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More fun through better design

Major technical development in rotomoulded cat construction
Rig options for beginner to expert
Sets new standards for strength, storage and transport convenience

The RS CAT16 is a recent addition to the RS Range and our first catamaran. Easy to handle, exciting and highly durable, with rig options for beginners through to experienced cat sailors.

With significant technical developments in key structural aspects of the boat, the RS CAT16 not only looks modern, it also incorporates important practical benefits.

The hulls and beams are secured without holes through the skin of the boat – so the boat can be assembled or taken apart in around 15 minutes without need for sealant, using just one spanner. Bolts securing the beams and shrouds secure into stainless steel bars located in channels on either side of the hulls. Exceptionally strong, simple and fast assembly.

So the RS CAT16 can be stored in restricted space and even transported on the roof of a large family car.

RS Comptec PE3 – three layer rotomoulded polyethylene construction system – gives class leading durability, while latest design developments from innovative and highly successful multihull designer Jo Richards and RS Sailing ensure sparkling performance afloat, coupled with stability and easy handling built in by the RS development team.


Singlehanded or family crew

  • Exciting for a single-handed adult
  • Plenty of space for the family
  • Blast across the bay - picnic on the beach

Sparkling performance with easy handling

  • Designed by innovative multihull expert Jo Richards and the RS development team
  • Easy handling with stable, buoyant hulls
  • Practical features to make life easy for novices and experienced sailors
  • Concave deck creates secure sitting area
  • Lift & lock rudder system

Storage and transport convenience

  • Fast assembly / separation allows storage in restricted space
  • RS CAT16 can even be transported on the roof of a large car
  • Practical moulded-in handholds make moving the boat easy on shore

Greatest durability – lowest maintenance

  • NEW – Hull & beam securing system without holes through the skin of the boat - no sealant required
  • Beam and shroud bolts secure into stainless-steel bars in channels on either side of the hulls
  • Exceptionally strong, simple and fast assembly - just 15 minutes using only one spanner
  • RS Comptec PE3 construction– state of the art three layer rotomoulding system
  • Toughest outer skin – middle foam layer for stiffness – strong inner skin
  • RS process leads the way & enables additional thickness in high load areas
  • Reduces overall weight for better sailing – every RS offers the best performance and most rewarding handling
  • Built in buoyancy from thick foam layer
  • Strongest fittings attachment – through-bolted rudder systems
  • Virtually maintenance free

Safety features

  • Toe straps above and below tramps to assist capsize righting
  • Capsize righting line in under-tramp stowage bag
  • Knife stowage under tramp
  • Recesses in aft decks reduce volume and make it easier to “sink” a stern and right the boat from inversion

RS CAT16 Club

  • Mainsail only – simple set-up


  • Mainsail
  • Jib
  • Single trapeze


  • Mainsail
  • Jib
  • Gennaker
  • Twin trapezes

RS CAT16 Accessories

  • Launching wheels
  • Road trailer
  • Carbon fibre tiller extension
  • Mast head float
  • Wind indicator
  • Jib pack
  • Gennaker pack
  • Trapeze pack
  • 2-part mast


Standard Optional RS CAT16 Club S XL Race
Designer Jo Richards and RS Sailing        
3 Layer Comptec PE3 Hull        
Length 4.7m (15'6")        
Beam 2.35m (7'9")        
Hull Weight (each) 42kg (95lb)        
Sailing Weight 140kg (308lb)        
Mainsail - Dacron 9.98 sqM (107.5 sq ft)        
Mainsail - Mylar 10.5 m2 (113 sq ft)        
Jib - Dacron 2.35 sqM (25.3 sq ft)        
Jib - Mylar 2.35 m2 (25.3 sq ft)        
Gennaker 12.82 sqM (138 sq ft)        
Single trapeze        
Twin trapeze (helm + crew)        
Mast - aluminium alloy 1 - part        
Mast - aluminium alloy 2 - part        
Boom Aluminium alloy + mast spanner        
Rudder stock system Lift & Lock        
Tiller extension Aluminium alloy        
Tiller extension Carbon fibre        
Rudder blades Aluminium alloy - low drag section        
Heavy duty trampoline Toe straps above and below + righting line pocket below        
Capsize righting line        
Launching wheels        
Mast head float        
Road trailer        
Wind indicator        


"“I think Jo Richards and our development team have done a fantastic job with the RS CAT16. It not only looks great but also brings valuable technical steps forward to make the boat practical, strong and exciting. Response so far has been all that we could have hoped for.”"
Martin Wadhams MD RS Sailing

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