Balance Catamarans
Balance Catamarans

Balance 451:  By Sailors, For Sailors

The Balance 451 Symmetry sailing in Annapolis MD for BOTY

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.

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