Darren Finkelstein

'The Boat Guy'

Darren is an award winning bestselling author.
An industry expert with an active media presence.
You will often hear him on radio, 
view his video blogs, read his articles 
or watch him on TV
and on the international stage 
at boat shows, corporate 
and lifestyle events. 

BUY MY BOOKs

BOOK 1

Honey, let's buy a BOAT!

Boat Ownership - Everything you wanted to know about buying (and selling) a recreational power boat but didn't know who to ask.

AWARD WINNING + BESTSELLER

  • The only 'How to' book in Australia
  • Expert tips from an industry insider
  • 35yrs of boating experience to share
  • Advice on buying used and new
  • Pre-Purchase Inspections
  • Making An Offer, Clear Title
  • Negotiate the right deal for the right boat
  • Ideal for both buyers and sellers
  • 360 pages with colour photos
  • Engines, Storage, Maintenance & Costs
  • Safety & Weather, Trailers & Berths
  • Advice + Tips will SAVE you $'000s

- Boating industry 2014 award winner
- iTunes No 5 Top Charts

Available in both paperback and eBook versions.

BOOK 2 (my sequel)
 

Honey, let's go BOATING! 

101 bucket list of boating destinations
(Victorian Edition)

DISCOVER VICTORIA'S
BEST BOATING DESTINATIONS

  • 101 Victorian boating destinations explained
  • 930 pages of history, background and photo's
  • Coffee shops and restaurants 
  • Supermarkets and boat ramps 
  • Nearest fuel docks and marinas
  • Port Phillip, Melbourne CBD and Rivers
  • Western Port, Gippsland Lakes
  • Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula's
  • West Coast & Wilsons Prom
  • Inland Waterways, Lakes and Rivers
  • Interviews with boaties who share experiences and their secrets!

 - A must read for experienced and novice boaties, the kids too!
-  The ideal gift!

Available in both paperback and eBook versions.

BOOK 3 (my sequels, sequel)

Honey, let's sell the BOAT!

Finding the right buyer at the right price.
- 9 Practical Steps -

FINDING THE RIGHT BUYER
AT THE RIGHT PRICE

- 9 Practical Steps -

Advice from an industry insider's perspective.

  • Written specifically for the Australian market.
  • Your selling choices; sell privately or hire an expert?
  • What's your boat really worth?
  • Best value for your advertising dollar. How and where?
  • Competing in a overcrowded market.  Stand out to get buyers attention
  • How to prepare your boat and trailer 'for sale'
  • Selling with clear-title
  • Pre-purchase inspections and sea trials
  • Offers, Deposits and Settlement day
  • Sample forms to protect yourself
  • Sellers mistakes, learning from others
     
At release this new title will also be available in paperback and in all eBook formats.
 
 
 

LISTEN TO DARREN  
<LIVE> ON RADIO 3AW

Starting December 17 to March 6
Saturday: 6.45a, 7.45a and 8.45a
Sunday: 6.45a, 7.45a and 8.45a
and selected weekdays: 6.55a and 12.55p

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Reader Reviews...

All my selling questions answered

“Whether a big boat, trailer boat, cruiser, pwc, tinny or sailing craft, the same principles apply. Written for the Australian marketplace from the unique perspective of an ‘industry insider’ with tons of experience. This book answers all of your questions"  

Steven Potts, CEO Boating Industry Association Of Victoria

Informative, educational and a great read

About 4 weeks ago I said to my wife & family that I wanted to buy a boat. Then a few days later I was given your book 'Honey, let's buy a BOAT! as a gift. Perfect timing!

I found this book very informative, educational & a great read. I am now much more knowledgeable about every aspect of buying, operating & owning a boat. Darren also personally gave me very helpful advice when it came to looking at used boats vs new boats. I can certainly recommend this book to anyone considering buying a boat. 

- Braham Korman, newbie Boatie from Phillip Island

Read the book, purchased the BOAT!

Over the years I have owned several racing yachts, but recently decided it was time to 

have a break from competitive sailing. There was no way I could stay away from the water altogether, and it was not long before I crossed paths with Darren in my search for a modest powerboat. I immediately read his book "Honey, let's buy a BOAT!" - a fascinating and honest incite into the joys (and potential pitfalls) of boat ownership! His book helped me to determine what my priorities were... Something the whole family would enjoy and be able to easily manage, big enough to entertain friends, enough power to quickly outrun the dirtiest of weather!!

Ironically, the boat of choice, a Caribbean 32 Flybridge Cruiser, lay in waiting for me at St Kilda marina! Following Darren's own advice, the necessary hull and mechanical checks were completed and a deal struck!

Suffice to say my whole family are now enjoying our boating more than ever... I can't recommend highly enough the value of reading Darren's book and in my case the ease in which he facilitated the purchase of our new boat! Thank-you Darren!

- Rob Davis -  Boatie from Sandringham

I’ll just open a page to follow your advice

Great read for the entire family. Your book; Honey, let's go BOATING!  is as much about tourism as it is about boating. I didn’t know there is such a large choice of great destinations to go boating in Victoria. No longer will we be concerned about where to go with the family, I’ll just open a page to follow your advice. Darren really is “The Boat Guy”.

- Matt Rockman – Boatie & Founder of Seek, Entrepreneur

A must read for new and experienced boaties alike.

I have never met anyone with such a passion for power boats as Darren. He is a straight shooter with a total commitment to getting people on the water and enjoying the great Australian boating lifestyle. This book is a must read for new and experienced boaties alike.

- Ross Kilborn, Boatie & Former Sport Development Director for Yachting Australia

 

 

About Darren

Author / Speaker /  Presenter 
'THE Boat Guy'

Darren Finkelstein is ‘The Boat Guy’. He buys, sells, services, repairs, fuels and maintains power boats. He offers advice to prospective boat owners around Australia as Dealer Principal and co-owner of St Kilda Boat Sales; an industry accredited dealer and broker with an enviable client base.

Darren himself is a passionate boat owner and keen fisherman. In fact, he felt so strongly about boating that he underwent the full `sea-change’, walked away from a high profile career at Apple and vowed to never return to a ‘real job’ within corporate Australia. He then went on a journey to make boating his profession. 

Considered as an industry expert, he has an active media presence. You will often hear him on radio, view his video blogs, read his books and articles or watch him on the international stage at boat shows, corporate and lifestyle events.

His energy for boating and zest for life is contagious, attracting many to discover the joys of boat ownership.

'The Boat Guy' can be heard <live> on 3AW doing the Beach N' Bay reports and on TV presenting for the program 'All About Boats' shown on Foxtel and ch7.

Darren is also the proud Ambassador and Online Presenter for the 'Life's Better With A Boat' campaign and Boating Ambassador for Wyndham Harbour.

                                   

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Clients Include

Darren can be heard on radio 3AW (693AM) over summer doing his unique <live> Beach N' Bay reports and on TV presenting for the program "All About Boats" shown on Foxtel and ch7.

Darren has long-term speaking arrangements with Mirvac for Marina YE and is the 'Boating Ambassador' for Wyndham Harbour, Victoria's newest marina development. Located on the north western-side of Port Phillip, Wyndham Harbour will have state-of-the-art facilities, up to 1,000 wet berths, 390 dry-berths and its own exclusive marina club.

Darren is an Ambassador and Online Presenter for the "Life's Better With A Boat" campaign for the Boating Industry Association to promote boating and lifestyle.

A long-term partnership with Entrevo helps entrepreneurs and business leaders in London, Tampa Florida, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Singapore to stand out through the 40 week entrepreneurial program called 'Key Person Of Influence'. Darren is heaviliy involved with DENT and the Key Person Of Influence as a speaker, graduate and alumni.

Darren is a specialist contributor for Smallville and subject matter expert for marine, lifestyle and recreation.

Darren writes blogs, articles and other material for a number of; magazines, newspapers and online.

  • SBBM
  • Edge
  • Hilary Boat
  • Key Person
  • Marinaye
  • All About Boats
  • Melbourne Show
  • Mirvac
  • BIA
  • Wyndham Harbour
  • Lyons Capital
  • The Weekend Australian
  • Gold Coast Magazine
  • CEO
  • Gold Coast Bulletin
  • Trader Boat
  • Club Marine Mag
  • The Retiree Magazine
  • 3AW reports
  • BIAV - campaign
  • Melb Boat Show 2015

Boat Ownership

                 

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BOAT
- it's actually about connecting and reconnecting people....

  1. Moving the kids off the computer and into the outdoors to breathe fresh air and learn important life skills.
  2. Clearing the way for parents to not focus on work  for long enough to teach the kids to waterski, catch a fish and make conversation.
  3. We want to empower the ladies so they too can enjoy quality time on the water with their family and not just spectate from the sidelines, but to participate hands on with the family unit.
  4. Getting the blokes together to catch that big one that last time got away..... and to talk to their mates 'about stuff' and we know that is good for men's health. To have the ladies catch 'the fish of the day' becuase it's not just about the blokes.

Never before has there been a better time to get on the water, sharing quality time with family and friends. It's all about lifestyle, because you know that life is too short. 

For your 'complete and pleasurable boating experience' check out our current list of new and used boats listed for sale, then contact the crew at the St Kilda Boat Sales office at St Kilda Marina or Wyndham Harbour.

Boat Sales           (03) 9525-5500
Service Centre   (03) 9534-8213

www.stkildaboatsales.com.au

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Contact Darren

Darren 'The Boat Guy' loves hearing from fellow boaties, ch7/Foxtel viewers and 3AW listeners who have questions for him. 
C'mon email your questions to Darren below, he'll personally reply.