Meet Our Team
- Meet Our Team
Role: Boat Sales
Location: St Kilda Marina
Days On Deck: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Ahoy there, I'm Ian Cox and are based at our Boat Sales office at St Kilda Marina.
I started back in the late 60's when our family were always boatie people, we fished and water skied from the beach at Mordialloc. From there on the bug set in, to make boating a big part of my life. Working in the marine industry for some of the older dealers e.g. Murray Whittman Marine, Parkview Marine, Hawthorn Marine plus also enjoying the inboard V8 years at Eildon, Yarrawonga and Nagambie.
It came to a close for many years as I was ingrossed in the corporate world. But a few years back that all changed when I met Darren Finkelstein and joined his sales team.
I'm a very proud husband and grandfather and are delighted to share with you, your kids and maybe even your grandkids, all the great things to do on a boat right here in Victoria.
Come on down and say g'day!
M: 0450-351 698
W: 03) 9525-5500
Role: Boat Sales
Location: St Kilda Marina and Wyndham Harbour
Days on Deck:
St Kilda Marina: Monday - Tuesday
Wyndham Harbour: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Ahoy there, I'm Matthew and are lucky enough to work at both of our Boat Sales offices: St Kilda Marina and Wyndham Harbour.
As long as I can remember I have always been fascinated with the waterways and the pleasures that boating & boats themselves have to offer. I am now 22 years old and just completed my Bachelors degree in International Business.
When I’m not on the on the footy field or on the golf course I can be found mixing songs as a DJ! I love music and entertaining crowds into the early hours of a Sunday morning.
My obsession with boating began with my families first boat, a Caribbean Caprice at the age of three. An old 16 foot cuddy cabin powered by a 70hp Johnson Seahorse which spent more time in the workshop than the water. Fast forward to 2008 and dad (Patrick) purchased a brand new Caribbean Reef Runner, naturally from St Kilda Boat Sales!
What a delight its been; perfect for mum, dad, my two sisters & myself to enjoy a great day out fishing (always take Grandpa for his breadth of knowledge), cruising with a few beverages overlooking the CBD or the versatility of water-sports activities it offers.
Often towed to Lakes Entrance over the Christmas holiday period where we enjoy all those aforementioned above in the most pristine waters of Victoria. There is nothing better than spending a day or weekend on the water with family & friends, and boating will forever remain my favourite and most passionate pastime.
I could not be a bigger advocate for Caribbean Boats and want to share my experiences with you!
Give me a call or come and visit so we can talk.
M: 0458-032 795
Role: Boat Sales
Location: Wyndham Harbour
Days On Deck: Saturday and Sunday
Ahoy there, I'm Michael Polan and are based at our Boat Sales office at Wyndham Harbour.
After 30 years living in Shepparton, running a succesful Wool buying business, Mandy my wife and I have returned to the big smoke of Melbourne. Being a long time suffering Doggies supporter we decided to move to the western suburbs and Altona was the spot that we settled on with it's magnificent beach and cafes. As it turned out we were the missing link, the last piece in the puzzle of the Doggies tale. Mandy and I were married on our island at Waranga Basin in 2001. We Have 6 kids Sara, Molly, Brooke, Dylan, Kyle and Billie all grown up now, but still costing us just as much even though they have all moved out.
With Mandy and the kids I have had some great times on and around the water, whether its camping, watersking and Jetsking at Waranga Basin, canoeing down the Gouldburn River, holidaying on houseboats at Eildon or dropping a line in the many waterways around our great state of Victoria. Growing up my family Christmas holidays were always at Rosebud starting Boxing day for two weeks they were full of swimming and fishing in Port Phillip Bay.
I love see others also taking advantage of how being around and on the water is a great way to spend your leisure time and bring family and friends together.
M: 0409-800 523
Role: RYA Yachtmaster and Instructor, Yacht Sales Advisor
Location: Wyndham Harbour and St Kilda Marina (has yachts, will travel)
Days On Deck: Monday to Sunday (always hanging at the marina)
St Kilda Boat Sales welcomes Robert Bradley, our new Yacht Sales Advisor and RYA Yachtmaster and Instructor, to the team.
Our new location at Wyndham Harbour is suited to yachts, as well as powerboats, and Robert is the ideal person to help you find your first yacht or upgrade from an existing yacht.
Robert is the chief instructor for the Sail Escapade’s Wyndham Harbour Sailing School. As well as being an internationally recognise Royal Yacht Association Yachtmaster Instructor, Robert and his boat “Escapade” compete regularly in offshore and long distance ocean races including winning the 2013 Melbourne to Osaka cup.
Having taken up sailing later in life with his wife and four children, his family cruising experience means he is well placed to offer advice on the best type of yacht to fit your your budget sailing requirements and sailing requirements be that family cruising, couples sailing or an interest in more competitive sailing.
So if your thinking about a boat but not sure what type, what size or how much, why not give him a call or, better still, make an appointment to talk to Robert about what’s best for you.
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M: 0418-574 360
Role: Boat Sales
Location: Wyndham Harbour
Days On Deck: Flexible roster
M: 0434-506 539
Darren Finkelstein - 'The Boat Guy'
Co-owner & Dealer Principal
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.
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.
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.
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. But more than anything, he is 'The Boat Guy'. And that’s the way he likes it.
M: 0418-379 369
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Co-owner & Dealer Principal
Andrew Rose is a long time boatie, first learning to sail at the age of 10 at Mt Martha. As a registered builder and with a strong mechanical background in both marina and automotive, Andrew manages the day-to-day operations of our Service Centre business.
Holding his heavy-equipment licence, Andrew drives our Forklift, Tractor and Crane which can lift up to 14,000kg vessels being loaded (and unloaded) onto trucks for transport and onto hardstands for mechanical and hull repairs.
Andrew is right at home sitting at the helm of most boats, skippering vessels up to 25m (80ft). He can often be found giving boat handling lessons to our clients and other marina patrons.
With a preference for back of house operations, Andrew manages our team of four full-time mechanics, administration staff and sub-contracted marine trades. With a strong customer focus, Andrew and his team service and repair a staggering 300 boats each year at St Kilda Marina.
Andrew is a genuine boatie at heart, spending most weekends on the water with his children and friends. With salt water running through his veins, Andrew has blue-water boating experience that is significant. He has delivered boats for their owners throughout South-East Asia and along Australia’s East-Coast for much of his younger years.
Andrew has two young boys and plans to sail around the world with them.
M: 0418-553 235
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BOAT
- it's actually about connecting and reconnecting people....
- Moving the kids off the computer and into the outdoors to breathe fresh air and learn important life skills.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Sales: 03) 9525-5500
Service: 03) 9534-8213
Darren Finkelstein together with business partner Andrew Rose, are the Dealer Principals and co-owners of St Kilda Boat Sales.
Our business is truly unique because; we sell luxury new and used power boats and sailing craft, we service, we repair, we fuel and we wash them all at St Kilda Marina and at Wyndham Harbour; Melbourne's newest Marina to the west.
We are a true one-stop shop for all things marine, where a 'complete and pleasurable boat ownership experience' is our focus.
Considered as an industry expert, Darren Finkelstein also know as: 'The Boat-Guy' has an active media presence. You will often hear him on radio, view his video blogs, read his award winning bestselling books (Honey, let's buy a BOAT!, Honey, let's go BOATING! and Honey, let's sell the BOAT!) or watch him on the international stage at boat shows, corporate and lifestyle events.
Darren's 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.
At St Kilda Boat Sales our typical clients are the self-employed, retiree’s, senior executives and leading entrepreneurs - who are all looking to get out on the water.
During the past 15 years we’ve literally sold hundreds of boats, we are an industry Accredited Boat Dealer and have long term fuel contracts with the Water Police and the Coast Guard. Every year we service and repair over 300 boats in our fully equipped workshop, by our team of trained mechanics and marine professionals.
In working with that many boats and that many owners, we’ve realized there are three main problems that exist:
1. Boat owners are busy people, what they don’t want is a boat soaking up more of their time.
2. Owners don't have the required expertise to problem solve, which makes them nervous about owning a boat.
3. Owners hate having to juggle and coordinate all the different marine services on offer.
What we’ve found is that buyers just want to trust just one company, to do everything 'boating' for them.
So that’s exactly where we fit in.....
You can trust our team, to take the hassle out of boating. Our expertise takes all of the worry out of boat ownership. From the time you purchase your boat from us we’ll even teach you and your family how to drive the boat, leaving you feeling confident and comfortable on the water. We provide ongoing service and repairs so your boat is safe and our regular cleaning and washing service ensures that your boat is always looks great and is well-cared for.
The reason we are so passionate about boating is there has never been a better time to get on the water, sharing quality time with family and friends. You know it's all about lifestyle because life is too short.
You can trust us with your safety; you can rely on us to look after all of your boating needs. We just want you to enjoy quality time, so let us take care of the rest.
Our goal is to make our customers feel at ease and excited about boat ownership. We want your precious time on the water to be both complete and pleasurable.
We are completely committed to Boat Ownership, after all; “Life Is Better With A Boat”.
We're Accredited and Approved
* Accredited Dealer BIA Vic
* Licenced Second-Hand Dealer & Pawnbroker No: 9680
* Vic Roads Certified Delegate No: RC 0429/1