Despite being a huge land mass that corresponds to the Anatolian Peninsula, yacht charter Turkey is bordered by four seas and has up to 8300km of coastline, thus turning it into sailor’s paradise. Choose any of the Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea or the Mediterranean shores and you’ll see that they’re all equally beautiful and enticing for any boat lover.
Today, yacht charter Turkey is just a very sought after tourist destination due to its wonderful natural landscape (very often untouched by modern man) as it provides the boatman with the mystique of the Orient while still being close to Europe. Its warm climate makes it the perfect place to spend a holiday at the beach even during the cold season. The shores vary from coves, inlets, bays and beaches, in other words, something for everyone, and the local yacht charter companies swear that there’s enough space here for everyone in case you want a secluded bay just for yourself.
Turkish waters are open to all vessels and all persons as long as some rules are respected and official paperwork is done. The good part about sailing in yacht charter Turkey is that you’ll find lots of anchoring spaces, be it in coastal villages or modern marinas along the coast. All boats sailing in Turkish waters must have a Transit Log (also called a Cruising Permit) containing information about the boat and the yacht charter crew. This log is valid for a whole year but becomes void if you leave Turkey.
The permit also provides an inventory of the good on the boat, so in case this changes for whatever reason (boat brakes down and needs repair for example) then any changes should be recorded in the log. This is done to prevent people smuggling while under the holiday front.
The good news with the Transit Log is that you some companies actually take care of this for you if you send them the required paperwork in advance. The paperwork actually refers to a complete crew list and a proof of the skipper’s sailing competence (like a sailing license). That way, there’s no need to cut into your sailing time by doing official business.
For citizens of certain countries, a tourist via when entering yacht charter Turkey is not mandatory. However, all tourists must have a valid passport with them and at least 6 months of validity on it upon entering the country. Once in Turkey, you can stay for up to 90 days. When that has expired, you can renew it at any local police station.