These simple ambitions paid off because as boating grew as a sport he started to get more and more inquiries from different parts of Turkey. Our company grew slowly, during these early years - his Riza’s eldest son became expert at ftting and refurbishing ZF and Hurth marine gearboxes.
After graduation from technical university, Riza’s youngest son joined the family company in the 1980s. The brothers, who loved the sea and were keen yachtsmen, realised an ambition when an opportunity arose for them to open a yachting centre in Gocek. There they opened a different workshop in order to provide technical services to a limited number of yachts in the harbour.
This contributed to the development of Gocek Marina, which opened in 1996. The marina vastly increased the numbers of boats andyachts in the area. As a consequence our company opened a Showroom and Chandlery representing major maritime brands, and stocking a range of equipment including technical systems, engines, generators, gearboxes, and navigation equipment.
Today, my brother and I represent a third generation to join our company. We have been involved in this business since childhood. My brother recently qualityed as a marine designer and, since graduation as a Marine Engineer, I worked for a number of Super-Yacht yards in Europe, before taking the role of General Manager of Emek Marin in 2010. Customer always was part of our family and business since generations.
The sea presents us with many challenges, and is not without some danger. True yachts-people share the risks and the beauty of water with a depth of feeling normally reserved for poets.
We enjoy such people. They bring wonderful stories and share kindly with those who appreciate a yachting lifestyle at sea. My wish is to help more and more people appreciate their yachting and, perhaps, share my vision of a safe global circumnavigation. Emek Marin now has 3 different divisions under a family holding company each aimed at maximising customer care and satisfaction:
Technical Service and Refit Distribution of technical equipments Brokerage
We specialise in preparing boats for long distance Cruising. Selling yachts to bluewater cruisers and distributing technical equipment of high quality brands as well as refitting blue-water cruisers.
Our main depot today has 18 staff. To meet the growing needs of customers, we also recently expanded into Istanbul.