A Beginner’s Guide to a Bareboat Charter in Turkey

Ever Thought About Going on a Bareboat Charter? Turkey is the Perfect Destination

A Beginner’s Guide to a Bareboat Charter in Turkey

Forget what you may have heard about Turkey, it is still a popular place to go sailing and it is the ideal time to go on a bareboat charter in Turkey.

A bareboat charter in Turkey is ideal for all sailing abilities, with areas of high winds and milder winds depending on the area of Turkey. Turkey is a great place to sail with hot and dry summers, and idyllic islands, beaches and beautiful villages waiting to be discovered.

A bareboat charter in Turkey can be reached from anywhere in the world. Many of the islands have their airports along with the mainland airports depending on the area which you choose to sail in. Many of these airports have flights to other destinations in Europe, which connect the country to the rest of the world.

A Beginner’s Guide to a Bareboat Charter in Turkey

The weather in Turkey is perfect for sailing with hot dry summers and mild winters. The wind varies depending on the location in Turkey. The sailing season in Turkey begins at the end of April/ early May and lasts until October.

The best time to go on a bareboat charter in Turkey is in May, June or September to avoid the crowds of people in the marinas and tourist hot spots. Although this being said, anytime throughout the summer is great just beware of the crowds.

1. Why Go On A Bareboat Charter In Turkey?

Bareboat Charter In Turkey. The Turkish Riviera is a 1,000 mile stretch of coastline, with green mountains, crystal clear waters, historic sites, and superb beaches. From diving in Antalya, the archaeological site of Ephesus, the vibrant city of Fethiye, Ölüdeniz lagoon, and the medieval castle, and underwater museum in Bodrum. There are plenty of must-visit sites in Turkey with great sailing conditions, warm weather, world-class diving, and snorkelling.

Turkish Coastline. There are many ways to explore Turkey sailing, yet many of its amazing destinations lie on its coastline abundant in natural beauty and rich in history. You do not have to be experienced to create wonderful memories on a bareboat charter in Turkey.

2. Things To Do On A Bareboat Charter In Turkey

Places To Visit. On a bareboat charter in Turkey, there are lots of things to see and do.

  • Gümüşlük – Is perfect for a quick dip and to enjoy a drink or a meal of freshly caught fish at stylish yet simple beach eateries.
  • Bodrum Amphitheatre – Located close to the port, the Bodrum Amphitheatre is a marvel of ancient history.
  • Marmaris Marina – Is a great place to take a leisurely walk around with a great atmosphere.
  • Carian Rock Tombs – Preserved these majestic carvings in the rock formations are a great landmark to enjoy.
  • Cold Water Bay – Is a secluded and secret bay which is enclosed but worth finding, Located west of Olu Deniz, the site has a family-run restaurant. 
  • Serce Limani – A sanctuary and nature lover’s paradise with cliffs to dive and jump from, sheltered bays to visit, and shipwrecks to dive and explore.
  • Gocek – A high-class sailing resort with 5 superb marinas and 3 resorts. The town is surrounded by 12 beautiful islands, each with their unique features (many include mountains, hills, coves and plenty more unique things to explore).

These are just a small number of the things you can explore and see in Turkey, as well as the traditional sailing activities of swimming, snorkeling, diving or just watching the sunset with a cocktail on deck on a bareboat charter in Turkey.

3. When To Book A Bareboat Charter In Turkey

Best Time to Book a Bareboat Charter in Turkey. The best time to book a bareboat charter in Turkey is now! We have fully qualified and knowledgeable sales advisors who can find your perfect bareboat charter in Turkey and help make your sailing dreams come true.

Expert Advice. Our sales advisors can give you recommendations of areas to visit, itineraries, and help with choosing the perfect boat for your trip. Our sales advisors know the boats and area, as well as wind conditions and weather at specific times of the year.

4. What Boats Are Available To Charter?

Boats In Turkey. In Turkey, we have a large number of boats available for charter. Turkey is a big sailing destination, with lots of options, for itineraries and hundreds of marinas with boats available all over the country, depending on what itinerary you desire.

Bareboat Charter. For a bareboat charter in Turkey, the boats available vary at time of request and what boats are available for your chosen dates.

5. What Are The Benefits Of A Bareboat Charter?

Turkey Charters. Bareboat charters in Turkey are great for families and groups who want to travel at their own pace around their chosen piece of coastline. These charters also offer flexibility while avoiding the costs of a skipper, they allow for variations in itineraries and changes to schedules. Bareboat charters are rewarding experiences and a great chance to use existing skills and qualifications to guide your group around their charter.

Freedom. A bareboat charter in Turkey is ideal for exploring a variety of destinations and create your itinerary. On this type of charter, you don’t need any additional crew, so you are free to travel and sail at your own pace stopping at any place which takes your fancy.

6. Where Can You Sail?

Sailing Itineraries. On a bareboat charter in Turkey, you can take whichever route you desire, depending on what you what to see and explore. Turkey has lots of options for itineraries, depending on whether you want to visit islands, villages or cities.

7. What Qualifications Or Requirements Are Essential For A Bareboat Charter In Turkey

Required Qualifications. To go on a bareboat charter in Turkey at least one or preferably two people on board should have previous sailing experience and hold the necessary qualifications. Previous experience is always required and the relevant knowledge of the area and what to look out for.

National Governing Bodies. The RYA is still the most globally recognised qualifications franchise. Other national frameworks such as the American Sailing Association (ASA) are all generally accepted worldwide.

Some of the basic and minimal qualifications required for a bareboat charter in Greece are as follows;

  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
  • International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) America
  • NauticEd International Sailing License and Credentials (SLC) International
  • RYA Day Skipper UK
  • The skipper and at least one member of the crew should be experienced sailors and over the age of 18.

Happy To Help. Policies vary across countries and even operators in the same region, so it makes sense to check. Whether you are a SailChecker customer or not, we will happily review your qualifications and experience.

A Beginner's Guide to a Bareboat Charter in Turkey

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