The high-performance voyager was designed for sailors with speed in their hearts but luxury on their minds.

Overall Length
17.78m 58.32ft
Beam Overall
8.6m 28.21ft
Sail Area
209.5m2 2,255ft2
Draft (Boards Up)
1.65m 5.40ft
Base Boat Displacement
16,668kgs 36,753lbs
Designers
Phillip Berman signature
Phillip Berman
Anton du Toit signature
Anton du Toit

Performance

With her long lean hulls and carbon reinforced structure, foam core hulls, 100% epoxy construction, she’s a high performance luxury voyager for those who refuse to compromise. Upwind she points high, with little leeway, in the 8 to 11 knot range with her high aspect daggerboards. Reaching in true winds between 8 and 16 knots she’ll do wind-speed or better with ease. Put her in stiff winds and surf and let the excitement begin as she excellerates into the 20’s.

To learn more about performance, payload, and the expectations you should have for your Balance, view our videos on polars on the Performance page.

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Full Specs

Overall Length

17.78 m / 58.32 ft

Waterline Length

17.78 m / 58.33 ft

Beam Overall

8.6m / 28.21ft

Main Sail

140.9m2 / 1,516ft2

Working Jib

79.5 m2 / 856 ft2

Sail Area (100% Foretriangle)

209.5 m2 / 2,255 ft2

Asymmetric Spinnaker

310.83 m2 / 3,346 ft2

Draft (Boards Down)

3.35 m / 10.99 ft

Draft (Boards Up)

1.65 m / 5.40 ft

Draft (Keeled Version)

N/A

Air Draft/Mast Clearance

27.43 m / 89.99 ft

Bridgedeck Clearance (Base Boat)

1.10m / 3.61 ft

DISP (Base Boat – Daggerboard)

16,668 kgs / 36,753 lbs

DISP (Base Boat – Keeled)

N/A

Davit Load

400 kgs / 882 lbs per arm
Max Length Tender 4.27m / 14 ft
Max Weight Tender w/OB 268 kgs / 590 lbs

Screacher/Reacher

125.7 m2 / 1,353 ft2

Engine

Yanmar 4JH57 x SD60

Fuel Capacity

2 x 350 ltrs / 2 x 93 gals

Fresh Water Capacity

2 x 300 ltrs / 2 x 79 gals

Black Water Capacity

2 X 60 ltrs / 2 x 16 gals

Maximum Load Displacement

21,668 kgs / 47,790 lbs

Please note that, based on component availability and other factors, specifications are subject to change without notice.

The weight of each yacht we build varies based on her interior fit-out, materials chosen, hardware and added equipment. All our catamarans are designed for best-in-class weight and sailing performance, without compromising strength or quality.

Underwing clearance will vary based on the final fit out of the yacht together with what is stored on her, the amount of fuel and water she carries, and the number of passengers onboard.

Reviews

“The choice of materials is qualitative (the foam core and wood veneer for furniture), as well as the overall finish, in a word: impeccable.”

“I think the Balance 526 represents an important moment in the history of multihull design and evolution…there was something missing in the marketplace that Phil recognized: a high-performance voyaging cat that an experienced couple could take anywhere…finally, we have that a couple can really sail well.”

Tim Murphy, Judge, Cruising World Boat of the Year 2017

“Pretty as she is, every aspect of her design seems to have been refracted through a simplicity prism. Access for repairs is exceptional. The movement from helm to side decks and from side decks to foredecks is a breeze. The wiring and systems installations all reflect a commitment to functional excellence.”

Multihulls World

“Several Balance 526 owners have reported 24-hour periods covering 260 miles or more. This is one very, very fast catamaran, laden or empty.”

Multihulls World
What Owners Think

“It has been a privilege to work so closely with Anton, Jonathan, Roger and Phil to build my dream boat.”

Mark T.

“It’s the whole package. Performance, safety, comfort, ease of use/maintenance, quality. Not to parrot their marketing material – but they really did find the perfect balance.”

Frank B.

“Having owned and maintained more than a dozen yachts, including a Hinkley, Oyster, J-boats, Swan and Nautitech, Balance is by far and away the best boat I have ever owned and sailed!”

Todd H.

“Balance Catamarans were the perfect compromise for us as they are fast, comfortable, practical, beautiful and very well built, by people who also love to sail.”

Mark T.

“Aesthetics were also a big factor for us in deciding to order our new Balance 526. We find her crisp contemporary lines and modern interior finishes to be satisfying to our eyes. Also, as experienced sailors, we were drawn to the fact that the 526 is a truly handmade labor of love crafted by passionate builders who were happy to let us make a wide range of choices on finishes and equipment that larger production builders will not accommodate.”

Jim F.

“Superb craftsmanship, delightful to work with, and absolutely beautiful boats.”

Irene V.

“She’s pretty, she’s built like a rock, she’s light, super intelligently designed and is going to be a blast to sail. I think the name Balance says it all.”

Jeffrey P.

“Balance Catamarans, being a smaller, high-end, boutique shipyard, were prepared to work carefully with me to build the catamaran of my dreams.”

Piotr R.

“As experienced sailors, we were drawn to the fact that a Balance is a truly hand-made labor of love crafted by passionate builders who were happy to let us make a wide range of choices on finishes and equipment.”

Jim F.

“After years of planning we found Balance Catamarans to be the best combination of performance, quality of build and value on the market.”

Phil M.

“Every once in a while, you connect with a group of people you know will always be in your life in a very good way. I think building in South Africa, you get a lot more for your money. The craftsmanship is top-notch.”

Frank B.

“The team at Balance has an attention to detail, workmanship and overall quality that makes us very proud to be part of the Balance family.”

Barry S.

“Balance Catamarans were the perfect compromise for us as they are fast, comfortable, practical, beautiful and very well built, by people who also love to sail.”

Mark T.