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Yacht Charter / F.A.Q

Yacht Charter  / F.A.Q ( Frequently Asked Questions )

What is a Gulet ?

Gulets are some of the most amazingly comfortable boats anywhere in the world. The word Gulet gave birth to the French “Golette” and the Spanish “Goleta”, the Italian Gulletta, and probably the English “Cutter”. There has been some discussion among academics as to whose loanword it really is, but it’s really unimportant where the word originated; suffice to say that these beautifully designed wooden sailing ships were originally built millenniums ago by the diverse peoples who plied the Eastern Mediterranean coastlines trading their wares. A gulet is a wooden classic yacht built usually in Fethiye, Bodrum or Marmaris from the southwestern coast of Turkey. The average size of the gulet is 20 to 40 meters in length and features 4 to 8 cabins. Gulets are used nowadays for private charter in different countries. But to find and book a perfect gulet for private charter, you will need to know more about the categories of gulets and the difference between each one, also how the preparation before during cruise as well as the service on board. Gulets are available to charter in Croatia, Turkey, Greece, or Italy.

Turkish Gulet Classes

Standard Gulets:

With 60-80 feet LOA, gulets have 2-8 cabins accommodating up to 12 guests. All cabins with en-suite bathrooms and shower, spacious indoor saloon and outdoor aft deck, fully equipped galley, separate crew quarters, fishing and snorkeling equipment, generator, 24-hour hot water, canoe, stereo music system and VHF radio, sails, and dinghy. Air conditioning is available on some gulets.

 

Luxury Gulets :

80-110 feet LOA, 2-9 cabins, or up to 18 guests. All spacious cabins have large en-suite bathrooms and shower, large indoor saloon and roomy aft deck, fully equipped galley, separate crew quarters, fishing and snorkeling equipment, generators, 24-hour hot water, canoe, dinghy, sails, stereo music system, VHF radio, television, and ice maker. All vessels have individual air conditioning units in each cabin. Air conditions can work a maximum of 8 hours a day.

 

Vip Gulets :

90-140 feet LOA, 2-16 cabins up to 36 guests. They have different size master cabins on board. All cabins resemble guest rooms in a fine home-beautifully furnished, comfortably arranged, and complete with the amenities one would expect to form a thoughtful host: large portholes, individual air-conditioning, generous storage space, TV/VCR/DVD, mini-refrigerator, and the tiled bathroom with shower. Extraordinary attention to detail transforms the cruising and sailing into a unique experience in these gulets.

Skippered charter, bareboat charter, or fully crewed?

A yachting holiday is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences you can ever have. You are always close to the beautiful water and you steer the yacht to places you can only reach by boat. This gives you a feeling of adventure and a sense of absolute freedom. And now, it is the time to start looking for a yacht charter to make sure that you find the boat that suits your needs. Along with this decision comes another one. Should you go with bareboat vs skippered or fully crewed yacht charter?

As you most likely know, if you charter a yacht without a skipper, this is a bareboat charter, following with the logical assumption that if you add a skipper to your charter, then this is a skippered charter. Adding to the skipper a crew like a sailor, hostess or cook, transforms the charter into a fully crewed one.

Which are the pros and cons that come with each of these choices?

There are key points you should consider when making your decision on a sailing holiday.

 

Privacy

Privacy is one of the most important factors when going sailing with friends and family. Although skippers & crew are very easy-going people by nature, certain charters could feel uncomfortable sharing the relatively ‘confined’ yacht space with strangers. As a result, a bareboat charter ensures that you have total privacy during your holidays! Skippered and fully crewed boat rentals take away some of this privacy in favor of other advantages, as described in the next points.

 

Safety & Planning

As the skipper of your bareboat charter, you are solely responsible for everything related to safety & planning. The wellness of the yacht, as well as the passengers, lies with you. In addition to that, you need to plan and plot your course and maintain a daily log without fail. These facts combined can quickly turn your long-awaited holidays into a nightmare.

Professional skippers know the waters like their back pockets. They know very well to avoid dangerous waters, are familiar with the signs of bad weather approaching and get you and the boat to a safe port in time. A professional skipper takes care of engines, sails, rigging, and all other safety aspects concerning the boat. They also know what to do in a real emergency and can summon the closest emergency services if needed. You can see that the safety aspect is a point you must consider when booking your charter, even if the cost is higher, does this fact outweigh a bareboat charter?

Comfort & Leisure

A skippered yacht charter adds a level of comfort to your holidays. A fully crewed boat rental adds an extra layer of comfort & leisure, as the crew is responsible for cleaning the boat & cabins, cook your favorite dishes, and makes sure that you are having the best time aboard the yacht. On a bareboat charter, you need to take care of all these chores.

Private Tour Guide ( Optional )

One of the advantages of a skippered, as well as fully crewed charter, is the fact that you automatically have your private tour guide. Turks are very friendly people, which is even multiplied on the seas. The average skipper loves to pass on his knowledge. They will work with you to identify the places you would like to explore. They know where the best-secluded beaches with the most beautiful waters for swimming, snorkeling, and diving are. Your skipper and crew will take you to archeological sites that are scattered all over the Turkish waters and Greek islands.

 

Conclusion

Therefore, before you commit to a type of yacht charter, consider all the above with your fellow charterers and make your choice based on your priorities. No matter if you will go ahead with a bareboat, skippered or a fully crewed charter, in Turkey, you will have the best holiday experience. Turkey is known for its lovely weather & great hospitality.

Why charter a yacht?

Yacht charters can be a wonderful way to take a new approach to any water-centered vacation. Yacht rentals are a unique experience, combining the luxury of a five-star resort with the excitement of a boat trip into one unforgettable experience.

Essentially a floating hotel experience that can take you anywhere you want to go, chartering a yacht opens the door to a whole new kind of vacation. Rather than staying put in a single room or a resort villa, a yacht allows you to experience all of the luxuries that come with a high-end hotel room while simultaneously serving as a form of transportation. Similar to a cruise ship for you and you alone, chartering a yacht comes with a lot of compelling advantages.

How do I book?

Choose the area and type of yacht you prefer, along with your dates and contact us. We will apply to your request on the same day on which we receive your e-mail, quoting you available yachts and prices.

When you have received our quotation and offer, you can either confirm the booking or request an option.

Options can be held for a maximum of one week. Should it be necessary to extend the option, please contact us and we will try to extend it.

Confirm the charter as requested. We shall reconfirm your booking by E-mail.

The contracts have to be signed and returned to us with the exception of your copy, together with the requested down payment. Along with the charter agreement you should send to us a complete crew list with all passport numbers, copy of the skipper’s sailing Certificate.

You should send us also your arrival details on time.

Pets Allowed or Not

Yachts do not permit guests to bring pets on board. Animals are typically not accustomed to the strict confinement of a ship and an active cruising itinerary can be quite uncomfortable for pets. There are exceptions to the rule so please ask.

Services on Board

Every gulet comes with crew members. However, the number of crew members will be decided by the size of the gulet. The quality of crew on board is equally important as the gulet you choose. You are better off with a competent professional crew in a standard gulet than a bad crew in a luxury gulet.

For smaller gulets, there will be lesser crew members on board and vice versa. Below you’ll find a list of crew members and their duties on board a gulet.

 

CAPTAIN: every ship needs a captain and so does every gulet. The captain has the final say about the route of the gulet and he coordinates sailing and navigation. The captain is the best person to show you the most amazing places on your cruise.

CHEF: after the captain comes to your able chef. The chef is responsible for all the meals prepared and shared on board. He has the power to either make or mar your cruise. So hope for a great chef onboard your cruise.

 

WAITER: a waiter will work alongside the chef to ensure that meals are served properly and he can also help with the dishes and other small kitchen tasks.

 

SAILOR:  a sailor is like an understudy to the captain. The sailor takes care of all the navigation and sailing responsibilities. He ensures that everything related to sailing is in great condition.

 

HOSTESS: hostess is common only on luxury gulets. They are responsible for cleaning your cabins, serving you drinks and snacks, and managing the salon. Sometimes they can help out with your kids too.

 

So, your crew members on board are very important and if you have the right crew on board our gulet cruise, you will most certainly enjoy your vacation and gulet cruise.

Once I book a charter, how do I pay?

Prior to payment, we will give you a full yacht charter agreement and corresponding invoice that clearly shows the payments due in the currency of your charter.

Are the yachts insured?

All yachts are insured against damage to the hull, machinery and/or equipment. Third-party liability is also covered. Nevertheless, personal accidents while onboard are not covered and the client has to arrange extra for this kind of coverage.

What should I bring with me?

Luggage

It is better to travel with flexible, soft, foldable luggage. Avoid large, boxy suitcases.

Sunglasses

At least two pairs of sunglasses with neck chains to avoid loss.

Skin protection

The sun in Greece is especially strong, and therefore a good sunscreen or blocking lotion or cream is necessary. Avoid oily, greasy applications, which are slippery and pose a danger on board. To continue your protection, bring with you after sun lotions or skin softeners.

Medication

Prescription or other medications should be brought in quantities to last the duration of your vacation.

Clothing

For unfettered ocean cruising, casual comfortable clothes are best. Bring at least two bathing suits, T-shirts, shorts and lightweight cotton slacks, jeans and shirts. In April and May and from mid-September through October, evenings and even days may be cool, so please bring a warm sweater or sweatshirt and a light jacket or windbreaker. For entertaining and on-shore dining and dancing, you may wish to have an easy-care dress-up outfit with you.

Head protection

For protection against the ill effects of prolonged exposure to the sun, a hat, cap or scarf is most important.

Footwear

Soft or rubber white soled footwear or boat shoes are a must. Wear standard shoes for on-shore use only.

Foul weather gear

This is optional and is occasionally required. Light rainwear, however, is advisable.

Towels

Several beach towels can prove to be quite handy after that delicious dive from the yacht into the cool, clean ocean.

Audio / CDs

Every yacht provides or CD player, so bring your favorite music along.

Sports Gear

Although every yacht provides snorkeling gear, we suggest that lovers of underwater activities bring their own snorkel and mask. A special note on scuba diving: Turkey’s laws prohibit scuba diving in most of its waters. We strongly recommend not bringing such gear. However, scuba diving is permissible in very limited areas only, and anyone interested can request further information from us regarding the location of these specially designated scuba diving waters.

Can the Blue Cruise include both Turkey and the Greek islands?

Yes it certainly can, but the prices will be higher because of the distance and harbor costs.

Is smoking allowed on yachts?

For safety reasons mainly, the prevention of fire and additionally to keep the interior clean, smoking is not allowed at the cabins but only in deck areas, at the dining room & day areas.

When do charters begin and end?

All charters begin at 17:00 on the day of departure (normally Saturdays) and typically end at 09:00 on the day of arrival (normally Saturdays). However, you will be kindly asked to return to base on the last evening of your charter (normally Friday evening the latest 18:00). We require this time between charters to do the necessary cleaning/maintenance/service on the vessels.

What kind of additional services do you offer?

The following services are provided if requested with an additional cost.

Yacht Provisioning Airport Transfers Car Rental Hotel Accommodation

When do charters begin and end?

All charters begin at 17:00 on the day of departure (normally Saturdays) and typically end at 09:00 on the day of arrival (normally Saturdays). However, you will be kindly asked to return to base on the last evening of your charter (normally Friday evening the latest 18:00). We require this time between charters to do the necessary cleaning/maintenance/service on the vessels.

Budget

How much money do you have to spend on a yacht? If your budget is large, you may not find yourself limited by things like size or duration. However, if you don’t want to break the bank on your charter, it’s important to consider the total amount you have to spend, including any incremental costs that might occur, like fuel or paying a crew. Know the maximum limit for your next trip before you spend time pricing potential options.

Prices vary depending on where you are going, the size of the yacht, and the duration of your trip. A week on a smaller yacht or a catamaran may start at around 10,000 Euro, while a larger 100-foot yacht will likely be in the 25,000 Euro to 50,000 Euro range. Superyachts or megayachts may cost 150,000 Euro or more for a week-long adventure.

Note that taxes or value-added tax (VAT) may apply based on where you are coming from and where you are going, so keep this in mind as well. VAT and other taxes are generally not included in the base price of a rental.

How and when should I pay?

40% upon signing the contract & 60% four weeks before the departure date. If the reservation is done four weeks before the departure date the whole fee has to be paid when the contract is signed. Please make your deposits to our company’s bank account.

What about security deposit?

A refundable security deposit depending on the size of the yacht has to be paid to us (cash credit card) prior to departure, which will be refunded at the end of the cruise as far as no damage/loss has occurred to the yacht and equipment. Personal checks of any kind are not acceptable. SECURITY DEPOSITS: Ranging from € 2.000 to € 3.000 depending on size & model type.

How to buy food for your sailing vacation

depending on your choice we either can send u a shopping list and do the shopping depending to your choices. or you can do your own shopping on your arrival to the Gulet

Food and Beverage on Board

The menus which will be served on board will prepare according to your preferences and According to weather and sailing conditions, the timings can be changed by the captain. You can select the menus from our previous menus or if you want we can prepare a special menu for you. If you would like to have dinner on the mainland we can suggest restaurants on your itinerary and make your reservations. We can help you with our standard, luxury, deluxe menus according to your requests.

 

If you want us to do the shopping we will provide goods from well known markets like Metro , Migros , Kipa, local fish shops and groceries. If you would like to make your shopping before our departure cook of your gulet – yacht – boat can accompany you and help you with your shopping and we will arrange transportation of your goods free of charge. According to our company policy the bill of the goods will handle to you by shop owners to avoid any commission etc. For beverages you can bring them with you and our crew will be happy to serve them, we are not applying any obligation for having beverages from boats bar.