The term gulet is said to have developed from either the French term “géolette” (which means schooner) or from the Venetian word “galiota” (which means galleon). Originally, gulets were wooden boats made in the south of modern-day Turkey and used by fishermen and sponge divers to transport their catch.
With the demand for elegant, finely appointed charter vessels growing in Turkey over recent years, gulets developed into sophisticated motorsailers, catering to the needs of a very demanding and continuously growing charter clientele.
Over time, a number of new designs has emerged, but they always stayed close to the traditional Turkish gulet’s style. Since its classic design does not allow many cabins on board, slight modifications have been implemented over recent years, and today the transom-stern gulet offers the best possible use of space both above and below deck, making it a popular type of charter vessel.