Balance Catamarans
Balance Catamarans

Try Before You Buy!

Have you considered buying a Balance 526?  When making an investment in a new vessel, it’s important to gather as much information as possible, and now Balance Catamarans is making that a lot easier with it’s “Try Before you Buy” program!

Balance Catamarans is now offering you the opportunity to get first-hand experience sailing and living aboard this one of kind vessel before you buy.  Interested buyers will have the exclusive opportunity to sail aboard Balance 526 “Alani” on a luxury crewed charter in the Caribbean this season.  These charters will be operated by Balance employee and veteran charter Captain Andrew Hodgdon. Having spent several seasons of his career running luxury charters in the Caribbean, and having an in depth knowledge of the Balance 526, they are sure to give you a true 5-star vacation while also providing you with the technical knowledge and expertise to learn everything you need to know about the boat before committing to your purchase.

In addition to a truly one of kind, fully catered and crewed vacation, Balance is offering the additional incentive to apply 50% of the charter cost to your deposit on a new Balance 526. If you would like to learn more about these exclusive luxury charters, contact us today!


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

Meet The Captain

Andrew grew up sailing his father’s Hobie Cat and transitioned that into a long career as a USCG licensed captain in the yachting industry. Working his way up from his college years as a sailing instructor to a position as a private yacht captain aboard a Gunboat 57, he brings with him a comprehensive knowledge of catamarans and the cruising life. His career has taken him on a wide variety of multihulls from his home waters of Cape Fear, through the waters of the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Central and South America, and the South Pacific Islands. He now works as the Technical Director for Balance Catamarans and is eager to share these amazing boats with potential buyers.

“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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