I was talking to a Brazilian friend at the Ocean Reef Vintage Weekend, and he bragged he was buying a Schaefer Yacht. I said I didn’t know Schaefer. He looked at me as though I’d grown horns. “You don’t know Schaefer? Really?” He was incredulous.
I now know that Schaefer is the largest boatbuilder in South America, with three plants in Brazil building yachts from 30 to 83 feet, and a workforce of more than 700 employees. Schaefer, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017, has built more than 70 of the 640s, a number to daunt builders around the world. Schaefer has delivered more than 3,000 yachts.
Each yacht features a full resin-infused hull with Divinycell coring (no wood is used in the hulls). Schaefer creates its own molds, using the largest 5-axis computercontrolled router in South America, capable of carving molds up to 85 feet long from a single block.
Literally everything on the yacht (aside from obvious equipment) is done in-house; that includes joinerwork, upholstery, and welded metal.
For the U.S. market, Schaefer imports U.S. systems for ease of maintenance, and offers full support services throughout North America.
Schaefer Yachts. That’s a name I’ll remember when I next see my Brazilian friend.