In our way to Ouranoupoli, Halkidiki we made a stop in one of the three remaining shipyards of Ierissos, in Chalkidiki to admire the entirely by wood handmade boats that are dying a few meters away from their natural environment. The boundaries of sky and sea. The vast blue in which they used to sail.
"The job of the shipbuilder is laborious and requires precision and knowledge. The Craftsman measures, cambers and cuts the wood and then he stabs the boat. For the side planks, he uses clamps and he ties the ship's skeleton with large rivets. In the end, the joints are closed with caulking and the sealing will follow. The painting is the ship's regular maintenance and after many years we will make a total maintenance. After twenty or thirty years, the nails are oxidized by the saltiness and the ship needs a total new nailing, all from scratch. The wood that it is mostly used is pine, set in resin and it stands really well. To answer the question of wood or acrylic, I will say that wood is not only cheaper, but more reliable for sailing too.", says Mr. Vlachos, one of the last few, who continues a long maritime tradition.
See our entire trip and its palette of blue here