The docks at the fall boat shows are lined with catamarans designed specifically for the charter market. They sport large cockpits and saloons for entertaining, 4-8 cabins with minuscule heads, and so much volume in the hulls that you need a ladder to board the vessel. Sailors searching for blue water catamarans have limited affordable options, often compromising sail-ability for livability. Phillip Berman, President of The Multihull Company, with a team of designers and builders listened to hundreds of catamaran sailors to design the perfect balance for a live-aboard catamaran. Introducing the Balance.
I went along with Phil on a shakedown sail of the Balance 451, hull one, owned by Rick and Helen Bell of Canada. Immediately I was drawn to its clean lines, sleek hulls and flat topside decking providing ease of movement. Once onboard I found the hard top bimini provided ample sun protection without compromising visibility. The raised helm station gave the helmsmen maximum view of his sails and great visibility while docking.