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)

12/12/2007

Caro Yannis,

Sono molto contento di aver incontarato lei come broker xche' e' stato veramente professionale ed onesto.Non ho mai trovato in grecia tanta professionalita' e disponibilita'. Sono sicuro che con il grande mercato Greco delle barche avra' un grande successo in poco tempo xche' e' difficile trovare persone come lei. Grazie di nuovo e speriamo di vederci x la prossima grande barca!!!

Luca Casamatta
ITALIA.

13/08/2007

After bareboat sailing in Greece for the past several years we finally decided to commit to our own boat. Searching through the Internet can be a daunting task, especially from the distance of our home country of Australia, however we were continuously drawn back to the website of YD Yachts and the prompt and considered responses of Yiannis Drimousis.

On arriving in Athens and meeting a number of Yacht Brokers it became clear that we would be very comfortable dealing with the charming and open man, who has a very wide knowledge of the local yacht industry. He quickly identified our requirements and the very first yacht he introduced us to, and the one we returned to again and again as we diligently inspected the myriad of options presented, was the one we subsequently purchased. Yiannis was then of assistance in arriving at a price which was agreeable to all parties and was also invaluable in recommending an independent Yacht Surveyor and an efficient and supportive Lawyer, who held our hand and assisted in navigating the convoluted and at times very frustrating Greek Bureaucratic system.

Understanding your personal "wishlist" and identifying and purchasing the right boat will always be a challenging task but we highly recommend Yiannis Drimousis as an reliable and conscientious Broker. We enjoyed his company and found we could trust his judgement and advise. Even after the purchase was concluded and payments made Yiannis was in regular contact to ensure all was well and enquire whether we needed further assistance.

Good luck with your search, happy sailing and kind winds,

Manni and Belinda Iberg
Australia.

01/05/2007

Funderar du pa att kopa bat i Grekland Vad maste man tnka pa Det absolut viktigaste r att finna en batmklare som man knner fortroende for och som mam kan samarbeta med under den langa tid det tar att kopa bat i Grekland.Hur kan jag veta det Jag har kopt tva batar och salt en.Bada segelbatar.Det r en mycket lang och komplicerad prosedyr som man som svensk defentivt inte kan klara pa egen hand.Bla. kontakt med skattemyndigheter, skeppsregister, polis osv.osv. Att kopa bat i Sverige r ju nog sa enkelt men inte i Grekland det kan jag forskra.Jag rekommenderar verkligen och utan forbehall Yiannis Drimousis. Varfor Han r absolut trovrdig, oerhort kunnig och har kontakter overallt bland seglare, hamnmyndigheter, skattemyndigheter, besiktningsmn etc etc.
Han behandlar sina kunder professionellt och man att kunden skall knna gldje och tillfredstllelse i sitt batkop. Langa och manga kontakter via internett som fungerar jttebra.Snabba kunniga svar.Advokathjlp blir nodvndig men Yiannis ordnar sadan kontakt med absolut kunnig advokat.Det r faktiskt sa att Yiannis r den som driver hela affren nere i Athen men naturligtvis alltid i samrad med koparen.Han hjlper till ocksa vid behov att forbereda baten for sjosttning, ordnar eventuell skeppare och skaffar fram nodvndig proviant for forsta seglingen.Jag har knnt Yiannis i ungefr tre ar och han har blivit en riktig vn, alltid glad, positiv och hjlpsam.Jag har aldrig angrat mina batkop som formedlats av Yiannis.

Leif Lagerwall
Minneveien 34
1512 Moss / Norge