Gadget of the Day – MiniCat collapsible catamaran

We've heard of collapsible bicycles, but how about boats? MiniCat is, quite literally, a sailboat that fits inside a sports bag.Admittedly it's a fair

We've heard of collapsible bicycles, but how about boats? MiniCat is, quite literally, a sailboat that fits inside a sports bag.Admittedly it's a fairly oversize sports bag (think a giant’s cricket kit bag) and it weighs a hefty 40kg, but a bag it is and it contains everything needed to get you on the open water.Inside are two 3.1m inflatable hulls, sails, a mast and a deck big enough for two to take to the drink – and presumably end up in it before long going by our sailing experience.MiniCat reckons 30 minutes is all it takes to assemble and sail, and you can opt for a Standard, Super or Sport model depending on how hard you want to push a boat you had in the back of your hatchback not half an hour ago.Alternatively, take the mast off and use it as a mini floating sun deck or trampoline – your call.

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MiniCat Standard, Super, Sport Price: £2450, £2550, £2750 On sale: Now Contact: MiniCat Related stories: Personal hydrofoil rides the waves Video review: the Pumpabike Ride a U-Boat to work