Schae­fer Yachts’ 560 en­ters a crowded fly­bridge mar­ket with a zesty take on the lux­ury cruis­ing life­style.

Yachts International - - Making Waves - Schae­fer­y­ —An­drew T. Parkin­son

Built for a mex­i­can owner, the 156-foot (47.6-me­ter) andiamo is an evo­lu­tion of Baglietto’s 46-me­ter steel and alu­minum dis­place­ment model. at just un­der 500 gross tons, andiamo has ex­te­rior styling by Francesco Paszkowski de­sign and in­te­ri­ors by Paszkowski and ar­chi­tect margherita Casprini. andiamo has re­versed glaz­ing of her helm sta­tion to in­crease vis­i­bil­ity from the bridge, plus a garage with ex­panded beach club, fold-down bal­conies, an in­fin­ity pool and an al­fresco din­ing area with bar­be­cue and bar.

Ade­gree of gump­tion is in­volved any­time a big-name builder squeezes a new model into a bulging niche mar­ket. Triple that for an out­fit like Schae­fer Yachts. The 24-year-old Brazil­ian yacht­builder is in­ter­na­tion­ally known, but hardly a house­hold name in North Amer­ica. Its first U.S. of­fer­ing is a fly­bridge sport cruiser with a fresh take on space and vol­ume for less than $2 million.

“We con­ceived the 560 to fill a gap in our line be­tween our topselling 500 model and our 640,” said Sa­muel Brito, CEO of Schae­fer Yachts USA. “The de­signer, Mar­cio Schae­fer—a naval ar­chi­tect and en­gi­neer who also hap­pens to be the owner and chair­man of the ship­yard—loves boat­ing. It’s not very often you have an owner so in­volved in the com­plete con­struc­tion process of each boat.”

The 560 has open spa­ces for so­cial gath­er­ing and en­ter­tain­ing. A gal­ley is aft on the port side—a lo­ca­tion be­com­ing pop­u­lar in in­te­rior de­sign. Sure, the gal­ley ab­sorbs what might oth­er­wise be ad­di­tional sa­lon space, but it more than makes up for that loss with nat­u­ral light and 360-de­gree views.

Also aboard the 560 are fine woods, high-qual­ity leathers and lots of glass, all within a 16-foot-3-inch beam. Ex­tend­ing aft from the sa­lon, the al­fresco main-deck en­ter­tain­ment area has a grilling sta­tion at the stern. Belowdecks, a full-beam mas­ter state­room is amid­ships with a king-size bed, a sit­ting area, hull-side win­dows and an en­suite head.

A pair of 625-horse­power Volvo Penta IPS800s give the 560 a zippy yet eco­nom­i­cal 26-knot cruise speed with 31 knots at the top end. I found her a plea­sure to drive—re­spon­sive to the touch with good cut and min­i­mal slip­page on the cor­ners. And with the pods, she’s user-friendly.

There’s a lot to like about this lux­u­ri­ous Latina, which seems well equipped for the Amer­i­can mar­ket.

High-qual­ity leather, open spa­ces and lots of glass high­light the in­te­rior of the Schae­fer 560.

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