Originally Posted by Star Inflatables
I designed the Slice to fit in a backpack (included along with pump) and weigh in under 50 pounds to check on a plane. It's PVC; so handles, d-rings, foot-cups, logos, motor mounts, etc. can easily be added to customize the boat. I won't tell you a Slice is better than your design because I've never paddled your boat, right. Hard to say what will happen in 15 years, there have been several inflatable start-ups that don't make it past 5 years. Your boat is an interesting looking design, it's time for innovation in the inflatable industry. There is plenty of room for everyone in the market, however the better than you statement indicates a lack of experience.
Sorry for "better than you" statement. I replied to the thread, and did not realize whom I am talking with.
Let me apologize first. I respect Star a lot, Have WonderBug raft for about 15 years (bought it new, no defects after more than 300 days on water), have YellowJacket kayak (and loved it). Really like your front pouch on Slice, a great idea. Storage and less resistance at the same time.
SLICE in my view is a much better boat overall that either SaberTooth or PaddleCat or JPW Culebra ( sorry again for comparison - but I have paddled them all).
Would I write an article, I'd certainly point to strong suites in all of these boats. Would I need another paddle cat now - NOT OUR OWN MODEL- I'd likely buy a STAR ( or maybe Shredder).
We'll make it past 5 years and more - we actually already did, though in Europe (under different brand name). We are not a small company by now, not a startup. Boat sales are in hundreds, not in single digits. Company makes good profits.
We have transoms by now, rod mounts and other optional accessories (not on the site yet). There are new designs in tests, with integrated hi-pressure parts, there are new ideas in the pipeline.
Let's get together and compare our boats and TALK. Maybe - privately. You have my email from our site.
We did some marketing research, and results are very interesting.
You are absolutely right, there is plenty of room... Actually, more than that.
Together we can get more people switching to paddle cats than each of us separately. There are opportunities to make universal accessories and so on.
Maybe even outsource some projects to each other.
It took many years to design russian-style seats that can work without a solid frame. But I firmly believe they make the cat better.