Id like to say something new and incisive about the boatyard but the above comments say it all really....it's just a nice place to be. I echo their comments. If I am looking for fault I would say the loo and shower block, although clean and tidy, are probably seeking an upgrade in the future and wifi diminishes with your distance from the office. But overall it's the best yard I have been in, having been to Sicily, Croatia, the Italian mainland and Levkas.
Five reasons why is Basimakopoulos Shipyard the best: 1 Punctual - when they say be in the lift well at 9 am they mean it, the big travel lift and the smiling boys are ready and welcoming - Kalimera - Ti kánete? 2 World quality lifting, transporting and cradling equipment 3 Fair prices 4 Help with Greek bureaucracy 5 The owners and management are courteous, available every day and able to solve any problem Some things that appeal to me as a sailor and boat builder are: This is a real boat building yard, they build and restore beautiful Greek fishing and pleasure boats. You can see the boss, Yanni, escaping from his office to the big shed at any opportunity. The big old band saw whirrs, an ancient pine log is cut into planks and machined flat. There are traditional tools like an adze lying about in his office. And uncle Elefteri who looked all over the world for the best boat lifting machinery system is the same - likes being in the shed. Who doesn't? And everything is tidy, shipshape and freshly painted - no debris lying around the yard. And then there is Evangelos assisted by Irini, Yanni's daughter. He runs the office with smiling efficiency. Multilingual, responds quickly to emails, plays his spreadsheets like a grand piano. He is the mainstay of the administration, every one comes out of Evangelos's office smiling. Do I have a basis for this comparison? Well after thirty years of cruising France, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Tunisia and Greece we are not going anywhere else. Thanks and best wishes to all at Basimakopoulos
One winter sharing our experiences with other sailors in Barcelona, knowing about our experiences on shipyards nearly all around the world Caribe, Brasil, USA, French Polinesia, New Caledonia, Australia , someone asked me about my opinion were I consider will be the best place to leave the vessel when going back home . The nearest one to your sailing area of course. - was my immediate answer. I mean which shipyard do you think is the best, considering different factors as, safety, comfort, staff, distance to airport, cleanest, and of course price- he pointed again. That’s not an easy question to answer, I said, but after a while I said. I know one shipyard in the Argolikós at the NE of Peloponnesus, (at that point I had to explain where is the Peloponnesus), owned and ruled by one family, that is probably the best choice I could recommend, may be the toilets could be improued, but for the rest , its difficult to find better. Three sailors required the details of that shipyard in Kilada. One brought his boat to Basimakopoulos Shipyard
Returning/de retour/zurück in Kilada 19-8-2019 + Aegean till middle of October.
Another Great season at Basimakopouloi Boatyard, the Best Boatyard in Greece ! Shame we have had to go home. See you all there next season.
Dix années en Grèce sur notre cata , et sans se voir vieillir d’Iles En îles , un bonheur chaque jour renouvellé ,une vie banale en sorte avec ses petits soucis mécaniques vite solutionnés par nos excellents amis de Kilada, toujours attentifs à notre quiétude et sachant conserver malgré un beau développement, une relation efficace et paisible et accessible à nos modestes moyens pécuniaires. Il faut quitter , cet encore Éden européen , pour réaliser que ce peuple Grec qui traverse des difficultés économiques majeures, reste la tête haute , fière et d’une générosité sans pareil, tout en nous offrant le plus vaste, diversifié , accessible terrain de jeux pour des voileux . Isabelle et moi resterons infiniment reconnaissant à toute l’Equipe , à Ianis le boss et Angelos qui porte bien son prénom ! De nous avoir si gentiment et efficacement ouvert les portes de leur chantier qui vaut toutes les « marina » . Nous rentrons en France pour clore cette modeste Odyssée , avec de magnifiques souvenirs . Merci
Basimakopouloi yard in Kalada and team are brilliant. We are heading back there for our second winter as we found them excellent in all areas. We are a new Hanse and their care and attention couldnt be faulted. Great cradles, great services and pricing. Highly recommend . Graeme Rodwell. New Zealand
We have been wintering our 47' sailing boat Vaya con Dios for several years at Basimakopouloi Shipyard, after several other experiences in Greece and in Turkey and think this yard cannot be equalled in the area. You will find there total safety at haul out and dry dock thanks to top level and very modern equipment. Competence is at its highest in terms of maintenance, mechanics, woodwork, rigging, plumbing, etc. with their own teams or through specialized dealers. Among several, we had two important works performed. The replacement of our teak deck, with top quality 12 mm real teak wood, and a beautiful level of achievement. And the repair of our fresh water stainless steel tank which was drastically leaking. The tank was removed and placed back without a single scratch in the cabin's varnish. Important for us is the fact that it is Iannis, the boss, who comes in person to see what needs to be done in terms of works and checks the result. Evangelos who coordinates everything is absolutely key in the organization, speaks perfect English and works hard on his French ! His sens of humour makes makes all meetings a very nice experience. Irene is sweet at the desk and and very efficient. The location of the yard in Kilada is interesting. Nice and cosy little village, with good tavernas and different levels of rooms to let if needed, protected from strong winds an bad weather. Easy to reach from all ferry and plane lines. Close to bigger towns with all shopping facilities. Last but not least, the whole team is friendly, customer oriented, adaptable, ready to help, at all levels of the business. We like to think of them all as friends. We would just like to make a little request : the toilet and shower facilities could easily be improved. We hope that is in the program of the shipyard's extension.
Depuis plusieurs années nous hivernons notre voilier Locwind 47 à Kilada au chantier Basimakopoulos. Nous sommes enchantés de la qualité du chantier en général, de l'excellence de ses équipes et de ses partenaires, de la gentillesse de tous à notre égard. Le mot d'ordre est de faciliter la vie à leurs clients et de répondre rapidement à toutes les demandes. Nous avons faite entièrement refaire notre pont en teck pendant l'hiver 2017/2018, le résultat est magnifique. U vrai travail de charpentier professionnel, on sent une grand expérience, à un prix tout-à-fait raisonnable. Par ailleurs Kilada est un petit village agréable à vivre, idéalement situé dans le Péloponnèse, proche d'Athènes comme de Patras.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for all the excellent attention that Karin and I have received from you all at the Boatyard. I can truly say that your service has been the best I have ever received in UK, France or Greece, where I have kept boats for at least 40years ! Please pass my thanks to all. I am sure we will be back into boats soon and will consider no other boatyard but Basimakopoulo Boatyard to keep our boat. We have thoroughly enjoyed the last 8 years of sailing in Greece and in and out of Kilhada.