Balance 442 - Launching the newest catamaran in Cape Town

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Like her big sistership, the 482, the Balance 442 has “broken” bows, i.e. straight near the waterline then inverted as they approach deck level. This new model also features the famous mobile helm station already seen on the 526 - the low position allows the helmsman to be perfectly protected. Thanks to the 442’s contained displacement, she achieved averages of 12 to 13 knots and nice peaks that topped 15. This very first Balance 442, named Umoya - a Zulu word meaning wind - is a three-cabin version, with the entire starboard hull dedicated to Dave and Courtney, owners of this new multihull.

Builder: Balance Catamarans
Architects: Phillip Berman and Anton Du Toit
Length: 44’3” (13.50 m)
Beam: 24’11” (7.60 m)
Displacement: 23,700 lbs (10.75 t)
Draft, boards down: 7’1” (2.15 m)
Air draft: 65’8” (20.01 m)
Sail area: 1,205 sq ft (112 m²)
Motors: 2 x 29 hp
Fuel capacity: 2 x 105 US gal (2 x 400 l)
Price: from $ 807,804 ex-tax 

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