Boat Sales (New & Used)
Business partners Andrew Rose and Darren Finkelstein continue to ride a wave of success at St Kilda Marina. Our Boat Sales and Service Centre businesses are thriving, because our objective is very simple. We offer clients a full range of marine services - to ensure their boating experience is a pleasurable one.
With their expertise and experience nicely split between the two businesses, Andrew runs the Service Centre and Darren manages Boat Sales. A partnership some say, "made in heaven" and it's longevity and strength of partnership, is testament.
New Boat Sales
We're based at the famous St Kilda Marina, which is the true home of Caribbean Boats since the marina was built in 1969, often we are referred to by the consumer, as the direct Caribbean factory outlet.
St Kilda Boat Sales are the exclusive Victorian & Tasmanian Caribbean Runabout and Big Boat dealer. Uniquely positioned and well credentialed because we are the only Caribbean dealer in Australia, to market the entire Caribbean product range, every model from 16ft trailerable Half Cabins and Runabouts, to the classic and timeless lines of the Bertram inspired Big Boat Flybridge Cruisers. We have emerged as one of Australia’s premier, new and used boat dealerships and boutique brokerages.
Both St Kilda Boat Sales and our Service Centre are proud and active members of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA Vic) adhering to industry Code Of Practice and Ethics, at all times.
Used Boat Sales
We offer quality, well-maintained used boats, most have low engine hours. Victorian boat owners are very fussy and given the geographic location of Melbourne, many have never been seriously fished. Well over 50% of our used boats sold, are to residents of; WA, QLD or NSW. Interstate buyers just love Victorian registered used boats.
Known as Melbourne’s central on-water brokerage, offering both NEW Caribbean Big Boats and Trailerable Runabouts as well as all makes and sizes of quality USED boats. Brands include; Bertram, Caribbean, Riviera, Mariner, Sea Ray, Sunrunner, Mustang, Trophy and Haines.
Things You Must Know - When Buying A Used Boat. (Download & Read - Acrobat 1mb .pdf)
Proud of our credentials, we are a Government Licensed & Accredited Second-Hand Dealer & Pawnbroker (No: 9680).
In addition for your convenience, we are a registered Vic Roads Certified Delegate (No: RC 0429/01). This enables us to inspect, register & transfer - both vessels and trailers in-house & immediately.
As part of our desire to provide a complete and pleasurable boating experience, St Kilda Boat Sales operates the Service Centre located at St Kilda Marina.
Our Service Centre has been servicing mariners for the past 25 years here at St Kilda Marina. With an abundance of enthusiasm and a team of qualified mechanics, our Service Centre, offers full mechanical and repair services.
Authorised Service Centre for: Mercury, Mercruiser & Honda
Authorised Repairer for Club Marine Insurance
Outboards, Sterndrives Sales & Service
Diesel Engines & Genset
Antifoul & Fibreglass repairs
Slipping (fork, trailer and crane service)
Chandlery & Safety Gear
Fuel-Dock (Petrol & Diesel) open 24/7 offering quality fuel from BP
Marine Electronics Navigation, Communication, Entertainment
Refrigeration, Freezer, Toilet
Boat Covers, Clears, Upholstery & Carpets
Boat Maintenance. Cleaning, Washing & Detailing
Proud of our service offering Dealer Principal, Andrew Rose manages our Service Centre. Andrew brings with him, extensive workshop experience and a team of qualified marine mechanics, will ensure your vessel is well cared for. Because of our unique location, right on the water’s edge, each boat we service is fully bay tested, giving our clients, added peace of mind.
Our Company Slogan
In reading the customer profile of Richard Mollard (Reviews & Testimonials), don't you just admire his vision and ability to dream!!
We at St Kilda Boat Sales were so caught up in Richard's plans from 2006, when he first came into our office to talk boats and dreams.
Right from the beginning were so involved in the production of NAVIS II, Richard's Caribbean 40 Flybridge Cruiser, that we felt proud with a sense of acheivement that we were able to assist and make Richard's dreams come true, that we created the slogan for our business "Making Dreams Happen".
Our friendship with Richard is still as strong as ever, and our slogan we still use with pride today.
In late 2008 we trucked NAVIS II back to Melbourne from Cairns and in early 2009 NAVIS II we placed on the market and offered her for sale.
Ready for someone else to dream of adventure....
Our History linked to Caribbean
1958 - Arch Spooner founded the business as International Plastics and commenced operations with 6 employees at the current Scoresby address. Arch known as the father of Australian Boating, he was the first person to pursue fibreglass marine technology in Australia.
During the first year of production, the output was 85 boats and the factory was 4,500sq ft in size, compared to the size of today of some 50,000sq ft.
1960 - Arch Spooner negotiated and secured the license to build the UK Dorsett range of fibreglass boats at Scoresby. About this time, the Caribbean brand was introduced to identify International's range of smaller Runabouts.
1962 - Mercury Outboard Engines were imported into Australia & distributed for the first time by International Marine.
1963 - Granted exclusive manufacturing license to build the Bertram, range of Cruisers to be sold both locally in Australia and exported throughout the world.
1969 - The Spooner family development project of turning a swamp in the bayside Melbourne suburb of Elwood, into the now famous St Kilda Marina. The complex was finally completed and opened. Greg Spooner (Arch's son), is the current Managing Director of St Kilda Marina.
1970 - Columbia range of Yachts, designed and built by International Marine and introduced into the Australian market.
1971 - Barry Spooner (Arch's son) takes over management of International Marine.
1972 - Pride range of boats was taken over by International Marine.
1982 - Bridge Marine (Service & Repair Centre) at St Kilda Marina opens for business. Owned by Doug McNaughton and John Fisher.
1992 - Well known Victorian dealer Jackson Bros. opens the first boat sales office at St Kilda Marina selling Bertram & Caribbean Boats. Business owned by brothers Des and Bob Jackson who hired an apprentice named Steve Gow. Several years later, the business became Steve Gow Marine.
2001 - Richard Spooner (Barry's son) takes over management of International Marine in his role as Managing Director.
2002 - Steve Gow Marine business purchased by Darren Finkelstein and Andrew Rose on July 15 and with a name change, St Kilda Boat Sales Pty Ltd was born.
In 2007, some 400+ new and used boats have now been sold by St Kilda Boat Sales, ranging in price from $5,000 to $2m.
2005 - Bridge Marine (Service & Repair Centre) owned by Doug McNaughton at St Kilda Marina was purchased by St Kilda Boat Sales. Darren and Andrew take over business on February 1.
2007 - Over 50,000 boats have been manufactured by International Marine since production began, making the Caribbean brand, one of the most successful boat builders in the world today....
2009 - Caribbean 27 and Caribbean 49 Flybridge Cruiser product release