Founder and Senior Broker
Phillip Berman is the founder of The Multihull Company and a lifetime catamaran sailor and racer. He sold the firm to his longtime colleague and friend Will Miller in 2021. Today, Berman is a senior broker for the firm.
Berman grew up racing Hobie Cats in California in the late 1960’s and published his first book on catamaran racing at the age of seventeen. Called MULTIHULL RACING THE HOBIE CATS, it was published by Sea Publications, NY in 1975. He went on to write many more books on the subject including the best-selling catamaran training manual of all time, CATAMARAN SAILING FROM START TO FINISH (W. W. Norton, NY, 1982.). He also wrote CATAMARAN RACING FROM START TO FINISH (W.W. Norton, NY, 1984), WINNING IN CATAMARANS (Wind Publications, 1979), PERFORMANCE WINDSURFING (with Mike Waltz, W.W. Norton, 1984), as well as the Hobie 14 and Hobie 18 Performance Manuals (Murray’s Marine, 1984). He has been a regular contributor of articles over the years to Sail Magazine, Cruising World, and a wide range of yachting publications around the world.
While a graduate student at Harvard, where he took his master’s degree in the History of Religion, he represented the U.S. in numerous international sailing races and was the Hobie Cat World Champion in 1979 and 1980. In addition to racing small catamarans, he has raced and cruised much larger multihulls in the Philippines, Thailand, French Polynesia, up and down the Caribbean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Swedish and Finnish Archipelagos. He has also sailed extensively up and down the Eastern Seaboard, throughout the Bahamas, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Singapore.
In 2013, Berman formed Balance Catamarans to co-design and fabricate his own line of high-end, semi-custom performance voyaging catamarans. Today, Balance is the fastest growing catamaran builder in the world with two factories in South Africa. Balance has a full line of performance voyaging catamarans from the B442 to the B750.