2023 Balance 442

Cape Town, ZA

Balance 442 44ft

US $915,000

Cape Town, ZA


Phillip Berman



Balance 442: Shes Designed for Cruisers Unwilling to Sacrifice Speed

The agile multi-tasker is SAIL magazines Best Boat winner for 2023.

Shes the ideal performance cruiser for island hoppers yet fully capable of trans-oceanic adventure travel. With her carbon reinforced foam core hulls, dual daggerboards, and powerful sail plan the Balance 442 is a fast and able voyager. With her powerful 1, 205-square foot-sail plan the Balance 442 ghosts along in 5 knots of wind while others are burning diesel. But when its blowing, furl in her headsails, reef her down, and fly. She is built to withstand the worst weather.

Gorgeous Interior Design

With her owner-version configuration, the Balance 442 easily accommodates six people. And Balances innovative salon table converts into a queen-size bed so you can always host another couple. It is also a place to hang out, read a book, or sleep when your partner is on watch. Her master shower aft is luxurious. The 442 sports 610 of headroom, boasts a large U-shaped galley, and offers more real wood, hand-made cabinetry, than any catamaran of her size and class.

Award-Winning VersaHelm

The 442 delivers the most expansive sight lines in the catamaran world today. The flow and openness between the main salon and cockpit are superbly designed with the VersaHelm - a helm station that swings up and down with ease. The VersaHelm has revolutionized all weather sailing. At Balance, our quest for perfect balance means we innovate, we create, we imagine better sailing experiences at every stage. And then we build it.

Speed and Ease of Operation

The 442 is fast, but how does she balance the need for speed with the reality of single-handed sailing? Her self-tending blade jib makes tacking a simple matter of turning over the helm. All her reefing and sail management takes place at the upper helm station. With her dual furling headsails, electric winches, and mainsheet system that operates without a traveler, her ease of sailing is remarkable. Too windward, wow, drop down her daggerboards and point like a bandit.

Fast But Always Gracious

We take our quest for perfect balance into every detail, making the 442 a sheer delight to live on. She's the most gracious liveaboard catamaran to be found today. Her luxury is in perfect harmony with her power.

Shes a pleasure to move about on whether thats cooking, sleeping, lounging, bathing, dining or entertaining friends and family. There is a place to store everything on the 442, and a lot of places to just hang out and relax. You can pilot her up top in fair weather, pilot her down in the cold, you can lounge and read inside or outside, turn your tables into beds, into dining tables, into pleasure nooks for reading or watching the latest film.

Find out why Balance Catamarans is the fastest growing catamaran builder in the world today, and why the 442 is a breakthrough catamaran on every level.

Note: This is not an advertisement for a brokerage yacht. The yachts pictured here represent examples of a variety of the 442s we have built. The pricing and specifications here are for a base boat. To obtain our options pricing and additional information please contact us.


  • Length: 44ft
  • Builder: Balance Cape Town
  • Beam: 25' 0"
  • Draft: 7' 0"
  • Year: 2023
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Status: Active

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  • Builder: Balance Cape Town
  • Designer: Phillip Berman and Anton du Toit
  • Keel: Lifting Keel


  • Length Overall: 44.25 ft
  • Max Draft: 7' 0"
  • Beam Measure: 25' 0"


  • Total Power: 60
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3YM30AE x SD25
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 30 hp

  • Total Power: 60
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3YM30AE x SD25
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 30 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (106 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 2 (106 Gallons)


  • Number of cabins: 3
  • Number of heads: 2

Standard Specifications


  • Owner Version 3 cabins, with dagger boards, hull colour white

  • Deck, hull and cockpit including non-skid standard colour White

  • Sparcraft aluminium mast with double spreader and Dyform wire rigging with Harken Battcar track B-system

  • Sparcraft aluminium crossbeam and dual longeron with self launching bow roller Port side for spare anchor

  • Sparcraft boom aluminium

  • Jib furling unit, manual Profurl C420.

  • Harken – 2 x 46.2 STA Manual winches to handle all lines at upper helm

  • Ullman Main Sail Endurance Cross Cut Dacron Square top with stack pack.

  • Ullman Jib Endurance Cross cut Dacron Furling with UV strip (self tacking jib)

  • 2 Yanmar3YM30AE x SD25 (30hp) diesel engines and standard C35 engine control 12V/70 A alternator and fixed props

  • Each engine fitted with a 125A/12V auxiliary alternator for charging house bank

  • 2 x 12 V start batteries

  • Dual Racor fuel filters for each motor

  • 2 x Planus Stilo 24V electric toilets with control panel and soft close seats – fresh water flush

  • 1 x Vitrifrigo DW180A multi temperature 2 drawer fridge /freezer unit

  • 110V Electric plug outlets – one in each cabin, two at nav table, two in galley and two above fridge area

  • 2 x type C USB outlets per plug outlet

  • Warm white LED marine lighting by BCM – includes service areas

  • Courtesy lights – one on each transom step and one in each companionway – warm white

  • Foldaway swim ladder starboard transom

  • Maxwell windlass HRC8 non-capstan version, foot switches on foredeck,

  • Main anchor Rocna 25 with 50m of 8mm chain

  • Composite Tender Davit with 4:1 manual purchase

  • 8 x black anodised 350mm mooring cleats – (side deck and transom cleats)

  • Black anodised aluminium stanchions with Dyneema double line guard rail

  • 2 x sets of black anodised aluminium gates for side hull boarding

  • 4 x 30mm black polyester open mesh trampolines

  • 1 x Black anodised aluminium pulpit with white GRP seat on each bow

  • 4 x titanium finish stainless steel handrails on transom coaming

  • Stowage for valise type life raft in cockpit locker behind helm under seat

  • 75mm (3″) thick Urecel Quick dry foam for cockpit cushions – covered in Sunbrella

  • Glem 600mm 4 burner Gas stove with undercounter oven

  • Queen size 100mm (7″) shaped memory foam mattress and headboard in each cabin

  • All Cabins have white Oceanair pleated shades

  • All heads and showers have Oceanair pleated shades

  • Solid surfacing countertops with moulded basins all cameo white including towel hooks/rails in all heads

  • House bank – 400 amp 24v Victron gel cell batteries, 1 x Victron 24v /110v 3000W inverter/ 70A charger, 12v DC/DC converter

  • Shore power cable; 20m, 1 x 50A Marinco with easy lock system starboard transom step with US dock side plug for 110V

Optional Upgrades


  • Ullman – fully battened square top Mainsail ADSL tri radial grey laminate with Sunbrella stack pack

  • Ullman – Furling Jib ADSL tri radial grey laminate with Sunbrella UV cover on leech and foot

  • Ullman – standard Screecher – CZ 60 silver fabric with Facnor FX2500 furler and torsion line (includes deck hardware excludes winch)

  • Spinnaker hardware to mast and deck of vessel excluding sail or winch

  • Harken Size 40.2 STA Manual winch on port deck (spinnaker & Code 0 halyard)

  • Harken – 2 x 40.2 STA manual winches (lifting dinghy, dagger boards and/or spinnaker and Code 0) aft end coaming

  • Telescopic table bases for cockpit

  • Telescopic table bases for saloon

  • Filler cushion for cockpit table

  • Filler cushion for saloon table

  • 1x Caframo Marine fan situated in each cabin – total 3 fans

  • Line bag/ box package

  • Sunshade Awnings in grey mesh for cockpit includes built in composite track (port side sunbed and aft cockpit middle)

  • 2 x Bruntons Varifold 3 blade 18″ x 14″ folding propellers

  • Spectra Cape Horn Extreme Water maker 24 VDC 54 LPH with Z-ION Protection System

  • Epoxy barrier coat + 2 x coats of black self-polishing antifouling

  • Raymarine AXIOM 9, Multi-function 9″ ( Excludes charts)

  • Raymarine Quantum Q24C 18″ Radar

  • Raymarine i70s Colour instruments DST tri ducers

  • Raymarine Evolution Autopilot with p70s control head & ACU-400, EV1 Sensor Core

  • Raymarine AIS 700 send / receive system

  • Raymarine Type 2/12V Short Shaft Linear Drive

  • Ray53 VHF Radio – fitted at nav table

  • Aluminium finish pop up hot and cold transom shower on Starboard transom

  • Salt water deck wash located on transom and at bow area with fresh cross over

  • 2 x 400w SunPower Solar Panels on cockpit roof with individual Victron MPPT regulators

  • SUP storage racks under coachroof

  • Forepeak locker shelving and hardspots for attachement of hanging rails cutom organisers etc

  • Launching and commissioning + preperation for delivery + 30 days dockage in Cape Town

Optional Electrical System Upgrades


  • Upgrade Gel battery system to: 48v 20KW lithium ion system including Dual Integrel Generator system including 24V 2,5KW Li-Ion battery, 12V 0.7KW Li-Ion battery, DC-DC chargers for 12/24V systems, upgrade of 110V Inverter/charger to 5KW, 1 x 220V 5KW inverter/charger, 220V 50A shore power inlet. note windlass, winches, aircons are also upgraded to 48V. 220V supply to galley/cooker top/microwave, water heaters

  • Upgrade to Smeg 220V 60cm 4 plate induction cooker top – only available with Li-Ion upgrade

  • Upgrade to Whirlpool 40Ltr convection microwave oven – only available with Li-Ion upgrade

    Solar Upgrades

  • 2 x 400w SunPower Solar Panels on cockpit roof with individual Victron MPPT regulators (4 solar panels in total)

  • Additional 110V outlets – price per outlet (USA, 2 x USB C, USA)

  • Additional 220V outlets – price per outlet (Euro, 2 x USB A, 2 pin Euro)

  • Dimmers

Ala Carte Upgrades

To learn about our extensive list of ways to personalize your Balance, please contact us or visit our website.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


To learn all about Balance Catamarans, contact us at info@balancecatamarans.comor visit us at balancecatamarans.com


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