What is the difference between Go Sail Turkey and Yacht Week?
We often get enquiries asking to book a “Yacht Week” experience with us, or sometimes even requests for a private boat for 8 people (only really possible when doing a yacht sail).
There are some big differences between our cruises and the Yacht Week-style trips, so let’s run through them!
- The boats
The biggest contrast is in the boats. Go Sail Turkey’s gulets are slightly larger (around 30 metres in length), whereas the Yacht Week boats are monohull or catamaran yachts, which are around 17 metres long. See photos below.
- Facilities onboard
Go Sail Turkey boats all have certain facilities as standard: private cabins for 2 people (we also have some triple cabins), ensuite shower rooms and toilets with every cabin and limited air-con in every cabin.
Sailing yachts, as used by companies like Med Sailors and Yacht Week, have shared toilets and limited air-con.
In addition, the sun-decks on the Go Sail Turkey boats are more spacious, with the added bonus of more places around the boat to sit in the shade and chill.
What is the same is the air-con situation: both boat types have limited air-con due to the fact that the boats are mostly overnighting in bays, so generators and engines cannot run overnight and batteries cannot produce powerful air-con.
On the yachts, food and drink is NOT included, so you would need to shop for your own and keep the boat stocked. You would also have to cook for yourself (or pay for a host/hostess to cook for you).
On the gulets, there is a large kitchen with a dedicated chef and a waiter to cook for you and serve you breakfast, lunch AND dinner. The food is authentic Turkish as well – easily one of the best cuisines in the world!
The Sail Turkey boats have an onboard bar, with a range of beers, soft drinks, spirits and cocktail options. The bar runs a tab system which is paid at the end.
On Yacht Week there is no bar but you can stock up the fridge with your own drinks from local supermarkets, meaning the drinks bill is lower!
Yacht life is a bit more complicated as you are affected by winds, ports you choose to moor in etc so fuel is always extra, as well as port fees, water and shore power. All of those are included in the price with Go Sail Turkey, apart from a small visitors’ tax of 20 Euros.
As an example, a space on a Premier gulet is around £949 including all meals, skipper, crew, fuel and tax. The price always remains the same, no matter how many people are on board the boat each week. With Yacht Week, the price is around £1900 GBP, including skipper, port fees, tax, water taxis and food. This is based on 10 people sharing a boat at full capacity (price is higher per person if the boat is not full).