Schae­fer Who?

Power & Motor Yacht - - GEAR -

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.

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