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Gulet Sailing – A Laid Back Charter Option

Have you ever been interested in chartering a gulet? Do you know what a gulet is? Pronounced “goo-let” these character-filled traditional Turkish wooden sailing boats are often used in holiday cruises and can be an incredible way to see the Mediterranean if you were thinking of doing a water-based holiday this season.

Gulets were traditionally used by fishermen and sponge divers on the coast of Turkey to transport their catch. Nowadays though, these stunning boats contain large fresh water tanks, a fuel tank and are fully kitted out to provide you the holiday of a lifetime. Normally, gulets can cater for 5 to 20 people, with many cabins that boast en-suite bathrooms, dining and lounge areas, fully stocked galleys (kitchens), outdoor entertainment areas, a bar, spacious cushioned sun-decks for all of the sun worshippers out there, with some even boasting outdoor jacuzzis.

These boats are especially good for pleasure sailing as they have plenty of deck space due to their broad beam. This also allows space for larger guest cabins. They come in various sizes, from smaller 50ft vessels with the necessities, to larger more luxurious 100ft boats with air-conditioning and all of the luxuries that one may want.

Gulets are typically found in Turkey, Croatia and Greece. They always come fully crewed with a Skipper, a gourmet chef, service and housekeeping crew to take care of all of your needs and make sure your holiday is laid back and that your are fully cared for, without you having to lift a finger when it comes to washing and other nitty gritty. This allows you to focus on more important holiday activities: relaxing, relaxing and relaxing. The outdoor areas have some shaded spots for outdoor dining, in which the chef will serve you fantastic Mediterranean al fresco meals to satiate your tastebuds.

Water toys, such as stand up paddle boards, kayaks, ringos, a dinghy, snorkel gear and sometimes even jet skies are provided onboard, meaning that you can also spend your days venturing around the beautiful bays and coves surrounding you and allowing you to spend ample time having a dip in the cooling, turquoise waters.

Meal-wise you generally have two options: Full Board or Half Board. Full Board caters for all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – on board the gulet, in which you can enjoy your meal being surrounded by the ocean, whether on anchor in a beautiful bay or docked in a bustling marina. Half Board means that you are provided with breakfast and lunch on board the gulet, after which you can explore the local towns and villages and enjoy the local delicacies for dinner. Gulets always have fully stocked bars on board that serve local drinks, beers, wines and spirits.

The charter of a whole gulet with family and friends is a great option, as they are generally larger than other yachts, and the cost can be split amongst families and friends. This also allows you the privacy of a private sailing holiday and you have the freedom of choosing where to go (within reason!). You can spend your time enjoying the company of those you love and have full use of the entire gulet.

For the sociable traveller out there, another option for a gulet holiday would be a cabin charter. This is a more budget-friendly option, and involves the hire of a cabin onboard a gulet, which is shared amongst like-minded travellers. These charters normally have a set itinerary, ensuring that you visit all of the best spots, with board being included in your booking fee. You can socialize and mingle with your co-travellers or you can spend some private time swimming or exploring the streets of the local towns.

We represent some amazing gulet suppliers, which are all maintained by very well trained crew. Should a gulet charter interest you at all, email us at tori@yachtcharteroptions.co.za and we will happily send you some more information.