Contact Yachts sends word of a bucket-list yacht charter itinerary that’s available during August: The 139-foot Arkin Pruva sailing yacht Daima is open out of Mykonos, Greece, with an endpoint on the western coast of Turkey.
I was most recently aboard Daima in 2013, and she was in good shape. She is a 2009 launch that began chartering in 2010, combining the traditional comforts of Turkish gulet styling with modern amenities and sailing ability.
“Daima is one of the biggest and nicest charter yachts in Turkey right now, and she has one of the best crews,” Cem Boz of Contact Yachts told me as we toured the yacht in 2013. “She is in the top three, maybe the top two. And she cruises in Croatia plus Turkey, which is great.”
Daima has a top speed of 14 knots and has won the Bodrum Cup in Turkey three times—making her far speedier than any true gulet I’ve ever seen. She looks like a classic design, but she’s really a modification of one, with a longtime gulet builder striving to break into the construction of proper sailing yachts.
Daima does have some of the best gulet-style features, such as a large master stateroom aft with big windows facing out of her stern, but she also has contemporary interior styling and light fabrics throughout her décor, breathing new life into the traditional pattern of her mahogany woodwork.
I particularly loved Daima‘s oversized swim platform. It’s hydraulic and folds down from the yacht’s transom. When it is lowered, it gives this sailing yacht the feeling of having a megayacht-style swim platform with far more room for snorkeling gear and other toys than many other sailing yachts can offer.
The discounted weekly base rate to charter Daima from Greece to Turkey is €65,000 for 10 guests. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week on board.