Seasoned, personable, always safety conscious, 100 Ton Master Captain with excellent skills, mechanical ability, & knowledgeable. Great with Kids, Special Needs, & Seniors or, limited mobility Guests. Capt. Darren was raised boating on the S.Shore of L.I., N.Y. & relocated to S. Fl. after College, to follow his passion for boating.
I've been known as "Capt. D" since my teens, both, from taking my friends out on the 18' runabout I purchased at age 13, by delivering newspapers, & by being Captain of my championship H.S. varsity football team. My summers were spent on the water, mostly water skiing & exploring Long Island's waterways. I worked in a Marine Supply Store, as a teenager &, as a Water Ski Instructor at a summer camp. During my 25 yrs. in boat sales, of course, I enjoyed being on the water most...running the boats I sold, during sea trials, teaching Owners their new & used boats locally or, during trips to the Keys or Bahamas, & going on the 1st- 4 Poker Runs, ever!
I entered marine sales in '84, working at a busy, entry level boat dealership, for 2 yrs.. Then hired by H.T.M. in Dania Beach, to sell 2 new boats lines, & receive formal training, to become a Yacht Broker. My knowledge & ability was quickly recognized & I was promoted to New Boat Sales Manager. Followed by being hired away by the top Hi-Performance boat dealership in the world, during the 80's & 90's, After 10 yrs., I decided to start up a Sea Ray Specialist Dept. within a Yacht Brokerage Co., &, 4 yrs. later, joined forces with a Sea Ray Specialist Brokerage Co.. Helping mentor many salesmen along the way. Deciding to re-direct my efforts to becoming a licensed Captain, I became a 100T Master & have been running charters, deliveries, & private vessels up to 90', since '08. My Hi-Performance background included learning, then, training others, how to properly run the earliest Arneson, Jet, & IPS drive systems.