The History of traditional Greek boats
|The History of traditional Greek boats
What's a Greek Kaiki? kaiki or Caique is the Greek word which is taken from the Turkish word (Kayik)
a name given to wooden boats usually found among the waters of the Ionian or the Aegean Sea.
These boats were the mainly used for fishing.
Kaiki, were built on the foreshore of Nafpigia (shipyard) . They were built from pinewood. The frame of the craft is called a skeletos and it's constructed from a curved carvel planking and finished with the decking known as a katastroma. The colors that are chosen for each part of the kaiki are chosen with reason.
The frame of the craft is often painted in orange, to preserve and seal the timber. Most kaki are painted in white, to counter the powerful sun, the stakes and the topsides are painted in vivid chromatic colors, the kaiki has a short mast or istos.
A bow sprit or bastouni is stayed by a skalieri or rigging. In the stern of the kaiki, the predominant form is
Below the bow you will find the name of the boat carved on a tablet, usually they are given ladies names
Kaiki in the past was used as a means for fishing and trawling but now it has become known as a short excursion vessel and former fisherman make money from the tourist trade on the Islands.
The Greek Kaiki is an art that is slowly fading away as plastic and fiberglass replace the wooden craft.Unfortunately the kaiki is becoming a part of history and Greek tradition.
Trechandiri - a fast and aesthetic hull craft.
Fortuga - generally a heavier transport boat.
Karovassi - with a concave bow and under cut stern.
Perama - with a straight forward slanting masted boat.
Varkala - a single masted boat with a high counter stern.