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.

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.

Traditional wooden yachts:

The traditional wooden yachts are built mainly in Bodrum and other parts of Southwest Turkey. In Northern Black Sea Region the boat yards usually built fishing boats, but some beautiful traditional yachts are being constructed recently. These boats built handmade by local carpenters.

They use generally pine or oak wood for the skeleton of the boats, the skeleton cover is made of pine or tetra, the deck teak, the cabins pine or mahagony, the masts white oak wood or iron. The boats are both motor and sailing yachts. Yacht charters take place on comfortable, locally built wooden yachts of several designs and sizes:

Gullet : The most popular type of traditional yacht for the “Blue Cruise” is the gullet. It is a cruising yacht with large, rounded stern area which is well-suited for comfartable eating and lounging. Gullets usually have ketch (marconi) or schooner-rigging, with one, two or three foresails. Their lenghts change between 15 to 33 meters and they accommodate 6 to 16 persons in 3 to 8 double bedded cabins with private shower and WC.

Aynakıç : 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 8 to 24 persons in 4 to 12 double bedded cabins with private shower and WC. They are generally ketch (marconi)-rigging and measure 18 to 33 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 18 meters in lenght and accommodate 6 to 8 persons in 3 to 4 double bedded cabins with private shower and WC.



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