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HERE A GULET, THERE A GULET

We see them everywhere—gulets.  But what is a gulet?  Most sources seem to agree that they are a modern adaptation of an ancient cargo ship design that plied the waters of Southern Turkey centuries ago.  The original gulets were wooden ships with two wooden masts,  broad sterns and high sides.

Gulets can be schooners. . .

Gulets can be schooners. . .

 

or Ketch rigged.

or Ketch rigged.

Since we arrived in Turkey we have seen hundreds of gulets—most modern replicas that capture the drama of the ancient design but in a motor sailer that may have masts, but occasionally no booms—in other words, they really don’t sail very much. 

They can be small. . .

They can be small. . .

or very large!

or very large!

Many crewed charter boats and day tripper boats are gulets, but they make a very luxurious, spacious private yacht as well.

They can be varnished. . .

They can be varnished. . .

or shiny awlgrip.

or shiny awlgrip.

They can be modern with aluminum masts. . .

They can be modern with aluminum masts. . .

or old classics with wooden masts.

or old classics with wooden masts and beautiful lines.

We were forewarned by cruisers who had already spent time in Turkey that they are very proud of their flag, and that it would be improper to put another burgee under the Turkish courtesy flag on the same halyard.  The Turkish flag is ubiquitous and normally very large.

Irrespective of size or age they proudly fly the Turkish flag. . .

Irrespective of size or age they proudly fly the Turkish flag. . .

unless it's registered in Delaware and flying a small stars and stripes!

unless it's registered in Delaware and flying a small stars and stripes!

Even traditional gulets avail themselves of the tax advantages of flying a U.S.A. flag, although to their credit it is a very small stars and stripes offset by a large Turkish “courtesy” flag.

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