The initial inspiration for the Balance 526 arose from our passion to design and build, from the ground up, the finest performance voyaging catamaran ever conceived for a couple or small family who really want to go places in speed and comfort yet carry significant cruising payloads. We set out to design the 526 to be simple to operate, to maintain, and enormously gracious to live on.
Our design and build philosophy at Balance Catamarans is simple: Improve on the proven, innovate when required. As the inventors of the ground-breaking Versa Helm design we know how to push the envelope, but we never go against our prime directive – BUILD THE FINEST, MOST EASILY OPERATED, BULLET PROOF PERFORMANCE VOYAGING CATAMARANS POSSIBLE.
Base, sail away price for the Balance 526 begins at $1,440,000 FOB our South African Factory. A fully cruise equipped model runs approximately $1,650,000 FOB our South African Factory. For a full list of standard 526 equipment and a detailed options pricing list, please click here.
52.50ft / 16.00m
51.31ft / 15.639m
27.17ft / 8.26m
1141 ft2 / 106 m2
461 ft2 / 43m2
1690ft2 / 157.1m2
2582 ft2 / 240 m2
Boards Down: 7.07ft / 2.160m
Boards Up: 3.68ft / 1.12m
Keel Version: 4.5ft / 1.37m
78.53ft / 23.93m
2.89ft / 0.88m
26,455lbs / 12,000kgs (Keel Version)
26,565lbs / 12,050 (Daggerboard Version)
The 526 davits are designed to take a safe load of 400 kgs (882 lbs) per davit arm.
Suggested dinghy is the AB Inflatables 13ALX at 3.96m (13’) at an estimated weight of 169 kgs (373 lbs) with a recommended 30hp outboard at 85 kgs (187 lbs). Total weight of rig = 255 kgs (562 lbs).
1159 ft2 / 108m2
2× 57 HP / 2×43 kW
2×130 gals / 2×500 liters
2×103 gals / 2×390 litres
2×16 gals / 2×60 litres
34,450lbs / 15,625kg
6,890lbs / 3,125kgs
Phillip Berman and Anton Du Toit
We use the finest resins, epoxies, foam cores, fiberglass and carbon products available in the world today. Our yachts are built with a combination of resin infusion or vacuum bagged techniques. We use only foam composite bulkheads, foam cores, and all of our furniture and cabinets are made with cored, sandwich construction. We use carbon fiber heavily in all of the high load areas of our yachts and custom fabricate many of our own glass/carbon components – including davits, bimini posts, doors, bimini tops, etc. Every move we make at Balance is focused on producing the lightest, strongest, stiffest catamaran we can possibly build..
“In addition to being a yacht of the finest quality, the new “Versahelm” design of the Balance 526 is so elegant, wise and functional one wonders why nobody thought to do it before…”