Word has been circulating for the past few months in South African sailing circles that Phil Berman and Anton Du Toit were up to something, and so it is. They’ve dug into their deep wells of experience to design a stunning new Balance, which they call the 482. She will be a scaled down version of the Award-winning 526, but with some exciting new twists. While she will have less waterline length, the Balance 482 will maintain all the same characteristics that made the Balance 526 so innovative, included the highly coveted Versa-Helm.
Highlighted by her stunning forward-raked wave piercing bows, foam core hulls, decks and furniture, she’ll offer incomparable performance and stunning design that can easily accommodate up to six people in her owner’s version configuration.
“In listening to feedback over the last several years, it became clear to us that many sailors wanted what the Balance 526 had to offer in a slightly smaller package and lower price point,” said Phillip Berman, Balance Catamarans founder. “With the new Balance 482 we hope that we are able to further restore balance to the catamaran universe in the under 50’ category”.
With the launch of the new 482 and with Balance 526 Hulls #7 and #8 expected to launch later in 2019, and hulls #9 and #10 following suit in early 2020, it is going to be an exciting year for Balance Catamarans in South Africa.
“We never wanted to grow the company too fast or lose touch with why we started in the first place,” said Berman, “which was to build the finest performance voyaging catamarans in the world for a handful of appreciative customers. We approach each boat as a work of art, but are palpably aware that our customers are risking their lives sailing the products we build. It is one thing to build fast and beautiful catamarans, but they must be built robustly enough to withstand the worst weather a sailor might encounter.”
To learn more about the Balance 482, visit here.
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