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Turkey

Country
728 yachts
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Skill Level
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Prevailing Wind
3-6 Beaufort
Prevailing Wind Direction
North
Prevailing Sea State
Smooth to Moderate
Skippers License
Standard and Radio Operator required
Season
April to November

Information about Turkey

Turkey embodies the enchanting charm of the enchanting Orient and is surrounded by the picturesque Mediterranean Sea. Its vast coastline, stretching for a staggering distance of 8300 km, is graced with countless secluded sandy beaches, coves and bays. The famous Turkish Riviera, nestled between Cesme and Antalya, is the most famous part of it.

The Anatolian Peninsula, which encompasses Turkey, serves as a gateway connecting Europe and Asia. Although Turkey has coastlines along the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea, it is the Mediterranean shores that have become major tourist destinations.

Departing for Turkey by yacht reveals unspoiled landscapes, seemingly unchanged by human intervention, that have served as fascinating backdrops in numerous Hollywood productions. It's an idyllic escape from the pressures of modern life that allows for a deep engagement with untamed wilderness and the wonders of nature. Another fascinating aspect of a Turkish yacht holiday lies in the favourable weather conditions. The Turkish Riviera is bathed in an abundance of sunshine and warmth, accompanied by inviting azure waters and sandy beaches, making it an ideal destination for unforgettable family getaways.

Turkish sailing has developed a lot in recent years. There has been a remarkable growth in the construction of yachts and the establishment of marinas. Turkey, which was once just another Mediterranean country in terms of yacht infrastructure, has now become a key player in this field thanks to the combined efforts of the local administration and international investors.

Types of yachts available for charter in Turkey

There are many yachts available for charter in Turkey, the vast majority of which are gulets. The Turkish-born gulets are motor sailers that were originally used to carry cargo along the Turkish coast. Due to their outstanding performance, stability and spacious interiors, they have become a remarkable design for the development of leisure craft. Thanks to modern advancements and the inclusion of lavish accommodations, the popularity of luxury gulet charter yachts has been on the rise in recent times. Remarkably, Turkey has become a renowned center for the production of state-of-the-art superyachts, with Turquoise Yachts and Bilgin Yachts being the most famous yards. Combined with luxury yachts under international flag, Turkish waters have gained significant recognition as a sought-after yachting destination offering a diverse selection of luxury motor and sailing yachts for hire.

Law & Order

When embarking on a yacht charter expedition in Turkey, there is one important piece of information you should familiarise yourself with - the transit log. This comprehensive document includes detailed information about the vessel and the crew that is doing the yacht charter. Although valid for one year, the transit logbook loses its validity once you enter outside Turkish waters.

Naturally, before you charter a yacht, you will be required to provide proof of your sailing knowledge. Alternatively, you can opt for a crewed charter, which involves hiring a local skipper for a nominal fee. As well as offering you complete relief from any responsibilities, a local skipper is likely to have in-depth knowledge of the best sailing destinations available to you.

New and modern marinas have appeared in cities such as Bodrum, Fethiye, Gökçe, Marmaris and Çeşme, increasing the total mooring capacity in the eastern Aegean. Turkish yacht charter operators are engaged in fierce competition, seeking to establish their country as a leading destination for leisure yacht tourism.