Boat building in Bodrum has as its heritage the ancient wooden boats which have sailed across the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas for thousands of years both fishing and trading.
Since the time of its most famous resident King Mausolous (4th Century BC) Bodrum has been an important local boat building center. King Ptolemy of Egypt had warships built here in the area now occupied by the present day marina. There are now over thirty boatyards in the immediate Bodrum area and many more on the surrounding Peninsula.
Nowadays you can sail on board of a traditional wooden Bodrum-built ketch or schooner-rigged yacht known as "goulette" or "gulet" a broad-beamed vessel designed for comfort and safety. These boats are specially built for the charter market with fittings and equipment designed for guests’ comfort, all of them come under the collective description of a wooden Gulet. The Gulet is typically built of pine wood and styled with a pointed fore and round aft. Some boat yards work in steel or fiberglass but the main building material is still the local Aegean pine The spacious aft deck is designed for dining and lounging in the shade of a sun awning and a forward deck invites with numerous sun beds. All cruises offer full board and the cooks prepare variety of delicious local and international meals. Gulets also have their own bar for your favorite tipple. Each cabin has a double berth, private shower/WC and storage areas. Gulets range in size, accommodating from 4 to 20 people. The crew, a captain, cook and 1 or 2 deckhands are very experienced at handling the boat and catering to all your needs.
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