If you mean an ex Turkish 'Gulet' wooden charter boat, do not do it, unless you know its history
and construction intimately. They are built for coastal hopping, not for ocean passages. My partner was in a race
for traditional and vintage gulets around Kara Ada, the island just outside Bodrum, and when they came out of the channel they hit a force 9 wind
; it was carnage, with sails
ripping, masts coming down and general mayhem. Jamie was ok as the boat he was on (the oldest) was last so took evasive action. Ha ha! Gulet + charter = don't buy!
If you mean an ex charter boat (Sunsail or similar) then you're more on the money
. We know people who have bought them. They tend to be factory line boats (Beneteau, Jeanneau) so again are not the most robust yachts on the market.
Another factor in the price
of boats in Turkey? You only have to look at the town quays in the height of the tourist season in places like Bodrum, Marmaris or Fethiye to know that business ain't good. Some boats were on sail all summer and remain so.
If I were going to take my kids
across oceans I would want a bullet proof yacht, as I'm sure you do, so please make sure it is thoroughly surveyed by a competent surveyor
. I know a surveyor
in Turkey who surveyed ours before we bought it. Mark is highly qualified and notoriously critical, so would only recommend a boat if he really believed it to be good enough.