I was in Turkey
last year checking out the boating
scene. Here is the story with gulets.
1.Almost all are purpose built for the charter trade
, which means they are turning more into floating condos than boats.
2.Almost all them have acres of varnish
, looks great, however labour is relatively cheap
in Turkey so they can afford people to sand and varnish
3.Almost all of them are made of wood (mohagany, oak and teak), doesn't seem to be much of a problem in the Med and in your cool water
shouldn't be a problem at all.
4.I came across gulets of varying quality. When an order is placed, they don't build on spec, the owner will pretty much specify how long he's planning to charter
the boat, the builder
will usually build to those specs, i.e. high quality $$$$$ for an owner expecting to use the boat for many years, low quality $$ for someone who will only be doing day charters and the like for a few years.
5.Shipping a 42' boat, as deck
cargo to the east coast
of NA is something like $15,000,
Your boat is way too big for a container.
6.However if you want to get a boat built, now that is another story...Turkey is a GREAT place for high quality custom boat building.
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