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Pennysail 09-01-2006 12:17 AM

Hi, Who knows about buying a gulet?
This may not be appropriate for purist sailors,but it would be a comfortable live aboard boat.
I've sqeezed into my share of Halberg Rassy's and can no longer stand the formulaic 'caravan' design of modern yachts .
Could one cross the ocean?once the cushions were stowed below?

Dewey Benson 09-01-2006 01:07 AM


I don't understand your question exactly. You are refering to the Turkish Gulet, yes? They are boats. You buy them like any other boats. Yachtworld will have the usual plethora of usual suspects listed.


sailingdog 09-01-2006 08:00 AM


I suspect what he is trying to ask is whether they are bluewater capable. :D

Pennysail 09-01-2006 09:32 AM

I'll enlarge ...............
Maybe some one has some experience of buying these .{yes Med Gulets}
I once saw one in the Caledonian Canal ,registered out of Kiel,so it must have crossed the German Zee.
They seem quite substantial and lets face it ,a Beneteau is usually trashed after an Ocean crossing.A wooden gulet is about a similar price level ,depending on size .
Its hard to find any feed back save charter holidays .
Does anybody (without a magic carpet )own one?
Any books or source materials.?

Dewey Benson 09-01-2006 10:05 AM


My only knowlege is of people buying them to place them in charter. As far as ocean crossing to put this.... Someone crossed the Pacific in an amphibious jeep back in the 50's. I wouldnt want to do that when I was young and stupid. I also met a gentelman whom had circumnavigated twice in a Yorktown, he had made his own weatherfax out of a used (obsolete) commodore and a weather radio. How he interfaced it I don't know.

Do you want to make ocean passages or do you just want to get it to home base?

How familiar are you with wood boats? I have had quite a bit of experience with wood craft and know that my current work ethic will not support it's proper maintainence.


Pennysail 09-02-2006 12:12 PM

My Mum was a member of the Woodcraft and taught me to sing the Internationale..................
How about epoxy on wood?Any experiences would be appreciated.
'Arise ye starvelings from your slumbers.....etc.@

zazman 07-12-2008 09:28 PM

Gulets,....I get it!
I am in the same boat! Sorry about the feeble stab at for the humor but I couldn't resist. I am looking to buy a 18 meter Gulet Ketch and there are quite a few on the market in Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus and throughout the Med. For what I could get stateside in California it makes a lot of sense and I seen at least one in the Marina Del Rey Harbor. I heard of a guy out of La Paz BCS, Mexico using them traditionally as charter vessels too. To the question of their ability to cross the Atlantic or Pacific safely depends on a lot of things as you know. Mainly when you leave. I searched for others who have crossed the Atlantic and heard of a 22 meter crossing to New York. You can find Gulets usually have full keels and are safely crossing the Med and the Sea of Cortez which is at times a harsh sailing environment. Personally my family plans to cruise from California, to Mexico, South America, through Panama, to the Carribean and either make a shot to Bermuda, then Azores, Gibraltar then to the Med. The other option is to ship the Gulet across the Atlantic it indeed I find the Gulet too risky for my family. We will be leaving in 2012 when the young one can walk and talk. I will continue to investigate this and if you find some information please let me know. I do agree however, bang for your buck as well as comfort start becoming more important as we et a little older and the Gulet seems like a good idea. When your done cruising you can charter it out too. It would make a great live aboard if gutted and reconfigured from 4 or 6 cabins to 3. This I have heard can be done easily. Please keep me informed of you get any info on blue water cruising with a Gulet.

LakeEscape 07-13-2008 02:46 PM

Old thread

You were responding to a September 2006 posting.


Guletcruise 05-29-2009 01:23 PM

Hello All,

what an interesting conversation. Any result? Anyone tried to cross the atlantic in the meantime with a gulet?
Mediterrean Sea-canary islands, this will be the easy part by harbour hopping/motoring.
Canary islands - Trinidad & Tobago with the trade winds during oct. to dec. = ok, i.e. possible.
It all depends what type of gulet, where you bought the boat and the money you spend.
- Cheap thing no good, good thing no cheap -.

Any question, please contact us -

VJ's Gulet Cruise
Vickyann & Juergen
T&T/Dubai - UAE

Guletcruise 05-29-2009 01:25 PM

so what,

hopefully this was enough time to find out

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