Russell W. Schafer was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Specializing in motoryacht and sportfishing yacht sales, Russ is the third generation in his family to be in the boat building / boat sales industry.
“I was raised in a true fishing family and was fishing tournaments at 10 years of age. Boating is in my blood, mixed with a little bit of Atlantic saltwater.”
The family business was Fishermans Paradise. There Russ learned a great deal about the yachting industry by selling electronics, engines and of course, boats.
“My idea of success is enjoying what one does for a living, and I really enjoy selling yachts.” This attitude, combined with his knowledge of yachts and seamanship, as well as a family history of yachting has led to Russell’s success today.
The key to success is listening to his client and putting the client’s interests first and foremost. He finds a great deal of satisfaction in doing the footwork and researching the current yacht market, in order to find the best fit for his client in yacht design and features, as well as in negotiating the best price possible. When selling a client’s yacht, he uses his expertise to determine a current, yet competitive market value along with presenting the yacht in the most appealing way through numerous avenues.
If you are looking for a young, high energy, enthusiastic yachting professional who has the reputation of being a top salesman, you can call Russ at or e-mail him at . “Whether looking for the right yacht, or looking to sell your current one, please feel free to contact me to discuss our marketing strategy. You won’t be disappointed.”
Location: Denison Yacht Sales Florida
Cell Phone Number: 954.445.2290
Associations: Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA)
Fax Number: 954.763.3940
I’m writing this letter in praise of my yacht broker, Russ Schafer. Russ brokered the sale of my boat last month and I would like to comment on what a positive experience working with Russ and the Denison Yacht Sales group has been.
Russ is a consummate professional and worked with me in a compassionate and forthright manner.
I would recommend both Mr. Schafer and Denison Yacht Sales without reservation.
- Diane Hedenkamp
Firstly, I couldn’t be happier at the moment, because my boat is officially SOLD! And I owe it all to my yacht broker, Russ Schafer.
I had the pleasure of having Russ as my broker these past few months, and without his help I would have been completely lost. He really went above and beyond to make the process easy on me.
Russ was knowledgeable during the entire boat-selling process, he was always prompt to respond to my calls & emails, and he was patient and offered helpful advice though all the “ups & downs”. In summary, I knew my boat was in good hands with Russ Schafer, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of a reliable yacht broker.
- Misty Hays // Texas
I’m working with your yacht broker Russ Schafer now on a few possible deals. He is a pleasure to work with – a great asset to your company. I’m sure you already know, but he has a great work ethic and attitude and lots of knowledge.
I knew his father, Warren Schafer. He owned Fisherman’s Paradise, almost the Bass Pro Shops of the old days. A very nice family and good people in every way. I wish everyone in this business was as friendly, cooperative, and straight-shooting as the Schafer family.
- Frank Gordon // Frank Gordon Yacht Sales
He went above and beyond and exceeded my needs. He truly is trustworthy and very professional, even finding us a captain to relocate our new boat and continuous followups to make sure we were happy.
Thank you Russ for all that you did!
- Earl Robinson
Russ Schafer with Denison Yachts is the best yacht broker I have ever known. He made a transaction happen with my boat, even in the dead of Winter.
I would highly recommend him to anyone. His follow-up was great and he is a very experienced yacht broker.
- Steven L. Blue // President & CEO // Miller Felpax Corporation
I have known Russ Schafer most of his natural life, and purchased several yachts from him. His product knowledge, honesty and experience in the marine industry is invaluable.
He always has your best interest in mind and works diligently to help you any way he can. I’m always comfortable with Russ. If you are looking for a great yacht broker, Russ is your Man.
- Greg Sanders, Sr.
Russ Schafer was the listing broker for the 54′ Hatteras we purchased in 2010. It’s rare to find a yacht broker whose commitment to service is just as strong after the sale as it is leading up to the sale. Russ is just that kind of salesperson.
We had been looking to move up to a larger boat for some time. When we first met Russ we knew we had found a different kind of yacht broker. Russ took the time to walk us through all the details of the boat before we made the trip to look her over. He made sure the captain was on board to answer any questions. When we decided this was the boat we wanted, he worked with us to bring the deal together.
It was a very tough negotiation process, but Russ stayed with it, and kept the deal together. His follow-up and follow-through was exceptional. His commitment didn’t end with the sale. He worked with us to find competent vendors to handle the updates we wanted to make, and held our hand right up to the time we departed for home port. Russ is an excellent broker.
I have recommended him to several other Hatteras owners, all of whom have been very happy with his work. He carries our highest recommendation, and you can be sure that when it comes time for us to sell our boat, we will be calling Russ.
- Bill Root, Hatteras Owner
I met Russ six years ago, and since then he has sold 3 boats for me and helped me buy 2 others. Throughout all of that I felt like I was in very capable hands, and his integrity is first-rate. That’s the most important thing I shop for in a yacht broker.
Looking at the next 5 boats is never a burden, even if it makes a lot more work for him. Going back to a prospective buyer many times with counter-offers was never a burden, and he always represented my interests 100% regardless of the effect it would have on his commissions or workload.
Russ’ firsthand knowledge of the yachting industry and the specific boats in question was always top-notch. All in all, Russ just made me feel confident in whatever direction we ended up going. I couldn’t ask for any more.
Trust him, and you’ll see.
- Paul Ludwick // Lighthouse Point, FL