Gulets are a traditional design of wooden yacht common to Croatia, Greece, and Turkey. This wide beamed roomy sailing ship was the original cargo and passenger ship design that has sailed these waters since Homer wrote the Odyssey. Gulets are still being designed and built today and their large volume hulls allow all the comforts of home. Sea kindly when the winds of the Mediterranean blow during the summer months, Gulets and their local crew offer a fabulous way to experience this area of the world where East meets West.

A gulet is a traditional design of a two-masted wooden sailing vessel from the south-west coast of Turkey, although similar vessels can be found all around the eastern Mediterranean. Today, this type of vessel, varying in size from 14 to 35 meters, is popular among charter clients. The roomy hull allows for large cabin spaces, and most will accommodate ten to sixteen guests.

There are differing opinions about the Turkish name “Gulet” and whether or not it derives from the Italian word guletta. However, it is certain that this basic style of schooner, which has long been used as a sweeping net, trawl net or sponging vessel in Turkey on the Aegean and Mediterranean shores and as a freight vessel in the Black Sea, has been around for many centuries.

These yachts have been updated and are now built for charter in the Aegean region, especially to Bodrum and Marmaris, sailing to nearby bays.  Almost all gulets maintain their traditional schooner rig, with wooden spars and teak decks. Tall and beamy, gulets require strong winds for sailing, and sail best reaching off the wind. However, modern gulets have large engines that allow them to transit in any weather and at reasonable speeds. Gulets are not performance sailing yachts, but a great way to travel easily in comfort when on charter.

Now available for charter in a variety of locations in the Eastern Mediterranean, gulets are affordable, fun options for larger groups especially families. Their warm varnished woodwork, often hand carved, is representative of the skilled craftsmen from the eastern Med.