2023 Balance 526

St. Francis, ZA

Balance 526 52ft

US $1,620,000

St. Francis, ZA


Phillip Berman



A Yachting journalist once likened our Balance 526 to a BMW M Series, so who are we to argue? With her foam core hulls and decks, carbon daggerboards, heavily carbon reinforced structures and full epoxy construction, shes built and sails just like a high-performance racing cat yet remains amazingly easy to operate and maintain.

The 526 was awarded Import Boat of the Year by Cruising World magazine in 2016 as well as Best Multihull Over 50 Feet, and shes been winning awards ever since, including first to finish in the 2023 Cape to Race. But.she is a liveaboard voyaging catamaran - we did not set out to create a racing boat, fast as she is.

The 526 was the first catamaran we designed and built to utilize our now famous 90 degree pivoting VersaHelm. Others have tried to copy us, but nobody has perfected our exciting innovation as we have.

With her owner-version configuration, the Balance 526 easily accommodates six to eight 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 526 sports 610 headroom, boasts a large U-shaped galley, and offers more real wood hand-made cabinetry than any performance catamaran of her size and class.

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 526, 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.

If you love to sail, and hate settling for anything but the best, the Balance 526 is in a class all her own. She can be built in our standard Carbon Cross version, Carbon Cross +, or our full Carbon XP version.

To learn all about us, please visit our website.

Note: This is not an advertisement for a brokerage yacht. The yachts pictured here represent examples of a variety of the 526s 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: 52ft
  • Builder: Nexus
  • Beam: 27' 2"
  • Draft: 7' 0"
  • Year: 2023
  • Hull: Other
  • Status: Active

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  • Builder: Nexus
  • Designer: Phillip Berman and Anton du Toit
  • Keel: Lifting Keel


  • Length Overall: 52.5 ft
  • Max Draft: 7' 0"
  • Beam Measure: 27' 2"


  • Total Power: 114
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 4JH57 X SD 60
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 57 hp

  • Total Power: 114
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 4JH57 X SD 60
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 57 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (130 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 2 (130 Gallons)


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

Standard Specifications

STANDARD Specifications

  • Owner Version 3 cabins, with dagger boards, hull colour white
  • Deck, hull and cockpit including non-skid standard colour White-Allgrip cloud white
  • Aluminium mast with single spreader and wire rigging with Antal slide system for main HS24
  • Front bar and longeron aluminium with self launching bow roller starboard side for spare anchor
  • Boom aluminium
  • Jib furling unit, manual Profurl C430.
  • 2 x 50 winch Manual (Jib Sheet, Reefs) at helm
  • 1 x 50 24V Electric winch (Main Halyard & Mainsheets) at helm
  • 2 x 46 Manual winch (lifting dinghy, dagger boards and/or spinnaker and Code 0) aft end coaming
  • Main Sail Cross cut Dacron (white only) with stack pack.
  • Furling Jib Cross cut Dacron Furling (white only) with UV strip (self tacking jib)
  • 2 Yanmar4JH45 x SD60 (45hp) diesel engines 12V/125 A alternator & 2 separate start batteries (linked)
  • Fixed props
  • C35 engine control
  • Each engine fitted with a 70A/24V auxiliary alternator for charging house bank
  • Dual Racor fuel filters for each motor
  • Batteries 400A/h capacity, 2 x 24V 200A/h, Victron Lithium-ion
  • Electrical system 230V 50Hz All electrical sockets Euro
  • Quattro Inverter Charger, 24V 5KW, 230V
  • Two Tecma electric toilets
  • 2x Vitrifrigo DRW180 A double drawer fridge/freezer combo units
  • Electric sockets Euro 220V/50Hz, 2x in each cabin, 2x in stb passage, 4x in galley, 4x at VHF/electrical panel, 3x at nav table, 1x behind saloon seat (stb)
  • USB outlets, 2x in each cabin, 1x in stb passage, 4x nav area, 4x at VHF, 1x behind saloon seat (stb)
  • Shore power cable; 15m 32A Marinco with easy lock system starboard transom step
  • All lighting LED including service areas
  • Courtesy lights (blue) one on each transom step and one in each companionway
  • Each cabin has 1 Caframo Sirocco White Fan
  • 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 Type 2/24V Short Shaft Linear Drive
  • Ray63 VHF Radio with external plug and a additional handset at helm
  • Outside Shower with hot and cold water starboard transom
  • Aluminium Foldup swim ladder starboard transom, (Removable)
  • Maxwell windlass HRC10 non-capstan version, foot switches on foredeck,
  • Main anchor Rocna 40 with 70m of 10mm chain
  • Secondary anchor, Fortress FX-37, 9.5kgs with 10m of chain and 90m of rope
  • 10 Alloy mooring cleats Goiot 8 x 330mm & 2 x 260mm on transom
  • Stainless steel stanchions with Dyneema double line guard rail
  • Trampoline 30×30 mesh, polyester UV, black colour
  • Line bags to hold dinghy, daggerboards and furler line
  • Stainless steel pulpits with seat
  • Composite handrails on transom coaming
  • Cockpit table White composite on double telescopic legs to lower in to day bed
  • Wooden Saloon table (matching carpentry) with double fold out leaf on double telescopic leg to lower in to day bed
  • Cockpit cushions (100mm foam) covered in Sunbrella
  • Provision for 2 x 9kg (20lb) gas bottles with regulator, solenoid with emergency shut off (South African fittings)
  • Gas oven with separate 4 burner hob full size domestic appliance
  • Mattresses 150mm (6) thick and headboards for each cabin
  • All Cabins have Dometic Oceanair pleated shades
  • All heads and showers have Dometic Oceanair white roller shades
  • Heads counter tops, Solid surface with matching basin all white with towel rails in all heads
  • Bottom paint international Micron 350 Black
  • Launching and Commissioning


  • Cape contemporary
  • French contemporary
  • Moderna
  • Classic Yacht designs
  • Avant Garde Zebrawood (optional Extra)

Optional Upgrades


  • Additional Batteries, 2 x 24V 200A/h, Victron Lithium-ion (house bank now becomes 400A/h at 48V for Integrel)
  • 3 x Glass Solar Panels 400W incl. Victron Mppt 100/30 solar regulator 48V per panel in raised composite frame
  • Single Integrel 9KW on stb engine, includes 1 x 24V 200A/h Victron Lithium-ion battery (replaces the 2×70 A prt & stb alternators)
  • Quattro Inverter Charger changes to 48V 5KW, 230V to accommodate the Integrel 48V charging system
  • Mainsail – upgrade to RDL Radial Cut Laminate (Grey only)
  • Furling Jib – upgrade to RDL Radial Cut Laminate (Grey only)
  • Staysail – RDL Radial Cut Laminate (Grey only), incl. Inner Forestay
  • Screecher – Radial Laminate CZ60 (silver/grey), incl. Deckgear and manual Facnor FX4500 continuous line furler
  • Aluminium performance batten receptacles
  • Hayrack upgrade on aluminium boom including trampoline
  • Size 46 electric winch on port deck (spinnaker & Code 0 halyard)
  • 2 x Upgrade manual Size 46 winches on aft coaming to electric (dinghy, dagger boards, spinnaker & code 0)
  • 2 x Upgrade manual Size 50 winches at helm
  • Additional set switches positioned at stbd winch to operate port winch (one man operation to lift dinghy)
  • Additional set switches positioned at the helm to operate the stbd winch (one man operation with furling of jib)
  • hayrack upgrade on aluminium boom including trampoline
  • Aircon 1x Frigomar 16BTU Saloon & 3 x 10BTU cabins sharing pumps (variable speed inverter tech)
  • Cape Horn Extreme 24VDC 54LPH (with Z-ION Protection System) (29kgs/65lbs)-Spectra
  • AIS to Raymarine system
  • Raymarine AXIOM 12 Pro-S upgrade from 9″, with front mount kit at Upper helm
  • Dual electronic throttle (up helm & down helm)
  • Switch and chain counter at helm for windlass Maxwell AA560
  • Sunshade Awnings for cockpit includes built in composite track
  • Dometic Oceanair Saloon Blinds (recess for top rail) colour white
  • Underwater lights x 2 port and starboard (blue)
  • Upgrade to 57hp engines
  • Diesel transfer pump, port to starboard and visa versa
  • 2x Gori 3 blade 15″ folding propellers
  • Carbon wheel
  • Carbon stanchions (x 12)
  • Grab handles around coach roof in addition to moulded hand holds
  • Carbon line chafe plates
  • Antal roller cleats x10

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.

XP Carbon Version

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.


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