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(w/ 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600)


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Brief Summary

The Schaefer 510 Sport is a midsize express cruiser coupe that has many features seen on much larger boats, such as a three-stateroom, three-head layout, an available hydraulic swim platform that can ship a tender, and an elevated helm position. Volvo Penta IPS propulsion provides predictable performance, efficient cruising, and joystick maneuverability. She’s also got a galley placed so it’s convenient to the entire main deck, and uses generous amounts of the builder’s high-grade lacquer finish throughout. Perhaps most interesting, Schaefer will work with buyers to customize their boats, right down to layout, engine choices, interior finishes, and more.

Key Features

  • Three-stateroom, three-head layout
  • Helm area with sunroof
  • Swim platform
  • Main-deck galley convenient to salon and aft deck
  • Multiple layouts available, including two with galley-down arrangements
  • Aft grilling area
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 51' 11''
    15.82 m
    Beam 14' 4''
    4.37 m
    Dry Weight 40,344 lbs.
    18,300 kg
    Tested Weight 43,155 lbs.
    19,575 kg
    Draft 4' 1''
    1.24 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 17-deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 16' 4''
    4.97 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 16
    Fuel Capacity 343 gal.
    1,298 L
    Water Capacity 124 gal.
    469 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 550-hp Volvo Penta IPS700
    Tested Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.3 3.7 0.6 6.8 5.9 2107 1832.2 64
    1000 6.8 5.9 1.5 4.5 3.9 1386 1204.9 66
    1500 9.2 8.0 5.5 1.7 1.4 512 445.0 66
    2000 11.2 9.7 12.5 0.9 0.8 276 239.7 69
    2200 13.1 11.3 16.2 0.8 0.7 248 215.7 69
    2400 15.0 13.0 20.3 0.7 0.6 228 198.0 71
    2600 19.0 16.5 23.5 0.8 0.7 250 217.0 71
    2800 22.1 19.2 26.8 0.8 0.7 254 221.3 71
    3000 24.6 21.4 31.3 0.8 0.7 243 211.0 71
    3200 27.6 24.0 36.7 0.8 0.7 232 201.5 73
    3400 30.2 26.2 41.7 0.7 0.6 223 193.9 75
    3600 33.4 29.0 44.8 0.7 0.6 230 200.3 76
    600 1832.2 3391 6.90 2.27 2.89 64
    1000 1204.9 2231 10.90 5.68 1.91 66
    1500 445.0 824 14.80 20.82 0.72 66
    2000 239.7 444 18.00 47.32 0.38 69
    2200 215.7 399 21.10 61.32 0.34 69
    2400 198.0 367 24.10 76.84 0.30 71
    2600 217.0 402 30.60 88.96 0.34 71
    2800 221.3 409 35.60 101.45 0.34 71
    3000 211.0 391 39.60 118.48 0.34 71
    3200 201.5 373 44.40 138.92 0.34 73
    3400 193.9 359 48.60 157.85 0.30 75
    3600 200.3 370 53.80 169.59 0.30 76

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 7.9 sec.
    0 to 30 10.0 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 4 persons, 1/2 fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 81 deg., 69 humid; wind: 15-21 mph; seas: <1

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    The Schaefer 510 Sport rewards decisive boaters with a combination of performance and comfort.


    The Schaefer 510 Sport is a sleek sport cruiser coupe with a layout that works well for dayboating excursions as well as longer cruising adventures. Our test boat was well equipped with such options as a broad hydraulic swim platform that’s sure to entertain watersports enthusiasts, and a transom grilling station. Her lower-deck accommodations made excellent use of available space with three staterooms and three heads, each including a separate shower, to keep owner and guests happy for extended weekends aboard.

    Distinguishing Features

      A layout with three staterooms and three heads, each with a separate shower, is a rare find in this size range.

      The aft section is built for fun with a wide swim platform with a hydraulic option as well as a transom grilling station.

      The secret galley appears out from under folding lacquered panels.

      A sunroof changes the entire feel of the helm area and, indeed, the whole salon.

      An atrium-style passageway lets the natural light from the raked windshield into the lower deck.

      Excellent use of hullside windows and opening ports bring the waterviews and breezes belowdecks.

    Features Inspection

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    The main deck layout of the Schaefer 510 Sport shows off her multiple social areas, ready to welcome guests or allow groups some quiet time.

    Swim Platform

    The swim platform stretches across the full width of the transom and is 5’11” (1.80 m) long with an optional 4’4” (1.32 m) section that lowers and raises hydraulically, with steps that automatically deploy ($29,704). The platform has a 1,600 lb. (726 kg) capacity and can be used to launch and retrieve a personal watercraft or RIB tender with receivers for chocks (an $1,111 option) and the tiedown eyes here as well as being a beach for swimmers.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport transom
    The transom has a broad swim platform that enhances the entire stern area of the 510 Sport.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport swim platform
    The optional hydraulic swim platform has a staircase on its starboard section that deploys automatically as it lowers.

    The transom has stowage in a pair of lockers below a wide grab handle. The top lid opens to reveal a grill and sink with folding faucet. Insulated cooler lockers are to either side, ensuring easy access to cold drinks from the swim platform and the aft-deck seating area. Our test boat had a hydraulic Opacmare passerelle on the port side.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport transom
    The transom makes good use of what could otherwise be wasted space.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport grill
    A transom grill and sink move food prep out of the aft-deck social area, yet keeps the chef in the party.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport passarelle
    The Opacmare passerelle is a robust hydraulic telescoping boarding gangway.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport shore power
    The shore power cord receptacle is on the port side of the transom.

    Aft Deck

    Up two stairs from the swim platform is the aft deck, which has a wide L-shaped settee across the transom for lounging. The stairs to the swim platform are protected by a swing-out, stainless steel gate. The aft deck has a teak table on a sturdy stainless pedestal with beverage holders and grab handles exposed when the leaves are folded in. A built-in refrigerator is handy when entertaining here.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport aft deck
    The social area of the aft deck centers on the L-shaped settee that dominates the aft port quarter.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport gate
    A stainless gate keeps guests away from the stairs to the swim platform.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport settee
    The table serving the transom settee has a folding leaf on each end.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport holders
    Beverage holders and grabrails are exposed when the leaves of the aft-deck table are folded.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    The refrigerator is handy both to the aft deck as well as the salon.

    A hardtop overhang offers the aft deck a bit of shade and weather protection. For a bit more shelter from the sun, there’s a manual crank shade that covers the aft deck.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport sun shade
    A sun shade cranks out manually to provide improved sun protection to the aft deck.

    At each aft quarter, 10” (25.4 cm) cleats have enclosed stainless fairleads. We would like to see the fairlead have a break in the top to pass the line through. There’s also a self-draining receptacle for excess line, something that helps keep the boat tidy, but we’d like to see a notch in the edge of the lid, rather than the center.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport cleat
    The cleat is rugged but hasty tie-ups may preclude use of the stainless fairlead.

    Behind a door in the house side on the aft deck we find the battery switches and beneath that, a hatch to the crew’s quarters, which includes a small head with a single berth just behind.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport battery switches
    Battery switches are handy on the aft deck, protected by a latching door.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    This two-part door makes it easier to access the aft crew’s quarters.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport crews quarters
    The crew’s quarters have a sink, head, and a berth optimizing the available space.

    A docking station is positioned beneath a flip-up cover on the starboard side. A gas strut holds the lid out of the way, and there’s a Volvo Penta engine display and joystick, as well as a horn button and controls for the windlass.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport docking
    The optional second station ($7,875) for docking from the aft deck improves the view for close-quarters maneuvering and lets the skipper help with docklines.

    Stairs to port and starboard lead from the aft deck to the side decks. When we climbed the stairs we noticed each side would benefit from a grab handle on the hardtop overhang. Both side decks are 18” (45.72 cm) wide with a 9” (22.86 cm) toerail and a bowrail that climbs from 27” (68.58 cm) aft to 31” (78.74 cm) forward.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    The stairs to the side decks are equipped with courtesy lights and have teak treads.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    Our test captain appreciates a good grab handle, and this would be an excellent spot for another one.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport bow rail
    The bowrail along each side deck gets progressively higher as one moves forward.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport toe rail
    The toerail adds to the secure feeling of the side decks.


    The foredeck area is surrounded by the bowrail to make it safer to tend the ground tackle. Flanked by lockers, the vertical windlass is mounted in a recess with a chain stopper and the polished claw-style anchor sits in a stainless pulpit. There are 10” (25.4 cm) cleats to either side, and foot controls for the windlass.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport sun pad
    The foredeck provides an additional social area with a sun pad.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport windlass
    The sleek windlass keeps an even lower profile thanks to a molded recess. Note the foot controls to starboard.

    The bow sun pad measures 82” (208.3 cm) wide at the head, 59” (149.9 cm) wide at the foot, and 91” (231.1 cm) head to foot, and has an integrated, raised pillow for sunbathers. To either side is a double beverage holder and a grab handle.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport sun worshiper
    Sun worshipers can get some privacy on the foredeck.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport cup holder
    Double beverage holders are fashioned from unobtrusive acrylic and are handily placed to serve either side of the sun pad, along with the long grab handle.


    From the aft deck, sliding doors open up to 5’2” (1.58 m) wide to connect the salon to the aft deck. A flush threshold makes it easy to pass in and out without a tripping hazard.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport aft bulkhead
    The doors in the aft bulkhead open wide to help unify the interior and exterior social areas.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport floor
    The flush transition helps the cause and reduces stubbed toes.

    Large windows confer plenty of natural light on the salon. If that’s not enough, there’s an expansive sunroof in the overhead that changes the entire feel of the interior when the weather is good. Seating in the salon is in a U-shaped settee set on a 7” (17.78 cm) high teak platform for improved sightlines. The salon table is on a sturdy pedestal, and, when folded up, has grab handles and beverage holders at either end.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport salon
    The salon welcomes guests with comfortable seating and views through expansive glass panes all around.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport sun roof
    The sunroof opens wide to provide fresh air and natural light on pleasant days. Note the height on the windows’ bottom edge is lower aft.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport settee
    The settee has a table with folding leaves, built by Schaefer in house, that has grab handles and spots for beverages, all on a robust pedestal.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport step up
    The step up for the settee ensures the view is better from the seats.


    The galley is opposite the settee, concealed beneath a lacquered counter. The counter sections that are the lids fold before opening, so they don’t block the side window completely when flipped up. Beneath them is a sink with folding faucet, a counter for food prep, a two-burner cooktop with potholders, stowage in lockers beneath, and a convection microwave.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport galley
    The galley along the starboard side appears to be an attractive built-in credenza with a finely lacquered top.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport galley
    But the galley’s utility—including a cooktop, sink with folding faucet, and room to work at either end—is revealed by folding lids.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport microwave
    A convection microwave increases the culinary options.

    To entertain the crew, there is a 32” (81.28 cm) TV with a 5.1-channel speaker system above the aft end of the counter. And cleverly positioned out of the way in the overhead are a Blu-Ray player and a control head for the stereo system.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport tv
    A television entertains the crew in the settee…
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport blu ray player
    …While a handy Blu-Ray player and stereo control head are installed in the overhead—out of the way but accessible.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport tray
    Speaking of keeping guests happy, this fixed tray located forward of the settee on the port side corrals remote controls as well as glassware and bottles in an acrylic panel with cutouts.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport panel
    Near the forward end of the galley, a breaker panel is accessible behind a door in the aft face of the helm seat base.

    Helm Station

    The helm station is on a platform up two 10” steps with a leather-wrapped stainless grabrail for safety, and an angled panel on the forward end of the teak platform serves as a footrest.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport helm
    The helm is perched at the forward end of the salon to starboard.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport helm steps
    It’s two steps up to the helm station…
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport helm
    …which benefits from the added height with better lines of sight.

    The helm console is topped with a leather brow to cut glare with a compass set into it. A Lexan panel has a 9” (30.48 cm) Raymarine eS Series display to port, and the 7” Volvo Penta engine display to starboard. The Volvo Penta IPS joystick is to port of the wheel with switches for lights and wipers in a Lexan panel and a cubby set in the leather-wrapped dash. On the starboard side of the leather-wrapped steering wheel on its tilt base is the Volvo Penta engine throttle and shift binnacle, engine start switches, and other system controls. The starboard bulkhead has the Raymarine VHF and additional switches.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    The helm dash has a large angled panel for mounting electronics close to the driver’s lines of sight.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport joy stick
    The Volvo Penta IPS joystick is mounted to port of the wheel, which may work well for a right-handed driver looking aft.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport binnacle
    To port of the wheel the Volvo Penta throttle and shift binnacle is positioned among the ignition switches and those for other dash components.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport wheel
    The wheel is mounted on a tilt base.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    The VHF is located on the starboard bulkhead near the helm, but could be placed on the helm dash as well—there’s plenty of room.

    The single helm seat is wide (for one) and has quilted stitching and a two-tone treatment on the flip-up bolster seat cushion that shows off Schaefer’s in-house craftsmanship.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport helm seat
    The seat has a fine finish with quality materials, a cutout for lumbar ventilation, and is set in the top of a built-in, lacquered console.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport bolster
    The bolster flips up to give the helmsman more positions when driving, though the seat could benefit from some fore-and-aft adjustment.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport side window
    One feature we really like is a power side window that opens…
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport skipper
    …and allows the skipper to reach the springline cleat.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport windshield
    The raked windshield is a single glass panel measuring 8’10” (2.69 m) wide by 4’2” (1.27 m) tall.


    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport 3 stateroom
    Our test boat has a three-stateroom, three-head layout, all with separate shower stalls, which is something that is rarely seen on this size boat.

    Belowdecks, a four-step companionway leads to an atrium-style passageway open to the steeply raked windshield above.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport passageway
    The passageway has the advantage of being lit from above by the steeply raked windshield.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport master door
    The door to the master stateroom is to port of the companionway stairs.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport stair storage
    The companionway stairs have courtesy lights on each riser, and lift to reveal additional stowage.

    Master Stateroom

    The master stateroom is located amidships and has hullside windows with opening ports to either side, with lockers to starboard topped with a lacquered shelf, and a settee to port. There’s a 32” (81.28 cm) flatscreen TV on the forward bulkhead, and additional stowage in lockers to either side.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport master stateroom
    The master stateroom has an overhead with variable geometry.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport berth
    The berth measures 77” by 62” (195.58 cm x 157.48 cm), and is flanked by nightstands with light switches and power outlets above for devices.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport shelf
    Teak-fronted lockers are topped with a finely finished lacquer shelf, though a fiddle would help keep things in place.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport settee
    The settee gives the owners a place to lounge away from their guests, a luxury feature on a yacht of this size.

    Master Head

    The master head has private access from the stateroom and features a mirrored medicine cabinet, a hullside window with opening port, and a basin sink atop a vanity with stowage. The vanity and sink are a fine example of the company’s workmanship. The separate shower stall has a glass door on stainless hinges.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport master head
    The master head gets natural light and ventilation from the hullside window and opening port.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport shower
    The separate shower has a teak sole.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport master head
    The master-head shower has a Euro-style wand and a shelf for toiletries.

    Forward VIP Stateroom

    The VIP stateroom in the bow has an island berth measuring 77” by 70” (195.58 cm x 177.80 cm) on centerline with hullside windows bringing in natural light along with a round hatch in the 6’5” (1.97 m) overhead, that also serves as emergency egress.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport vip
    The VIP stateroom has reading lights, switches, and outlets for charging devices to either side of the berth.

    Above each hullside window are welcome lacquer-finished lockers. Steps to either side make it easier to get in and out of bed. A 24” (60.96 cm) flatscreen TV is on the aft bulkhead and there’s a hanging locker to port.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport window
    Hullside windows add to the airy feeling of the forward guest stateroom, while lockers above increase useable stowage.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport bed steps
    Steps to either side are equipped with courtesy lights.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport shine
    Schaefer doesn’t skimp on the lacquer, and that shines through in these doors in the VIP—the door to the left is the entrance to the stateroom, and to the right is the door for the private entrance to the VIP head.

    VIP Head

    The head has an entrance directly from the VIP stateroom, but, since it also serves as a dayhead for the yacht, there’s another entry door from the passageway. This head uses a half-cylindrical acrylic shower enclosure, a mirrored medicine cabinet, a hullside window with opening port, and a vessel sink atop a vanity with stowage, all finished with the same attention to detail as the master head.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport vip
    The VIP head also serves as the dayhead and features a hullside window with opening port.

    Guest Stateroom

    To starboard, the guest stateroom features twin berths measuring 27” (68.58 cm) wide and 71” (180.34 cm) head to foot, and here they have a filler cushion to create a single berth. LED reading lights are located at the head of each bed. A hullside window has an opening port for natural light and ventilation.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport filler
    A filler cushion creates a double berth in the guest stateroom.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport guest stateroom
    The guest stateroom has a 19” (48.26 cm) flatscreen TV, mounted on a locker with shelves and an air-conditioning air handler at its top.

    Guest Head

    The private head for this stateroom has a shower in a half-cylindrical acrylic enclosure. A mirrored medicine cabinet is above a hullside window with opening port, and there’s a basin sink atop a vanity with stowage beneath. The bench is designed to be used with the shower.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport guest head
    The guest head has similar amenities to the other two head compartments, including a vessel sink and hullside window with opening port.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport head
    The third head on many boats in this class—if there even is a third head—would be a wet head, but this one has an enclosed shower.

    Additional Layouts

    Schaefer has two other layouts for the lower deck of the 510 Sport, and each is a galley-down option.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport layout
    This layout simply adds a galley to port on the lower deck, by eliminating the third head.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport layout
    This layout eliminates the third head and the starboard guest double, creating a lower-deck lounge area with galley, and enhances privacy for the two remaining staterooms.

    Performance Test

    The Schaefer 510 Sport has a LOA of 51’11” (15.82 m) and a beam of 14’4” (4.61 m). With an empty weight of 40,344 lbs. (18,300 kg), 50% fuel and four people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 43,155 lbs. (19,575 kg).

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport idle
    The Schaefer 510 Sport is a robust mid-size express cruiser.

    With the twin Volvo Penta 435-hp IPS600s powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 29 knots or 33.4 mph (53.8 kph) at 3600 rpm.

    Best economic cruise came in at 2800 rpm and 19.2 knots or 22.1 mph (35.6 kph). It was at that speed that the 26.8 gph (101.5 lph) fuel burn translated into 0.7 nmpg (0.32 kpl) and a range of 221.3 nm.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport running
    With Volvo Penta IPS, the Schaefer 510 Sport dials in the efficiency with a 20-knot cruising speed.


    From a standing start, the Schaefer 510 Sport got onto plane in 7.9 seconds and accelerated from zero to 20 mph in 10.0 seconds.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport running
    Her hole-shot times to get on plane offered few surprises.

    The sunroof over the helm opens wide, and the helm position is designed for the driver to run the boat with a head above the windshield when standing.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport sun roof
    The sunroof lends an open-air driving experiences.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport standing
    Standing at the helm is enabled by the sunroof.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport driving
    While the breeze is strong at speed, driving with one’s head above the windshield gives that flying feel of a flybridge.


    The hull of the 510 Sport had sharp penetration as we ran through 1’ to 1 ½’ (.30 m to .46 m) chop. We didn’t experience any hull slap or pounding. We found that the boat ran better when we lowered the tabs to bring the bow down, which let the bow get into the waves and the sharp bow deadrise do its work. She has a 17-degree deadrise at the transom which is usually a good compromise between speed and ride in this size boat.

    Leaving the bow up, we could feel some occasional pounding, but a touch on the tabs brought the bow down to ensure a comfortable ride – that’s because her deadrise is much greater forward to cut through the waves. This is true for most boats in class.

    She handled beam seas smoothly, on an even keel. We found she was sensitive to trim and the tabs easily keep her level. They’re big tabs and they operate quickly, so be gentle with them. She was responsive to steering commands, and, as with most boats powered with Volvo Penta IPS she takes wide turns at speed with a comforting inward lean.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport running
    Our test captain used the tabs to engage the bow for an even better ride.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport hull
    The hull is responsive to the wheel with a confidence-inspiring lean inward on turns.

    The test conditions yielded only some surface chop to contend with, we ran the boat through the wake of our test boat to emulate larger seas and she handled the waves well with her sharp forefoot, slicing through them and pushing the spray low to the sides.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport running
    The bow tamed the chop easily with a little bow-down trim.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport running
    The boat sliced through the wake with ease, occasionally shedding a couple of knots of speed.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport running
    The sharp bow combined with the strakes to keep the boat on track through the waves, with no stuffing or pronounced lifting.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport running
    We had to look for the spray at times during our test to see where it ended up.


    To dock the boat, Schaefer asked us to put her in the slipway for the Travelift bow first, and we used the IPS joystick to deal with a crosscurrent and sustained wind until the crew could secure lines. This is a good example of when the joystick pays off.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport skippers
    For less-experienced skippers, a joystick system can be helpful, primarily if practice has shown the systems capabilities in relation to the boat’s windage.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport joy stick
    The Schaefer 510 Sport has the joystick system set up properly to manage the conditions of our test.

    Engine Room

    The engine room is centered on the pair of 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600s. While these engines seem mounted close together, Schaefer paid attention to maintenance and simplified daily checks.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport engine room
    The engine room is accessed through a hatch in the aft deck.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport engines
    The engines are close together in the engine room.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport dipsticks
    Dipsticks are positioned along the inboard side of each engine and strainers are easy to inspect because they are on top of the engines.

    The 11.5 kW Cummins Onan genset is located to starboard (remember, crew’s quarters are located to port, encroaching somewhat on the space. The genset is also easy to tend with its strainer, fuel-water separator, and muffler readily accessible.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport generator
    The Cummins Onan generator has an enclosure for quiet operation.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport separators
    Genset fuel-water separators are tucked on the other side of their mounting bracket, easy to access along with the strainer and the genset muffler.

    The 343-gallon (1,298 L) fiberglass fuel tank is positioned across the forward end of the engine room. Schaefer manufactures their own tanks, and we prefer fiberglass fuel tanks to aluminum, which can corrode if they come into repeated contact with water. Volvo Penta fuel-water separators are easily accessible and equipped with ball valves for handy shutoff, as are through-hull fittings for the air-conditioning pump and the genset cooling water.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport fuel tank
    A fiberglass fuel tank is situated so it will not affect running attitude as the fuel level changes.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport separators
    Fuel-water separators are in the forward end of the engine room.

    Hydraulic systems for the swim platform and passerelle are located on a shelf across the transom at the aft end of the engine room. Batteries are situated aft under a cover near the fixed Fire-Boy fire-suppression system.

    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport pod drives
    The hydraulic systems are positioned above the Volvo Penta IPS pod drives.
    Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
    Batteries are placed abaft the bulkhead that sets the crew’s quarters apart from the engine room.

    Options to Consider

      • Hydraulic swim platform ($29,704)

      • Aft-deck docking station ($7,875)

      • Raymarine Axiom 12” (30.48 cm) multifunction display with chartplotter, sonar, VHF, and antenna ($15,526)

      • Marine radar system ($4,884)

      • Satellite TV system ($16,799)

      • Electric aft-deck awning ($3,538)


    Base price is $1.3 million.


      • 10 years on all structural parts

      • 2 years on all electrical installation

      • 1 year on gelcoat, upholstery etc.

      • Engines 3 years plus the option to upgrade

      • Supplied equipment covered by each manufacturer


    The Schaefer 510 Sport is a sport cruiser with the amenities to allow a boater to customize the boat to their needs. For example, an optional hydraulic swim platform makes for a wide, open area to lounge, hang out, and maybe cook some lunch on the optional transom grill, or it can be submerged to allow bathers to play in the water as the boat rests at anchor.

    The long, lacquered counter on the starboard side of the salon makes for a sleek spot for revelers to stand at an onboard cocktail party, but it also opens up to be a full-service galley to feed dinner to a boatload of guests. The helm area can offer shelter from both the sun and rain as conditions warrant, and transition in moments to a wide-open space with a gaping sunroof and powered-down side windows to let in the refreshing sea breezes.

    Schaefer understands that these transitions may be enough for many boaters, but they tell us they are prepared to offer additional options and choices as well.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport (2019-) is 33.4 mph (53.8 kph), burning 44.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 169.57 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport (2019-) is 22.1 mph (35.6 kph), and the boat gets 0.8 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.34 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 254 miles (408.77 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional


    TV/DVD Optional

    Exterior Features

    Swim Platform Optional


    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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