08/12/2009

Ich hatte bei meinem zweiten Kauf einer Yacht mit mehreren Yachtmaklern in England, Deutschland und Holland zu tun. Man konnte sie alle vergessen.
Durch das Internet stiess ich schliesslich auf Herrn Yiannis Drimousis, Athen, Griechenland. Sehr überrascht war ich von Anfang an ueber ein wirkliches Verstaendnis seinerseits, was ich wollte und was zu mir passen wuerde. Mir wurde also nicht etwas aufgeschwatzt.

Durch seine grosse Erfahrung und eine selten gewordene ausserordentliche Hilfsbereitschaft entschloss ich mich fuer eine Beneteau 440 Oceanis.
Das besondere daran war, ich kaufte dieses Boot ohne es gesehen zu haben. Der Grund: ich lebte in Shanghai und hatte nun einmal sehr grosses Vertrauen in Yiannis Drimousis. Dieses Vertauen wurde auch in keinster Weise enttaeuscht. Im Gegenteil. Yiannis hatte alles organisiert, alles perfekt geplant. Alle noetigen Papiere vom Kaufangebot, Kaufvertrag, Registrierung bis zum notariellen Teil war alles ohne Makel. Also so, wie ein sehr guter Yacht-Makler immer machen sollte.

Als ich nach Griechenland kam, stellte ich einige Dinge am Boot fest, die ich gerne geändert/repariert haben wollte. Auch einige Ausruestungsgegenstaende fehlten. Für Yiannis Drimousis war das alles kein Problem: alles wurde auf seine Kosten repariert, die Ausrüstung ergaenzt.
Ich kann Herrn Yiannis Drimousis, der mittlerweile ein Freund unserer Familie ist, bestens empfehlen. Vielen Dank Yiannis.

Wolfgang Kokott
Wilhelmshaven
Deutschland

17/10/2009

O senhor Yannis ultrapassou todas as minhas expectivas como broker. Eu cheguei em Atenas com a idéia de comprar um barco que havia visto na internet, mas sem noção nenhuma do que era bom ou ruim. O primeiro barco que ele me mostrou parecia bonito, um pouco velho, mas o preço era bom e eu viajei até a Grécia só para ver ele. O surveyor condenou o barco e disse que não servia aos meus propósitos (o senhor Yannis fez questão que eu contratasse o surveyor e isso me poupou muito dinheiro e problemas). Eu não tinha mais muitas alternativas pois tudo o que restava no mercado era muito mais do que eu esperava gastar. Ele me mostrou um barco que era um pouco acima do valor do anterior, mas realmente muito diferente. Um barco não muito novo, mas extremamente bem cuidado pelos antigos donos. Era bem aquilo que eu estava procurando. Ele realmente entendeu o meu objetivo e conseguiu realiza-lo.

Ele conhece bem o prórpio negócio e te mostra o que você quer ver. Até então esse é o trabalho dele e de qualquer outro broker, mas eu precisei fazer umas modificações no barco e aí começou a parte onde ele se diferenciou para mim.

A assistência que eu tive por parte dele foi total, ele me levou aos lugares onde vendem os equipamentos, me apresentou as pessoas, e cuidou de tudo com relação a documentação, marina etc... Em um lugar onde a língua é completamente estranha a sua e as pessoas são tão trapaceiras quanto no Brasil essa ajuda foi fundamental para o que eu atingisse o meu objetivo.

Eu entendi que quando se sabe exatamente o tamanho, o modelo, o ano, o valor que se quer gastar e tem os contatos necessários para fazer qualquer tipo de modificação, transporte, documentação etc... Não faz muita diferença onde e de quem se está comprando o barco, mas quando se tem dúvida em algum desses ítens ou quando não se tem tempo, conhecimento ou paciência para fazer tudo por si próprio, o trabalho dele é MUITO importante.

Além de tudo ele é uma pessoa extremamente agradável e simpática espero não ter virado apenas um cliente, mas sim um novo amigo (ou um amigo novo).

Sr. Yannis (se o sr. conseguir ler isso em português) depois de eu curtir um pouco a minha nova aquisição espero encontrar o senhor novamente, seja no Brasil (nas suas férias) ou aí na Grécia quando for trocar o meu barco, pois como o sr. mesmo diz: "Barcos são como as mulheres, você compra um e fica olhando para todos os outros". Essa é a versão em português da sua famosa frase.

Obrigado por tudo!!!
Um grande abraço
Nuno Gerardo
(BRAZIL)

22/05/2009

After sailing for many years in the UK the arrival of 2 children and our concerns for their safety put a temporary hold on sailing activities and we reluctantly sold our yacht to concentrate on bringing up a family. As the children reached their teenage years we began to charter in the Med, sailing between Greece and Turkey and the whole family developed a love for the area. With the benefit of this experience we decided that now was the time to look for our own yacht and started searching in February this year.

By the end of the month we eventually found what we wanted, a Feeling 416 on the books of YD Yachts in Athens. The yacht was under a Greek flag, but had been left in Turkey and neglected due to ill health. The boat was in good structural condition but many items of equipment had been stolen. Yiannis Drimousis explained that he knew the boat from new and gave us a very comprehensive description of its condition, including almost 50 photographs showing precisely the extent of the neglect - which was reflected in the asking price.

Based on this we decided to take a trip out to Turkey to see things for ourselves. Yiannis was constantly in touch, answering all of our questions and concerns and keeping us up to date with developments on the sale - which was more complicated than most. We received an independent inventory of the missing equipment and prior to our visit asked YD Yachts if they could arrange for a haul-out so that we could view the condition of the hull. It transpired that no haulage facilities were available at the yachts location - the marina was still under construction - but we agreed that if, after viewing, we decided to go ahead with the purchase Yiannis could arrange for the yacht to be transfered further along the coast for a haul-out and hull inspection.

We arrived in Turkey mid-March to view the yacht and found everything exactly as described. YD Yachts set up a meeting for us with the owners solicitor and made arrangements for the boat to be moved while we were there so that we could reach a final decision on the purchase.

The service from Yiannis was excellent - nothing was too much trouble. We were buying a Greek registered yacht requiring renovation, it was based in Turkey and had to moved for inspection and we were working on a very tight timescale. Everything ran smoothly and we decided to go ahead with the purchase.

YD Yachts handled all the paperwork, including deletion from the Greek Ships Registry, and we are now the proud owners of a British registered Feeling 416 currently being brought back to life. And it doesnt stop there - the after-sales service has been just as good, queries we have had in relation to equipment and costs have been quickly answered and resolved.

Thanks Yiannis - we couldnt have achieved so much, so quickly without your invaluable help and advice. I hope we can meet up with you in Athens this summer, when the project is finished.

Richard and Christine, Manchester, UK

23/11/2008

Dear Yiannis,

As you know from the chronicles I have been sending, my family and I are now back in Brisbane after 5 glorious months of Greek islands summer on our fabulous Bavaria 46 "Tramondana". The assistance you gave me at the early stages when the idea was only forming in my mind, and ultimately the discovery of the right boat to buy, contributed significantly to the success of this long and extravagant holiday that forms another great episode in our life.

With most of my sailing having been in New Zealand and Australia, I knew nothing of the regulations, formalities or practicalities of sailing in the Mediterranean, or purchasing and owning a sailing yacht there. Hunting the web for information, I found the straight-forward explanations at YDyachts.com the most helpful introduction, and then your prompt and enthusiastic responses to my relentless queries about registration, VAT, cruising tax, transit log, traffic document, hows and wherefores of sailing and wintering a yacht in Greece and the Mediterranean were instrumental in my assessment of the feasibility and practicality of purchasing and owning a yacht on the opposite side of the world from where I normally live. While I will only suggest that the answer to the practicality question is similar to beauty being in the eye of the beholder, or perhaps a warped sense of priorities, the positive feasibility assessment was mostly due to the help you gave me.

However, its discussion of rules and regulations introduces interpretation rather than quoting or referencing the source documents. A link to an official source would be useful to gain a confident understanding. Yet, your advice of its practical application does avoid the need for a great deal of research.

What I also now appreciate is that the promises on your website of full service assistance through the yacht purchase process is real and part of the excellent service you provide. Over several months of intermittently firing you questions about a new boat listing or another angle on registration or taxes, you were the most helpful. When I visited Athens for three days in January 2008, it was you who listened to what I was looking for and took me through a logical process in just a few hours of the morning to quickly narrow down on the "right boat for me" out of the many and varied available. Others had simply shown me around the boats I had specifically asked about, without using some initiative to work out what I really needed. A significant part of your process was the honesty with which you portrayed the boats in regard to hidden details of such importance as structural integrity from fundamental design and the state of the industry at the time of construction.

Clearly all these factors culminated in my purchase of the 1997 Bavaria 46 with your competent assistance. Within 48 hours of our first meeting in Athens, you found me the boat, completed negotiations with the seller and also prepared all the documentation need to complete the sale, transfer of ownership and deletion from the Greek registry, knowing that I was travelling directly back to Australia, from where the process would otherwise have been drawn out and costly.

Yet that was only the beginning of our relationship, as you followed through all the actions and formalities needed to finalise the sale, assisted with my remote requests for various enhancements to the boat and coordinated the works right through to the target date for completion and re-launch in May. During our final preparations with the boat in the water in the crowded Alimos Marina, on a berth only available due to your contacts, I met people (from not just one yacht) who were stranded awaiting documentation to be finalised. I was so glad I had made our purchase through YD Yachts!

Your continued assistance and availability even beyond our departure from Alimos is very much appreciated. It is from your dedication to see everything through smoothly that we have been able to make the purchase remotely with so little effort or complications. Thank you again for all your knowledgeable advice, your commitment to satisfaction of all parties and the professionalism of your service.

Kind regards
Paul Caplen
Brisbane, Australia

09/03/2008

Dear Yiannis,

With our boat now almost halfway through its delivery voyage and nearing the Gulf of Aden I thought it would be appropriate for me to write to you to express my thanks for all that you have done.

Although I have been sailing for about 5 years on Hobie cats, the thought of ever owning a blue water cruiser was a dream that I did not really believe would ever materialize. It should also be noted that I had and still have very little experience when it comes to larger boats and when I began browsing the internet in September last year I quickly realized that I was a little out of my depth and that I would need two things if this dream was ever going to materialize. Firstly I would need someone with an intricate knowledge of Yachts to guide me and then I would need to find a Yacht Broker that I could trust.

I was very fortunate that my cousin has been running charters from Florida for many years as well as having completed the Cape to Rio race on a few occasions and he was most helpful in helping me come to a decision about what type of boat would best suit my needs given my budget. With a fairly broad view of what boat I needed it was back to the Internet to begin the search.

It was during this search that I came across YD Yachts for the first time, at the time I was sending out several enquiries per day asking about boats that I had found on the internet. Some brokers were good and responded quickly others were not so good. However, in the case of YD Yachts I quickly had the impression that I was dealing with someone who was not only interested in helping me find a boat, but was dealing with someone who was actually listening to my questions and answering them appropriately. Basically I had found someone who was passionate about what he does for a living and who I felt really wanted to help me find the right boat for me.

Over the months a level of trust built between us and by the time I came to signing on the dotted line I was completely confident in everything that you were telling me. My situation was rather complicated but the fact that I was trying to buy a yacht in Greece from Tanzania this meant that a lot of evaluation had to be done remotely and your patience during this time was exceptional. I remain grateful for the time you took in answering my questions and guiding me to the point where I was ready to purchase.

Most Yacht brokers would consider their jobs done once the sale agreement was signed. This was certainly not the case for YD Yachts, for YD Yachts this is where the work really started. Firstly the information on your website abut the process that I needed to go through was very thorough and helpful and secondly the advise that you gave me with regards to registration etc etc once again confirmed that you really knew your business.

Your assistance while the boat was being prepared for delivery was tireless and speaks volumes for you passion and commitment.

I now regard you as a friend, and I sincerely hope that one day our paths will cross again. Perhaps you will decide to do some cruising and will come down the East Coast of Africa, I hope so. You will be very welcome in Tanzania at the Stuarts house.

Thank you and God Bless
Russell Stuart
(Beneteau Oceanis 430 owner)