Steve Reoch Biography
Steve sold his first sailing yacht in 1978, an Ericson 30’ sloop. He spent his childhood getting on the decks of a variety of sailing yachts including the well known RUNNING TIDE, CHALLENGE and RECLUDA, yacht racing on Chesapeake Bay and long Island Sound. While working on his degree in International Trade at American University in Washington, D.C., he lived on an 87' 1916 converted ice cutter and skippered a 60’ Nat Herreshoff motor sailor ketch HELIANTHUS. He was Captain of the sailing team and did his independent study program with a charter to the Bahamas (and got an A). After graduation he sailed to Europe on a 40' ketch.
The years of 1976 through 1978 Steve worked at a manufacturing and sales management training program in a high tech mini-steel mill outside of Philadelphia. He studied steel sail boat design, helped build a Piver Trimaran and owned an early Lightning. Returning to Washington D.C. as brokerage and marina services manager at the new 400 slip Gangplank marina Steve developed a successful sailing school and association as well as a day charter business aboard the 68’ schooner DEFIANT.
He lived aboard his 48' Dutch Ketch DESIDERATA for 10 years sailing from New England to the Caribbean. He was corporate captain for Irwin yachts delivering many Irwin 52/54s all over the Americas. One of Steve’s more notable sailing yacht sales was the Perini Navi 152’/46.3m ketch SUNRISE.
Steve travels the world searching out yachts and yacht builders and personally inspects hundreds of yachts every year. The process of purchasing a sailing yacht is very personal and usually a substantial investment. His focus when dealing with customers is, "listen, thoroughly research, relentlessly pursue value for the customer and follow through."
For recreation, Steve can be found kayaking Florida's waterways and oceans, trying to blow up a spinnaker offshore or tending to his orchids.
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