sheet, roll in the jib, shift your weight to the front and the XCAT does the rest automatically: the boat turns into the wind, moves back, the rudder counter-steers the stern to port or starboard and the boat moves forwards again. As it turns into the wind again it repeats the whole cycle, but in the other direction. The result: the XCAT swings in the wind between 15° to port and 15° to starboard, and that works even when a storm suddenly develops. Safety that only the XCAT can offer.
02 Genoa style head sail instead of a jib
Provides excellent power and can be rolled in quickly with the endless roller.
Main sail with 6 easy-to-fit sail battens.
Strong and tough 6 oz. Dacron sail cloth.
03 The XCAT does not need a dagger board
The shape of the hull with its full-length keels prevents leeway.
Thanks to the hull keels, the XCAT is unbelievably smooth in the water and virtually has an integrated self-steering system. On the XCAT you can simply let go of the tiller and control the boat by shifting your weight. Move your weight forward and the XCAT luffs up into the wind, regardless of the direction it is coming from. Move your weight aft and the XCAT steers away from the wind. That is simply awesome.
Boats with a dagger board only hold their course if they are steered with care. On longer trips it is tiring to always have to concentrate on steering.
Easy running up on the beach
No sensitive folding dagger board design
Low risk of capsizing (Side pressure on dagger board increases the tendency to capsize
05 No sailing license required!
However, we recommend that you learn the basics of sailing (from a book or online) or do a sailing course. Ideally, the sailing school should teach you using an XCAT.
Very simple Genoa sheet system with Barber hauler for optimum sail trim
Sail batten tensioner – Tensioning with less effort
Genoa sheet connection – Easy without knots
Rudder with grounding protection is simply slotted in and secured in place
Dyneema shrouds – As strong as a steel cable but as flexible and soft as a cord
Bowsprit with high-strength carbon tube for the toughest conditions
XCAT Sail with optimised air flow
No risk of the luff snagging on the mast
Safety first – The sail always slides down easily, in case you ever need to do it quickly
Components of the XCAT Sail