With some simple preparation, your trip to Turkey for a sailing vacation can go smoothly. Turkey is rapidly becoming a popular destination and is receptive to visitors from all around the world. Although steeped in ancient history, and a country of middle eastern society, it offers all the conveniences and services that any western society tourist would require.

Please Note!

On the yacht, we require soft luggage, such as packpacks, duffels, and soft suitcases. The J’Sea has good storage, but please remember that you are on a yacht, so minimalism is encouraged.

It is important that your footwear be soft, white or light-colour soled shoes, or deck shoes.

What is the weather in Turkey like during the season?

The weather in this part of Turkey is generally warm after the rainy season ends at about the end of March. There may be a few showers in April and September but between these months, the weather is warm, peaking in August when temperatures can get to the high 30 degrees C. October can be beautiful but again can have occasional showers. Remember to bring ample suntan lotions and start with a high factor. [top]

What is the wind like during the season?

The wind normally comes up during late morning, can increase to sometimes 15 to 20 knots and then disappear in the evening. These are ideal conditions for a sailing holiday. From July, the local wind, the Melteme, can come up for a day or two but rarely more than a Force 6 which the boat is quite capable of handling with ease. [top]

Are there any mosquitos and other insects?

Some of the bays we visit will have some mosquitoes so do please bring repellent and after-bite available from any good chemists. There are some wasps but we have rarely seen anyone stung. [top]

What form of money is best to arrange and bring to Turkey?

Bring about 100€ per person in Turkish Lira and then you can always draw more from the many cash machines on your credit or debit card. Travellers cheques are not recommended unless you want to do so as you can invariably only cash these in a high street bank which often have long queues. [top]

What Visa arrangements do I need to make?

Visa requirements vary according to your nationality so please check with your local Turkish Embassy. For example, pay about $50USD per person. Other countries pay different amounts, some countries have to apply for a VISA prior to leaving their own country. Please check well in advance. See also the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs web page on Visa requirements. [top]

Do we need any vaccinations?

According to The World Health Organisation there are no vaccination requirements for any international traveller to Turkey. [top]

If we are inexperienced, will we be seasick?

It is our policy not to scare or make people seasick unless this is unavoidable. Gocek has a wonderful, long bay enclosed by mainland and a string of islands leaving it protected and ideal for flat water sailing. We can acclimatise novices in this area before going further afield. We do however, recommend that you bring some anti-seasick pills, wristbands or the patch (Transderm Scop). [top]

What insurance do we need?

The vessel is covered by Lloyds Insurance and includes commercial charter cover.

Please also ensure that each person in your party has their own holiday insurance cover. [top]

What is the cruising range?

We can cruise Turkish coastal waters and some Greek Islands, depending on the duration of the charter. We can discuss itineraries before or at the start of your charter and can suggest places of interest with you unless you already have an idea of what you would like to see and do. [top]

Do we need foul weather clothing?

We only have our own personal foul weather gear, but depending on the time of year of charter it may be prudent to bring some lightweight waterproof jacket just in case, for spray rather than any rainy weather as generally from May to September, there is unlikely to be any rainfall. [top]

Any items we need to bring?

  • Beach towels
  • Light foul weather gear, more in case of spray than inclement weather
  • We have comprehensive library, games and CD's but bring your own favourites as well
  • Sun tan lotion, block-out for nose and lips, a hat and a light shirt with long sleeves. Sarongs are good for sun protection
  • Mosquito repellent and after-bite
  • Anti seasick pills or patch for behind your ear (Transderm Scop) if you are worried
  • Swimming and snorkelling gear if required
  • Please do not bring any hard luggage as we will have to leave this behind. Bring soft stowable luggage only
  • Bring Immodium or anything similar just in case your stomach may be a little sensitive to Turkish cuisine [top]

Are there any limitations to the charter holiday?

The cruising range is described above. Turkish and Greek formalities must be observed if alternating between the countries and this can take up to a day to complete in either country. [top]

Can you arrange transfer from/to airport?

We can arrange motorcoach transfer from and to Dalaman International Airport for your cost - 2006 rates are confirmed at €20 for collection and €20 for drop off. Transfer time is approximately 90 minutes and we only use the most reliable buses. [top]

What fire and safety equipment is there on board?

  • 2 Children's, standard foam filled lifejackets
  • 8 Standard foam filled Adult lifejackets
  • 8 Clip-on Harnesses
  • 2 Danbouys attached to flotation life rings with flashing light
  • Bombard 10 person life raft
  • Coastal and offshore flare pack
  • DSC VHF emergency MOB alert - transmits GPS position on Ch 70, emergency channel
  • 2 x Raymarine GPS MOB facility
  • 3 Fire extinguishers, aft cabin, saloon/galley, fore cabins

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What First Aid do you have?

Comprehensive First Aid Kit, fully compliant with MCA merchant shipping code of conduct and crew up to date on Certified Marine First aid course. [top]

Linen and towels etc?

Bed linen for each berth and bathroom towels are provided but not beach towels so please bring your own. [top]

What about the catering on board, crockery/cutlery etc.?

We have a fully equipped galley with domestic items for maximum 8 persons including a variety of pots, pans, serving bowls, knives and forks, glasses and anything else you may need are all on board. Please let us know in advance of any dietary requirements and likes and dislikes. We will stock the boat prior to your arrival where possible, unless you would like to come with us to the market and choose items yourselves. [top]

What are the cooking and food preservation arrangements?

  • 4 burner Force 10 gas hob with oven and grill, electronic spark ignition.
  • 2 cooking bottles located in starboard/port aft locker with drain overboard through the transom.
  • Remote shut off valve in aft cabin hanging locker and safety shut-off switch located at cooker.
  • Separate fridge and large freezer both driven by 12 volt or engine compressor. [top]

What are the cleaning and bedding arrangements?

The crew will clean the inside and outside of the boat and fresh linen will be made up before each client arrives. [top]

What are the sleeping arrangements - accommodation layout and stowage for personal gear?

  • Spacious owner's cabin forward with king size bed
  • 2 aft cabins with double beds
  • Plenty of hanging space in cupboards and storage in drawers in all cabins
  • Storage under the bunks

See also Yacht for the layout. [top]

What is the fresh water capacity - for drinking and domestic use?

Water capacity on the boat is approximately 800 litres which is for washing, showering, cooking, tea and coffee etc. Drinking water is bottled and is supplied as part of the charter fee. It is recommended that each adult should drink about 2 litres a day in high temperatures. Children should be monitored to drink at least 1 litre depending on age. The boat will carry sufficient supply of both types with plenty of places along the coast to re-stock. [top]

What power is available for using or recharging electrical equipment?

The main power supply in Turkey is 220V, 50Hz and there are many overnight stops where we can take power from the shore. If we are anchored, we have battery power that should be adequate for most requirements.

We have European type plug sockets onboard but, if you need to use or recharge equipment ashore, you will need a German type "two pin with earthing strip" adaptor. [top]

Do you have GPS? (Global Positioning System)

2 Garmin GPS systems, one at navigation station, one at helm. Both have MOB function. [top]