Βakalaris (Μπακαλάρης)

The bakalaris is a wooden beam with the same length as, and located under, the gunwale.

It has the same width as the ribs and has insets where the ribs mesh.

After the bakalaris has been nailed to the ribs, the gunwale is nailed to the bakalaris.

Not all caïques have a bakalaris. In the case of a caïque constructed without a bakalaris, the gunwale is nailed directly to the ribs. 
 

“Faneromeni’s” new bakalaris. The insets have been fitted and nailed to the ribs.

Salamis, March 2000.

(Archive of Nikos E. Riginos)