A native of Üçağız village, our yachts’ home port, Ali grew up next to the sea. The son of a fisherman, he spent his childhood fishing and playing on his father’s boats. Long before the first tourists arrived, his father would take Ali to gather olives from the island, crossing the straits in an open rowing boat.
As he got older, an official captain’s license became a requirement. Along with other locals, Ali went away to study the official course, obtaining his captain’s license while still a teenager.
In 1985 Ali first began working with tourists, bringing passengers from Kaş to Kekova. A couple of years later, the family built their first yacht, a 17 metre gulet which has since been sold. In 1995 together with his brother they commissioned the Kasapoğlu II, and a couple of years later added a third yacht, captained by a fellow villager. By 2002 they found their original yacht was too small, and commissioned the Kasapoğlu V, completing the fleet of five that are running today.