About Mabul

Mabul is a Feeling 1350, better known as Feeling 44. She is a 13.50 m monohull sailing yacht with sloop rigging and Scheel keel. She was designed by the New Zealand designer Ron Holland. Between 1985 and 1991, 40 yachts of this type were built by Henri Wauquiez at the Kirie shipyard in France. Find out more about Mabul and her history here.


Mabul is an offshore cruising yacht, that is, a yacht designed for rough conditions, where you can live and sail across the oceans. The fiberglass hull was made extremely massive, also the mast is keel stepped and held by massive shrouds and an adjustable backstay. These design features combined with the relatively heavy weight create stability and confidence.

Equipped with watermaker, PV system, wind generator and enough battery capacity, we are self-sufficient in terms of energy and (drinking) water. Should our sustainable energy sources not be sufficient, our diesel generator or the engine can step in.

For safety, some essential systems, such as autopilot or radio, are redundant.

Facts and figures

Length over all13.5 m / 44 ft
Length water line11.0 m
Beam4.3 m
Draught1.8 m
Displacement10 t
Ballast4 t
Hull speed9.4 kn
Sail area107 m²


Although Mabul is over 30 years old, you can’t see her age: The interior is original or refurbished, dominated by light wood, white ceilings and details that are unusual for this year of construction, when mainly dark wood was used. She shows great craftsmanship, the surfaces look like new, the age betray only a few old holes.

The layout follows an owner’s layout with a few unusual details. For example, the owner’s cabin is located just forward of the mast, near the center of the ship. Towards the bow, the owner’s head, the sail locker and finally the anchor locker follow. Aft, there is a guest cabin on both sides. A second head (without toilet) is located directly under the companionway and is accessible from both aft cabins. In the middle of the ship there is a large seating area and a toilet. On the port side is the U-shaped galley and navigation desk.



Delivery to the first owner in France. The yacht is named “Pepper of Nihau” and sails under UK flag.


Sale to the second owner. The second owner lives on the yacht for almost 20 years, stays mostly in the Canary Islands and crosses the Atlantic twice.


Refit in Buckler’s Hard, UK: new engine, Coppercoat anti fouling, …


Sale to third owner in Bucklers Hard, UK


Refit in Bucklers Hard, UK: rigging, diesel generator, sails (Main and Genua), autohelm, …


Atlantic crossing from Africa’s west coast to Grenada


Refit in Guatemala: interior, paint, hard dodger, teak deck, …


After a year of pandemic, Pepper is lifted and parked on the hard at Clarke’s Court Marina in Grenada


After nine months on the hard, she is finally splashed again. We rename Pepper to Mabul and now sail under the German flag. From April to August we work on the boat and get Mabul ready to sail her across the oceans.

Want more?

You’ll find a brief introduction to the crew here…