Balance 526 “Dragonfly” is Launched and on Her Way Home

Articles, Balance Catamarans

Everyone had a wonderful time in St. Francis during the last two weeks of March as Balance 526 hull #4, Dragonfly, was commissioned for her owners, Dave and Lisa, and then sailed on to Cape Town. After a stop of a week or so, she took off for the Caribbean and is now half-way across the Atlantic on her way to St. Lucia.

Dave and Lisa threw a wonderful party for the build team in St. Francis and fun was had by all.

It was also the first time that Balance owner Phillip Berman was joined by his wife, Anne Gordon, who recently retired from her job with the Philadelphia Eagles after their Super Bowl victory in January. Anne had a chance to meet the entire build team and get a taste of the laid back life in St. Francis! Roger and Phil were able to surf together, Anne and Phil did some mountain biking, and it was just – as always – a super pleasant experience to be back in St. Francis.

The initial inspiration for the Balance 526 arose from our passion to design and build, from the ground up, the finest performance voyaging catamaran ever conceived for a couple or small family who really want to go places in speed and comfort yet carry significant cruising payloads. We set out to design the 526 to be simple to operate, to maintain, and enormously gracious to live on. We’re proud to say that the design was a success, as the 526 won Cruising World’s Import Boat of the Year in 2017.