2023 Balance 482

Cape Town, ZA

Balance 482 48ft

US $1,360,000

Cape Town, ZA


Phillip Berman




Our trend setting circumnavigator was awarded Best Multihull by Sailing World and Best Performance Catamaran by Cruising World in 2022. Shes a scaled down version of our famous Balance 526, winner of the Cape to Rio race in 2023.

With her carbon reinforced foam core hulls, dual daggerboards, and powerful sail plan the 482 is a sheer pleasure to sail. She ghosts along in the lightest of breezes while others are burning diesel. Upwind she points high, with little leeway, in the 7 to 10 knot range with her high aspect daggerboards. Reaching she blasts along between 8 and 14 knots with ease. If you really want to crank her up in surfing conditions the current record for a 482 is 28 knots.


The 482 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 of 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.


We are Carbon Fiber experts at Balance and use E-glass (a Silica -based fiber) with significant carbon-fiber reinforcement in the high-load areas of our 482 hulls and decks. Every Balance 482 is hand-laminated and vacuum-bagged with closed cell thermo-formed foam cores.


With her owner-version configuration, the Balance 482 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 482 sports 610 of headroom, boasts a large U-shaped galley, and offers more real wood, hand crafted cabinetry, than any performance catamaran of her size and class. Each 482 we build is a unique piece of art - our customers choose their wood, their flooring, their fabric and their countertops.

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 482, 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.


The new 482 delivers expansive sightlines, the result of our technological innovations. 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 and has been copied by others. 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.

To learn all about why Balance Catamarans is the fastest growing catamaran builder in the world, please visit our website to learn more.

Note: This is not an advertisement for a brokerage yacht. The yachts pictured here represent examples of a variety of the 482s 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: 48ft
  • Builder: Balance Cape Town
  • Beam: 25' 9"
  • Draft: 7' 2"
  • 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: 48.25 ft
  • Max Draft: 7' 2"
  • Beam Measure: 25' 9"


  • Total Power: 90
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 4JH45 x SD60
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 45 hp

  • Total Power: 90
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 4JH45 X SD60
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 45 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (105 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 2 (105 Gallons)


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

Standard Specifications


  • Owner Version 3 cabins, with dagger boards, hull colour painted white
  • Deck, hull and cockpit including painted non-skid standard colour White
  • Sparcraft aluminium mast with single spreader and Dyform wire rigging with Harken Battcar track C-system
  • Sparcraft aluminium crossbeam and dual longeron with self launching bow roller Port side for spare anchor
  • Sparcraft aluminium boom
  • Harken – 3 x 50.2 STA Manual winches at upper helm
  • Harken – 2 x 46.2 STA Manual winches (lifting dinghy/ dagger boards and/or spinnaker and Code 0) on cockpit coaming
  • Jib furling unit, manual Profurl C480.
  • Ullman Main Sail Dacron with stack pack.
  • Ullman Jib Dacron Furling with UV strip (self tacking jib)
  • 2 x Yanmar4JH45 x SD60 (45hp) diesel engines with standard C25 engine controls, 12V/125 A alternator fixed props
  • 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
  • House bank – 400 amp 24v Victron gel cell batteries, 1 x Victron 24v /110v 3000W inverter/ 70A charger, 12v DC/DC converter
  • Start batteries – 2 x 12v
  • 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
  • Shore power cable; 20m, 1 x 50A Marinco with easy lock system starboard transom step with US dock side plug for 110V
  • Warm white LED marine lighting by BCM – includes service areas
  • Courtesy lights – one on each transom step and one in each companionway – warm white
  • Raymarine AXIOM 9, Multi-function 9″ ( Excludes charts)
  • Raymarine Quantum Q24C 18″ Radar
  • Raymarine i70s Colour instruments DST tri ducers (X2)
  • Raymarine Evolution Autopilot with 1 x p70s control head & ACU-400, EV1 Sensor Core
  • Raymarine Type 2 short Shaft mechanical Linear Drive
  • Ray53 VHF Radio (fitted at nav table)
  • Raymarine AIS 700 send / receive system
  • 10 x black anodised 350mm mooring cleats – (side deck and transom cleats)
  • 8 x black anodised aluminium stanchions with Dyneema double line guard rail
  • 1 x Black anodised aluminium pulpit with white GRP seat on each bow
  • 2 x sets of black anodised aluminium gates for side hull boarding
  • 4 x 30mm black polyester open mesh trampolines
  • 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
  • Solid surfacing countertops with moulded basins all cameo white including towel hooks/rails in all heads


  • Aluminium finish pop up hot and cold transom shower on Starboard transom
  • Anchor windlass- Maxwell HRC10-10mm SCW 48V non-capstan version; with up/down electric foot switches on the foredeck
  • Primary anchor- Rocna 33 (73lbs) on 50m (164) of 10mm (3/8) DIN766 G4 medium tensile galvanized chain
  • Custom manufactured removable swivel black anodized swimming ladder on Stbd transom
  • Spinnaker Deck gear only excludes sail and winch includes sheave , halyard and mast attachments
  • Salt water deck wash located on transom and at bow area with fresh cross over
  • All Cabins have white Oceanair pleated hull blinds on hull side windows and deck hatches
  • All heads and showers have Oceanair white roller shades
  • Each engine fitted with a 70A/24V auxiliary alternator for charging house bank (not used if integrel upgrade is selected)
  • Dual Racor marine spec 500MA fuel/water filters for each motor with vacuum gauge
  • Plastimo Offshore 115 compass
  • Line bag package/line boxes

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 75m2 – CZ 60 silver fabric with Facnor FX2500 furler and torsion line (includes deck hardware excludes winch)
  • Upgrade 3 x manual size 50 winches at helm to 50.2STEA 48V electric winches
  • Upgrade 2 x manual Size 46 winches on aft coaming to 46.2STEA 48V electric winches
  • 1 x Harken radial 2 speed 50.2STEA 48V electric winch at mast base
  • Carbonautic 900mm 36″ GFC sports steering wheel (choice of white or black)
  • 1 x extra Vitrifrigo DW180A multi temperature fridge /freezer (total of 2 drawer fridge combo units)
  • Spectra Cape Horn Extreme Water maker 24 VDC 54 LPH with Z-ION Protection System
  • Black aluminum cold water tap in galley connected to carbon filter for filtered drinking water
  • Frigomar aircon – 1 x 16,000 btu air conditioner in saloon & 3 x 10,000 btu with pumps and variable speed inverter technology
  • 1 x Caframo Marine fan siuated on either side of the head-bunk panel, ie. two per cabin (6 in total)
  • Telescopic table bases for cockpit
  • Telescopic table bases for saloon
  • Filler cushion for cockpit table
  • Filler cushion for saloon table
  • Forepeak locker shelving and hardspots for attachement of hanging rails cutom organisers etc
  • Sunshade Awnings in grey mesh for cockpit includes built in composite track (port side sunbed and aft cockpit middle)
  • SUP storage racks under coachroof
  • Oceanair Saloon Blinds – colour white
  • Maxwell AA560 chain counter at lower helm for windlass
  • Iridium GO 9560N satellite communication phone with Iridium antenna on mast
  • Locomarine yacht router mini S5 with S5 wifi booster, touch screen controller, Poynting omni 0402/0496 aerials on mast
  • Samsung Smart FHD 32″ color TV with aluminum swivel bracket in saloon
  • 4 x 400w SunPower Solar Panels on cockpit roof with individual Victron MPPT regulators
  • 2 x Bruntons Varifold 3 blade 19″ x 15″ folding propellers
  • Fortress FX-37 secondary anchor, 9.5 kg with 3m of 10mm chain and 90m of 16mm rope
  • Epoxy barrier coat + 2 x coats of black self-polishing antifouling
  • 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
  • Miele H7840BM compact microwave combination oven (all black model – black oven, black handle)
  • Miele KM7564FL induction hob with onset controls with 4 powerflex cooking areas for maximum power output
  • Upgrade from 220V 5KW Multiplus to 220V 8KW Quattro
  • 2 x additional 400W solar panels – 1 x top of davits with GRP frame and 1 x top of coachroof including solar regulator (6 panels in total)
  • 2x additional Victron Lithium Ion batteries for 48V system
  • Aditional 110V outlets
  • Aditional 220V outlets
  • Dimmers

Upgrades & Extras : A La Carte Options

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.com or visit us at balancecatamarans.com


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