Community

Building More
Than Boats

When we’re not sailing, we’re likely thinking or talking about sailing. It’s beyond a passion—and we want to share lessons, stories, and tips to help one another experience the joy that catamaran sailing delivers.

Your Balance journey begins from the first time we speak to identify your needs, to finding the materials and finishes to your liking, and receiving updates on the build of your vessel. We help you navigate the sometimes daunting aspects of the boat buying process and work to ensure your launch day is one of the most memorable of your life.

From launch day, we encourage you to be a part of our community of builders, founders, partners, and each and every Balance owner. Of course, if you need some time by yourself, you can blissfully explore ¾ of the earth’s surface sailing your Balance vessel.

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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.

“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.

Balance University

We partner with prominent sailing schools and captains in key sailing destinations around the globe to help you get the most out of your Balance Catamaran. These programs are part of Balance University and the courses range from four-day tutorials designed for owners seeking a deep dive in the art of sailing, operating and managing a Balance to charter and race events that bring people together for fun.

Our goal in preparing and connecting our owners via education, technical readiness, and plain fun is to make owning a Balance Catamaran a celebration of nature, community, and sailing. There is also the practical advantage of cutting down on operator error and making sailing all that much safer!

For More Information Please Contact us at: balanceuniversity@balancecatamans.com

Session 1

Day 1
Introduction: Balance: Inside & Out

Best described as a hands-on-tour of the boat, Session 1 serves as an overview and preparation for understanding locations, operational instruction, and maintenance of major systems within the boat. Some of these include:

  • Safety Systems
  • Component and onboard systems locations and operation
  • Engine/Generator operation
  • Checks – Getting Underway
  • Checks – Returning to docks
  • General docking practice

Session 2

Days 2–4
Masterclass: How to Sail a Balance

Time to sail with Session 2 alongside experienced performance catamaran skipper learning how to get the most out of a Balance in both light and heavy wind conditions, safely and efficiently in both cruising and performance scenarios.

  • Sail Plan Development
  • Helm & Trimming Best Practices
  • Short Handed Sailing
  • Sail deployment including reefing across all points of sail
  • Anchoring/Mooring

Session 3

Day 5 (Optional)
ASA114 Cruising Catamaran Certification

Cruising Catamaran provides certification required to handle a cruising catamaran in coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds and sea conditions. Course covers knowledge of catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response, including MOB recovery.

  • PRE-REQUISITES
  • ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat
  • ASA 103 – Basic Coastal Cruising ASA 104 – Bareboat Chartering
Education

At Balance, we are focused on customer education because we want sailors to extract as much pleasure as possible from their time on the water

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Sustaining Balance

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