6 people


Durable & Versatile

Welded Construction

6 people


Durable & Versatile

Welded Construction


At 12’6”, the Catalina is the largest boat in our lineup. Capable of carrying up to 6 passengers, this spacious inflatable boat makes an excellent inshore or offshore fishing boat for 2-3 people, or runabout for the whole family. Capable of carrying a 20hp outboard, the Catalina can reach speeds of 20mph when on plane. The marine wood floors provide a solid and stable surface for standing or casting, and the 18” tubes keep passengers safe and dry when traveling at speed. The Catalina features all the same convenience features as the rest of the Newport dinghy lineup with an inflatable keel, durable wood floor, a 180° splash guard & grab rope, rub strakes, grab handles, Bimini attachment D-Rings, towing D-rings, and wear patches underneath the tubes.

The 12ft 6in Catalina model inflatable sport dinghy boat is the largest of the Newport Vessels large-scale inflatable boats. The Catalina boat is designed for professional uses like water patrol as well as recreational uses like diving, fishing, and long-distance cruising. To test the durability and performance of the 12’6” Catalina model, three men took the Catalina boat on a 50-mile round trip voyage from Newport Beach harbor to the Island of Catalina located 25 miles off the coast of California. The Catalina performed excellently and exceeded the high expectations that were already in place. New updates include additional D-Rings for Bimini attachments and other accessories!

The 18-inch tubes and width make for a smooth and balanced ride on the 12ft 6in dinghy. The ideal motor pairing of a 15" short shaft 20hp motor can get this inflatable boat to high speeds of 15-20 mph. The size of this boat allows it to be matched with a high-speed motor but also can be used as a simple tender. The high-pressure inflatable keel allows the inflatable boat to reach maximum performance while banking, turning, and accelerating. The Catalina is made with triple-layered 1,100 denier PVC, the same as white water rafts, making them virtually indestructible, enabling them to be run into docks, dragged up to shore, and subjected to other such normal boating activities.


The Catalina 12ft 6in model is a great inflatable as a large tender or an all-around multi-purpose dinghy. The length along with the large 18-inch diameter tubes create a stable ride that can allow you to reach speeds 15-20 mph; as well as make smooth turns. The compact, precision flooring system along with the high-pressure keel create a firm foundation that makes for a comfortable ride while moving or just floating still.

What sets the 12ft 6in Catalina model boat, as well as all Newport Vessels inflatable dinghies, apart from other brands is the material used to construct the boat. We only use the highest quality imported Korean PVC which makes for long-term reliability and performance. The higher quality PVC gives extra our boats UV protection; be wary of other inflatable PVC boat brands using Chinese PVC material. Newport Vessels inflatable boats are assembled using the highest quality importer German adhesives that are formulated to avoid delamination, adhesion breakdowns, and chemical corrosion damages. Our boats only use the highest quality PVC materials and adhesives to ensure the highest quality products.


1100 Denier Korean PVC (.9mm)

18" Diameter Tubes

Inflatable V-Keel

Sealed Marine Plywood Transom

Aluminum Framed Marine Wood Flooring Set


Aluminum Framed Marine Wood Flooring Set w/ 4 Stringers

2 Piece Oars and Attachments

2 x Aluminum Bench Seats

Foot pump

Boat Storage/Carrying Bag

Floor Board & Accessories Storage/Carrying Bag

DMV Registration Paperwork (Mailed Separately)


Material Korean PVC

Seam Construction: Hot Air Welded

Color: White & Grey

Number of Air Chambers:3 + Keel

Overall Length: 12'6"

Inflatable Keel: Yes

Inside Width: 30"

Transom Construction: PVC Covered Marine Plywood

Inside Length: 112"

Floor Material: Alloy Framed Marine Plywood

Tube Diameter: 18"

Fabric Thickness: 1100D

Load Capacity: 1603 lbs

Tube Pressure: 3.6 PSI

Max Engine Weight: 115 lbs

Carrying Bag: Yes

Max Engine Horsepower: 20 HP

Two Oars: Yes

Outboard Shaft Length: Short (15"-17")

Repair Kit: Yes

Passengers: 6

Foot Pump: Yes

Weight: 160 lbs


Halkey-Roberts Valves

Bimini Top Attachment D-Ring

Self Bailing Drain Plug

Double Tear Drop Rub Strake

Grab Rope

Double layered PVC on bottom of tubes

Extra wear patch on tails for beaching

Hot Air Welding Construction

How do I assemble my inflatable boat?

Assembly of your Newport Vessels inflatable boat will take about 15-20 minutes (especially the first time). Please view the detailed Owner's Manual for Wood Floor Inflatable Boat and Owner's Manual for Air Floor Inflatable Boat for the best most clear step by step directions. You can also view the brief assembly instruction video below of how to assemble your inflatable boat.

Hardwood floor

Air floor

Assembly of your Newport Vessels inflatable boat will take about 15-20 minutes (especially the first time). Please view the above video and the below steps to aid in the assembly and installation of the aluminum framed wooden floor boards. This part of the process will take about 5 minutes by using the following steps.

STEP A: Properly place Newport Vessels inflatable boat floor boards inside the boat in the correct order and attach the inflatable boat floor boards at the joint locations. Watch video above for proper technique & floorboard alignment instructions.

STEP B: Conjoin each individual floor together by inserting each floor boat (in the correct order) into the appropriate bracket. Once again, watch the above video for proper technique & inflatable boat floor board alignment instructions.

STEP C: Now that the inflatable boat floor board panels are properly and even placed within the boat (and the joints are properly connected) grab all the stringers and prepare for the aluminum stringer insertion. The longer side of the stinger is to be placed against the floor of the inflatable boat (leaving the more narrow/thin portion of the stringer facing upward. The motion to set the stingers in place is a rolling motion (not a sliding motion). The stingers are designed to roll into place and to secure snugly and not move. Watch video above for proper Newport Vessels inflatable boat stringer installation.

STEP D: Repeat the above steps for each individual aluminum stringer so that each joint of the wood panel floors are properly secured in place. The aluminum framed wood panel flooring provides an extremely rigid and secure flooring system for your boat. Wood flooring is recommended for multi passenger uses, dogs, standing, fishing, and all versatile inflatable boating applications. Watch the video above for proper technique & floor board alignment instructions.

Shipping Cost:

All Newport inflatable boats ship with Free Ground Shipping for a limited time!

Orders outside of the contiguous United States, (Mexico and Canada) will be charged exact shipping costs

See our Shipping & Returns page for more information.

Inflatable Boat Warranty

Two Year Limited Warranty - (Warranty is non-transferable)

  1. We guarantee that each new inflatable boat and its accessories (hereinafter to be referred to as the “product”) is free from defects in material and workmanship.
  2. This warranty applies only to defects in material and workmanship, it does not apply to normal wear and tear, or to damage caused by:
    • Neglect, abuse, lack of maintenance, accident, abnormal or improper use, improper assembly, or failed repair attempts.
    • Use of an accessory or part neither manufactured nor sold by us.
    • Alteration or removal of parts.
    • Commercial use.
    • Improper protection against UV-light.
    • Extended exposure to the elements; sun, water, moisture, or humidity.
      • Newport Vessels inflatable products are manufactured with treated PVC materials. PVC material by nature (all brands & all models) will begin to breakdown, over-time, if left out in the elements. This warranty does not cover cases where products have been improperly protected against the elements for an extended duration. Please click here to view the difference between PVC and Hypalon.
  3. This warranty does not cover incidental or consequential costs or expenses such as haul-out, launching, towing transport and storage charges, telephone or rental charges of any type, inconvenience, waste of time or income losses, or other consequential damages.
  4. The customer must provide reasonable access to the product for warranty service by delivering the product for inspection to a dealer authorized to service the purchaser’s product. If a purchaser cannot deliver the product to such authorized dealer, the purchaser shall notify the company in writing. We shall then arrange for the inspection and repair, provided such service is covered under this warranty. The purchaser shall pay for all related transport expenses and/or any other expenses associated with that service. Any product or part shipped by the purchaser for inspection or repair must be shipped with transportation charges prepaid.Taking photographs and emailing them may suffice with Newport Vessels approval.
  5. Our obligation under this warranty shall be limited to repairing a defective part, or at our discretion, replacing such part or parts as shall be necessary to remedy the malfunction resulting from defects in material or workmanship as covered by this warranty. We reserve the right to improve the design of any product without assuming any obligation to modify any product previously manufactured. Each Purchase is entitled to one warranty claim submission and approval, once the claim is processed and approved, the Purchase is no longer eligible for future warranty claims.
  6. Boats purchased from unauthorized retailers are not covered by this warranty such as 3rd party Amazon resellers, eBay resellers, or other liquidator.
  7. Boats purchased as "Refurbished" or "Renewed" or "Used", are not subject to this warranty
Catalina Inflatable Boat 12ft 6in
Catalina Inflatable Boat 12ft 6in
Catalina Inflatable Boat 12ft 6in
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edward b.
United States United States

great! I have a newport vessel catillina and we love it!

Daniel H.
United States United States

So far, so good!

So everything Newport promised to do prior to buying the dinghy, they’ve done! Emailed me the docs to get it registered, then within 6 business days I got the originals in the mail. Received the dingy 5 business days after placing the order…just like they promised! Too early to tell of the quality of the dingy, but at this point very pleased that I went with Newport


Newport Vessels

Hi Daniel, Thank you for the great feedback. We are glad to hear your dinghy and boat documents arrived on time. We hope you enjoy your time on the water! Best, NV Support

Larry A.
United States United States

New boat better than we hoped.

5 stars aren't enough, customer service perfect, boat performance better than I could have planned.

Newport Vessels Catalina Inflatable Boat 12ft 6in Review

Newport Vessels

Hi Larry, Thank you for your great feedback. We are happy to hear you are enjoying your Catalina and your time on the water! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 866-721-0002 or email us at support@newportvessles.com. Best, NV Team

United States United States

First Class!!

From online ordering to prompt delivery to easy assembling to cruising on the water every step has been perfect! Thank you Newport Vessels for a great buying experience and to a well made product.

Jason S.
United States United States

3 years in, still loving the boat!

This was a Father’s Day present from my family three years ago, as an upgrade from a semi-rigid floor raft. This is the most stable, versatile, and easy to transport water craft I’ve ever had. I’ve got this paired with a 40lbs thrust electric trolling motor, and top out at about 7kts on flat water. I often have 3-4 people fish all day on lakes around the Pacific Northwest, and wrap up because my trolling motor battery is done, not because we’re ready to be off the boat. When we’re done for the day, I’ve modified a couple of kayak holders and we strap the inflated (empty) boat to the top of the car! IMO, breaking down and inflating for transport is not realistic to do regularly. If I was moving, sure, for a day of fishing, no way. That being said, two adults can reasonably manage the boat out of the water. Unless this is going to live in the water all of the time, BUY THE TRANSOM WHEELS. They are amazingly helpful.