BOTY judges deemed the Balance 526, built by Nexus Yachts in South Africa, the most successful cat in the fleet — and gave it the overall prize for Best Import Boat of the Year. Her open plan provides exemplary sight lines through tempered-glass windows from the aft deck as well as the saloon. The designer put this visibility to practical use with the boat’s Versahelm, a wheel on an articulating pedestal that allows the operator to steer from the sole level, fully protected from the weather, or from a raised position above the cabin top, providing uncluttered views of the sails as well as all four corners of the cat. The top-quality vacuum-bagged epoxy structure, featuring Corecell foam and E-glass with carbon reinforcements, is stiff and light. With slender hulls, clean lines and an ample sail plan, this Balance looks poised to tick off 250-mile days in comfort.