There are still several traditional ship builders based in the Old Harbour on Spetses.

Using only wood and traditional methods for construction, these guys have earned a high reputation for the quality of their work.

All sorts of pressures work against the boat yards, not least some of the owners of the expensive new villas surrounding the harbour who, having made the choice to 'go rural', don't actually want to have local industry on their doorsteps. the 'who was there first' argument is sadly not as strong as the power of money in this case

The first picture was taken in January 2011, but the lower one in summer 2000. That particular yard is gone now, replaced by an extravagent villa; I took the picture below from the same place in 2011:


Hopefully, the remaining builders will be able to keep this important craft alive in the future.