Trechantiri is one of the most loved,seaworthy and genuine Greek vessels. The word Trechantiri may owe its origin to the word trohantiras which has been found in texts of 9th & 10th century Byzantine writers and it means podostama. The vessel was first built in the mid 17th century. Its length reached 25 - 30 m. One of its characteristics was the shape of its stem post, which ends in a type of head.Another characteristic was its pointed stern post, which is almost a straightline. This vessel was and is used in almost all areas of marine activity. It is most frequently used by professional fishermen, although in the past it was also used as a merchant vessel and as a sponge collecting vessel. Nowadays, it is more popular as an entertainment vessel as opposed to a professional fishingboat. The Trechantiri is believed to have originated in Hydra, although this fabulous vessel was and still is constructed in Syros, Kavala, Samos,Perama et al. The fact that it is very wide compared to its length is the main reason for its remarkable stability in combination with the formation of the bow, the stern and its curved timber. Thus, it is regarded as one of the most sea worthy vessels for crossing the often rough Greek seas. It is the type of boat which continues being constructed in the Aegean. Most of the Trechantiri built nowadays have a total length of 8-15 m. It is said that the Trechantiri originates from trampakoulo, a traditional vessel of the Adriatic. The most striking characteristic of its hull is the curved shape of the bow , which exhibits some changes especially regarding its angle of inclination & its curviture.
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2. Traditional& contemporary marine carpentry . S.Psatheris