Life on a gullet off Turkey

No, this has nothing whatsoever to do with your throat.  A goulette, or gullet, or gulet, as they are also known, is a type of yacht which sails the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas off the coast of Turkey.

The gulet is a modern improvement on the type of vessels that have plied the local waters for thousands of years laden with goods for trade.  The Gulet is usually built of pine wood and styled with a pointed fore and round aft. Gulets have a spacious aft deck which is designed for dining and also for lounging in the shade of a sun awning. There is a forward deck that is scattered with numerous sunbeds.  Modern gulets are comfortably equipped with many modern amenities which encourage an environment of total enjoyment.

Being compact, the closeness of the small group of passengers promotes an atmosphere of friendship and sharing; relations among passengers and crew tend to be relaxed and casual. Unlike cruises on large ocean liners, on a gulet you can explore the secluded and often deserted bays and coves of the coastline.

Turkey is a fascinating and friendly country where you can soak up the history of ancient civilizations, but also enjoy the atmosphere of market towns and villages. Whether on land or sea the scenery is spectacular. The Mediterranean and Aegean areas are still surprisingly unspoilt. The coast line of south western Turkey is consistently chosen by sea lovers from all over the world as the most beautiful cruising area of the Mediterranean.

There are various sizes of gullets, from as small as three cabins to upwards of nine.  They normally have a crew of three or more, depending on size, and meals are included in the tariff.

Each gulet normally has windsurfers, dinghy and snorkelling gear for your water activities, and they need to dock every two to three days to replenish water and supplies so once the boat is moored passengers can explore the small towns, visit some of the many archaeological sites, or just chill out in a cafe or bar.

One of the companies which specialises in gulet cruises is Blue Cruises, which is based in Bodrum in Turkey.  They have plenty of additional information on their website, and they can take bookings.

Small boat cruising is a really good experience for those who like a bit of adventure, and who wish to visit places that are far too small to accommodate large ships.  Small boat cruises tend to be very casual and laid back, and are just right for getting away from it all.

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