A Turkish Gület
Gület,from the French golette (schooner), is a traditional Turkish broadbeamed wooden coastal sailing vessel with a raised bow, a broad, flat stern, a main foremast and secondary mast aft.
These days Turkey's wooden Gülets are mostly configured as motor-sailers, with powerful diesel engines to provide primary power, and sails to provide additional power, or primary power in strong winds. This means you can sail silently when the wind allows, but go wherever you want reliably with motor power.
Gülets are particularly good as pleasure sailing vessels because of their broad beam, which gives them lots of deck space and plenty of rooms for spacious cabins below decks.
Turkish Gülets come in many sizes, from small 15-meter (50-foot)-long craft with the necessary equipment to large, luxurious 35 meter (115-foot) air-conditioned vessels with every convenience and luxury. Ours is the luxury type.
A Gület may have from 3 to 12 two-person cabins (for 6 to 24 people), but 5- and 6-cabin vessels capable of sleeping 10 to 12 voyagers are most common. Our Gület has 7 cabins for totally 16 people.
Our Gület cabins have private heads (toilets) and sinks, with private fresh-water showers.
The stern deck of a Gület is broad, fitted with a low, wide cushioned bench all around which is perfect for lounging, reading, relaxing or napping. The stern deck area, shaded by an awning if the sun is hot, is large enough for a table for games, drinks or simple meals. For sun bathing, the foredeck is the place.
A Gület’s main cabin is fairly spacious, high enough for the tallest voyager to stand erect, with provisions for tables to seat all the voyagers for meals, meetings or evening entertainment.
Fittings and furnishings range from stainless steel to rich mahogany and burnished brass.
This is how Gülets are build: