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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 lure of boating in its myriad forms has touched most Australians at one time or another. Many succumb, some resist and many wish they could take the plunge but are wary of the challenges of buying and operating their own boat.

We have all seen the terror on the faces of people trying to climb into an unstable small boat or watched at a marina as an unfortunate skipper caught by wind or tide struggles to park his sleek new million-dollar toy.

Boat ownership and handling appears so difficult and boating terminology seems both archaic and bewildering. There is port and starboard instead of a simple left and right. Cleats and lines and galleys and heads, cockpits and bilges; it is an occupation seemingly designed to intimidate. 

Honey, let's buy a BOAT!, is a straightforward guide through the seeming maze of power boat purchasing. 



  • 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
Available in paperback and in all eBook formats for every device.



How to order

This title is available worldwide and in different formats to suit your reading preference including; paperback, eBook and Kindle formats.

BOOK 2 - my sequel

Honey, let's go BOATING!
101 bucket list of boating destinations (Victorian edition)

From secret inland waterways to postcard-perfect coastlines, Honey, let’s go BOATING! is the definitive book on Victorian boating destinations.

Darren Finkelstein’s latest book is a bucket list of more than 101 must-see boating locations in Victoria and features more than 930 pages on the state’s best boating escapes.

Finkelstein says his new book is perfect for seasoned boaties and keen amateurs alike.

“I’ve written the book for a wide variety of people - for skippers to know where’s a great place to go in particular conditions and for mums and dads to explain to their kids about the destinations to which they are going boating so they get an understanding of the history behind these terrific places so many Melbournians take for granted,” he says.

“Getting out in a boat is a fantastic family holiday and a great way to get the kids off the computer and out into the great outdoors.”

“You can go to the footy in your boat, a lot of people do that by heading down to Etihad Stadium in the boat instead of battling the traffic and trying to find a car parking spot,” he says.

“At Christmas time you can jump in your boat and head down to Patterson Lakes where there are Christmas lights in the houses along the canals.”

Honey, let’s go BOATING! is the follow-up sequel to Finkelstein’s award-winning best-selling Honey, let’s buy a BOAT!, an expert guide on how to buy and sell a recreational powerboat.

Honey, let’s go BOATING! is packed full of historical information, tables, locations of boat ramps and refuelling stations – even the nearest place to grab a good coffee! Finkelstein has interviewed some of Victoria’s most experienced boaties to provide a wealth of secret gems, hidden locations and excellent fishing tips.

Honey, let’s go BOATING! covers Melbourne CBD and Rivers, Port Phillip, Western Port, Gippsland Lakes, Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula’s, West Coast, Wilsons Promontory and inland waterways, lakes and rivers.

“Victorians often consider ourselves the ugly sister in boating terms when you look at New South Wales and Queensland, but we really have a whole lot of places to go with a really diverse history,” Finkelstein says after all ‘Life Is Better With A Boat’.



  • 101 Victorian boating destinations explained
  • 930 pages of history, background and photos
  • Coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets, boat ramps 
  • Nearest fuel docks and marinas
  • Port Phillip, Melbourne CBD and Rivers
  • Western Port, Gippsland Lakes
  • Bellarine, Mornington Peninsula
  • West Coast & Wilsons Prom
  • Inland Waterways, Lakes and Rivers
  • Interviews with boaties who share experiences and secrets
 -  A must-read for experienced and novice boaties, the kids too!
 -  The ideal gift!
Available in paperback and in all eBook formats for every device.


How to order

This title is available worldwide and in different formats to suit your reading preference including; paperback, eBook and Kindle formats.


BOOK 3 - my sequels, sequel

Honey, let's sell the BOAT!
Finding the right buyer at the right price.
- 9 Practical Steps - 

Looking to sell before buying another?  Or maybe it’s time to move on? 
For some boaties, the reality is, they just didn’t use the boat as much as expected. Perhaps the kids were doing other things, the weather was far from ideal, or perhaps their boating needs have changed.

Maybe the young boy on the TV car commercial is onto something when he says: “Time to get a bigger boat”

“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

In this book you will discover;       

  • What are your selling choices? Go it alone or hire an expert
  • What's your boat really worth? Researching for fair market value
  • Best bang for your advertising dollar. Where and how to advertise
  • Competing in an overcrowded market  
  • Preparing your boat (and trailer) for sale
  • Selling with clear-title. What if you owe money?
  • Pre-purchase inspections and sea-trials. Beware of time wasters
  • Offers, deposits and settlement day
  • Learning from others’ mistakes
This title will also be available in paperback and in all eBook formats.


How to order

This title is available worldwide and in different formats to suit your reading preference including; paperback, eBook and Kindle formats.