Gulet designing never easy work, but with dedication, hard work and study the distinctive type of "Bodrum Gulets" have a reputation for being unbeatable and stylish. To build such wooden-crafted yachts requires pure knowledge, which can only be obtained by consistent work, profound study and years of experience. The Bodrum Gulets should withstand the buffeting of the famous Mediterranean waves and sail against the strong winds. Whilst at the same time, below deck it must be large enough for ample, comfortable and homey like accommodation for both guests and crew, it must also have space to provide sufficient storage for all requests and eventualities. Above all, it must also be a good craft and fast sailor.
Erol Agan is such a designer and builder, whose gulets are well-known for their comfort, luxury, durability, swan looking appearance in the yachting industry. He is considered a true renaissance man, with a resume that looks like a Who's Who of Turkish Yachting history. Born in Bodrum, Mugla in 1936, he has a distinguished and remarkable career in both the gulet design and build, which is rare to find someone who could move easily from one discipline to another.
He is the founder of the biggest shipyard in Bodrum. Having a family naval background, he followed the same footsteps. After completing his military service he commenced his long-standing career as an apprentice, working alongside the equally well-known gulet builder Master Ziya (Ziya Guvendiren). He then attained the position of Assistant to the Master. He built more than 100 gulets during all these years.
Erol Agan is well respected and highly thought of amongst his contemporaries and by the new generation of boat building craftsman. His legend continues to flourish with great success and although he has handed over the reign of this family company to the next generation of the Agan family, he still takes an active interest in his brainchild. He is still a familiar presence at the boatyard where he takes his early morning walk and enjoys his regular Turkish coffee with his staff. He may have embarked on his well-earned retirement, but his vision lives on through Aganlar Yachts.