The Mangalui Ndulu was built by well traveled surfers for the sole purpose of sailing the wave rich coastal islands off Sumatra. Matt Cruden and Greg Spindler designed a comfortable vessel capable of doing those extra miles to give you a little bit more on your Sumatran Surf Voyage.
Greg was involved in Dave and Jan Hallet’s yacht Katika in 1993 with the delivery from Australia to Indonesian waters and Matt captained the Katika for its first few seasons operating in the Mentawai Islands in 1994 and 1995. This was basically the birth of commercial yacht charters in Sumatra with only two or three boats along the entire coast. Matt and Greg joined forces to make a surfers dream a reality – To build a custom surf vehicle to go searching and surfing late 1995.
For over a year Matt and Greg lived in a small primitive village on the eastern side of Indonesia on the Island of Sulawesi. Working closely with the Bugis boat builders to bring together some Eastern and Western knowledge and create the 84 foot solid ironwood and teak wood motor sailor.
The Bugis men are well known sailors and pirates of Indonesian history. Their sailing vessels largely influenced by the Dutch trading vessels of previous centuries, during which the Dutch moved into the area to reap the benefits of the ‘spice islands trading’.
After a six week mission of launching the Mangalui Ndulu across the ribbon reef lying offshore (using many hands, block and tackle, tug boats and hundreds of 44 gallon drums), she set off for a two month journey around Indonesia for her test run with a few mates. Arriving into Sumatran waters in late October 1996.
The Mangalui has been operating out of Padang in West Sumatra since then doing surf trips up and down the coast, from Panaitan Island In West Java up to the northern islands of Aceh (North Sumatra) We are now proud to say that we can enjoy the benfits of all our efforts in building the Mangalui and its operation with many friends from all parts of the world. Her reputation speaks for herself with our high percentage of return guest who come to enjoy her mellow, relaxed vice, memorable times and taste the epic waves Sumatra has to offer.
In November 2001, Matt Cruden became the sole owner of the vessel and continued to run charters with his wife and children on boardfor many years. These days With an ever growing family Matt shares the Mango stoke and captaincy with good friend and fellow Sumatran surfing pioneer Mark Dyet.
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