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Schaefer Yachts 510 Pininfarina (2019-)

2 x 550-hp Volvo Penta IPS700

Brief Summary

Schaefer’s 510 Pininfarina is a luxury vessel from Brazil fitted with an assortment of features geared for comfort and socializing. Capable of hosting groups of up to 16, on board amenities include multiple galley stations, overnight accommodations, an open layout and multiple social zones. This is an ideal vessel for luxurious, short-term voyages.

Key Features

  • 17-degree deadrise
  • Can carry up to 16 passengers
  • Twin Volvo Penta IPS700 diesel engines
  • Hull is fully made by vacuum infusion
  • Joystick is standard
  • Overnight accommodations for six
  • Custom vessel layout options

Test Results

600 5 4.3 1.2 4.2 3.6 1586 1379.3 64
1000 8.4 7.3 4.5 1.9 1.6 711 617.9 67
1250 10.4 9 8.3 1.3 1.1 480 417.3 67
1500 12.1 10.5 16 0.8 0.7 288 250.4 71
1750 14.8 12.9 21 0.7 0.6 268 233.3 71
2000 19.4 16.9 30 0.6 0.6 246 214.1 77
2200 23.6 20.5 35.5 0.7 0.6 253 220.1 76
2400 28 24.3 40 0.7 0.6 266 231.7 73
2600 33 28.7 46.5 0.7 0.6 270 234.9 76
2800 37.4 32.5 57 0.7 0.6 250 217.2 79


Length Overall 51' 9'' / 15.82 m
Beam 14' 3''
4.36 m
Dry Weight 40,344 lbs.
18,300 kg
Tested Weight 42,424 lbs.
19,243 kg
Draft 4' 1''
1.24 m
Deadrise/Transom 17-deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Person Capacity 16
Fuel Capacity 423 gal.
1,601 L
Water Capacity 153 gal.
579 L
Total Weight 42,424 lbs.
19,243 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 7.9 sec.
0 to 30 9.6 sec. (0to20)
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 3 persons, 1/3 fuel, 1/2 water, no water

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 550-hp Volvo Penta IPS700
Std. Power 2 x 550-hp Volvo Penta IPS700
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina running

At first glance, we can see that the 510 Pininfarina’s styling has a racy, luxurious elegance, which is a common theme throughout the exterior and interior.


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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina running

Schaefer has vacuum infused all of the structural components with vinylester resin, which limits osmotic intrusion.

Major Features

    • Foldout balcony on the aft deck

    • Hydraulic swim platform

    • Galley stations at the salon, swim platform and fly bridge

    • Optional crew quarters

    • Three heads

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina running

Schaefer offers vessels that run from 30’ to 83’ (9.14 m to 25.2 m). The 510 Pininfarina is in the middle of the pack and offers a sport version and the luxury flybridge edition, shown.


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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina propulsion

The propulsion system features steerable pods, integrated seawater and exhaust system, a hydraulic gearshift system, and low-speed mode as standard.


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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina hull

The deep-vee hull of the 510 Pininfarina cuts through waves, and is more than capable of handling ocean voyages and returning quickly back to port to evade bad weather.


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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina docking

The driver has an excellent field of view from the fly bridge helm.

Features Inspection

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina salon

A view of the salon looking forward. Note the double diamond stitching on the upholstery. The galley cabinetry is all marine-grade wood with gloss lacquer.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina galley

Lift up the folding countertops to create a working galley for the salon.

Lower Helm

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina helm

The helm has a practical layout, and we liked the fit and finished details on the wheel and console.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina controls

A close-up of the controls on the starboard side.

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina helm seat

The helm seat, which can hold two, features more of the same double diamond stitch pattern found throughout the vessel.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina driver

The driver can easily lean out of the starboard window and access the mid-ship cleat.


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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina

A view of the aft deck. Note the steps leading up to the fly bridge to port.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina settee

Facing aft, the L-shaped settee has seating for four to six adults. Note the boarding gate to the swim platform and the location of the cleat to the left.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina bulwark

Shown is the latch on the bulwark locking the balcony in place.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina balcony

Simply press a switch to lower the balcony.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina balcony

The balcony has enough space for two chairs and a small table.

Engine Room

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina engine room

The entrance to the engine room is narrow, and there is limited natural light below and the room is laid out to maximize space and headroom.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina ips pods

Shown are the IPS pods, which are connected directly to the engines. They are within easy reach to perform maintenance.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina batteries

Shown are the house batteries and fire suppression system, which are positioned against the starboard bulkhead.

Swim Platform

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina aft galley

We liked how there is a grab rail attached to the aft galley.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina

As the swim platform is lowered, the starboard-boarding ladder automatically unfolds. Note how the aft galley can still be accessed when the platform is submerged.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina

Shown are the rails for a tender. Note how the boarding ladder to starboard is flush against the deck when the swim platform is raised.

Side Decks

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina side decks

There is plenty of room to maneuver on the side decks.


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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina bow

Shown is the bow. Note the grab rails on either side of the sun pad and the toe decks.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina windlass

Shown is the windlass and hatches for anchor rode and ground tackle.

Fly Bridge

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina deck space

True to the mission, much of the available space is devoted towards relaxing and socializing. The layout is modular and mounted off the deck, convenient for easy wash-downs.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina

A close-up of the fly bridge workstation. We liked that there was a grab rail for security.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina lounge

Passengers can sit or lie down facing forward, the driver or facing aft.

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina helm

The black on white design aids visibility, and the controls are laid out in a functional way. We liked that when switching from the joystick, the engine controls automatically took over when engaging the throttle.


Master Stateroom

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina layout

This version of the 510 Pininfarina has three en suite staterooms, something rarely seen in this size. On our test boat, one of the showers was replaced with a washer/dryer.

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina bed

We liked the fit-and-finish details; leather panels on the headboards, diamond patterned upholstery, and especially the accent lighting.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina lounge

The lounge in the master features more of the double diamond stitch pattern on the leather upholstery. Note the storage cabinets, which can be converted into hanging lockers, to the right.

Master Head

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.

VIP Stateroom

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina vip

The 510 Pininfarina has limited storage options in the VIP, highlighting the boat’s mission of entertaining over cruising. Here we find overhead storage above the windows and a single hanging locker.

Guest Stateroom

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.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina

The guest cabin shares a similar aesthetic with the VIP cabin with the blue turquoise highlights, padded leather panels at the heads of the berths, and more diamond stitching on the bulkheads. Note the adjustable reading lights.

Schaefer 510 Pininfarina guest head

The guest head features a marble countertop with storage available below.

Optional Equipment

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.

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