Australian born, European bred and retired professional motorcyclist racer Dave Stanley began one of his several careers as a port emergency services diver in Melbourne. With a childhood passion for sailing, he also has been involved in building Herreschoff replicas. Dave first came to Turkey on a sailing holiday and was enamoured with the beauty of the country, friendliness of the people and the plethora of wooden boats. He eventually moved to Bodrum permanently, bought classic gulet Southern Cross Timer in 2004 and entered the gulet charter business.
Dina Street moved to Bodrum in 1990 after finishing double degrees in Applied Mathematics and Near Eastern Studies from U.C. Berkeley and realized that she preferred a life in the Mediterranean over Silicon Valley. After opening Caravan Frozen Yogurt, Bodrum's first full service ice cream shop, she followed with the Turkey's first Starbucks-style internet cafe in 1996. In 2000, she authored and launched the soon to be resurrected Bodrum Gulets as an non-commercial website, and worked extensively with the charter department of Zephyria Yachting before founding Bodrum Yacht Services and Southern Cross Blue Cruising with Dave Stanley.
Bodrum Yacht Services deals with gulet brokerage, new construction, post-sales support, project management, refits, winterization and charter management. Southern Cross Blue Cruising focuses upon chartering our fleet of hand selected gulets. Our companies are respectively registered in Turkey and Australia.
We run an on-going, in-depth blog pertaining to gulets, Turkish cuisine, local characters and off the beaten path subjects related to life in Turkey. We always appreciate your comments on our meanderings.