Vessel Outfitting

Outfitting Your Balance

One can procure pretty much anything for one’s Balance in the big city of Cape Town. St. Francis is a much smaller town and therefore far more limited but does have the city of Gqeberha (recently renamed from the original name of Port Elizabeth) just over an hour’s drive away.

Balance owners who are launching their vessels in St Francis might spend some time in Cape Town, too.

We have therefore detailed separately what is available in terms of kitting out your Balance in Cape Town and in St Francis.

What Owners should consider bringing along to South Africa

It is far more cost effective to purchase small electronic items like cameras, drones and GoPros in the USA and bring these with you to South Africa in your luggage. As long as they are not in their original packaging, one should be able to bring them into South Africa in one’s hand luggage as one would if one were bringing a personal camera into South Africa and not be charged any import duty.

The other item that one could consider bringing from the USA is bed linen. It will probably work out more cost effective as good quality bed linen is very expensive in South Africa. However, if you consider doing this, we will need to alter the sizing of your linen to fit the shape and size of the beds in your Balance. Please contact the team at Balance Cape Town or St Francis to get pricing on this. Linen packages are available – see the details under the relevant town/factory.

Will I pay import duty for items I bring into South Africa?

There is a possibility of one’s luggage being searched on arrival in South Africa – however, it is more common for this to happen to residents of South Africa returning from overseas trips.

Anything that is not in its original packaging should be safe if one’s luggage is searched on arrival in South Africa.

Recommended vessel spares

It is always advisable to get a service kit for your engines. In addition, 

  • Cover the boat with spare parts for all systems, such as pumps, float switches and filters for the water-maker.
  • Comprehensive medical kit with sutures.

Of course it goes without saying that nobody should set to sea without a wide range of safety gear. In South Africa there are certain minimum requirements for safety gear and all Balance cats cannot be launched without such equipment. Here is our suggested list.

  • PFDs
  • Lifebuoy
  • Danbuoy
  • Handheld distress flares
  • Red rocket parachute flares
  • Floating orange smoke marker
  • Waterproof torch
  • Sound signal device
  • Code flag N
  • Code flag R
  • Black balls
  • Radar reflector
  • EPIRB
  • Fire extinguishers ( powder)
  • Fire extinguishers ( CO2 )
  • Highly visible orange marker
  • Drinking water
  • Life raft
  • Watertight capsule
  • First aid kit
  • Handheld compass
  • Space blankets
  • Safety harness
  • Handheld VHF with chargers

Suggested Spares


A big part of voyaging is being able to repair and service your mechanical equipment from anywhere you may be.

Here is our suggested Spares list for offshore voyaging:

  • Fuel filter separator
  • 30 micron racor filter
  • Oil filters
  • Anodes 1/2 moons
  • V ribbed belts
  • Coolant
  • Engine oil 15W40
  • Gearbox oil
  • Thermostats
  • Spare alternator belts
  • Repair kit package
  • Hand palm
  • Wax thread
  • Sticky strip 4&#34
  • Sticky 3&#34 tape
  • Needles
  • Unpicker
  • Webbing 20 mm
  • 18 mm DST
  • Sunbrella
  • Spike
  • ASDT
  • NYL 250
  • Sag
  • Foot switches
  • Harken winch service kit
  • Woodruff key
  • Circlip set
  • Grease 24C
  • New gulper 320
  • Whale WD washdown pump
  • Orca bilge pump 1300 GPH
  • Rule mod 35FA float switch
  • Whale fresh water pump
  • Seawater magnetic drive pump (aircon)
  • Rule 37 A float switch
  • Repair kit
  • Glue
  • Fabric patches
  • Brush
  • Rowlock nuts
  • Valve wrench
  • Drain plug non return valve
  • Carling on – off switch
  • Carling on – off – on switch
  • Carling (momentry on – off ) switch
  • Class T fuse
  • ANL fuses 80 – 200 A )
  • Harken winch footswitch
  • Harken winch contactor
  • Set WAGO contactor
  • Set WAGO connectors
  • Assorted lugs
  • Assorted cable ties
  • Insulation tape
  • Roll duct tape
  • Assorted wires ( short )
  • Cabin light switch
  • AC outlets
  • DCDC 24 V – Victron converter (Victron)
  • 48 – 24 V DCDC converter (Victron)
  • Cabin lights
  • Cockpit lights
  • Harken PTEF spray
  • Silicone spray
  • Carbon filters
  • 5 micron filters
  • Seals o-ring kit
  • Storing compound
  • Jabsco aqua filtra
  • Simson white
  • Simson black
  • Silicone white
  • Sika flex 295 black
  • Sika 291 black
  • Spare nozzels
  • Sandpaper assorted ( 80 – 1500 gritt )
  • Spirit wipe
  • Hull paint
  • Toerail/gunnel paint
  • Interior paint
  • Locker room/bilges ( customer spec )
  • Engine room paint
  • Hardener
  • Wrenches
  • Adjustable wrench, socket wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Vice-grip pliers
  • Multimeter
  • Strap wrench
  • Allen wrench/ hex kit
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Measuring tape
  • Box knife
  • Extension cord
  • Drill (batt operated)
  • Angle grinder
  • Dremel
  • Saw
  • Impact driver
  • Heat gun
  • Duct Tape
  • Hacksaw / bolt croppers
  • Shackles
  • Split pins
  • Screws
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Electrical connections
  • Cable ties
  • Seizing wire
  • 5200 adhesive sealant
  • Loctite
  • PTFE tape
  • O-rings
  • Gasket material
  • Hose Clamps
  • Fuses
  • Drill bits
  • Epoxy
  • Electrical tape

One can buy pretty much anything in Cape Town. Cape Town has a very big ship building and leisure boatbuilding industry, so one can buy anything in terms of vessel parts and electronics, all within a short distance of the Balance Catamarans Factory.

This document details supplier details, and further to that, the Balance Cape Town team can assist you with the procurement of anything you may need for your vessel.

Cape Town boasts a large affluent population and many international residents, so there is a wide selection of upmarket interior retailers, all within around ten kilometers of our factory.

For victualing your vessel, there is a wide range of grocery stores, and suppliers who specialize in freeze dried and such food types.

Recommended Vessel Spares

Balance Cape Town recommends the following vessel spares list:

These spares kits can be bought from Balance Catamarans as per the package options schedules for your Balance 442 or 482

Contact Shereen Robertson if you wish to buy the vessels spares kit

Recommended parts and accessories

There is a wide range of chandleries and vessel electronics specialists within a short distance of the Balance Cape Town factory.

Shereen Robertson or the Balance Cape Town team will be able to assist you in which supplier to visit if there is anything that you wish to procure for your vessel.

Bed linen and towels

Balance Cape Town has a range of custom-made bed lined packages from Granny Goose that we can have made up for you.

Contact Shereen Robertson if you would like to find out more about these packages.

Kitting out your galley

We recommend that you kit out your galley from one of the following quality suppliers in Cape Town. All have shops not far from the factory or one can procure the items online and have them delivered to the Balance Cape Town factory.

Banks Kitchen Shop

77 Sir Lowry Road
Cape Town 8001
(021) 461-3190 woodstock@banks-shop.co.za

@Home

@home livingspace Century City Cape Town Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Blvd Century City, Cape Town
Tel: 021 5251940

Yuppiechef

Shop 6195, Ground Level
Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
Breakwater Blvd
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 8001      waterfront@yuppiechef.com.  Tel: 021 200 5790

Woolworths

V&A Shopping Centre
Breakwater Blvd Cape Town 8001
(021) 415 3411

Victualing your Balance

It is quick and easy to grocery shop online in Cape Town. There are also a large number of grocery stores within a few miles of the factory and at the V&A Waterfront, where your vessel will be berthed after launch.

Woolworths

V&A Shopping Centre
Breakwater Blvd Cape Town 8001
(021) 415 3411

Pick n Pay

V&A Shopping Centre, Breakwater Blvd, Cape Town, 8001

Checkers

Corner of Regent and, St Andrews Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005

Freeze dried food

Camp and Climb

58 Section Street, Paarden Eiland,
Cape Town, 7405
Tel: 021 510 8112

Mountain Mail Order 

Décor

Cape Town has many upmarket interior décor shops for décor items, throws, fabric, scatter cushions and other such items.

Chat to the team at Balance Cape Town and we will arrange to give you a list of shops to visit or take you shopping.

Between St Francis Bay and Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) it is possible to buy pretty much everything. 

Bring any personal items that you wish to bring. You will be able to kit your boat out completely in South Africa. Most clients are using Amazon to shop and ship.

Clients have opted to kit a smaller provision for the trip from St. Francis Bay to Cape Town, and fully-kit their boat in Cape Town, see Cape Town section for options.

St Francis Bay is a small, trendy village, so there is a selection of upmarket interior retailers, all within around ten kilometers of our factory.

Kitting out your galley

We recommend that you kit out your galley from one of the following quality suppliers in St Francis Bay.

For a wider variety we recommend driving to the outlying city Gqeberha.

Décor

St Francis Bay and Gqeberha have many upmarket interior décor shops for décor items, throws, fabric, scatter cushions and other such items.

ST FRANCIS BAY VILLAGE

MOFFETT RETAIL PARK

Vacay Living

Cielo Moffett Retail Park
1 Lyme Rd S
St Francis Bay, 6312
+27413986211

Mr Price Home

Moffet Retail Park
William Moffett Expy
Fairview, Gqeberha, 6070
+27413682874

Inhouse – The Kitchen Shop

Village Shopping Centre
St Francis Drive
St Francis Bay
admin@inhousestfrancis.co.za
(042) 294-0872

Volpes Port Elizabeth

Cielo Moffett Retail Park
William Moffett Expy
Fairview, Gqeberha, 6070
+27413986211

WhiteHouse

Shop 1C, William Moffet Retail Park
William Moffett Expy
Fairview, Gqeberha, 6070
+27878983570

@Home

@home livingspace Gqeberha
Fairview, Gqeberha, 6070

Victualing your Balance

It is quick and easy to do grocery shopping online, however there is also a local grocery store within a few miles of the factory, where your vessel will be berthed after launch. Alternatively, shopping can also be done in the city or Jeffreys Bay.

Superspar – St Francis Bay

5 St Francis Dr
Sea Vista
St Francis Bay, 6312

Checkers

Checkers J-Bay Mall
59 St Francis St, Wavecrest,
Jeffreys Bay, 6330

Food Lover’s Market

Jeffrey St &, Schelde St,
Jeffreys Bay, 6332