Balance 482



Designed by Phillip Berman, and naval architect Anton du Toit, the Balance 482 is a long distance performance cruiser, the smaller sister to the Balance 526. It’s another great design to come out of the South African ecosystem. Read our Leopard 42 review for another example.

With wave piercing bows, foam core hulls, decks and furniture, the Balance 486 is carbon reinforced, for rigidity and performance. There are options for dagger-boards or high performance fixed keels.

She is powered with a powerful 133 m2/1,432 square foot sail-plan, that keeps you sailing in light winds and is built to withstand a storm once you have shortened sail. That´s quite a bit more sail area to displacement compared to something like the Nautitech 44 Open and others.

The 486 comes with the famous Versa-Helm and built for short-handed and even single-handed sailing if needed. Her self-tacking solent makes tacking easy and all lines are led back tot the upper helm station. Dual furling headsails, electric winches, and a mainsheet system that operates without a traveler, all help to make this a comfortable boat to handle.

Layout Options

The Balance 482 comes with the following layouts:

  • 3 cabin owners. Owner master berth starboard forward, owner master shower aft. Queen berth forward on port side with double bed aft. With a choice of one or two heads on port side.
  • 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 two head version

Balance 482 Boat Tour / Walkaround

Balance 482 Boat Tour off Port Ginesta in Spain

There wasn’t much wind! Thanks to Joe for showing me the ropes.

Launched Boats

482-01 Zephyr
482-02 inBalance

Balance 482 Polar Diagram

balance 482 polar diagram

Balance 482 Polars (Velocity Performance Predictions -VPP’s), calculated using computer modelling at light ship weight in flat sea state, with trimmed sails and clean hulls. Polars only give an indication of sailing performance. In real world conditions, other factors are in play such as sea state, hull condition, payload, and the helmsman’s skill.


How much does a Balance 482 cost? What is the price of one of these catamarans?
At time of publication, the base price for the Balance 482 starts at $1,081,599 FOB at their South African Factory. A fully cruise equipped yachts costs around $1,350,000 FOB at their South African Factory. That puts it in a similar price bracket to a Windelo 54 depending on options of course.

Technical Specification


14.71m / 48.26ft


14.71m / 48.26ft


7.9m / 25.91ft

Displ. Light

13.3 T / 29,321 lbs



Displ. MAX

17.3 T / 38,117 lbs


94.5 m2 / 1017 ft2

Self tacking jib

36.3 m2 / 390 ft2



Asymm Spinn.

184.3 m2 / 1,984 ft2


88.70 m2 / 954 ft2

Draft Bds Down

2.2m / 7.22ft

Draft Bds Up

1.16m / 3.81ft

Air draft

21.76 m / 71.39 ft


2× 45 HP Yanmars


2×400 L / 2×105 US gals


2×390 L / 2×103 US gals

Black Water

2×61 L / 2×16 US gals


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