The primary goal for the survival and promotion of wooden boatbuilding is to train young people, especially those who are interested and appreciate the preservation of the craft. That, however, presupposes the re-establishment of the economic and social status of wooden boatbuilding. There need to be permanent and institutionalized forms of apprenticeship, or extended training with valid professional prospects.
Apprenticeship of young people in shipyards of Kalymnos.
Photo: K. Damianidis, 1999