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.
Aynakic: 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.
** Please note that all the above information indicate the possible number of passengers on board excluding the crew. Traditional yachts are chartered with crew only.
They are made of fiberglass or steel. Modern yachts are chartered either with crew or without crew.
Sailing yacht: It is prefered by licensed sailors who want to find their own route on the sea. They are usually chartered without crew while provided with all the local navigational information and equipment. For the ones who do not have licence skipper can be rented. In Turkey Beneteau, Bavaria and Dehler models of sailing yachts chartered in several designs and sizes.
Motor yacht: When the time and speed matters the best choice may be a motoryacht. They are usually double engined for cruising at a higher speed to extend the cruise distance. Motor yachts are equipped with modern navigation systems available to charter generally with crew. The passengers who hava a international valid licence may hire a motor yacht without crew.