New Balance Catamarans 451

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Mooloolaba Yacht Brokers are proud to have been appointed the Australia/New Zealand Distributor for the highly regarded Balance Catamarans brand. Fresh from the drawing board of Kiwi naval architect Roger Hill and multihull author and designer Phillip Berman comes the Balance 451, a blue-water performance cruising catamaran designed and built to restore balance to the catamaran universe.
If you've been frustrated by the sailing performance of the current crop of production charter cats, or displeased with the cramped and uninviting living spaces of the racers, the Balance 451 is the catamaran for you. She is designed to strike the ideal balance between comfort at anchor and performance underway. She's fast, strong, safe, extremely comfortable to live on, simple to operate, and easy to maintain and sustain.
After a round of test trials on prototypes in Australia and meetings together in New Zealand in 2012, Hill and Berman set out to create the ultimate performance cruising catamaran for a liveaboard couple.
The Balance 451 is an evolution of the now discontinued Hill designed 421. She has a narrower hull fineness ratio, sharper and longer bows and sterns, and carries dual high aspect ratio dagger-boards as well as two shallow fixed mini-keels to protect her rudders and sail drives.
In order to sustain maximum performance under sail yet still clear fixed 65-foot fixed-coastal bridges, Hill and Berman worked to make the Balance 451 more easily driven under sail or power than the 421. They did not want to raise the rig, they just wanted to make the 451 that much faster. To do so, they elected to shave her weight, make her narrower and longer, and designed the most powerful mainsail possible. To avoid the difficulty of attaching and detaching a fat-head mainsail Hill and Berman designed a longer boom and mainsail. Bob Pattison at Neil Pryde Sails then went to work to redesign the new mainsail for maximum roach and power.
While the Balance 451 is nearly four feet longer she weighs, amazingly, nearly the same as the Balance 421 with fixed keels.
So how did we do it? One innovation was to design an entirely new hardtop bimini made of ultralight weight foam core composite. Another was to build all her bulkheads, and floors, in pre-preg foam core epoxy panels. Another was to use only vinylester resins and foam cores in her hulls and decks, to use carbon fibre in key areas, and to replace the fixed keels with light weight, buoyant, high aspect ratio dagger-boards. Another step was to produce all large tables in foam core, to CNC route and produce foam core drawers and cabinets. The end result is just a leaner, faster, more easily driven catamaran, under power or sail, than the Balance 421, which was already a very high-performing boat for her length and interior volume.
We're certain we've created the fastest yet most spacious and commodious mid-size performance production catamaran on the market today. The quality of the Balance 451 is yacht grade in every respect and immediately evident to anyone who visits our factory or inspects one of our yachts at an upcoming boat show.
For those who really yearn to sail, who - in fact - love to sail, who care if they can sail well on all points of sail, who need to know they can count on their boat no matter how nasty the weather, the Balance 451 is the boat for you.
Region
Queensland
Location
Mooloolaba QLD
Usage
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Reference
B451
Year
2019
Designer
Phillip Berman and Roger Hill
Builder
Balance Catamarans
Length
42' 4" - 12.91m
Beam
7.11
Draft
2.10
Displacement
8391
Keel / Ballast
Draft Daggerboards Up 2ft 7in / 0.80m - Daggerboards Down 6ft 11in / 2.10m
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP
Deck Material
GRP
Engine
Yanmar 29HP or Volvo 40HP
Number Engines
2
Fuel
425 litres (additional capacity available)
Water
350 litres (additional capacity available)
Accommodation
LAYOUTS;
3 cabin owners version. Owner master berth starboard forward, owner master shower aft. Queen berth forward on port side with double bed aft. There can be one or two heads on port side, depending on customer choice

3 cabin owner version with office to port. Owner master berth to starboard forward, owner master shower aft. Queen berth forward on port side, with single berth/office combination aft.

2 cabin double owner version, where both port and starboard hulls are private owner suites.

Four cabin, four head version

Four cabin two head version
Sail Inventory
Mainsail Dimensions
ICW Rig: 706.5 ft2 / 65.63m2
Tall Rig: 780ft2 / 72.464m2

Self Tending Jib Dimensions
260.7 ft2 / 24.22m2

Screecher Dimensions
711.6 ft2 / 66.1m2

Spinnaker Dimensions
1,367 ft2 / 127m2
Mast / Rigging
Mast Height Off Water
ICW Rig: 62ft 11in / 19.19m
Tall Rig: 67ft / 20.42m

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