Remzi Kasapoğlu

Yacht Captain

Ali’s older brother, Remzi likewise grew up right next to the sea. Even the daily walk to school sometimes involved water, as the rough path was partly submerged in the sea.

With fishing in the family, it was inevitable that Remzi would follow his father’s footsteps and earned his living as a fisherman. Later as the first tourists began to arrive to the region, he began to use his fishing boat to bring tourists on trips around Kekova bay, while still catching fish in the off-season. When it became clear that tourism was a fulltime occupation in itself, he joined his brother and set off to Izmir and then Istanbul to take the official courses in navigation, safety and maintenance, leading step by step to a captain’s license.

When Remzi was just twenty-three and his brother eighteen, they bought their first gulet-style yacht and began longer, multi-day trips further along the coastline. By 1995 they acquired a second boat, with each brother captaining their own yacht. Today the two brothers continue to work as captains, employing many of their fellow villagers from Üçağız to serve the guests to this region.