The fisherman of Halikarnas, Cevat ŞAKİR
The term was first introduced into Turkish literature by some writers, such as Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (alias The Fisherman of Halicarnassus). The author, who had been exiled to Bodrum in 1925, fell in love with the beauty of the local landscape, with its fishing villages and sponge divers. He began taking trips with his intellectual friends on the sponge divers' sailing boats which he named “Hurriyet” (“Freedom”). These types of boats were called gullets and these excursions became known as "Blue Cruises". Author Sabahattin Eyüboğlu (together with his family and friends) participated in these Blue Cruises, as Azra Erhat, who translated Homer's Iliad and Odyssey into Turkish. Those who united around the literary revue "Yeni Ufuklar" (New Horizons) in the 1950s and 1960s have also contributed to the popularity of the Blue Cruise, and guidebooks have been published in Turkish and German.
After 1950’s gullets which were used by sponge divers in old times were adapted into current conditions and these boat trips have become an alternative holiday concept which satisfies the customers with traditional and modern wooden yachts. Today in gullets, you will have the same comfort as in hotels with modern and fully equipped rooms, toilettes, kitchen, sunbathing area and resting area.
While you pass through the nature with your gullet, you will be amazed by the beauty of nature, islands and untouched bays. Lycia has thousand years of historical background and you will swim in the sea where Cleopatra was having bath.
Swimming, fishing, sunbathing, enjoying selected foods from Turkish kitchen and having a beer with your friends will make you forget your daily stresses. You will feel very peaceful and this amazing nature will heal you. After sleeping over in a bay, you will open your eyes in another bay. During your trip, you will also have chance to see the most important vacation areas in Turkey. In a short word, blue cruise is a great and unforgettable experience for you.
What is Gulet Yacht?
Traditional Turkish Gulets have been built by inspiring from the ancient Ottoman coast boats. However, in last 30 years these boats have started to be designed for blue cruises. These yachts sail through the beautiful coasts of Aegean & Mediterranean Region and have a special design with its engines and canvas for cruise. Although they have all the comfort of the modern life, it still reminds us the ancient time yachts with its high sails, esthetical design and the golden yellow handmade decoration. The unique design of the Gulets brings the comfort with it.
The other feature of the Gulets is that they are built by craftsmen and they all are hand-made. In the Aegean Region they have been made of the wood of pine, chestnut, teak and mahogany trees for years in shipyards. These locally designed yachts (which have a circular shaped stern) work with both sail and engines. On the contrary of the light sail boats which are used for sport, Gullets’ length of depth is not so tall. With these features, Gullets are suitable for anchoring to the coasts and shallow waters. On the contrary of big ocean ships, it is easier to find the bays and missed creeks with Gulets. Small sea ports and habitats represent a very cosy life which can’t be seen with the big ships. Gulets are the hotels with a full service; the only difference is that you see different views from your room window all the time. Gulets -which are redesigned in accordance with the modern life needs- show variety with different shapes, different standards and different passenger capacities. Modern Gulets have all the comforts as in our houses. They all have comfortable cabins, shower, toilette, living room and sunbathing areas. Generally the poop deck of the yacht is used for a rest and having a meal. The fore deck is used for sunbathing. The decks are designed for the needs of daily life. Every yacht has a motorized boat or a boat with a paddle on the back. We’ve categorised our yachts as standard, luxury, deluxe and high deluxe yachts.
Classic Yachts Mostly in all cabins there are double beds and there are also cabins which have single beds, additionally in the cabins there are wardrobe, toilette, hot and cold water and a shower which is pulled out the tap. Generally classic yachts have 3 crews and a kitchen which has the capacity and all the necessary equipments for 3 repasts in a day. Inside and outside of the yacht there are two dining areas. The comfortable sitting area on the deck, music, all safety equipments, freezer, motor-operated dinghy, fishing equipments, snorkel equipments, cushions for sunbathing are all available. In many classic yachts, electric is provided from the battery (12 or 24 volt). Only at the nights near the coast we can have 220V electric.
Superior Yachts: These are the yachts which have air conditions addition to the classic Yachts.
Luxury Yachts: Mostly in all cabins there are double beds but there are also some cabins which have single beds. In some of our yachts there are wider rooms which is called master cabin. Luxury yachts have full equipment. These yachts are newer than classic gullets. Addition to classic gullets, luxury gullets have air conditioner, shower cabins, better sailing gear, generator, canoe and TV in the saloon, larger bed size and additional drawers under the bed. Also in every yacht there are extra equipment.
DeLuxe Yachts: Deluxe yachts are wider and more modern than the luxury yachts. Most of our deluxe yachts have 1 or 2 master cabins. Addition to luxury and classic gullets, these yachts have newer and full sailing equipment, larger bed size, better navigation system, much more living area, in some of them wind surfing and other entertainment equipments. etc. and there are extra equipment.
Super Luxury Yachts: These gullets are the Turkey’s most luxury yachts. All its cabins are master cabin and include Jacuzzi, more crew members for service, TV in every room and addition to this; super luxury yacht has very luxury equipment to satisfy its customer. Its comfort is compared to six star hotels.
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