The Gulet designing had never been an easy job, but dedication, combined with the hard work and study lead to success. Bodrum made gulets have a reputation for being unbeatably stylish. In order to build a wooden yacht one should have an intimate knowledge, which can only be achieved by consistent hard work, profound study and years of experience. A gulet should be able to withstand the buffeting of the famous Mediterranean waves and sail against the strong winds. At the same time, below deck it must be large enough for an ample, comfortable and homey accommodation for both guests and crew. It must also have space to provide sufficient storage for all requests and eventualities. Above all, it should also be a good craft and a fast sailer!
Erol Agan is a designer and boat builder, whose gulets are well-known in the yachting industry for their comfort, luxury, durability and a swan-looking appearance. He is considered to be a true renaissance man with a resume from Who's Who in the Turkish Yachting History. Born in Bodrum, Mugla, in 1936, he's got a distinguished and remarkable career both in the gulet design and building, a rare example of those who can move easily from one discipline to another. Erol Agan is the founder of the biggest boatyard in Bodrum. Having a family naval background he had followed in his ancestries' footsteps. After completing his military service, he commenced his long-standing career as an apprentice, working alongside the well-known gulet builder Master Ziya. He then attained the position of assistant to the Master. As a result, during all these years he built more than 100 gulets.
Erol Agan is highly respected amongst his agemates and also by the new generation of boat building craftsmen. His legend continues to flourish, and although he has handed over the reign of his family company to the next generation of the Agans, he still takes an active interest in his brainchild. Erol Agan 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 could have embarked on his well-earned retirement but his vision lives on through the Aganlar Yachts.