Makulu is a 1978 Nautor Swan 43' ketch sailboat designed by Sparkman & Stephens. She has been around the globe more than four times in her life! Three of Makulu's circumnavigations were completed by Reach the World travel correspondents from 1998 to 2008 as part of the educational program, the Voyage of Makulu.
Makulu means "big mama" in Zulu and comes from South Africa. There are two cabins for the crew to sleep, and four bunk beds. The galley is in the salon, or main living area. There are many different types of sailboats and each one is specially designed for its purpose.
Makulu is a ketch, and therefore has two mast and three sails. Makulu is also designed to be a world cruising vessel. She carries 300 gallons of fuel and water, just enough for the longest passage across the Pacific Ocean!
When Hurricane Sandy hit, Makulu was badly damaged. We spent many months restoring her for the journey! She launched in the summer of 2013.