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
(Beneteau Oceanis 430 owner)
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!!!
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
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.
1512 Moss / Norge
Paatimme toteuttaa vuosien unelmamme ja hankkia purjevene Kreikasta. Onneksemme sattumalta loysimme YD YACHTSIN ja Yianniksen. Han teki uskomattoman tyon saadakseen juuri meille sopivan veneen. Huonolla englanninkielentaidollamme (saati Kreikan) eivat asiat olisi nain hyvin sujuneet ilman Yiannista. Han hoiti puolestamme monta kaytannon asiaa, jotka moni muu myyntimies olisi jattanyt tekematta. Hanella on yhteyksineen hallussaan kaikki mahdollinen tieto asiaan liittyen, sisaltaen myos veneen taydellisen huollon jonka saimmekin miellyttavana yllatyksena kokea. Saimme myos monia hyvia vinkkeja miten homma paikallisesti pitaa hoitaa. Vaikka virallinen paperien "pyoritys" oli hidasta ja hankalaakin valilla, sanoisimme silti kaupanteon olleen helpon.
Nyt me olemme valmiita purjehtimaan omalla BAVARIA 38:lla Kreikan saaria!
Kiitos Yiannis avustasi ja ystavallisyydestasi
Ateena 27.03.2007 KARI ja HANNELE ANIA
PS. Jos olet ajatellut hankkia venetta lampimille vesille suosittelemme kaantymista Yianniksen puoleen.