The traditional Turkish Gulet is a handmade vessel crafted from wood by highly skilled master craftsmen. Also known as motor sailors, Gulets are extremely comfortable and ideal for long sea voyages as well as inshore coastal trips.
The origin of Gulets can be traced back to the Bodrum area in Turkey but the growth of a demanding market led to their construction being started in Bozburun, Marmaris, Fethiye and Istanbul. High quality and durable wood such as teak, maun and iroko are chiefly used to construct beautiful and sturdy Gulets.
Gulet: The most popular type of traditional yacht for the "Blue Cruise" is the gulet. It is a cruising yacht with large, rounded stern area which is well-suited for comfortable eating and lounging. Gulets usually have ketch (marconi) or schooner-rigging, with one, two or three foresails. Their lenghts change between 15 to 55 meters and they accommodate 6 to 24 persons in 3 to 12 cabins with private shower and WC.
Aynakic (Ketch): It has a raised, squared-off stern that allows space for additional cabins below compared to a gullet. There may be a large master cabin at the stern. They accommodate 6 to 24 persons in 3 to 12 double bedded cabins with private shower and WC. They are generally ketch (marconi)-rigging and measure 15 to 55 meters.
Tirhandil: It is the oldest type of local wooden boat with a pointed stern which is suited best for sailing in Aegean waters. Originally most had lateen sails; now the rigging varies from sloop to cutter to gaff. They normally measure between 11 to 30 meters in lenght and accommodate 6 to 16 persons in 3 to 8 double bedded cabins with private shower and WC.
GULET CHARTER TYPES
Cabin Charters : Could not hire the entire Gulet for yourself? Do not worry! You can still make the most of your holiday by hiring a cabin charter to share a beautiful cruising experience with your family or friends or expand your network and make new friends on board!
FACILITIES ON GULET
The design of traditional Turkish Gulets has indeed evolved along the ages and a modern day Guletis a plush and comfortable blue cruising boat varying from 11 to 55 meters (36-180 feet) in length. The length of the Gulet is proportional to its passenger capacity. Gulets are furnished with great taste and style to offer maximum comfort and facilities to the passengers on board. Each standard cabin in a Gulet has portholes, wardrobe, mirror, air conditioning system, en-suite shower and WC. Master cabins are furnished beautifully with sofa sets, dresser, work desk and Jacuzzi or hydro massage shower to pamper the guests on board. There are separate cabins for the crew.
The deck area is exceptionally spacious and complemented by the finest sailing equipment, sun mattresses and cushions so that passengers can enjoy a pleasurable vacation at sea! Whether the guests want to bask in the sun or enjoy adrenaline-pumping surfing at sea, there are all sorts of arrangements available on the charter for them to avail and spend their time. Passengers can also relax at the large aft deck that is furnished with a comfortable aft traditional deck sofa or enjoy fine dining in spacious salons in the dining area or simply lounge about in the beautiful and fully equipped galley.
SAFETY ON GULET
Passenger safety and comfort are of top most priority on the Gulets. Each Gulet has abundant storage of fresh water and fuel. Additionally, there are VHF radio, GSM telephones, full navigation and safety equipment such as life raft, life jackets and fire extinguishers as well as TV and DVD player, refrigerator, ice maker, deep freezer, fully equipped galley and joker boat that help to curb any crisis and allow you to enjoy your vacation at sea to the fullest.
Each Gulet has an experienced and knowledgeable Turkish captain, chef and deck hand to host you and look after the boat. They can suggest the best anchorage places, steer the boat, raise the sails, drop the anchor, rig the windsurfer, clean the boat, supply provisions, cook and serve delicious meals and even entertain you on board!
We employ only best experienced and fully qualified crew and have an extensive database of willing crew members, many of whom have sailed with us before. Our crew is mostly Turkish and has extensive knowledge of cruising grounds and local life. However, at least one of the crew members speaks a second language fluently.
Your captain will ensure that your cruise moves at a good pace. Departure and meal times are decided on board depending on the composition of the group, the day of the week as well as weather conditions. While the captain has the responsibility of ensuring everything on the vessel is safe, guests can alter the itinerary whenever required.
Our crew is highly responsible and friendly. Passengers can direct all their queries and concerns to the captain who will address them promptly. (In fact, in exchange of a simple invitation for supper of coffee, you can ask him to teach you how to steer the yacht or do any other interesting ship work!)