Captain David Block first took the helm of a Penguin dingy at six years old and hasn’t looked back since. He delivers yachts full-time and has over 120 US-Caribbean deliveries, 10 Trans-Atlantic and 3 Trans-Pacific crossings, as well as other passages under his belt.
Recently Captain Block was hired by Reliance Yacht Management in June of 2018 to deliver “Dragonfly,” our Balance 526 Hull #4, from Tortola to Newport, RI. Of his experience the captain wrote us the most gratifying email below:
“I have been racing and delivering catamarans for over twenty years and yacht delivery is my full-time profession. To date I have logged over 340,000 miles at sea on deliveries around the globe. I can say with conviction the Balance 526 is the finest catamaran I have ever had the privilege to sail. Although most of the 526 models are built with dual daggerboards, Dragonfly’s owner requested that Balance configure her with keels and her performance didn’t disappoint. Having now delivered Lagoons, Fountaine Pajot’s, Nautitech’s and Leopards, along with a range of other more limited performance production catamarans, this is a supremely fast catamaran on all points sail. Although we had a very light air passage, whenever we had winds between 14 and 15 knots we were consistently sailing in the 12 to 13 knot range, pulling the wind forward considerably. Her mechanical steering is perfectly balanced, the feel is just spectacular, and the VersaHelm is a brilliant design innovation. The ability to pilot the yacht in total warmth from the floor of the cockpit in foul weather is a feature every voyaging catamaran should seek to mimic. As for the quality of the yacht, the fit and finish, the spaces and the comfort, the Balance 526 is truly in a class all her own.”
The difference between Balance Catamarans and the competition has always been in its history. Balance was founded on passionate invention and collaboration between some of the world’s finest and most storied catamaran designers and builders. Our team came together to craft the finest performance and luxurious catamarans on the planet, and hearing such and experienced yachtsman with extensive miles sailing on our competition give a glowing review reminds us just how perfectly we fit the niche where it matters.