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.

Why Buy The Catalina

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 our boats extra 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.

Key Features

Grab Rope

Bench Seat

Bottom Rub Guard

Bow D Ring

Bimini Bow D Ring

Drain Plug

Transom Motor Mount Pad

Oar Locks

Side Rub Strake

Tail Tube D Ring

Transom Tube Seal

  • More Details

    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.

  • Features

    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

  • More Tech Specs

    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

  • Hull Specs

    1100 Denier Korean PVC (.9mm)
    18" Diameter Tubes
    Inflatable V-Keel
    Sealed Marine Plywood Transom
    Aluminum Framed Marine Wood Flooring Set

  • Included Equipment

    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)
    Owner's Manual for Wood Floor Inflatable Boat

  • 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 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.

    Assembly Videos:
    Newport Inflatable Sport Boat Assembly Instructions

  • Shipping

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

    See our Shipping & Returns page for more information.

  • Catalina Owner's Manual


  • Material: Korean PVC
  • Seam Construction: Hot Air Welded
  • Color: White & Grey
  • Number of Air Chambers: 3 Tube + 1 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"
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Nhung P.
United States United States

Outstanding Product! Outstanding Company!

Love the comfort, quality and it’s Beautiful! The build made it much more stable for fishing than my hobie kayak in inlet waters. Very well built with 2 year warranty! Although my boat did arrive damaged….but that had to do more with UPS than Newport! Most importantly, they have outstanding customer service and provided me with a tracking number for new boat within 48hrs and told me to keep it for spare parts! It is very rare that a company exceeds my expectations but they did!! I shop a lot online and can say Newport is as good as Amazon! Would recommend to anyone looking for a high quality boat with a company that surely stands behind their product! You have a customer for life! Thank you

David G.
United States United States

As advertised!!

Haven’t gotten my Catalina in the water yet, but everything is as advertised up to this point. Shipped quickly, documents to register showed up a day after the boat. I ordered the additional bundle and put the transom wheels on with ease. Using a Suzuki 20 hp motor (white). Can’t wait to take it out for the first time. Looks fantastic!!

Newport Vessels Newport Catalina Inflatable Boat - 12ft Marine Wood Floor Review
Jeff S.
United States United States

Love this boat!

Took up a Montana river and it performed remarkably with 15HP motor in steep current. Great boat, very sturdy and the accessories kit is more than worth the money.

Tom S.
United States United States

arrived and looks good

Easy to work with. WIll not use Boat until May, little cold here in Cleveland

Enzo C.
United States United States

Catalina Inflatable Boat 12ft 6in

Great quality, strong, reliable, easy to assemble. Impeccable costumer service, and easy to register. Thank You

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