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Above & Centre:
The 50m steel-hulled ‘Galileo’ was
designed completely in-house, and
features over 500m2 of luxurious
interior and 400m2 of open deck space.
Aft of the main deck dining area, a
huge ‘day-bed’ creates the perfect
atmosphere for an afternoon siesta.
On the main deck, wide sidewalks
connect the vast aft dining and
lounging area to the teaked foredeck.
There are few better sights than a magnificent three-
masted schooner under full sail, her sleek hull
moving swiftly through the waves under the power
of her complement of eight beautifully cut white sails. A
vessel indeed to dream of.
However, while most of us only ever realise this
vision as a dream, one man made the dream a reality. The
initial idea and concept for this dream was the brainchild
of Aegean Yacht’s owner, Sinan Ozer. With more than 30
years experience in yachting, Mr. Ozer and his company
had become well known for the many stylish custom-built
yachts they had delivered to a distinguished international
clientele, including Turkish businessmen, Arabic sheikhs
and Russian oligarchs.
So it was that, during the summer of 2007, a grand
celebration took place at the Bodrum Marina in southern
Turkey, as Aegean Yacht unveiled its new vessel, the
beautiful 50m classic three-masted schooner ‘Galileo’.
This superyacht became the 40th yacht to be launched at
the Aegean Yacht boatyard and is the biggest yacht of her
type to be built in the history of Turkish boatbuilding.
Aegean Yacht is based in the refined Mediterranean
resort of Bodrum, the ancient city of Halicarnassus, where
boats have been built for centuries. The company started
by building hand-made traditional wooden ‘gulets’, motor-
sailers with a traditional round stern. Now it is a full
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