Phillip Berman

Phillip Berman

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. 

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To Reach Phil Berman:
OFFICE: 215-508-2704
CELL: 484-686-5363
FAX: 215-508-2706
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Our experience in working with The Multihull Company, with Phil Berman as our broker was outstanding. Phil and his team could not have been more attentive and helpful. We appreciate the considerable amount of time they spent educating and guiding us through the entire process. If we need brokerage service down the road, we will return to The Multihull Company without hesitation.
Mark and Terri Johnson
Lagoon 440

In closing, the one thing I must say is this: You want someone like Phil and his staff on YOUR side. Phil is a hard-nosed negotiator and gets things done right! From finding us a boat, helping us as sea trial, all the way to the closing, the entire staff at The Multihull Company was joy to work with. They treat you like family.
Denny DeRanek and Diane
Lagoon 37tpi

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