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MEDON PLEIONI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Organismoi
Μουσεία
Επιφανείς Έλληνες
Ομογένεια
James Warren
Morgan

Our vision is implemented through a greater strategic plan that starts

with the cultivation of forestry in a sustainable way and then the


production of boat building specific timber, as in ancient times
according to the directions that we have through the ancient book of
Theofrastos “Enquiry into Plants” 370BC-287 BC in order to be able
to construct these types of sailboats that were used to transport
goods between the islands of the Hellenic Archipelagos. These
products were organic and natural as there was no other way at that
time. These products helped the local communities to be autonomous
and self-sufficient having their own products. However, with
commerce there was an exchange of ideas and culture

In order to implement our strategic plan, with its purpose which is


charitable, cultural, historic, artistic and educational and prove that
in modern times these boats of ancient descent, can sail efficiently
the Hellenic Archipelago.
One key step was to construct “Medon Ploioni”, which it’s an exact
replica of a 1800 sailboat. A characterized type of vessel called
"Tserniki" with a "sakoleva" rigging (a square sail held spread by a
diagonal antenna in a relatively small mast), according to the plans
and design of Admiral Paris "Greek Sakkoleva-1835", the design,
which refers to this particular vessell’s hull and rigging. The earliest
depictions of the rigging of sakolevas found on tombstones and reliefs
date from the 1st to the 3rd century, in Italy and Greece. These boats
were extremely fast and could easily handle the rough and rapidly
changing unpredictable Aegean and eastern Mediterranean weather.
Carrying light cargo and mainly used for smuggling or piracy, later
on as sponge diving boats, very rarely for fishing. This type of boat
disappeared by the end of WWII. These boats were, in length, from
9m to 19m, but usually 12 to 14m.

The experimental reconstruction of this boat has been a gargantuan


effort since its reincarnation includes πρωτόλεια non-published
academic research and studies. The study of the design and the
construction has been carried out by Nicholas Vlavianos and the
shipwright team under his direction and supervision.

However, the project of the construction was initiated almost 20


years ago as personal challenge of Nikolas Vlavianos. He started
orgonontas the mountains searching for the right timber for days in
a row, consuming personal funds, energy and resources. When
locating the right timber horses and trucks where utilized in order to
bring the timber back. Many

started was planned and carried out in accordance with the


requirements of traditional boatbuilding and seamanship of the 19th
century in the Hellenic archipelagos.

Ψαχνοντας υλικα στα βουνα χρησιμοποιώντας αλογα φορτηγα

Μερες

Ισιους κορμους για καταρτια

Διαφορετική ξυλεία για κάθε τομέα συμφωνα με τον θεοφραστο

Μιλώντας με υλοτόμους

Να τα μουσκευεις να στγνωευεις ακολουθόωντας τις οδηγιες του θεοφραστου

to revive traditional trade as a reason for these sailboats to be built,


maintained and traveled to the ancient routes.

As a part of diasosi arxaiaw texnis tis ilotomias paragogi xilias

Me ta proionta organika help isolated island ta apomakrismena nisia


na min hasoun tin koultoura kai agrotiki partagogi

Our vision has cultural implications, as maritime heritage that is kept


alive and preserved in time. Furthermore, rescue and dissemination
of our shipbuilding and naval art, which is derived from the depths of
our history. The activity we propose is environmentally compatible,
since the ships we are utilizing are sailboats, have zero carbon
footprint and do not burden the environment.

Our vision is sustainable, as we transport naturally grown organic


products, in small-scale and create jobs across the country.
In addition, the existence and sailing of these traditional sailboats,
enriches the story telling the touristic narrative of Greece, as proven
pieces of maritime history, tested in time.

Finally, our vision is to spread the idea that such vessels can stay
functional so that a single individual or group of people who want to
rescue a traditional wooden sailboat through our model can do it with
the lowest possible financial contribution on their part.

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15 revma

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30k diafora exoda k microylika