World charter cruising guide

You like boats and you like holidays, so why not treat yourself to a charter? From hiring a Linssen in France to bareboating in Thailand, there's a world of choice


Imagine the warm, clear seas of the Caribbean, add the green mountain scenery and deep waters of a Norwegian fjord, and sprinkle with the numerous islands of a Scandinavian archipelago and you have a picture of what boating in Turkey is like.

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Turkey is just four hours away, and with an Easyjet service to Dalaman Airport, costs around £200 per person. From Dalaman you can take a taxi to Marmaris for 125TL (approx £60), or use one of the shuttle buses for around £25 per person.

Before setting off from Marmaris, admire the rows of beautifully varnished gullets – traditionally designed two-masted wooden sailing boats that are synonymous with this part of Turkey – or have a drink and a bite to eat in one of the many waterside restaurants. You could even buy a Turkish rug.

When you leave Marmaris you can either turn right and head towards Bozburun (35 miles away), which has a large choice of anchorages and bays, and – if there’s time – keep going to Bodrum (80 miles).

Going in this direction also allows you to explore the Greek islands of Rhodes (25 miles), Simi (35 miles), and Kos (75 miles) but you will need to complete customs formalities when entering Greek waters, and again when you return to a Turkish port. Luckily the £10 Turkish visa you must purchase at the airport is valid for multiple entries over 90 days.

Boat hire

As well as the Bayliner 4587, Sunshine Cruising offers a Bayliner 3388, a Rodman 41, a Bavaria 33 and a Colvic 38 flybridge.

Sunshine Cruising

Tel: 0090 252 412 0875

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