Port Yachting - Halas

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  • LENGTH 174 ft / 53 m
  • SLEEPS 24
  • CABINS 12
  • BUILT 1915
  • REFIT 0
  • PRICE FROM – TO €126,000 – €145,000

See brochure: https://yacht.link/2849GB33G174EG

Operating in the East Mediterranean

Halas’ colourful history begins in 1914 when she was purchased by the British Government.  However due to the outbreak of World War I, the British Government refused to allow her delivery.  She arrived in Turkish waters in 1918.  In 1923 her name was officially changed to Halas (meaning deliverance), and she was used as a passenger ferry on the Bosphorus for 65 years.  1984 saw her sold into the private sector and converted into a luxury cruiser.  From 2008 to 2010 she was entirely and extensively renovated, and since this time she has been serving as a fully–licensed luxury coastal cruiser available in Istanbul and along the south-western coastline of Turkey.
With her idyllic setting and impeccable services, Halas offers the perfect atmosphere for exclusive weddings or corporate events for up to 120 people.
12 luxuriously appointed cabins accommodate up to 24 guests, while the principal indoor dining room can seat up to 60 people, with additional outdoor space for another 42 people.
Her weekly tariff includes full board and beverages like soft drinks and water.
Fuel, berthing dues, harbour charges, alcoholic beverages, customs formalities, charges for water and electricity taken from shore, and agent’s fees are at charterer’s expense.

The rich and long story of HALAS

The yacht was built in 1914 by the British for the Ottoman Empire, however, the ship never made it to the empire because of the World War I. Instead, the British government used the ship named Waterwich at that time in Gallipoli.

Only in 1923, she became a truly Turkish boat after being used by the British Allied Headquarters. The same year the ship was named HALAS. For the next 65 years, it served as a passenger ferry on the Bosphorus carrying thousands of passengers daily.

In 1984 the famous Turkish publisher Haldun and Cigdem Simavi gave to the yacht a second life by purchasing it and transferring it into a 15-cabin luxury cruiser. The ship was literally rescued from the wreckers yard. HALAS became a top private luxury yacht in Istanbul.

In 2008 the cruiser got new owners. Famous Turkish Koc family, Mustafa and Caroline, purchased the yacht and put her through a major refit. In two year HALAS was transferred into a more luxurious yacht with 12 cabins that can be chartered for special events and luxury yachting holidays in Istanbul and Turkey.

Over the years LAHAS 71 hosted VIP guests from around the world including former US Presidents, George Bush and Bill Clinton, former French President Francois Mitterand, and members of the British Royal Family – Prince Charles, Princess Margaret, the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.


Today you can charter the yacht in Istanbul or hire the boat in Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye. No matter which destination you will choose, there’s a guarantee that you’ll have an absolutely amazing and unique experience feeling and being treated like a royal! The crew of HALAS yacht is highly professional and knows exactly how to take care of each guest according to the VIP standards