There are numerous ports of entry all along the coast of Turkey one can choose during his registration in Turkey; Trabzon, Samsun, Sinop, Bartin, Eregli, Istanbul, Tekirdag, Derince, Gemlik, Çanakkale, Akçay, Ayvalik, Dikili, Izmir, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Datça, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas, Finike, Kemer, Antalya and many others.
A Yacht Registration Form should be completed, followed by custom, health and port procedure. One is allowed to sail the Turkish waters only for the purpose of travel, leisure or sport. It is not permitted to sail for commercial purposes. The Harbor Master’s Office should be informed about all changes occurred during the journey, and relating the crew. In case of departure or entering Turkey for reasons of emergency or exceptional conditions, the case should be reported to the Turkish officials at the first port of arrival.
When leaving any port of Turkey, the relevant part of the Yacht Registration Form should be completed and reported to the Harbor Master’s Office, followed by the custom procedure.
Private yachts cannot be used for commercial purposes. Therefore, guests on private yachts cannot be charged for cruises.
No one is allowed to exchange goods (that have not been through customs procedure) with other yachts; such an act will be subject to legal procedure for it is considered an act of crime.
Diving is permitted only with proper equipment and in non-restricted areas. Foreign divers should have official documentation of training and must be accompanied by a licensed Turkish guide.
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The best seasons to visit Turkey would probably be spring and autumn, because of the perfect climate during that time in Istanbul and on the Aegean and Mediterranean coast, when the daily temperatures are pleasant. However, summer is the most popular season for sailing and water sport enthusiasts.
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Gulet is a traditional wooden Turkish yacht built to cruise the calm waters of the Mediterranean. The old fishing and transport boats were modified in the course of time, so their inner part, wide beam and large deck are now comfortable enough for cruising.
A cabin charter is an interesting option for those who would like to spend their vacations cruising the turquoise waters of Turkey, enjoying the company of crew and friendly people on board.
A bareboat charter has become increasingly popular as well as the demand for yacht vacation. It is considered easier and cheaper than owning a yacht. Bareboat charter implies chartering a boat independently, without any help of a professional skipper.