THE TRUE KIT CONCEPT - PROVEN WORLDWIDE!
THE UNBEATABLE CONVENIENCE OF A STABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT FOLDING INFLATABLE BOAT THAT STOWS AWAY IN A BAG MAKES TRUE KIT THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR BOATIES, FISHERMEN, CARAVANNERS OR BACKWOODS EXPLORERS
True Kit designs, tests and produces an exclusive range of innovative, ultra-high quality, folding inflatable catamarans
Founder Rod Dawson has drawn on a lifetime of yachting, much of it as an international competitor, to create superbly performing and dependable inflatable boats. His attention to detail and commitment to innovation has resulted in a range of boats that are recognised for their class-leading capabilities. Customers all over the world choose True Kit for yacht tenders, rescue and support boats or just for fishing and exploring!
“Our goal is to make every boating experience better by making our inflatable boats lighter, more stable and the easiest in the world to pack down.”
True Kit’s relentless drive to innovate and produce the best available inflatable boats has led to the latest collection of True Kit New Generation designs. The safe and stable platform you’ve been looking for and the exhilarating performance of a lightweight speedster combined in a world beating package.
When it comes to all round performance, catamarans are out in front across all critical criteria for choosing an inflatable.
•Incredibly stable. Check out the images and videos on this website and on You Tube to see how easy it is stay upright and in control with a True Kit, whether you’re boarding from a yacht, fishing or speeding across the water
•Significantly less drag than a typical deep-v hull allows for much smaller, lighter, more affordable and more fuel-efficient outboard engines. You need less horsepower to enjoy a thrilling ride
•The catamaran hull is ideal for shallow waters and great when beaching your boat (step out with dry shoes!). It also sits flat on the beach or your deck
Safety and stability are mission critical features that True Kit will never compromise on. We realise that when you head out on the water, safety is a number one priority.
•Our unique catamaran design and oversize pontoons mean True Kit inflatables exhibit superior buoyancy and stability, without sacrificing exhilarating performance.
•Many people are surprised that you can actually stand up in our boats!
•Multiple chambers and welded seams add to the safety, meaning you can take your family on the water with peace of mind.
•True Kit inflatables are now being used for flood RESCUE and recovery from the water by many organisations around the world.
Quality and durability were uppermost in our minds when we were choosing the materials for the True Kit range. After extensive research and testing we chose the world’s leading, premium fabric for inflatable boats - Valmex® by Mehler Germany.
•Mehler has over 60 years’ experience in the development of textiles
•Mehler uses the most advanced technology to ensure their high quality, German made textiles are longer lasting
•The Valmex® fabric demonstrates superior flexibility, elasticity, airtightness and resistance against mechanical damage and UV
•Valmex® is recyclable
•Manufactured in Germany under the internationally recognised standard of quality: ISO 9001:2008
We strive to keep the weight out of our inflatable boat range to make our dinghies manageable by anyone. Carrying and rowing these boats is a breeze, and for our larger designs we have our exclusive QuickLok Dingy Launching Wheels.
Whether you are using your True Kit as a tender and need to pull it onboard the mothership, or your True Kit is the water-going extension of your caravan, keeping it light is critical. The secret is in our thermo-welded seams and superior fabrics, which help us to remove all unnecessary weight from the boat.
At True Kit we aim to use the best technology available in the inflatable industry. Many people will have seen poor quality inflatable boats literally falling apart at the (glued) seams after a short period! At True Kit we are safety conscious and that is not an option. The seam can be an inflatable boat's Achilles Heel - or the strongest part. We choose to thermo-weld the seams on our boats to create the strongest bond available (a permanent mechanical bond). A welded seam on a True Kit inflatable actually becomes stronger than the fabric itself (notwithstanding the fact that the fabric we use is the best in the world).
True Kit folding inflatable boats are the easiest and fastest in the world to set up. Keep one in the yacht, the motorhome or the back seat of your car! Our agile boats allow any stretch of water to be your playground. Hit the water in minutes. True Kit make the outdoors more accessible.
You can trust a True Kit to give you years of trouble-free use thanks to our rigorous commitment to quality at every stage.
•German-made Valmex® fabric
•Thermo-welded (not glued) seams for an unbreakable bond
•Top quality fittings from Railblaza
•Strict quality protocols to ensure that our boats stand up to their owner's demands
•Superior design specifications to cover critical durability criteria
Our innovative designs are based on an ultra-efficient catamaran platform, which means our boats out-perform most. They are also much easier to use thanks to the distinctive landing craft bow on our Discovery Range. The bow’s design ensures getting into a Discovery from the water or the dock is very easy. This makes them ideal as tenders or for fishing and diving.
Correspondence with the !!true Kit!! team on ordering my discovery.Was so professiona Speaking to Fergal, and receiving my discovery in the UK, was all done and delivered to my front door within 10 days hassle free. I set away, unboxing it and blown it up to the correct psi I was amazed at the workmanship and design what has went into this boat.these people are at the top of their profession. it cost me a bit extra money with UK import duty tax my !!true Kit!! discovery 4m is worth every penny. I spent a long time researching different sib boats and I am so glad I went with True, Kit!! Can’t wait to get Fishing on my discovery regards, Kenny
SO far I have only had the opportunity to inflate and use once. I used without the motor as a trial on the lake using the row boat capabilities while paddling my wife around the lake. It seems very easy to inflate, to use and put away. I am excited to try it with a motor.
Its a very stable platform and at no point as larger fast boats went by, did any of the wake make us feel unsafe.
I have to say thank you to Truekit for their communication during the months I was researching this inflatable and for reviewing the pictures I sent of my set up with the bimini to make sure it was correct.
It arrived very quickly, assembled very easily (using the hand pump) and is fun, safe and enjoyable to use. It was easy to break down after use and fits easily into the two supplied bags.
I have another brands inflatable kayaks and for some reason the hand pumps that come with that boat takes a lot more work. SO i was really pleasantly surprised with how easy TrueKit was to inflate using the hand pump. I don't see a need to rush out and get an electric pump at all.
Fantastic fuel saver I'm now getting over 120ks of range
Function well, fold up small for stowage. Railblaza make great stuff, hats off to True Kit for choosing their stuff.
I received my 3.3 a couple of weeks ago. Delivery was fast, and the boat looks beautiful. I have not gotten out on the water yet, but I have inflated it and it is well built, light weight and easy to inflate and deflate. Couldn’t be happier.
These wheels are great, I installed some quite “Gucci “ larger seatug wheels on our 3.3 discovery when I got it, used them for about 18 months but was never truly happy so I got some of the true kit quick release wheels, Omg game changer, sooo smooth and way nicer to use! Definitely would recommend!!
I really love it!
Overall rating 4.5 stars. Why not 5 stars? i was asked to review the captain’s package, and my only quibble is that the captain’s package isn’t a particularly good value, and shoehorns the buyer into a particular package. As an international buyer, the only reason to select the package as opposed to choosing the same items a-La-carte is to save on shipping. This is surely a fake saving, borne of an inefficient e-commerce model, but it is what it is.
But what matters is this: all through the purchasing process the True Kit team were super pro-active in ensuring the order was in good order and entered in a manner that would best fulfill the customer’s needs.
Fergus wouldn’t ship the order until he was satisfied that I knew what I was doing (shipping the dinghy to Texas despite my final destination being in Mexico). For that level of care and concern I am tremendously grateful.
As for the dinghy? Fantastic. A 10 foot tender that this 67 year old guy can lift easily, grab handles everywhere they need to be, etc. planes easily with our 6hp Mercury, even with 2 on board (just). as a lifelong hypalon devotee, this pvc fabric is an unknown, but that’s a gamble I’m happy to take.
Excellent and thoroughly thought of design for performance and portability. I have a beach house which is 3 hrs away and I only spend 2-3 days in 2 months. The portability of this boat keeps it from unnecessary deterioration from the elements when not in use in my beach property with the lack of a boathouse. So I can bring it home everytime without a trailer or a 4x4 to pull.
Fantastic team to work with and love the quality of the boat.
Very happy with the boat and service from true kit
The bag is great, allows neat storage of my gear, in a confined space that is neatly stored away.
The cushion is far more comfortable as opposed to the bare aluminium seat.
We recently purchased a Truekit Discovery 330 and paired with a E-Propulsion EVO 3 HP outboard and have been extremely impressed. The catamaran hulls along with landing craft bow design of the Truekit Discovery 330 has made it incredibly easy for my wife, who is recovering from a broken ankle. The boat is syndicated so we need to carry a few personal items, such as paddle boards etc which we ferry via the tender. The Discovery 330 is a true workhorse in this regard and is so easy to load and unload.
The E Propulsion EVO outboard provides a smooth and reliable power to the Truekit Discovery 330. We travel relatively short distances so are happy with the speed which surprised us, not planing but still a lot faster than what we expected. A credit to the slippery design.
One of the features of this boat that we love is the is Truekit awning, which provides excellent protection from the Australian sun. The Truekit Discovery 330 also tows very well thanks to the bridle system. We bought an extra seat, but we ended up not using seats at all as the flat bottom of the boat allowed us to spread out some foldable solar panels when the Truekit Discovery 330 is not in use to charge the outboard battery.
The E Propulsion EVO outboard also gives us a little bit of hydrogeneration when under sail, which is a nice bonus. Overall, we are extremely happy with our purchase and would highly recommend the Truekit Discovery 330 paired with a E Propulsion EVO outboard to anyone looking for a stable, easy to use and efficient vessel. It’s a cliche but you do get what you pay for, from a well constructed vessel to excellent accessories in particular the wheels and bimini, this package rocks!
This bag is awesome, keeps my pump, ropes, repair kit, snacks, safety gear, phone and keys all in one location and keeps them dry. Should've got this when I first got the 4m Truekit
We design and test all our boats in-house without the need for outside assistance. Many of the components are actually manufactured inside our own workshop. We only sell our boats directly to our customers, worldwide. If we were to use distributors, prices would likely increase 35%. With our direct to customer system True Kit can offer exception boats at a similar value to much lesser boats offered by other brands.
You can order a boat directly from our website or get in touch with us through our contact page. Payments can be made using a credit card or by direct bank transfer. We send our boats everywhere in the world using an express door to door service. We can typically dispatch an order within 3 working days and delivery takes just a few days. Please note each destination and timing in the year can affect how long the shipping takes but we can give you an estimate.
Every single customer has a unique set of needs for their boat. So we prepare every order on an individual basis, carefully package it up and ship it directly to the customer anywhere in the world. Before you buy feel free to ask questions and lean on our experience. You get to talk directly to the designers/manufacturers. We feel this creates a unique experience that you can’t get from anyone else. Also, to keep offering our amazing craft at such great value, we cut out the middlemen and sell only directly to you, our valued customers.
Shipping cost is determined by the destination and size of the package. We use Fedex and DHL as our reliable express services and only charge what our shipping carriers charge us. Each order is prepared exactly to our customers requirements and carefully packaged up before booking the shipment. After adding items to the cart on our True Kit Website, proceed to checkout where you will be able to input your shipping address to see the exact shipping cost. If you need some more information around this feel free to contact us through the contact page on the website.
We do not collect your home countries taxes. You should always expect to be required to pay local import duties and taxes for whichever country you are importing into. This can vary from country to country. Our shipment provider (Fedex/DHL) will assist you with the customs clearance and collection of duties. It is important that you are available for communications during this shipping time.
When you choose a True Kit inflatable, you know you are buying a quality product, designed by boaties, for boaties. With all the noise out there on the internet, we know the decision can be difficult, so let’s look at what sets True Kit apart.
Each True Kit inflatable is a unique design of ours. At True Kit we design and test every model in our home waters in New Zealand. We manufacture our boats out of the best available materials using the best technology and systems available and we sell the boats direct to you. In short, we bring you the best inflatable boat at the best value. The people behind True Kit have been around boats all their lives, they use boats on a daily basis, and they bring this experience to every boat sold. If you are comparing True Kit versus another brand of inflatable boat, make sure you read this detailed article first.
We conducted extensive research before choosing Valmex® for our boats. Valmex® is manufactured by Mehler Texnologies in Germany. Mehler have been manufacturing high quality textiles for over 60 years. They don’t make anything other than top grade products. There are many cheaper fabrics, particularly those produced in Asia which simply do not meet the True Kit standard and those expected by our customers. Valmex® costs around three times the price of the common pvcs you typically see on inflatable boats. But it is worth it, your safety and our reputation are important. This fabric is widely recognised as the best weldable fabric for boats in the world and it has been extensively tested in the harshest conditions around the globe.
Before you buy your inflatable boat, ask “is it Valmex®?”
Research indicates that glued seams are usually the first point of failure on an inflatable boat. This is typically due to a combination of reasons relating to the fabric itself and the glues used. In contrast a thermo-bonded or thermo-welded seam results in a seam 4 times stronger than a glued seam. The seam in fact becomes stronger than the fabric itself. It is a mechanical bond as compared to a chemical bond. Remember the tube seams on an inflatable boat are under constant pressure and every time a glued seam is exposed to UV it is becoming weaker. Make sure your next inflatable boat has welded seams.
Check out this specification sheet to view the packed down sizes of each model - click here
We specifically designed our entire True Kit range with folding the boats up in mind. This is one of the reasons we use the highest quality fabrics and construction available. Cheaper fabrics lose their flexibility and durability over time compared to Valmex®. Valmex® maintains it’s suppleness over the years of use.
Yes. Our boats are the easiest boats in the world to both set up and pack down. There are no nuts and bolts, velcro or tools needed. Simply insert the floor and inflate the tubes and floor. Everything automatically gets locked into place.
As boaties ourselves we know how boats get used. You arrive at the beach and the first thing you do is pull it up on the sand. All inflatables require bottom and side rubbing protection. Without rubbing protection the life expectancy of your inflatable boat is significantly decreased. We also recommend you add transom wheels to your True Kit to provide ease of moving the boat around on land.
We offer a 5 year limited warranty on new boats. Warranty terms can be found under the technical section. Actually, boats built with Valmex® 20 years ago can still be seen zipping around demonstrating exceptional long life expectancy.
True Kit design and produce an exception range of accessories to go with their boats. These include the unique fully removable QuickLok Dinghy Wheels, the True Kit Bimini for sun protection and the Premium Seat Bag to keep all your valuables safe. We also partner with Railblaza to bring you useful clip in accessories like Rod Holders, Cup Holders and Phone Holders. As boaties ourselves, who use the True Kit boats on a regular basis, we know the importance of having stuff that works.
Aluminium bench seats (1 or 2 depending on the model), oars, True Kit hand pump by Bravo, boat bags, repair kit.
True Kit use of a range of materials that we source from all over the globe! This includes Valmex® from German and Railblaza from New Zealand. The boats are then manufactured at a state of the art facility in China. This facility is one of a few top-class production facilities that has a range of welding equipment used by technicians trained in this difficult process. All finishing, inspections and quality checks, accessories additions are done from our workshop in New Zealand.
Absolutely! They are lightweight, stable and quiet on the water making them fantastic fishing platforms. We recommend that you leave the gaff at home and take the net, leave the knife in the car and take a decent pair of scissors. Some common sense around protecting the boat from fish spikes in recommended. This can involve using a protective mat and dropping the caught fish directly into a fish bin.
We have extensively tested both and concluded that for most people most of the time, a closed transom is significantly better. Closed transoms provided a much more rigid and safe platform for securing your valuable outboard engine. Thrust from the outboard is not lost due to undue flexing like with tube transoms. In many open transom designs, the flexing causes one third of the available power from the outboard to be lost. Plus a closed transom keeps your feet dry and keep prevents all your gear getting lost out the back of the boat.
True Kit inflatables have several air chambers for safety. In the unlucky event that you get a puncture, all True Kit Inflatables come with a temporary puncture repair kit to keep you on the water. Normally, even the worst accidents can be repaired back at the workshop. Detailed information on doing repairs can be found here.
Give your boat a fresh water rinse when you are finished with it. Dry it out before storing it for long periods of time. Keep it out of the sun when you aren’t using it. A protective cover is recommended if you plan to leave your True Kit outside. We can recommend products for cleaning and protective coatings if you get in touch. Also, when storing the boats for a period of time, make sure you keep them safe from vermin which have been known to take a liking to inflatables.
Your True Kit inflatable will come beautifully packed, so pay careful attention when you open the carton as to how we have packed it for you - this is the best way for you to do it in the future. Also, check out our YouTube channel to see videos on how to pack your inflatable boat up.
Inflate the tubes to 3 psi and the high pressure floor to 10 psi. Correct pressures ensure your boat performs better and lasts longer.
Being catamarans, all True Kit inflatables sit flat on the deck of your yacht. This means no cradle is necessary saving valuable deck space. All True Kit’s boats are more efficient than your average inflatable meaning only small outboards are necessary - this saves weight and fuel. The stability and lightness of our True Kit tenders has completely changed the boating experience of many of our experienced boating customers.
We have spend the last year designing and testing bimini tops specifically to suit our range of boats. We are now proud to offer our True Kit Biminis that are built to the highest standards with the best materials available. They are completely waterproof and UV proof and have a unique fold-away system which means they will pack down for storage within seconds.
Both boats share exactly the same materials and construction methods. The designs also share a similar catamaran platform which offers superior stability and performance when compared to conventionally designed inflatables. The main difference is in the bow section. The Navigator being primarily designed for yacht tender purposes, has a high volume tube running all the way around the bow. This means you can load the dinghy up with more people and gear and have them close to the bow. The Discovery has parallel tubes which are tapered towards the bow. This creates less volume in the bow area which will increase performance and also allow the bow to be pushed close to the water when weight is placed there. This unique design feature is great for boarding the boat from the water, it is much easy that climbing up over the tubes.
The True Kit Discovery models have been refined over many years. They have carefully tapered bow sections to reduce drag and allow the front to be pushed down close to the water. However, they also have a subtle rise in the shear line that keeps the bow well above the water level when you are moving along. Most people are very surprised at how dry these boats are. In fact, to prove the point we demonstrated the Discovery in some sizeable surf conditions. We did everything we could to get water over the front and only by putting the bow directly under a breaking wave could we get water over the bow. (See the video here)
Each boat and load case will suit a difference engine requirement. On top of this, each country and region has different models of outboards available to them. We are always happy to make a recommendation for an engine based on what options you have available to you. On top of this, we can also assist with recommending matching props and Permatrim Performance Foils in certain situations. Talk to us, we are always happy to help.
All our boats pack down very well and will fit into the back seat of a car. There are certain techniques that we recommend to get the most efficient sized package when folding the boat down and this is included when you purchase a True Kit boat. Our boats can also be transported fully inflated either on a trailer or roof top. Small outboards can be transported lying down. 2-stroke engines don’t have any issues with oil running out of them, but with 4-stroke engines it is important to follow the manufacturers recommendations for which side the rest the on. It is always a good idea to keep the power head of the engine slightly elevated above the shaft when transporting.
Our customers are always surprised at how well our boats row. While they haven’t all been specifically designed for rowing (except the Stowaway), the low drag platform and lightweight construction make them a breeze to row. The catamaran design also helps the boats to track well compared to many other flat bottomed boats.
Both are top quality fabrics and very resistant to a range of environmental factors. However, we prefer to build our boats from German engineered Valmex® as it can be thermo-welded whereas you can only glue hypalon seams, and as we discussed earlier the glued seam is the weak point on an inflatable boat. Valmex® produced boats are also lighter which means less heavy lifting for you.