Contents of Report
- Major Features
- Features Inspection
- Lower Helm
- Engine Room
- Swim Platform
- Side Decks
- Fly Bridge
- Fly Bridge Helm
- Master Stateroom
- VIP Stateroom
- Guest Stateroom
- Optional Equipment
Inside and out, the 510 Pininfarina is a vessel built for luxury and entertainment. Although she is equipped with a powerful propulsion system and is capable of handling rough conditions, her onboard accommodations are oriented towards socializing rather than long-range cruising.
• Foldout balcony on the aft deck
• Hydraulic swim platform
• Galley stations at the salon, swim platform and fly bridge
• Optional crew quarters
• Three heads
The 510 Pininfarina power packages start with twin diesel Volvo Penta IPS600 engines, which can be upgraded up to 800. Our test vessel was equipped with twin 700s, producing 550 horsepower each, pushing pod drives.
The Volvo 600 is powered by an in-line 6-cylinder D6, a 5.5 liter, common-rail diesel with turbo and a supercharger with low RPM response. In conjunction with an IPS1 pod, twin counter-rotating propellers, this propulsion system offers excellent handling and low emissions.
The 510 Pininfarina has a capacity of 423 gallons (1,601 L) of fuel. During our test we carried 34-percent fuel, and had three people onboard for an estimated test weight of 42,424 lbs. (19,243 kg).
The 510 Pininfarina reached a top speed of 32.5 knots at 2800 rpm, burning 57 gallons (215.7 L) per hour with a range of up to 217 nautical miles.
Best cruise was achieved at 2600 rpm at 28.7 knots, burning 46.5 gallons (176.0 liters) per hour, translating to .6 nautical miles per gallon (.16 per liter) with a range of approximately 234.9 nautical miles.
Our test boat came up on plane in an average of 7.9 seconds, and reached 20 mph in 9.6 seconds.
We tested the 510 Pininfarina on a calm day with a small sea-state. She performed well, flowing calmly from wave to wave in following seas, experiencing no hull slap or pounding in head seas and breezing through beam seas with no roll or spray. She responded well to speed maneuvers, comfortably turning an 11-degree turn and the joystick made for smooth docking.
The 510 Pininfarina has a LOA of 51’9” (15.82 m), a beam of 14’3” (4.36 m), and a weight of 40,344 lbs. (18,300 kg).
Built in Brazil, Schaefers are designed for boaters who are heavy into entertaining. The 510 Pininfarina is no different and features multiple social zones. Here in the salon those entertainment-based features are evident with seating for six adults at a port side U-shaped settee surrounding an expandable solid wood table on a fixed pedestal situated on an elevated platform. From here, guests have an excellent view out the side windows. This is a deliberate design feature, as the cabin sides are lowered to enhance these sightlines. We liked that these windows are electrically actuated.
Opposite of the settee is an open counter space, which converts to a working galley with a cutting surface and sink, a two-burner electric cooktop, a stove, refrigerator, freezer, and storage for the included tableware for six. Overhead is a 23” (58.42 cm) TV positioned to face the settee.
The main deck helm is to starboard on a raised platform up two 10” (25.4 cm) steps. A compass is centered over a Lexan panel. To the left is a 12” (30.47 cm) screen and to the right is a 7” (17.7 cm) Volvo Penta display. Below and to the left of the wheel is a cubby for small objects. Beneath this are the electrical switches and the IPS joystick. To the right of the wheel are the ignition switches and controls for the engine, trim tabs, bow and stern thrusters as well as the VHF.
From the helm there is uninterrupted visibility through the single piece windshield. The helm seat, which features more diamond stitched premium upholstery, is double wide and contoured. At the base of the console is an angled footrest. The side window is electrically actuated and allows for easy access to a mid-ship cleat. Around the corner is the main electrical panel, 12v on top, 110v on the bottom.
The salon is built to seamlessly connect with the aft deck. With the door open, passengers have easy access to the starboard side. A grilling station with a sink, an electric grill, and a small cooler are located inside the salon. Otherwise, they can easily use the galley station on the swim platform. For seating, the cockpit features a forward facing L-shaped settee with a solid wood table on a fixed pedestal. There is plenty of deck space to set out extra chairs around the table, if desired. The extended ceiling of the salon shades the aft deck.
To starboard is a balcony. Release a latch on the bulwark and activate a switch on the cockpit wall to lower the balcony. There are mounting points to set up drop rails for safety.
Lift up a hatch in the cockpit sole to access the engine room and use the ladder to step down into the cavity which houses the diesel engines, which are directly attached to pod drives. At the aft bulkhead are the engine start battery switches, the fire suppression system, and the hydraulics for the swim platform, the 11.5 kW generator and the master breaker panel. Forward are the fuel tanks with fuel filters, sea strainers for the mains as well as the generator fuel filter.
An interesting design feature is that the forward ends of the engines are canted slightly inward, which improves access to the engine and opens up space for an 11.5 Onan genset as well as creating room for a crew berth.
The 510 Pininfarina is equipped with a full beam, hydraulic swim platform accessed by passing through the starboard side 22” (55.88 cm)-wide companionway and stepping down two steps. The platform can be controlled with a handheld remote or from a switch in the cockpit. When the platform is lowered, a set of stairs on the starboard side can be deployed for returning back to the deck. Shade is provided by an electrically actuated awning. A cradle can be added to the platform to stow a tender, and the platform can support a 1,600-lb. (726 kg) lift capacity.
Port and starboard side decks can be accessed from the aft deck. Grab handles, toe rails, and the grab rails rail are positioned to aid movement and safety while moving.
The foredeck is another social zone. It features a doublewide sun pad, and we liked that both halves can be raised to chaise lounge positions, and that on either side there are grab rails and cup holders.
The windlass, with a chain stopper and roller, is mounted in a recess fully forward. On either side are rode access hatches, with the port also housing a washdown house. To starboard are foot controls, and on either side of the windlass are 10” (15.4 cm) cleats.
Steps on the portside of the aft deck lead up to the flying bridge. Shade is provided by a full-length Bimini and seating starts with an L-shaped lounge, positioned in the rear with a solid wood table that can be converted to a hi-lo position. Some features of the fly bridge on our test boat were customized. For example, an access railing blocked off a section of the aft seating that would be the location of a refrigerator and icemaker on our standard layout.
Forward and to starboard is a workstation with a sink, cooler and trash receptacle, which can be replaced with L-shaped seating. Forward and to port is a sun pad, which can be switched for a smaller sun pad with a grilling station just behind.
Fly Bridge Helm
The fly bridge helm is fully forward and to starboard. The console features a 12” (30.48 cm) display alongside a 7” (17.7 cm) Volvo Penta screen. Below these and to the left are the electrical switches and IPS joystick. The wheel is mounted, and has a tilt-base. Digital engine controls are to the right as well as the trim tab controls and the engine start stops. A small cubby to the left is great for small objects.
The helm seat is contoured and roomy with storage underneath. From the station, the driver has a good sightline down the ladder, access of the portside and a clear view to starboard.
Back indoors, the accommodations are accessed via the center-mounted companionway. The layouts can be customized with a variety of options, including a galley to port and open seating to starboard.
The full-beam master stateroom is located to the rear and features a center-mounted berth with carpeted decking to both sides as well as a loveseat against the port hull. A hanging locker is to starboard and there are small cabinets for storage. Lighting is provided by the overhead lights and hull side windows, which include opening port lights and privacy shades. A 32” (81.3 cm) TV is set into the forward bulkhead.
The en-suite head includes a walk-in shower with a glass door, a sink atop a solid surface counter, a toilet and handheld sprayer. Storage is available overhead and in cabinets below the counter. An opening port light integrated into the hull side window provides ventilation and natural light.
The VIP is fully forward and follows the typical set up of a bow stateroom. The berth is counter mounted with steps on both sides for access with adjustable reading lights overhead. Natural light comes from the hull side windows and overhead hatch. Storage is available in overhead compartments and there is a hanging locker to port.
Next to the locker is a door leading to the VIP head, which has a sink, head, a marble counter, storage, and an enclosed walk-in shower. The head also has an entrance to the landing, allowing it to serve as a day head.
Further aft is the guest stateroom, which features twin berths. 19” (48 cm) TV is against the forward wall and there is a hanging locker to starboard. Overhead there are reading lights and hull-side windows. This room has a door to a private head, which has a toilet, sink, and enclosed shower. Our test vessel had the optional washer/dryer combo in place of the shower.
For the most part, the 510 Pininfarina is delivered ready for entertaining. As discussed throughout the report, the vessel layout can be customized to fit personal preferences with a variety in choices for amenities, deck layouts, and 10 color schemes.
Price starts at $1.34 million.
It is evident that the builders of the 510 Pininfarina prioritized luxury and comfort. Clearly built for entertaining, the 510 has a powerful propulsion system and is a capable vessel. The Sport version of this vessel offers a similar layout and performance, but is built without the fly bridge.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Schaefer Yachts 510 Pininfarina (2019-) is 37.4 mph (60.2 kph), burning 57.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 215.74 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Schaefer Yachts 510 Pininfarina (2019-) is 33.0 mph (53.1 kph), and the boat gets 0.7 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.3 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 270 miles (434.52 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 550-hp Volvo Penta IPS700.
Standard and Optional Features
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