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Schaefer Yachts 580 (2019-)

2 x 625-hp Volvo Penta IPS800

Brief Summary

Brazil’s largest recreational boatbuilder, Schaefer Yachts, has introduced a flybridge cruiser powered by Volvo diesels with IPS pods. The 580 fills a niche in the builder’s lineup between 53’ and 64’, and includes overnight accommodations for six people and the ability to carry 17 people for daytime trips.

Key Features

  • Twin Volvo Penta IPS800 diesels (625-hp each)
  • Joystick steering
  • Cockpit balcony
  • Flybridge social area
  • Foredeck sun pad/lounge
  • Optional hydraulic swim platform
  • Swim platform grill/wet bar
  • Three stateroom, two head layout
  • Midship full-beam master with ensuite

Test Results

600 6.3 5.5 2.3 2.8 2.4 1399 1216.2 60
1000 9.8 8.5 7.6 1.3 1.1 645 560.9 62
1250 11.3 9.8 14 0.8 0.7 401 349 65
1500 12.4 10.8 35.5 0.3 0.3 174 151.7 67
1750 19.3 16.8 32 0.6 0.5 301 262 75
2000 25.1 21.8 41.5 0.6 0.5 302 262.2 69
2200 29.2 25.3 50 0.6 0.5 291 253.2 70
2400 33.4 29 58 0.6 0.5 288 250.1 73
2460 34.5 30 61.5 0.6 0.5 280 243.3 73


Length Overall 58' 1'' / 17.70 m
Beam 16' 3''
4.95 m
Dry Weight 55,710 lbs.
25,270 kg
Tested Weight 59,757 lbs.
27,105 kg
Draft 4' 10''
1.47 m
Deadrise/Transom 14.1-deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance 22' 6''
6.86 m
Person Capacity 17
Fuel Capacity 555 gal.
2,101 L
Water Capacity 143 gal.
541 L
Total Weight 59,757 lbs.
27,105 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 9.0 sec.
0 to 30 11.2 sec. (0to20)
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load Full fuel, 09/100 water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 81 deg., 69 humid; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: <1

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 625-hp Volvo Penta IPS800
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Schaefer 580 running

The Schaefer 580 is a new cruiser from Schaefer Yachts.

Schaefer 580 drawing

The Schaefer 580 was designed for entertaining friends and family.


The Schaefer 580 is intended as a fast entertainment platform for day boating as well as for overnight cruising with accommodations for six. With a 30-knot WOT potential she should appeal to boaters who want to do their day boating at distant locations.

Distinguishing Features

    • Joystick-only steering from lower helm

    • Cockpit balcony

    • 1,600 lb. (726 kg) lift capacity of optional hydraulic swim platform

Schaefer 580 running

The Schaefer 580 is intended to provide ease of operation by its owner/operator.


We traveled to Florianopolis in southern Brazil to evaluate the new Schaefer 580 from Schaefer Yachts, Brazil’s largest yacht manufacturer. The designer of the 580 theorizes that weight has to be overcome with power. Therefore, Schaefer strives to be lighter and stronger, using cored hulls. He sees performance in rough water as a balance between speed, seaworthiness, and handling, which is why he chose a bottom shape that is sharp forward warping to a deadrise at the transom of 14.1-degrees, for speed fuel efficiency and stability.


Schaefer builds most of the components, outside of engines and electronics, in-house. They build their own furniture, have an upholstery shop, and design some of their own hardware.

Schaefer 580 machine

Schaefer has a large 5-axis CNC machine in-house to make single piece plugs up to 85’ (26 m).

Schaefer boats are built in female molds with glass reinforced plastic, and PVC foam cores for hulls, decks, and superstructures. Structural stringers are tabbed in and a liner is used as a stiffener and to define furniture.

Schaefer 580 resin infused

Gelcoat finished, the fiberglass and foam cored hulls are resin infused within vacuum bags to control resin to glass ratios accurately.

Boat Inspection

The Helm

Schaefer 580 lower helm

There is no wheel on the lower helm, just the IPS joystick located on the right arm of the helm chair - throttles on the left arm. It looks odd at first, but is easy to get used to.

The design team at Volvo Penta tells us this is the first production recreational powerboat that is fully committed to the joystick system - no wheel. Of course, future owners wanting a traditional wheel could add one later.

We discovered during our sea trials that unleashing the IPS drives and going wheel-less impacts performance away from the dock.

Schaefer 580 side window

Note the unusual opening side window, allowing fresh air to the lower helm.

Schaefer 580 helm chair

The helm chair on the lower station is adjustable with rocker switches located on the side of the left arm.

The throttle and shift controls are on the left arm of the helm chair. Also on the left arm of the helm seat are trim tab controls, so when underway one can remain seated. The helm panel in front of us is uncluttered with the two 20” nav displays behind a single sheet of plexiglass. Our test boat has noninteractive displays, not touchscreens.

Schaefer 580 controls

The control for the nav displays is on the right arm of the helm chair. This mirrors the touchscreen displays on the flybridge. Optionally, one could choose touchscreens for both stations.

Schaefer 580 display

On the right of the dash is the Volvo Penta engine display, plus accessory controls.

Schaefer 580 vhf

The left side of the dash has a Raymarine VHF radio.

Schaefer 580 foot rest

There is a footrest under the dash but we’d like to see one a little higher. Under the hinged cover of the footrest is storage with space for a portable fire extinguisher.

Schaefer 580 window open

Captain Steve cracks open the side window for a little air. The half-round window is fitted into the larger fixed window and opens by rotating the handle.

The windshield for the lower helm has two 51” x 60” glass panels with a 5” wide mullion running up the middle between the two panels. The passenger side of the helm has a large flat genuine leather-covered dash with A/C vents. There are defrosters for the windshields.

Schaefer 580 windshield

The windshield is surrounded by snaps for a sun cover. Pantograph wipers are parked vertically. The signature S-plates on the dash are defroster covers.

IPS Pods and Joystick Control

Here are a few things to know about the IPS joystick system. Most people know that the props are on the front of the pods and are, in effect, steerable. The pods are linked and act independently to give thrust and maneuverability around the dock - no bow or stern thrusters generally needed.

High-Speed Joystick. When in maneuvering mode, the joystick controls both thrust and direction which allows us to do things like crab sideways for docking, but by pushing a button on the base of the joystick, we are in running mode. This is a relatively new innovation that Volvo Penta has introduced, so now the joystick can be used in two situations – docking, and at higher speeds, all the way to top speed.

The throttles control the speed, and the joystick controls turning. When steering in running mode by the joystick, a tap of the joystick adjusts the course by 1-degree and a twist of the joystick adjusts the course by 5-degrees. It is easy to get used to.


Schaefer 580 running

The 580 runs at speed with a modest 5-degree bow rise, as is typical.

The Schaefer 580 has a LOA of 58’1” (17.70 m), a beam of 16’3” (4.96 m), a draft of 4’10’’ (1.47 m). With an empty weight of 55,710 lbs. (25,270 kg), full fuel of 555 gallons (2,101 L) and 14 gallons (53 L) of water in the 143 gallon (541 L) tank, plus three people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 59,757 lbs. (27105 kg).

Top Speed. With twin Volvo Penta IPS800s 625-hp 6-cylinder diesel engines with IPS-2 pods and counter-turning Nibral prop sets, our Schaefer 580 reached a top speed of 30.0 knots at 2460 rpm in modest conditions. The wind was blowing about 15 knots and kicked up a light chop, but there were no swells.

Best Cruise. When we backed off to 2000 rpm and 21.8 knots, we found our best fuel economy with a burn rate of 41.5 gph and a range of 262.2 nm, all while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat’s 555 gallon (2,101 L) total fuel capacity.

Acceleration. Our time to plane from a dead stop was 9.0 seconds and we reached 20 mph in 11.2 seconds.


Schaefer 580 ips pods

Volvo Penta’s IPS pods with their forward facing counter-turning dual props are steerable and turn with a joystick rather than a wheel.

With wheel steering, traditionally the IPS software restricts turning to wide sweeping arcs, depending on the speed of the vessel and its type and size. However, when the joystick control is placed in running mode, the turning radias is not as restricted as it is with wheel steering.

We can turn gently and when we let go of the joystick the boat stops turning, or we can turn hard, far sharper than is allowed by the software with wheel steering. The boat rolled as much as 26-degrees during hard over turns.

Schaefer 580 joystick

Captain Steve has the joystick making a hard left, banking through a timed 180-degree turn.

Comparison. We made a 180-degree turn at the lower helm in 18 seconds using the joystick only. When we used the flybridge wheel to steer, it took us 29 seconds to make a 180-degree turn at speed, with the traditional restrictions IPS imposes on turning. This is a dramatic difference.

One of the complaints that people have had since the very first IPS boat was put in production was of the large turning radius required when turning at speed. This variable radius -- depending on speed and the boat’s characteristics – is a safety factor that Volvo Penta engineers have programmed into each unit.

Sharp turns at speed can be disconcerting to people sitting on the flying bridge, in particular, and could under certain circumstances be a safety hazard. However, the very same thing can be said of steering by wheel in boats without IPS. So, the new running joystick steering mode can give the operator more of the feel of a conventionally-steered inboard-powered boat.

The 580 does have a slight 5-degree bowrise at speed which is typical of this class.

The boat does have trim tabs to help level the ride.

Schaefer 580 v hull

The V-hull forward on the Schaefer 580 slicing through the wake of the camera boat with very little movement.

Flybridge Helm

Schaefer 580 layout

The flybridge helm console is located on the starboard side of the boat under a hardtop.

The helm has both a leather wrapped adjustable-tilt wheel and a joystick for maneuvering. Two Raymarine 12” screens are on the angled dash, with a magnetic compass centered in line with the wheel just above. The flat of the dash has a small open cubby and a plexi drink holder below the Raymarine screens. A 7” Volvo engine display is to the left of the wheel, along with a remote windlass control for the anchor. The throttles, trim tab controls, engine start/stop buttons, and joystick are to the right of the wheel. Below the joystick is a VHF radio.

Schaefer 580 wheel

Captain Steve adjusts the tilt wheel on the upper helm before our tests.

Schaefer 580

The padded flybridge helm chair has a flip-up bolster for those preferring to stand. The fixed base under the seat contains storage.

Schaefer 580 windscreen

A smoked Lexan windscreen wraps around the forward end of the flybridge.

Flybridge Social

Schaefer 580 teak decking

Teak decking on the flybridge is an option.

Schaefer 580 extended table

The extended table accommodates guest dining and cocktail parties for a crowd.

Schaefer 580

Schaefer will customize the boat – as is seen here with a different table – to client needs.

Schaefer 580 fly stairs

The flybridge is accessed by an external eight-step stair with teak treads from the starboard side of the cockpit. We like this design which provides security for guests on both sides when traversing the steps in sloppy conditions.

A hinged plexi hatch can close the top of the flybridge stair to prevent falls when the party gets rolling.

Schaefer 580 hard top

The flybridge hardtop has 6’6” (1.98 m) clearance overhead.

A U -shaped settee is on the port side opposite the stair. A teak wood table with foldout leaves is on double pedestals by the settee.

Schaefer 580

A flybridge wet bar with icebox is standard. With the lid down, it can be used as a sideboard when entertaining at anchor or at the dock.

Schaefer 580 railing

There is space between the aft end of the settee and the railing overlooking the swim platform. Note the zipper under the rail for adding an awning/soft enclosure. This adds lots of utility to the boat for little expense.

Schaefer 580 sun pad

Forward of the upper helm is a sun pad surrounded by a plexi windscreen.


Schaefer 580 joystick

The 580 comes standard with an aft deck joystick, which is located at the bottom of the flybridge stairs.

With nearby bridge construction, we didn’t feel that comfortable with the sightlines, so we moved back into the upper helm to put us alongside.

Schaefer 580

Using the joystick in its normal thrust and steering combination, we come right against the dock slow and easy, even with the crosswind.

Side Decks

Schaefer 580 steps

With the balcony open we can clearly see the steps leading to the sidedecks. The aft joystick docking station is under the hinged cover between the steps and the flybridge stairs.

Sets of three 11” (.28 m) steps from each side of the aft deck lead to the 20” (.51 m) wide sidedecks on each side of the cabin house. Railings on the cabin provide handholds as we mount the steps where the 21” (.53 m) side railings come into play.

Schaefer 580

The outer rail opens just by the steps to facilitate boarding from a pier, and the rail gets higher near the pulpit where it measures 31” (.78 m) off the deck. Note the grab rail on the cabin house.

Schaefer 580 rail

Captain Steve demonstrates where he thinks an additional rail at the base of the sidedeck stairs would be a welcome addition.


Schaefer 580 bench seat

A bench seat on the foredeck has pop-up lighting on both ends, speakers, and storage below. It provides romantic ambiance at night.

We make our way forward along the sidedecks to the foredeck, which has a bench seat in front of the windshield. The seat has storage below. Stereo speakers are mounted on the vertical below the bench. There is a 17” (.43 m) walkway between the seat and an 83” L x 97” W (2.11 m x 2.46 m) sun pad. The pad narrows to 58” (1.47 m) wide just behind the anchor windlass. There is more storage below the sun pad.

Schaefer 580 sun pad

The sun pad has an adjustable backrest. The forward center cushion by the windlass covers the skylight in the V-berth. Note the handrails on both sides.

Ground Tackle

Schaefer 580 anchor

The galvanized anchor can be upgraded to stainless steel for $1,170.

Schaefer 580 cleats

We appreciated the bit-like cleats and line chocks by the anchor. This is one of the best arrangements we have seen in class.

A 55-lb. (25 kg) anchor and 196’ (60 m) of chain stand ready on a bow roller. The chain passes thru a chain stopper, which is flanked by stainless bit-like cleats, to the windlass. Foot switches for the windlass are to starboard and there are storage lockers in the deck to either side of the ground tackle. Both helm stations also have remote windlass controls.


Schaefer 580 settee

An L-shaped settee, upholstered in nautical Courvin, has two teak pedestal tables in front of it. A leaf insert can connect the tables and enlarge the dining area.

Schaefer 580 cleats

10” (.25 m) bit-like cleats are mounted on the stern quarters with fairleads through the transom for dock lines. Just forward of the cleat is a fuel fill. Engine air louvers are outboard of the fairleads.

Schaefer 580

Hidden below a cover at the bottom of the flybridge stairs is the cockpit docking station. It has engine start, a joystick, and horn button.

Given the fixed location one might be better piloting with a remote controller on a cord, so you could change position as needed.

Schaefer 580 battery switch

A battery switch locker is located on the port side of the cockpit.

An innovative way to gain more space on the aft deck is with a fold-out balcony - the side of the boat folds out on hinges with the aid of a piston hidden under the side steps.

Schaefer 580 balcony

The hydraulically controlled balcony adds entertainment space to the cockpit. Plus, it is just a cool thing to have and makes entertaining on the water more fun.

Schaefer 580 balcony

Captain Steve has his hand on the switch that activates the piston for the balcony. It is located on the support by the flybridge stairs. The side folds up and locks with a slide bolt, seen by the bits, for underway operations.

Schaefer 580 socializing

Add some stanchions with rope railing and a few deck chairs, and we have a balcony over the water for socializing.

Schaefer 580

Stairs leading from the aft deck to the flybridge also have another function. They conceal a somewhat awkward access to the crew quarters. Release the catch on the third stair and pull out. A second access to the crew quarters is through the engine room.

Engine Room

Schaefer 580 hatch

The hatch to the engine room is in the middle of the aft deck. We found it best to grab the handrail for the flybridge stairs while descending onto the vertical ladder at the hatch.

Schaefer 580 engine room

The engine room can be accessed externally from the aft deck or internally through a door in the crew quarters.

There is 4’7” (1.39 m) of headroom in the engine space by the deck hatch, rising to 5’4” (1.62 m) aft by the transom. The two engines are spaced 2’4” (.71 m) apart.

Schaefer 580 bulkhead

The forward bulkhead in the engine room has a secondary 13.5 kW Onan generator next to a power panel, a battery charger, and a Fireboy Fire suppression system. A 17 kW genset is standard.

Schaefer 580 seakeeper

A SeaKeeper 9 Gyro stabilizer is mounted between the forward bulkhead and the base of the ladder to the hatch. This is a $147,000 option.

The Volvo Penta IPS800 diesels output 625-hp each and are standard. Schaefer has an option to upgrade the engines to IPS950 D11s for an additional $88K.

Schaefer 580 engine room

Halfway between the engines is a step-down, which increases overhead clearance as we move aft, and also provides a niche at the step for two sea strainers.

The Racor fuel filters are mounted on the aft bulkhead. Just below the filters is a 24V electric bilge pump. There are four in all, with a combined 6300 gph capacity.

Schaefer 580 ips

The IPS pods are connected directly to the engines, which is the normal installation (no jack shafts). Combined they function as the transmissions, exhaust, rudders, and props.

Schaefer 580 engines

Looking forward from the aft end of the engine room, there is space to access the service points for the engines, located on the left side of each engine.

Tankage is in the wings outboard of each engine. Ventilation is aft in each corner.

A battery box with tie down strap on the port side by the generator brings up something about the batteries on this boat. There are 15 of them, all 12V, and each efficiently matched to its job in amp hour requirements. There’s a galvanic isolator, a 50-amp shorepower, and a battery charging system. The boat comes standard with a 17 kW Onan generator, sufficient to also run the Seakeeper.

The standard A/C system on production boats is 70,000 BTUs distributed through the salon and accommodations.

Swim Platform

Schaefer 580 swim platform

To go between the swim platform and cockpit, there is a gate on the starboard side with two steps.

The 580 has a 6’ (1.83 m) long teak-decked hydraulic swim platform spanning the 16’3” (4.95 m) beam of the boat. It has a built-in electric grill gourmet area on the transom with stainless sink and faucet flanked by two iceboxes. Below the grill on the transom is a hot and cold shower wand.

Schaefer 580 transom

Captain Steve checks out one of the iceboxes by the grill. Note how the cover for the whole gourmet unit hinges on gas pistons, and the counter is at a proper height.

Schaefer 580 ladder

If the platform is up, a built-in four-step boarding ladder helps with reboarding.

The hydraulic lift for the swim platform is a $37,519 option. Its lift capacity of 1,600 lbs. (726 kg) is almost twice what we normally see on platforms designed to lift a tender.

Schaefer 580 ladder

And here is a feature we like - when the platform is down, there is a built-in articulating ladder that automatically adjusts to the height, making the climb from the platform through the stern gate manageable.

Schaefer 580 shower

The stern shower is on the transom below the grill. Outboard is the locker for the shore cord.


Schaefer 580 profile

To show one of the main features of the cabin, the curved architectural side windows, take a look from the outside. The curvature of the cabin top matches the fixed windows and adds to structural integrity.

Schaefer 580 layout

The salon is forward in this layout. Schaefer can modify the layout to suit.

Schaefer 580 salon

Contrast this company-provided image with white interior and wood deck with our test boat below.

Schaefer 580 salon

The salon of our test boat, with black trimmed windows and carpeted deck.

Schaefer 580 slider door

Captain Steve opens the salon’s sliders into their recessed storage pocket.

We’re entering the cabin from the cockpit through a glass slider that retracts into a pocket when fully open, leaving a 4’7” (1.40 m) wide entryway. The overhead here is 7’ (2.13 m). The deck is carpeted but you can choose an optional alternative deck covering.

To either side of the slider are lacquered floor-to-ceiling cabinets.

Schaefer 580

The cabinet on the right as you pass through the sliders holds an electrical panel, generator control panel, and stereo controls. Lighting controls are above the cabinet door.

Just forward on the right is a four drawer built-in with a leather top and a lacquered wood trim. The drawers have soft close mechanisms and a unique lock designed by Schaefer to keep them from opening on a roll.

Schaefer 580 ac

Captain Steve checks out the A/C vent above the 40” TV. This counter also adds food prep space adjacent to the galley.

The lacquered cabinet on the opposite side hides a refrigerator for the port side galley.

Schaefer 580 dining table

The dining table folds out for guests.

Two 8” (.20 m) steps up from the entrance area is salon seating with opposing L-shaped settees to either side. The settees have colored accent lighting on the bases. The overhead here measures 6’5” (1.96 m). On the port settee, the L is on the forward end and acts as a seat opposite the helm. There’s a wood dining table with fold-out leaves, and a chair on the opposite end from the L, which makes for a U-shaped dining arrangement that could seat six when the table is open.

Schaefer 580

The most notable aspect of the salon are the arched side windows. Note the A/C vent in the aft bulkhead to the right of Captain Steve’s head.

On the starboard side, the L of the settee is on the aft end of the salon and acts as a divider between the entrance area and the raised section of the salon. The settee runs forward and ends just behind the helm chair. Over the settee is a wood panel with four lights illuminating the seating area.


Schaefer 580 galley

The gray lacquered cabinet hides the refrigerator. The glass-top island serves double-duty as a boar and food prep space.

The galley is to port with a counter height divider separating it from the passageway. The glass-topped divider counter has storage accessible from the galley side and also acts to terminate the galley, so there is only one way in and out.

The galley includes a two-burner electric cooktop, a single-basin stainless sink with pull-out faucet, and storage above and below.

Schaefer 580 microwave

On the forward end of the galley is a microwave below the countertop. We would like to see this raised.

Schaefer 580 cabinets

Upper cabinets over the Silestone counter provide additional storage.


Schaefer 580 master

The full-beam master is amidships, and the crew cabin is the white space forward of the starboard engine.

Schaefer 580 below decks

A look below at the accommodation space starts in the salon next to the helm where we find railings leading down five stairs to the stateroom level. We usually don’t see railings like this, and they will come in handy to avoid stumbles.

At the bottom of the stairs from the salon is a passageway leading forward to the forward cabin.

Schaefer 580 controls

A/C controls, light switches, and an electrical panel are on the passageway bulkhead by the stairwell.

On the immediate left from the base of the stairs is the entrance to the master stateroom. The deck of all the accommodation spaces is carpeted.

Master Stateroom

The full-beam master is three steps down from the passageway.

Schaefer 580 island berth

The island berth of the master has a padded berth keeper. Note the steps up on both sides of the berth.

Once in the stateroom, we are facing aft and looking at a 78” x 63” (1.98 m x 1.60 m) island berth. There is a mirror over the headboard of the berth. Teak night tables, lit by sconces, flank the bed. The teak matches the other wood trim and furniture in the stateroom. The overhead is 6’2” (1.88 m) and the wallcovering is a padded leatherette. On the left is a couch under a fixed sidelight.

Schaefer 580 side light

The sidelight has a small round opening port within.

There is a built-in end table between the couch and the nightstand. At the forward end of the couch is a locker. The forward bulkhead opposite the foot of the berth has a built-in three-drawer bureau, and over it is a 42” (1.06 m) flatscreen.

Next to this is a closet with a combo washer/dryer unit. In the closet above the washer/dryer is a safe.

Schaefer 580 washer dryer

A built-in safe in the master sits above the combo washer/dryer unit.

On the port side of the master is a seven-drawer bureau under a sidelight, again with a small opening port within. Next to this bureau is a full-length mirror leading back to the hall and the ensuite.

Schaefer 580 blinds

The leather covered frame in front of the sidelight contains privacy blinds.

Master Ensuite

Schaefer 580 ensuite

The master ensuite has a vessel sink on a white Silestone vanity, a mirrored storage cabinet, and an electric head.

The separate shower stall has a glass door and an opening portlight within. A faux wood deck facilitates shower drainage and is low maintenance. The same goes for the rest of the head in white – easy maintenance. There is good storage below the counter, and the mirror makes the space bright and look larger than it really is.

VIP Stateroom

Schaefer 580 vip

The VIP stateroom has fixed sidelights and an opening hatch overhead. Note the overhead storage which makes use of the bow flare.

The VIP guest stateroom is in the bow. A 76” x 54” (1.93 m x 1.37 m) island berth with 6’5” (1.96 m) headroom is centered under a mirrored headboard. Below the foot of the berth is a large single storage drawer. There are two steps up on each side of the berth. Hull sides have fixed sidelights with white storage bins above them and a padded bolster below the sidelights on each side. Sconces flank the berth on a leather padded sidelight cover that contains privacy shades.

Schaefer 580 teak lockers

Teak storage lockers with shelves are on both sides of the berth. The head is shared with the third stateroom via another door from the passageway.

The top of the starboard locker has A/C vents. The bottom of the locker has return air vents. A skylight centered 4’7’’ (1.40 m) above the berth opens to provide light and air as well as an emergency point of egress.

With direct access from the VIP stateroom this head could be considered an en suite. However, it also has another door from the passageway and serves the starboard third cabin and as a day head.

Schaefer 580 head

The second bath has a vessel sink over a white hard surface vanity. Mirrored storage over the vanity lines the overhead.

The bath contains an electric head with euro-style washdown wand. A standup shower stall with glass door and a simulated teak drain board has a small round opening port.

Third Stateroom

Schaefer 580 twin beds

Twin bunks in the third stateroom have a filler cushion to convert them to a double berth. Note the airplane-style overhead storage.

The third stateroom is off the passageway on the starboard side. It has twin 28” x 75” (.71 m x 1.91 m) bunks and 6’7” (2 m) headroom. An opening port inset into a fixed sidelight provides natural light and ventilation. The bunks are side by side with a gap between them. A fixed night table fills the space between the head of the bunks. At the foot of the bunks is a teak locker with shelf storage and a 19” (.48 m) TV. The bulkheads have a padded leatherette covering.

Crew Quarters

Entrance to the crew quarters is below the flybridge stairs. There is an opening portlight for natural light and air. From the deck, we can see the steps down into the crew space with another access door into the engine room. The single bunk is outboard. Forward through a privacy door is the crew head. The access is unusual, but it is a clever use of space to provide the crew a private cabin.

Since the boat is designed for an owner/operator, this space can be used for storage or for some other purpose.

Schaefer 580 wooden steps

The wooden steps at the bottom of the photo assist the crew egress from the simple cabin, with a single berth on the right. The door at the top of the photo leads to a head, and the door on the left leads into the engine room.

Schaefer 580 crew head

The crew head is a wet head with shower wand and an opening port light.

Optional Equipment to Consider

    • Engine upgrade to Volvo Penta IPS950s ($88,000)

    • Volvo joystick and autopilot ($12,655)

    • Hydraulic swim platform ($37,519)

    • Painted hull ($6,898)

    • Teak deck for flybridge ($10,212)

    • Manual awning (Stobag) ($2,724)

    • Electric awning (Stobag) ($4,100)

    • Rib support ($1,111)

    • Icemaker ($3,227)

    • Dishes and cutlery ($415)

    • Satellite TV antenna ($16,799)

    • SeaKeeper 9 Gyro stabilizer ($147,260)

    • Monitoring system with four cameras ($5,284)

    • Safety package and galvanized anchor ($3,108)

    • Stainless steel anchor ($1,170)


Base price: $1,836,582


The Schaefer 580 is a strongly built boat that handles well and is fun to drive with the joystick alone. We’re glad the flybridge had a wheel so we could contrast the difference of unleashing the IPS constraints for docking with the running ability of joystick steering alone. We think the balance Marcio Schaefer was trying to achieve with this design is evident – good layout for entertaining, space for extended cruising, speed, stability, and handling when it counts.

Schaefer is open to customizing the interior to the buyer’s needs – and this must be considered one of the most important attributes of this model. As an example, they’ve made a boat that is handicap accessible with an elevator to the accommodation deck, so if it is possible from an engineering standpoint, they are willing to accommodate.

The balcony concept, custom hardware, and no-wheel design shows a builder that can work outside the normal box.

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