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 the international stage
at boat shows, corporate and lifestyle events. 


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.


  • 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.

Honey, let's go BOATING! 

101 bucket list of boating destinations (Victorian Edition)


  • 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.

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Listen to Darren <live> on radio 3AW

About Darren

Author / Speaker / WRITER - '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.

During summer 2014/15 Darren can be heard <live> on 3AW doing the Beach N' Bay reports.


  • Media Centre

    Media Centre

    Regularly featured in the media, sharing his own unique form of advice and wisdom on a host of topics.

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  • Read my books

    Read my books

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  • Engage Darren

    Engage Darren

    Engage Darren for your next event or deadline. He'll work with you to meet your objectives. 

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  • Endorsements


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Clients Include

During summer 2014/15 Darren can be heard daily <live> on radio 3AW doing the Beach N' Bay reports.

Currently Darren has long-term speaking contracts with both Mirvac and Marina YE,  Lyons Residential and Wyndham Harbour to engage residential communities through Darren's bespoke 'Boating Discovery Sessions', where education and the joys of Boat Ownership are aligned.

Darren partners with Entrevo to help entrepreneurs and business leaders in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Singapore to stand out through the 40 week entrepreneurial program called 'Key Person Of Influence'.

  • Small Business
  • Edge
  • Hilary Boat
  • Key Person
  • Marinaye
  • Marine 13
  • Melbourne Show
  • Mirvac
  • BIA
  • Wyndham Harbour
  • Lyons Capital
  • CBS
  • The Weekend Australian
  • Gold Coast Magazine
  • CEO
  • Gold Coast Bulletin
  • Trader Boat
  • Club Marine Mag
  • The Retiree Magazine
  • 3AW reports

Boat Ownership

St Kilda

It's all about connecting people....

  • Moving the kids off the computer and into the outdoors
  • Clearing the way for parents to not focus on work to teach the kids to waterski.
  • We want to empower the ladies so they too can enjoy quality time on the water with their family.
  • 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.

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 St Kilda Boat Sales today.

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


Captain's Blog

  • Top 8 - Boating Industry Facts

    Nov 26, 2014

    Did you know that? There are currently 268,336 current Marine Licences in Victoria 172,805 registered boats in Victoria 996,000* boating participants in Victoria  Trailer boating is the mos...

  • Boat Buying Mistakes

    Nov 26, 2014

    Learning from others, so you don’t get it wrong! Boat buyers regularly visit  dealerships and service centres around Australia, frustrated their boat purchase hasn’t quite worked...

  • Beach N' Bay Report: 22-23 November 2014

    Nov 20, 2014

    Over the past 12+ years we have literally sold hundreds of boats. In working at the marina with that many boat buyers, we have realized there are two main questions that buyers who visit our sales of...

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