For anyone looking for advice about buying, selling and maintaining a power boat, Darren Finkelstein is the guy. In fact, he is 'The Boat Guy'.
An award winning best-selling author with a penchant for all things marine, Darren’s love affair with boats started from an early age.
Introduced to the sea through fishing expeditions with his father, Darren’s first boating experiences were learning to water ski growing up in Melbourne. He bought his first ski boat at age 18 in partnership with a mate and eventually followed his father-in-law’s advice to purchase a small half-cabin boat to fish with his young family.
But a boating life wasn’t always on the cards for Darren. Beginning his vocation as a bank teller, Darren soon moved onto a career in sales and marketing, the highlight working for Apple for ten years, during the inspirational Steve Jobs era.
“I managed Apple’s commercial markets and channel partners across the southern region of Australia, which involved regularly jetting off to Apple HQ in Cupertino California for meetings hosted by Steve Jobs and design guru Sir Jonathan Ive".
Unfortunately, this all changed when I arrived at work on September 11 (yes, that day) and was made redundant,” Darren explains.
Darren took this as an opportunity. He yearned for a ‘sea change’, and he made just that. He offered his services at the boat sales office at St Kilda Marina where his power boat was stored and was soon negotiating to buy the business.
Vowing never to return to a ‘real corporate job', Darren merged his life-love of boating with his proficiency in sales and marketing into his profession, founding St Kilda Boat Sales and Service Centre in 2002 with his business partner and long-time boatie and friend Andrew Rose.
St Kilda Boat Sales is a second home for boat buyers and owners. Through the sale of new and used power boats, Darren and Andrew service, repair, fuel and wash over 300 boats per year at the marina. Their focus is on a complete and pleasurable boat ownership experience - getting out of the office, connecting with family and friends, giving kids a sense of achievement in planning a journey - this is what really floats their boat. Darren is also the marina manager at Victoria's newest marina: Wyndham Harbour, which is located on the northwestern shores of Port Phillip, at Werribee South.
Always one to challenge himself, Darren authored his first book. The content?
Boats of course!
Honey, let’s buy a BOAT! is a common sense guide to boat ownership. Everything you wanted to know about buying (and selling) a recreational power boat but didn't know who to ask. Darren has incorporated his 35 years of experience into a 360-page book filled with expert tips, essential information and all things boat-related.
Darren is many things to many people; wanna-be pro surfer with average ability, a long-time boatie with over 35 years of experience, keen fisherman, entrepreneur and author. Darren is a corporate and lifestyle speaker having spoken on the international stage and a regular on the Australian Boat Show circuit.
Darren is a former Director and Board member of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria.
With Darren's follow-up sequel; Honey, let's go BOATING! 101 bucket list of boating destinations (Victorian edition), his energy for boating and zest for life is contagious, attracting many to discover the joys of boat ownership.
Darren 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.
And finally the last book in Darren's highly successful: Honey, let's series.... is
Honey, let's sell the BOAT! Finding the right buyer at the right price (9 practical tips) in which Darren shares his wealth of knowledge gained from over 35 years of boating experience, on how to find the right buyer who is willing to pay the right price for your boat when putting her on the Australian market for sale. This book is ideal for anyone thnking of selling their boat some time soon. Most boaties don't know how to correctly and fairly 'value their boat'. An amazing insight from an 'industry insders' perspective.
But more than anything, he is 'The Boat Guy'. And that’s the way he likes it.
Darren in action presenting on the free to air TV program "All About Boats"