She was known as Carmina and she was widely believed to be one of the largest and yet fastest gullet in Turkey. It was built in Bodrum in 2004 and it was right from the start intended to be a yacht for the stars.
Right now, the gullet was bought by a yacht charter company in Marmaris which has renamed it Grande Mare and now it’s undergoing a schedule of refitting and cleaning which is set to end the following month. The new owners intend to make it their flagship and hope to attract a lot of the rich and famous jet set in Europe and maybe also Hollywood, since it has already housed famous actress Demi Moore on one of her holidays.
The Grande Mare is 34m long and 8m wide, it has 2 720bhp twin engines which her captain says, will take her up to 16 knots on the water. He interior is made out of the finest wood and has excellent craftsmanship which would explain the 2.5 million euro price tag it has costs its present owner. He doesn’t seem to mind this price as he is prepared to put in another 200,000 euro into repairs and refitting the gullet.
The announced weekly price for a cruise aboard the Grande Mare is 65,000 Turkish lira and there are already several people which have put down their names for a Blue Cruise in Turkey, even some famous ones the owner insists, but since he has signed non-disclosure agreements with his clients, he cannot reveal their names.
Regardless of who will be enjoying this boat next season, one thing remains clear: for experiencing Turkish sailing, one needs to be aboard a wooden gullet. This is the main reason why gullet trips remain very popular in Turkey ports such as Marmaris or Bodrum.