Balance Catamarans
Balance Catamarans

The Story

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.

Comfort and Performance

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Cutting Edge Technology

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.

Overall Length

52.50ft / 16.00m

Waterline Length

51.31ft / 15.639m

Beam Overall

27.17ft / 8.26m

Main Sail

1141 ft2 / 106 m2

Working Self-Tacking Jib

461 ft2 / 43m2

Sail Area (100% Foretriangle)

1690ft2 / 157.1m2

Asymmetric Spinnaker

2582 ft2 / 240 m2


Boards Down: 7.07ft / 2.160m

Boards Up: 3.68ft / 1.12m

Keel Version: 4.5ft / 1.37m

Air Draft / Mast Clearance

78.53ft / 23.93m

Bridgedeck Clearance

2.89ft / 0.88m

DISP (L/Ship)

26,455lbs / 12,000kgs (Keel Version)

26,565lbs / 12,050 (Daggerboard Version)


1159 ft2 / 108m2

Yanmar 4JH57 x SD 60

2× 57 HP / 2×43 kW

Fuel Capacity

2×130 gals / 2×500 liters

Fresh Water Capacity

2×103 gals / 2×390 litres

Black Water Capacity

2×16 gals / 2×60 litres

Maximum Displacement

34,450lbs / 15,625kg

Maximum Cruising Payload

6,890lbs / 3,125kgs


Phillip Berman and Anton Du Toit

Exceptional Build Quality

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..

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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

Ordering A Balance Catamaran

Read What Experts Are Saying About The 526

Want to learn more about the Balance 526?  Read what experts from around the world have come to learn about the Balance 526 after test sails and inspections on this special cat by visiting our media page.



“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…”

Multihulls Magazine



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