Balance Catamarans
Balance Catamarans

The Story

From the drawing board of Kiwi naval architect Roger Hill and multihull author and designer Phillip Berman comes the Balance 451, a blue-water performance cruising catamaran designed and built to restore balance to the catamaran universe.  

If you’ve been frustrated by the sailing performance of the current crop of production charter cats, or displeased with the cramped and uninviting living spaces of the racers, the Balance 451 is the catamaran for you. She is designed to strike the ideal balance between comfort at anchor and performance underway. She’s fast, strong, safe, extremely comfortable to live on, simple to operate, and easy to maintain and sustain.

The Balance 451 Legacy will continue into 2021 at a discounted base price of $395,000, making her without question the best value in the new performance catamaran market.

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Base, sail away price for the Balance 451 begins at $395,000 FOB our China factory.  A fully cruise equipped model runs approximately $525,000 FOB our China factory.

Overall Length

44ft 8in / 13.605m
Waterline Length 42ft 4in /

Waterline Length

42ft 4in / 12.895m


23ft 4in / 7.11m

Draft – Daggerboards Up

2ft 7in / 0.80m

Draft – Daggerboards Down

6ft 11in / 2.10m

Displacement (Light Ship)

18,500lbs / 8,391kgs

Underwing Clearance Lightship

2ft 7in / 0.775m

Maximum Payload

3,433 lbs / 1,557 kgs

Water Capacity

90 US gallons / 350 litres (additional capacity available)

Fuel Capacity

112 US gallons / 425 litres (additional capacity available)


Yanmar 29 HP or Volvo 40 HP

Mast Height Off Water

ICW Rig: 62ft 11in / 19.19m
Tall Rig: 67ft / 20.42m

Mainsail Dimensions

ICW Rig: 706.5 ft2 / 65.63m2
Tall Rig: 780ft2 / 72.464m2

Self Tending Jib Dimensions

260.7 ft2 / 24.22m2

Screecher Dimensions

711.6 ft2 / 66.1m2

Spinnaker Dimensions

1,367 ft2 / 127m2


Phillip Berman and Roger Hill

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  • 3 cabin owners version. Owner master berth starboard forward, owner master shower aft. Queen berth forward on port side with double bed aft. There can be one or two heads on port side, depending on customer choice
  • 3 cabin owner version with office to port. Owner master berth to starboard forward, owner master shower aft. Queen berth forward on port side, with single berth/office combination aft.
  • 2 cabin double owner version, where both port and starboard hulls are private owner suites.
  • Four cabin, four head version
  • Four cabin two head version

Read What Experts Are Saying About The 451

Want to learn more about the Balance 451?  Read what experts from around the world have come to learn about the Balance 451 after test sails and inspections on this special cat by visiting our media page.


“The wind was out of the northeast, building a nice chop to be slived open by the 451’s wave piercing bows.  The result-a hell of a sail…The Balance 451 does not disappoint.”

Adam Cort

Executive Editor, SAIL Magazine



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