All About the Turkish Gulet For Crewed Charter in Turkey
Turkey's indigenous sea-going vessel, the Gulet, is offered for crewed charter in Turkey at three different levels, which are the Traditional Gulet, Luxury Gulet, and a Gulet-Style Sailing Yacht. Each has unique characteristics, and it is those characteristics which define each level and that will determine which Turkish Gulet you may charter for a crewed Gulet charter in Turkey.
Traditional and Luxury Gulets share many features, including a blending of practicality and tradition in a relaxed style. Historically, Gulets evolved from fishing and cargo vessels into their present profile of a sturdy yacht with a broad beam and wide deck. Constructed in the shipyards of Bodrum, Marmaris, and Istanbul, and along the Black Sea Coast, these vessels are equipped with motors as well as fully functional rigging. However, do not expect to always sail as the beamy nature of the Gulet usually requires engine assistance to move from anchorage to anchorage. The number of passengers a Gulet can be chartered for depends on the boat's size, although most accommodate between eight and twelve people. These vessels have double occupancy staterooms for passengers generally each with ensuite bath and shower and are comfortably equipped. One of the resonating features of the Turkish Gulet is the expansive aft deck. Coffed with a sun awning, the aft deck has a large dining area for lounging and a table with chairs for al fresco dining. Gulets offer plenty of room for sunbathing and are equipped with sun mattresses, snorkeling gear, a shoreside tender and usually water skis, a sea kayak or a windsurfer which will be outlined in the Gulet equipment list.
There are some differences between traditional and luxury Gulets. The Traditional Gulet is the best price value and cost includes the yacht, crew and fuel. Additional costs are beverages and food. Meal plans are offered of fresh local Turkish cuisine on a Full Board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) or Half Board (breakfast and lunch) basis. Usually it is possible to include both Full Board and Half Board days in your charter in order to enjoy some dinners on board under the starlight and others ashore in one of the many local Tavernas.
In addition there is usually an 18% Turkish VAT. Crew will be Turkish citizens and at least one should speak English. Finally, you may or may not be able to use the air conditioner at night as the soundproofing of generators and engines were not building a specification of these traditional vessels. The Traditional Gulet is offered at two price levels, which is moderate level and economy level. The quality of the Gulets is reflective of the level of pricing.
Luxury Gulets have been built within the past three to four years. They are constructed of mahogany rather than the pine of Traditional Gulets, creating an interior with refined workmanship. These vessels also offer imported linens, towels and bath products. In addition, the Luxury Gulet engines and generators are fully soundproofed allowing the use of air conditioning at all times. The price of these yachts is reflective of their upgraded features. Menus include fresh Turkish cuisine and international cuisine.
Gulet-Style Sailing Yachts are built with an adjusted design to be able to sail with aluminum rigging and quality sails, so you can enjoy cruising without an engine. However, as with any sailing vessel, the ability to sail is enhanced by a smaller beam measurement, so Gulet-Style Sailing Yachts are not as roomy as the Traditional or Luxury Gulets. However, generally all other amenities are similar to what is offered with Luxury Gulets.