First Impression: Schatz
Date toured: May 2009
We were a party of 12 for lunch on the afternoon that I spent aboard the 100-foot gulet Schatz in Marmaris, Turkey. It was a hot, sunny day, but we were well protected by the bimini that gave blissful shade to the entire outdoor dining area. The boat looked lovely, the meal was delicious, and the service was excellent.
Just as I began to write “nice boat” in my notebook, the owner moved Schatz into my “impressive” category by detailing how he had just spent no less than €330,000 refitting the yacht to keep her in top charter condition.
How does he love his gulet? Let me count the ways:
• All new masts
• All new rigging
• All new winches
• A new satellite television system
• A new surround-sound system
• A new flat-screen television in the main saloon’s bar area
• New sitting area on the bow
• New closets and drawers in guest cabins
• New, individual air-conditioning controls in guest cabins
• New lamination on the entire yacht’s hull
• New autopilot and joystick-control steering at the helm
• Newly rebuilt galley with extra refrigerators for charter menus
• Newly installed lifts beneath the generators, which reduces vibration throughout the yacht while the generator is running to provide air conditioning and more
• New washing machines that reduce the time it takes to clean guests’ towels and sheets from three hours to 30 minutes
“Every year,” the owner said, “something new comes on the charter market. We have to keep up.”
It’s a refreshing attitude in Turkey, where some yachts go from brand-new to run-down in a matter of a year or two. It’s also nice to see a gulet owner putting his money where his mouth is by investing in modern systems and upgrades that will keep all 10 overnight guests aboard Schatz comfortable, safe, and entertained.
The lunch I attended was an example of how well the crew aboard Schatz perform for larger parties, according to Cem Boz of the local agency Contact Turkey, which I have come to trust after several years of dealing with charter yachts in this part of the world.
“The thing about this boat is that, not only is it an excellent boat, but they do very well with special occasions,” Boz told me. “They make very good parties and memories.”
Mine certainly fit that description.
Any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin