The Takacat T260LX is the perfect yacht tender and small personal craft—a lightweight and innovative dinghy. The T260LX provides easy boarding from the water and can be used for hassle-free access to clean the waterline of a larger vessel. With a sleek design, and featuring innovative Takacat advantages such as an open bow, catamaran hull design and the revolutionary Tube Transom®, the T260LX is often the most practical and envied dinghy in the anchorage. It also is a safe and comfortable fishing boat and has nearly limitless other uses. Possibility awaits you with this innovative and cutting-edge dinghy!
Boats are also available in select custom colors. Contact your dealer for options.
The T260LX is the go-anywhere ultra-compact boat. Portability and light weight make it an ideal small watercraft for couples or solo boaters for fishing, and perfect for storage in an RV or larger vessel as a tender. Small size makes it a breeze to inflate and be out on the water in minutes.
Inflatable construction and catamaran design keeps the boat lightweight, making it easy to maneuver. Manually row or easily pair it with an electric motor in lakes with horsepower limitations.
Two air pressure release valves allow for quick inflation and deflation. Takacat can be quickly assembled in around 15 minutes at the drop in location or assembled elsewhere and transported to the water using optional quick-release wheels.
The hull tubes are constructed with durable 0.9 mm, 1,000 Denier custom made 3-ply PVC reinforced fabric material, with extra reinforcement under the tubes, to resist accidental snares and abrasion.
Small size and portability makes the Takacat T260LX the swiss army knife of portable inflatable boats. Stable, light, and practical, this versatile shape-shifter is as capable as a boat tender as it is to fish backwater and row for exercise. Small lake to saltwater, this boat is a go-to for any water excursion.
The compact and versatile Takacat is just as ready for provisioning as it is for exploring and snorkeling in secret coves.Learn More
Be ready when it counts. Quick assembly, dependability, and lightweight portability allows Takacat to go where it’s needed most.Learn More
Portability and versatility are top of mind for the RV lifestyle. Takacat is the ultimate portable boat for life on the road.Learn More
Takacat go-anywhere portability gets you out to those honey holes while the fish are biting. Setup is a breeze, even in backcountry.Learn More
Let us help you find the perfect boat. Explore the Takacat LX Series by boat model, or search by activity to see what works best for your needs.
The T260LX holds up to 3 people and accommodates an outboard up to 8 HP. Need more room? Click below to see the entire lineup.
Take the T260LX anywhere. It easily stores in overhead compartments so it’s ready when you are for a day of fishing, rowing, a trip to shore, and so much more. We’re confident there’s a Takacat for whatever inspires you. If you don’t see it here, explore more activities to find the perfect boat for your next day on the water.
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Expand the performance and capabilities of your Takacat T260LX with these optional accessories.
Get on the water faster with the speedy electric pump. Boat inflation takes 4-5 minutes, depending on the size of the Takacat you are inflating.
*Brand and style may vary by dealer.
The Takacat boat covers protects your Takacat from the sun and other damaging environmental factors while not in use, increasing the life span of your boat.
Get your inflatable boat to and from the water with minimal effort. The Takacat quick release wheels connect to the Takacat Tube Transom® with no tools needed. No need for the hassle of drilling or retrofitting aftermarket wheels.
Learn more about the technical details and find answers to your questions using these handy resources.
Every Takacat comes with:
✓ 1 Set of Tubes
✓ 1 Tube Transom® Assembly
✓ 1 Inflatable Seat
✓ 1 Manual Pump & Gauge
✓ 1 Repair Kit (no glue)
✓ 2 Oars
✓ 2 Carry Bags
✓ Air Floor
Your boat includes:
3-Year Warranty against defects in the material or workmanship that affect usability.
Please complete the Warranty Registration form to register your Takacat’s warranty within 30 days of purchase. Please reference your owner’s manual for full warranty details. To register your boat, or to make a warranty claim, please click below.
“The Takacat dinghy has performed exceptionally well, and I look forward to using it again this upcoming season. One of many good things about it, is the low drag, so we loose virtually no speed towing it (as opposed to a standard dinghy).”
Andreas B. Heide, Professional Sailor & Explorer
“We have been using the Takacat at Lake Pupuke, MadLoop WindSurf School for about a year now. We have been open for 25 years and used all types of inflatable dinghy. The Takacat is the best inflatable dinghy I have ever used by far. So stable, so light, so practical. This boat is a complete winner in every way. I fully recommend anyone ,and every one to buy a Takacat.”
Alan McIntosh. Owner/Manager, MadLoop WindSurf School
Q. Why should I pick a Takacat over a conventional inflatable?
A. Most inflatables in the U.S. market are boring. They all look and perform the same. Instead of copying everyone else’s design, we decided to innovate. The Takacat catamaran hull design is fast, stable, safe, and comfortable. The fast draining removable Tube Transom® is simple and portable, which makes Takacat one of the most versatile inflatable boats in the market.
Q. Are Takacats easy to set up?
A. The Takacat line of boats are designed for quick and easy assembly. No need to mess around with heavy and complicated floorboard systems, our high pressure air deck floor fits perfectly in place while it inflates. Inflation with the supplied manual pump takes about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the boat and your urgency. Inflation with an electric pump takes about 8-10 minutes
Q: Are Takacats easy to deflate and pack away?
A. Our innovative, Tube Transom® enables the Takacat hulls to be rolled-up like a swiss cake roll which makes it easier to store & transport than traditional inflatable boats. The big advantage comes by way of weight savings which makes carrying the boat easier, but also makes the boat nimbler on the water and faster with smaller HP outboards.
Q. What is the best way to transport my Takacat?
A. The Takacat LX and Sport Series offer true portability. They can be fully deflated and will fit into most cars and SUVs. They can be transported either inflated or deflated on roof racks. They can be stored easily on boat decks because of their size and weight, they sit flat on deck without the need for a cradle. The LX and Sport models take up very little space when packed in their bags for storage. Takacat LX and Sport models offer an unparalleled experience from storage, transport to on the water, there is no better!
Q. What outboard should I buy for my Takacat?
A. Takacat boats utilize a catamaran hull design, this means that the boats have far less wetted surface and are much more efficient on the water than flat-bottom or V-hull boats. You can use less horsepower than other boats to achieve the same speeds.
Electric outboards are more efficient when used on a Takacat and are a great option.
The most common gas outboard is the 6hp. It is lightweight and portable which completes the package for the Takacat. The longer the boat you choose, the faster it will be and it will be able to plane with more weight. For example, a 420LX with a 6hp will plane with 440 lbs on board.
Stay tuned for our detailed performance data to be released in early 2021.
Q. Do I need to cup my propeller or buy an aftermarket cavitation plate?
A: We recommend cavitation plates for outboards greater than 6hp and less than 20 horsepower. Our dealers carry a wide variety of brands, we have tested and confirm the efficacy of the Permatrim and the Davis Dole-Fin.
We recommend having your propeller cupped if you experience any cavitation or ventilation. Cupping the prop will give the propeller more grip in the water and increase performance.
We recommend PowerTech stainless steel propellers for the best possible performance of your Takacat, although not necessary in most cases.
Q. How do I attach my Takacat to my davits?
A: You can use stainless shackles to attach to the lower transom bar through the holes in the top of the wheel brackets. The bow attachment point can be easily attached by running a lifting line around the floor (before inflation) but between the two under-floor D-rings.
Q. How to tow my Takacat?
A: We recommend towing your Takacat by making a 3 point bridle to the two bow safety line D-rings and the under-floor D-rings.
Q: Where are the Takacat boats designed and manufactured?
A: The Takacat LX, Sport and Explorer models are all designed by Greg Sowden in Aukland New Zealand. The boats are manufactured in Qindao, China by the same boatbuilder since 2007.
Q: Why would I want glued seams instead of welded?
A: Welded seams are great for RIBs as they are cheap and easy to do. They are also easy to replicate on repetitive seams. RIBs are also inflated about 90% of the time.
Takacat boats are typically folded and unfolded hundreds of times in their lifetime. Welded seams will become brittle and start to leak. Welded seams are also not 100% repairable, they can only be patched over.
Glued seams are more flexible over time and can have higher holding power in complex shapes. Our house blend glue is specifically engineered to maintain its flexibility over many years and after extend exposure to UV.
Q: Does the Takacat have any design or build certifications?
A: Yes, All Takacat model boats are CE tested and are CE marked to the latest CE standards 2013/53/EU.
All Takacat boats are also manufactured to International Standards ISO 4892-3:2006.
Q: How do I retube my Takacat?
A: Takacat LX, LX Hybrid and Sport models can be easily retubed by simply constructing your boat with a new set of tubes ordered from your local Takacat dealer!
Q: Should I buy a PVC or Hypalon Takacat?
A: The vast majority of Takacat boats are of the PVC variety. Because most Takacats live not-in-use lives in their bags, there is not real advantage of the Hypalon.
Hypalon comes in handy when you will be in tropics levels of UV and in a year-round type of usage. We mean 100% in the water all the time.
You can still circumvent the need for pricey Hypalon by electing to buy chaps. That will protect the boat skin from UV and even provide a bit more abrasion resistance.
Q: Can I buy an extended warranty?
A: Technical Specs (size, weight, carry capacity etc.), there are several differences between the Takacat models:
Q: My Takacat needs repairs or replacement parts, what do I do?
A: You should first reach out to your local dealer. Many of our Takacat dealers are also boat repair facilities and would be happy to repair your boat.
If you do not have a local dealer or are located outside of North America, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for replacement parts inquiries.
Q: Can I leave my Takacat inflated for long periods of time?
A: Yes you can! We would recommend equipping your Takacat with chaps for UV protection (and to keep the bird poop off) and you may also need to apply Inflatable Bottom Paint (yes, that is a real thing) to contend with any growth in your waters.
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There is nothing more exciting than making a purchase you know the whole family will enjoy. To buy a Takacat, or if you need help deciding, get in touch with us or one of our dealers. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.