Our long-distance, off-the-grid, expeditionary speedster was uniquely designed to carry significant cruising payloads without bogging down.

Overall Length
18.90m 62.01ft
Beam Overall
8.55m 28.05ft
Sail Area
208.3m2 2,243ft2
Draft (Boards Up)
1.27m 4.17ft
Base Boat Displacement
19,500kgs 43,000lbs
Designers
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Phillip Berman
Anton du Toit signature
Anton du Toit

Performance

The 620 was designed for off-the-grid adventure travel to the most remote places on earth. She’s a high performance expedition cat designed to carry significant cruising payloads without bogging down. You can carry surfboards, kayak’s, bicycles, dive tanks, significant fuel and water stores and she’ll still deliver impressive performance. Upwind she points high, with little leeway, in the 8 to 11 knot range. Reaching she ranges between 8 and 14 knots. Put her on a wave, with a surfer at the helm, and high teens and twenties are sure to come.

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

18.90 m / 62.01 ft

Waterline Length

17.70 m / 58.06 ft

Beam Overall

8.55 m / 28.05 ft

Main Sail

140.6 m2 / 1,513 ft2

Working Self-Tracking Jib

56.3 m2 / 606 ft2

Sail Area (100% Foretriangle)

208.3 m2 / 2,243 ft2

Asymmetric Spinnaker

281.2 m2 / 3,025 ft2

Draft (Boards Down)

2.70 m / 8.86 ft

Draft (Boards Up)

1.27 m / 4.17 ft

Draft (Keeled Version)

1.60 m / 5.25 ft

Air Draft/Mast Clearance

27.30 m / 89.57 ft

Bridgedeck Clearance

1.15 m / 3.77 ft

DISP (Base Boat – Daggerboard)

19,500 kgs / 43,000 lbs

DISP (Base Boat – Keeled)

19,500 kgs / 43,000 lbs

Davit Load

400 kgs / 882 lbs per arm
Max Length Tender 3.96m / 13 ft
Max Weight Tender w/OB 259 kgs / 570 lbs

Screacher/Reacher

119 m2 / 1,280 ft2

Engine

YANMAR 4JH80 X SD60
2 x 80 HP / 2×60 kW

Fuel Capacity

2 x 1,000 ltrs / 2 x 265 gals

Fresh Water Capacity

2 x 750 ltrs / 2 x 200 gals

Black Water Capacity

2 x 80 ltrs / 2 x 20 gals

Maximum Displacement

25,350 kgs / 55,895 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.