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.
This is a brief note of thanks for a great job you did in handling the purchase of the used Caribbean 24 Open recently. I found your support, advice and sale process to be exceptional and most professional indeed! The entire purchase process was a smooth and efficient one from beginning to end. Matthew was also a terrific help in providing me access to the marina over the weekends and showing me "the ropes" of the new boat.
My thanks for your support and after sale contact to make certain all was running smoothly with the new boat - which it is!
All the best and kind regards
Bob Richardson - Corporate Advisor
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 - CEO Corporate Cleaning Group
Quality family time
If you are going to buy a 'mid-life crisis toy' the best angle for a green light from 'the wife' is to explain that a Porsche fits 2 but a boat fits the family.... Caribbean 26 Open was my pick and there are heaps of them in Melbourne. Especially with custom fitted lounges which are ideal for your Bay. I spotted one at St Kilda Boat Sales the week before Christmas 2011, Darren at SKBS was fantastic. We reached a deal on the understanding that he would get it trucked to Sydney in time for Christmas...it all went well.
A mid-life crisis was averted and I would definitely recommend him and St Kilda Boat Sales.
Patrick Delany - CEO Fox Sports Australia
Knowing the facts
Knowing your options and all of the facts will get you on the water, enjoying quality time with family and friends. And that will build a healthy and active boating community. Boating in Australia has always been an attractive outdoor activity that is both healthy for the mind and the body. Fundamentally, Australia is an island - boating just makes sense!
Steve Potts - CEO Boating Industry Association (Victoria)
It's all about the lifestyle
I have never met anyone with the level of knowledge about buying boats as Darren. He is a straight shooter with a total commitment to get people on the water, living the great Australian lifestyle. His book (Honey, let's buy a BOAT!) is a must read for new and experienced boaties alike.
Andrew Griffiths - Best Selling Author and Boat Lover (Cairns FNQ)
I’ve bought and sold several boats from Darren at St Kilda Boat Sales for many of years now and actively recommend him to many of my friends. He sure knows what he is doing. When it comes to power boats, Darren is my MAN.
Andrew Fox - LINFOX
Understand all the aspects...
This is a thank you email to express our appreciation at the manner in which the purchase of our boat was executed by yourself. It was extremely pleasant to deal with you and discuss and understand all the aspects of purchasing the boat. Your professional and courteous style was very much appreciated and your understanding when a couple of small issues arose was very refreshing in our busy day to day world. I have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who may inquire about where I purchased the boat from, and should you require any further recommendation or endorsement I would be most happy to oblige.
The experience was a very positive one and I congratulate you on a job well done. Thank you and kind regards.
Michael Dalton - Environment, Health & Safety, Australia - Lend Lease
There's plenty more.....
Hammer (Sales enquiry)
Robert Harvey (Buyer new Caribbean 26 Open)
Paton Jamieson (Buyer used Riviera M290, lives Sydney)
Peter Loughnan (Seller Riviera 40FBC)
Mike Nicholls (Buyer new Caribbean 26 FBSF and Riviera M430)
Marcus Peters (Buyer & Seller Mustang 3200)
Richard Thorp (Buyer used Caribbean 26 FBSF, from HD Video Tour, lives in Sydney)
Tony Stuart (Buyer & Seller new Caribbean 24 Open & used Caribbean 35 FBC)
- Warren Jennings (Buyer new Reef Runner & Service Centre customer)
- Graham Dance (Seller Riviera M430)
All testimonials, are 1mb Acrobat .pdf's and been published with permission of the writer, naturally.