A kaiki is a traditional vessel that can be found among the crystal waters of the Aegean Ionian Seas.
Trehandiri is a specific hull type characterized by its wide beam and deep draft that provide unparalleled stability, which has established it as the most successful Greek hull, making the two words, kaiki and trehandiri, synonymous. In fact, over the past 300 years most Greek ships, whether fishing, commercial or passenger, have been of the trehandiri type.
characterized by its wide beam and deep draftAnd yet today, there are only a handful of shipyards still building these magnificent boats, primarily due to the decline of the Greek fishing industry. Our passion to preserve M/S Achilleas and offer our guests the opportunity to sail and enjoy it is our contribution to preserving the unique history and legacy of the Greek traditional kaiki.
Named after the hero of the Trojan War and the central character of Homer’s Iliad, Achilleas is a 23 meter (75.5 feet) boat that was built in 1978 on the Greek island of Thasos in the Northern Aegean by the world-renowned ship builder Antonis Ploutis. The material used was pine from the Greek island of Samos, considered to be the highest quality wood for shipbuilding because of its high resin content. Past owners were successful businessmen who used it primarily for private leisure use. The current owners meticulously restored Achilleas for charter use, providing visitors and guests the opportunity to experience the unique history and unparalleled grace of this fine example of Greek shipbuilding.