A Seafaring Family History

Filippos Boats is the longest established boat rental company in the whole of Corfu and has been renting boats and offering first class service and support since 1980.

Boating and fishing are passions and a way of life that run through the veins of the family and ancestors of Filippos Salvanos, the proprietor of Filippos Boat rental. There is a long-standing history of maritime experience, stemming back to 1890. Filippos’ maternal grandfather helped save many British sailors struck and injured by mines planted in the Corfu-Albanian Channel during the Second World War. This resulted in the Italians stealing his caique; he never got over this and died three years later with a broken heart.

Boating and fishing are passions and a way of life that run through the veins of the family and ancestors of Filippos Salvanos, the proprietor of Filippos Boat rental. There is a long-standing history of maritime experience, stemming back to 1890. Filippos’ maternal grandfather helped save many British sailors struck and injured by mines planted in the Corfu-Albanian Channel during the Second World War. This resulted in the Italians stealing his caique; he never got over this and died three years later with a broken heart.

Filippos started helping his father and uncle on the caique in 1960 when he was five or six years old. After finishing his National Service in 1979, Filippos started his own business and bought two small motorboats – each sporting 3.5 HP engines! Filippos Boats was the very first boat hire company in Corfu to be given a licence to rent boats and today, after 38 years experience with the sea and boats, his children Katie and Nicholas have now joined the family business.

Kassiopi harbour in the 70s

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