Balance Catamarans
Balance Catamarans

The Story

The initial inspiration for the Balance 486 and 526 arose from our passion to design and build, from the ground up, the finest performance voyaging catamarans ever conceived for a couple or small family who really want to go places in speed and comfort yet carry significant cruising payloads. We set out to design both boats to be simple to operate, to maintain, and enormously gracious to live on.



Base, sail away price for the Balance 486 begins at $1,200,000 FOB our South African Factory. A fully cruise equipped models runs approximately $1,350,000 FOB our South African Factory. For a full list of standard 486 equipment and a detailed options pricing list, please click here.

Bridgedeck Clearance

3.03ft / 0.93m


19845lbs / 9000kgs

Sail Area Total (100% Foretriangle)

1542ft2 / 143.3m2


57.65ft / 17.57m


17.06ft / 5.20m


61.49ft / 18.74m


23.95ft / 7.30m


1915lbs/in / 342kgs/cm


48.50ft / 14.78m


47.31ft / 14.42m

Beam Overall

27.10ft / 8.26m

Hull Beam

7.09ft / 2.16m

Underwing Clearance Lightship

2ft 7in / 0.775m

Underwing Clearance Full Load

2ft 4in / 0.705m

Maximum Payload

3,433 lbs / 1,557 kgs

Water Capacity

158 US gallons / 600 litres

Freeboard (Bow)

6.38 ft./ 1.95m

Freedboard (Stern)

5.45 ft./ 1.66m

Hull Draft

1.48 ft./ .45m


6.89 ft./ 2.10m

Air Draft

74.35 ft./ 22.66m

Yanmar 4JH45

2×45 HP / 2×34 kW

Fuel Capacity

2×132 gals / 2×500 litres

Fresh Water Capacity

2×103 gals / 2×390 litres

Black Water Capacity

2×16 gals / 2×61 litres


  • 3 cabin owners version. Owner master berth starboard forward, owner master shower aft. Queen berth forward on port side with double bed aft. There can be one or two heads on port side, depending on customer choice
  • 3 cabin owner version with office to port. Owner master berth to starboard forward, owner master shower aft. Queen berth forward on port side, with single berth/office combination aft.
  • 2 cabin double owner version, where both port and starboard hulls are private owner suites.
  • Four cabin, four head version
  • Four cabin two head version

Read What Experts Are Saying About Balance Catamarans

Want to learn more about Balance Catamarans?  Read what experts from around the world have come to learn about the Balance series after test sails and inspections on these specials cat by visiting our media page.



“In addition to being a yacht of the finest quality, the new “Versahelm” design of the Balance 526 is so elegant, wise and functional one wonders why nobody thought to do it before…”

Multihulls Magazine


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