Constantin Jbeily - Boatshed
Well this is me Contantin Jbeily, or just Costa...I dont like to speak about myself, but anyway like most of the Greek families, I do have sailors relatives. One of my uncles was a Captain while another was 1st Mechanical Engineer; both used to sail on commercial boats. While nowadays my cosin in Egypt is a Captain on board of a commercial boat.
I do have a bachelor degree in science specialized in "Management and Finance". My experience in yachts started in 1996. By being the SSP (Shore Support Person) of my sailing clients, providing high quality of service focusing mainly on Yacht Documentation, Insurance and Customer Clearance/Support. Many yachtmasters at that time were inviting me to follow their courses but unfortunately I had no time until 2011, when I followed Sailing courses in open seas, and which I lilked a lot.
The courses lasted around two months on board of a Dheler 36. Sailing filled me with freedom and inspiration but at the same time increased my adrenaline to the maximum. I loved it! I would say that I am more of a sailing yacht type then a motor yacht. Motor yachts are for those who love speed and an extra dose of luxury while sailing yachts are for those who appreciate nature and relaxation. I dont have a yacht of mine, but with every invitation from a friend of mine, I will be the first to get aboard.
My business experience all these years, gave me the privilege to work with many yacht owners with different model and types of yachts. It also gaves me the opportunity to enrich my knowledge in terms of VAT, yacht registration, legal regulations for sailing a yacht in Greece.
I started my own business as a Free Lancer and Marine Consultant in May 2000. Acted in marine insurance, overseas companies’ formation and boats registration under Greek or Foreign flag, as a pleasure or charter use vessels.
Resulting in the foundation of a strong business structure, helping me in growing and developing my business in small but steady and continuous steps.
The successful and continuous development of my business as a free lancer led me to a new strategies and made me establish my limited company, attracting more & more clients, reaching 600 clients at the moment.
I spend most of my free time with my daughter or cooking! I always try different recipes and tastes, it is another way to travel and get rid of all the stress of the day. I love philosophy, symbolism, music and nature. I just appreciate beauty, harmony and peace in general.
What I learned all these years is that in life, difficulties will always occurs, it is like the wind! and as a sailor would say: "We can't change the wind, but we can still trim our sails"... in order to continue our voyage.