Industry mourns longtime yacht broker

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Richard Bischoff, 80, who had a long career in the marine industry as a yacht broker, died July 11 after complications from heart surgery.

“Dick” as he was affectionately known, began his career in 1961 and became a pioneer in selling and marketing larger yachts and sportfishing boats.

Working his way up from Travelift operator to salesman, Bischoff sold Pacemaker, Egg Harbor Yachts and Chris-Craft for Rex Marine in South Norwalk, Conn.

A native New Englander, Bischoff began his career at Rex Marine in 1961 and retired in 1995 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he spent most of his career.

“My father was an original — larger than life at 6 foot 8, but personable and liked by everyone,” Bischoff’s son, Nick, wrote in a remembrance. “Dick’s greatest legacy will not be defined by his career in the boat business, but by his eight children and his 21 grandchildren. When I look back at my father’s career I realize that his success was built on two simple principles — take care of the customer and do the job with integrity. Dad was my greatest fan, but he was also my biggest mentor — he will be missed.”

Click here for Nick’s full remembrance and click here for the obituary.


3 comments on “Industry mourns longtime yacht broker

  1. andy down

    Although we worked together for a short time, it was very obvious that Dick was a gentleman in a pool of sharks. He will be missed. RIP Dick.

  2. Jeffrey Shapiro/Cedar Island Marina

    Worked with Dick for a few years in the late 70’s. A wonderful person and one of the most Professional Brokers ever met. As a person he was warm, friendly and genuinely interested in everybody he met. He had the greatest gift of gab and a profound sense of humor. As a proffessional he was extremely thorough. He had notebooks where he took notes on every person (and their family) he ever dealt with. If you came back 10 years later, he would refer to his notes where he had recorded your families names and interests so he could inquire as to how everyone was doing. He did this to be professional but also because he really cared. A pleasure to have known this man!

  3. Vincent Schimmenti

    Worked with Dick at Bounty Int, back in 1997 or so we went to Italy with a group of Brokers to see the Cranchi factory, he has always keep in touch with me and given me plenty of good advice, we also talked a lot about the Egg Harbor Wood Boats as I restored on years ago and he knew every detail,,, I remember he read a lot and was well virsed on may subjects, very inteligent, and a great friend…will miss him…

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