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The dream of having a sailing boat is unreachable for most people, due to its cost and maintenance. However, an Austrian company has created an inflatable catamaran which is affordable…only $6,900, easy to use and with space for four people. The Smartkat is a portable, high performance sports catamaran for independent sailing.
The catamaran is packed in two bags (2x22kg) for easy transport. It has a main sail and jib. Assembly takes less than 30 minutes and it can compete against other boats of its class due to its lighweight centerboard and optimized sails. It can be used without wind, like a zodiac, by attaching a 3hp engine.
The smartkat is currently being tested at Punta Chame, Gamboa, San Lorenzo, the Panama Canal, Shelter Bay and in the San Blas Archipelago.
Chris Meindl, who is promoting this new boat, said that the company is organizing a free test sailing for those interested on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26 in Nitro City, Punta Chame where professional sailing teachers from Panama Sailing will conduct test rides.
For more information about the Smartkat visit www.smartkatlat.com