Turkish Gulet taken by Pirates in Mediterranean
Posted in the Bodrum, Turkey Forum
Cape Town, South Africa
#1 Sep 9, 2012
I found my dream Gulet in Marmaris earlier this year and paid Euro 1 million to the broker Gulet Group. I had been searching for a number of years and got to well know Ceitin Korkut and his assistant Okan Korkut after many visits to Marmaris.I paid Gulet Group for the 45m boat and all appeared in order.
They then requested Euro 100,000 to deliver the boat to South Africa, which I paid. Part of the agreed arrangement was that I would spend a few weeks on board whilst it travelled through the Mediterranean. Gulet Group provided a crew of four under the captaincy of Serdar Bedir. The boat is a sailing motor yacht. After many requests over two weeks I asked the captain to sail the boat rather than motor all the time. Finally they raised the sails, and it was clear that they did not know what they were doing, and tore one sail. They quickly reverted to the motor! I informed Gulet Group that I was concerned that the incompetency at sailing would not only endanger the boat but their own lives out in the open atlantic. After my report Gulet Group apparently terminated the contract through the office in Marmaris.
Captain Serdar was sent the following email
phealan good teknesinin mevki ve bulundugu en yakın limanı bildir.oraya donatanın gönderecegi yeni tayfalara tekneyi çalış 05;r durumda ve teslim aldıgın& #305;z gibi teslim etmenizi ve ucakla dönüş için en az 2 gün önceden ucuş günlerinizi bana bildirmenizi istiyorum.biletleriniz tarafımdan alınacaktır. bu konuda yorum ve karşı çözüm önerileri istemiyorum.bir sıkınt&# 305;nız varsa burada şirketle oturur konuşur ,hesaplaşır ve anlaşırs ınız.kaptan cengiz selcuk.
Gulet Group said it would be difficult to get a replacement crew quickly and we agreed that I would find a replacement, which I did.
I tracked the boat to San Raphael in South of France and sent the new crew. Captain Serdar refused to allow them on board. They now hold my boat for past 5 weeks. Last week I sent another representative and again Captain Serdar refused to allow him on board. Captain Serdar says he is owed money, but refuses to say how much or provide me with a copy of his contract.
Ceitin and Okan the owners of Gulet Group refuse to be of any assistance and ignore my emails. They refuse to refund any part of the Euro100,000 I have paid them to deliver the yacht the full way.
guletgroup.com is a very fancy website and certainly inspires confidence, however such brokerage firm appear regulated in Turkey by no one.
Who can I appeal to for help??
It is ironic that I decided to have the boat sailed 'the long way around' via the atlantic so as to avoid Somalia pirates only to have my own crew pirate the boat instead!
Surely this is not the norm for business in Turkey in 21st century???
Any assistance or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
You may also phone me Paschal +27823336622
ps my record of the entire transaction and all communications is 100%
#2 Sep 26, 2013
I have read the above message and once again regret the day I met Cetin and okan Korkut...
Cetin is an invalid person and one thinks that he is harmless person but they have hurt and ripped off so many people who came to buy or build a gulet in Turkey that now there are so many victims out there suffering with shattered dreams and empty bank accounts.
these are some of their web sites
www.guletgroup. com www.guletshow. com guletboats. com
they have no longer any office in marmaris but they keep on operating over internet and cheat on people with their fancy website.
I suggest you to hire a lawyer and go after them legally so that you can nail them otherwise these guys will keep on cheating other people...!
#3 Nov 6, 2013
This sounds like a trick and also some sort of pre-arranged trick. By the comment of Captain Erdi above, I would get yourself to that boat (you have paperwork to say you own it), call the local police and have them forcibly removed from your boat. You seem to have cash so pay some big guys to go along with you!! Good luck
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#5 Mar 24, 2014
You MUST get a good lawyer immediately. If you have all the requisite paperwork, I would recommend someone to you who is positive, well qualified (check her qualifications on line through the Turkish Bar Association) who has helped me and my husband (he is South African) in the past. Her Name is Sule Beder and she is based in Fethiye. Here is a web link to the testimonials and contact details on her website
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