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of the Association

October 1999  

George Anomeritis, Yannis Kapsis and Manolis Psarros could not remain indifferent in front of the brutal destruction of the kaikia, the traditional Greek wooden fishing boats.

They form the group of friends with the hope and ambition to save, maintain, and promote these  menaced vessels,  the boatyards which build them and the related professions which tend to become extinct .

Twenty two more friends join them and the Association is legally established.

November 22, the bylaws are signed on.

Since then the Traditional Boat Association of Greece fights to preserve our maritime tradition and is continuously joined by new members.

Traditional Boat Association of Greece

Is to preserve our maritime tradition by saving, preserving and supporting traditional boats and boatyards which are facing extinction today.

Our aim

The senseless breaking of fishing boats resulting from a destructive interpretation of the EU directive designed to eliminate overfishing.

We try to draw public attention to this unforgivable and irreversible crime that deprives us of our national treasures and deletes 

a most important part of our history.

We fight against

Meet The Board


Nikos Kavallieros

Rear Admiral (retired) 

Business, Law, and Naval Academy studies.

Served in the coast guard of Piraeus, Lavrion, Rafina, Elefsis and in the consular Coast Guard of Odessa as well as in the Ministry of Merchant Marine.

Since he retired in 2002 he has served as commissioner in Institutional Issues of Coastal Shipping and as CEO in S.E.E.N, SEAJETS and today as CEO and General Secretary in the Association of Owners of Speedboat and Cruise ships.

He has been president of the Traditional Boat Association since 2004.

Vice President

Costas Nikas

Yachting | Business


Costantinos, is an economist working in finance.

During the last ten years he is taking loving care of Panagia Tinou, one of the very few “perama” kaikia still sailing on Greek waters.

His love for classic boats and for nautical sports motivated him to be an active participant in the Amfithea Nautical Club and in the Traditional Boat Association of Greece.

Secretary General

Annika Barbarigos

Yachting | Business


Professor of history and philosophy of art in the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and in Boston College. Art dealer in New York.

Got involved with classic and traditional boats when she refitted Freedom, a 1920 classic schooner and Agia Sophia, a 1967 trehandiri both of which she operates till today. 

Founded the AB Felix ltd yachting company specializing in the brokerage, building and refitting of wooden boats. Member of the Yacht Club of Greece and Secretary General of the Traditional Boat Association of Greece.

Stamatis Koutoumanos


Yachting \ Business

Businessman. A sailor since an early age, Stamatis is passionate about the sea  and wooden boats. He owns and pampers two trehandiria, Anima and SeaTzen and the historical perama Faneromeni (which has museum status). He considers the kaikia as a most important part of Greek cultural heritage and that is why he became actively involved in the Traditional Boat Association of Greece.

Manos Vernicos


Captain \ Yachting

Master A class; expert Salvage Master. Worked on cargo ships and ocean going tugs worldwide then on mega yachts and lately on traditional yachts. Manager of salvage and towing operations; project manager at Palmer Johnson, Savanna, Ga; partner in AB Felix ltd. Founding member of the Greek Yachting Association, member of the Yacht club of Greece, and active in the Traditional Boat Association since 1999.

Tina Dritsa




Tina Dritsa has studied computer science and marketing. After a long and successful career in management positions, she has now moved her interests to hospitality at sea and on land, chartering yachts and renting houses to foreign and Greek travelers. She loves traditional boats and strongly believes in saving and preserving them.

Nikos Karanikolas




Car mechanic, owner of Ford car center company, Nikos is a great lover, and collector of classic things: from small cameras to classic cars. For the last 20 years he has left car racing to tame the waves of the sea with his small sailing boat "Navina"; consequently, he could not be absent from the Traditional Boats Association and from the effort to preserve our cultural heritage.

Manolis Psarros

Honorary Member



Owner of the famous shipyard in Perama, founded by his family, well known ship carpenters from Symi.

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