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What is Gulet?

A gulet is an all wooden motor sailing yacht built for cruising the coasts in the calm warm waters of the Mediterranean. These yachts are built to center life on deck during the charter. Spacious decks and housing a large (usually) aft half mooned shaped dining and lounging area are their main features. They might not all be equipped to sail but most have a mainsail for when the wind gets up if the clients insist. This is one of the main differences with our's yachts as they are all fully equipped to really sail.


The number of passengers a gulet carries varies, according to size, between 8 and 18. On a 17 to 33 meters boat, that is quite a breathing space for each person considering that every passenger has private quarters and jointly used decks, saloons, etc. are quite spacious. This combines the relative privacy expected of a yacht with the feeling of security that bigger vessel affords. Yet, the feeling of anonymity common to large cruise ships is alien to a gulet voyager. Even total strangers who meet for the first time on a gulet, end the tour in an aura of sincere camaradeire.

The singular design of the gulette, Turkey's indigenous sea-going vessel, blends practicality and tradition in a relaxed style that embodies the Blue Voyage. Over the years gulettes have evolved from traditional fishing and cargo vessels into their present profile of a broad beam and wide deck.

Constructed mainly in the shipyards of Bodrum, Bozburun, Marmaris and Istanbul, and along the Black Sea Coast, these boats are equipped with motors as well as fully functional rigging. The number of passengers a gulette carries depends on the boat's size, although most of them accommodate between eight and twelve people. These vessels have speparate accommodation for passengers, and chartering one will also include services and entertainment. Modern gulettes are comfortably equipped with most home comforts, and encourages a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for all the passengers with a friendly relationship with the crew.

Travel agencies can arrange charters and fixed tours for a specific group or individually. Unlike cruises on large ocean liners, a gulette can explore the secluded and often deserted bays and coves of the coastline. The small harbours and settlements offer an intimate view of coastal life which large ships simply cannot.

In many ways a gulette is like a full-service hotel where every room has a sea view and the scenery changes constantly.

A gulet can best be compared to a small hotel afloat. Gulets have brawny engines that drive them along at 8 to 11 knots easily. They are rigged with two masts in general. Gulets are similar to cruise liners and smaller passenger boats only in that they afford their passengers fully seperated accommodation, provide service and entertainment. However, that is where the similarities end. On a gulet, close encounters engender an atmosphere of friendship and sharing. Relationships among the passengers and the crew tend to be more personal. With fewer people to cater for, the crew can better serve the individual wishes of the ''guests''. Furthermore, gulets can take you to smaller deserted bays whereas cruisers are bound from one port to another in general.

In a gulet, all sleeping quarters are seperate. Nobody sleeps on convertible settees or saloon berths, unless they wish to do so. There are double berths in each cabin and occasionally, upper bunks. Every cabin has its own WC and shower. The crew sleep and use the facilities in their seperate quarters. Common quarters include a large saloon, a fully equipped galley commanded by a cook, lots of uncluttered deck space, sun mattresses strewn all over to laze on while tanning. Round sterned gulets have a matress covered perch in the aft that is called a ''pigeon's nest'', the most comfortable place to lounge or nap on the boat, protected by awnings. No gulet worthy of her name carries under three tons of fresh water, pressurized and heated at least for two hours every day. Unlike a bareboat, which is often limited in water supply, a gulet offers the chance to wash off the salt after every swimming party.