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Brief Summary

The Schaefer 400 is an express cruiser coupe with amenities for both dayboating and overnighting aboard. Comfortable seating areas and a main deck that opens up with a huge sunroof will gather guests and family, while a two-stateroom, two-head layout simplifies overnighting. Sterndrive power combines with Lenco trim tabs to provide excellent trim control for comfortable performance.

Key Features

  • Main-deck social area
  • Two staterooms
  • Volvo Penta sterndrive propulsion with joystick control
  • Lower-deck salon with galley
  • Transom grilling station
  • Sunroof
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 40' 2''
    12.24 m
    Beam 12' 8''
    3.86 m
    Dry Weight 20,944 lbs.
    9,500 kg
    Tested Weight 23,187 lbs.
    10,517 kg
    Draft 3' 7''
    1.09 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 17.4-deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 10' 8''
    3.25 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 14
    Fuel Capacity 211 gal.
    799 L
    Water Capacity 66 gal.
    250 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 Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta D4 B3
    Opt. Power 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D4

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    700 5.7 4.9 0.7 8.1 7.0 1533 1332.8 69
    1000 7.6 6.6 2.0 3.8 3.3 717 623.4 72
    1250 9.0 7.8 3.2 2.8 2.4 531 461.8 72
    1500 9.9 8.6 5.5 1.8 1.6 340 295.7 75
    1750 10.9 9.4 8.9 1.2 1.1 232 201.3 77
    2000 11.8 10.2 12.5 0.9 0.8 179 155.2 86
    2200 16.7 14.5 13.7 1.2 1.1 231 201.3 82
    2400 20.5 17.8 16.2 1.3 1.1 240 208.5 80
    2600 24.4 21.2 17.8 1.4 1.2 260 225.9 82
    2800 27.8 24.2 19.7 1.4 1.2 268 233.0 81
    3000 31.3 27.2 22.0 1.4 1.2 270 234.6 81
    3200 34.1 29.7 25.0 1.4 1.2 259 225.2 82
    3400 37.3 32.4 28.0 1.3 1.2 253 219.7 83
    3500 39.5 34.3 30.0 1.3 1.1 250 217.1 83
    700 1332.8 2467 9.20 2.65 3.44 69
    1000 623.4 1154 12.20 7.57 1.62 72
    1250 461.8 855 14.50 12.11 1.19 72
    1500 295.7 547 15.90 20.82 0.77 75
    1750 201.3 373 17.50 33.69 0.51 77
    2000 155.2 288 19.00 47.32 0.38 86
    2200 201.3 372 26.90 51.86 0.51 82
    2400 208.5 386 33.00 61.32 0.55 80
    2600 225.9 418 39.30 67.38 0.60 82
    2800 233.0 431 44.70 74.57 0.60 81
    3000 234.6 435 50.40 83.28 0.60 81
    3200 225.2 417 54.90 94.64 0.60 82
    3400 219.7 407 60.00 105.99 0.55 83
    3500 217.1 402 63.60 113.56 0.55 83

    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 5.9 sec.
    0 to 30 15.0 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 5 persons, 1/2 fuel, water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 87 deg., 74 humid; wind: 0 mph; seas: 0

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Schaefer Yachts 400 running
    The Schaefer 400 has a versatile layout useful for dayboating and overnights.


    The mission of the Schaefer 400 is to gather family and friends for good times on the water, be it with a larger group for day-boating adventures, or a smaller group for overnighting. This is an express cruiser coupe with a main deck open all the way from the helm station to the swim platform. With a large group on board, everyone will be able to sit together while the boat is running, filling the seating areas of the main deck, helm station, and companion seating. A pair of staterooms, each at either end of the belowdecks salon, and each with its own head, ensure that the owner and guests will enjoy privacy.

    Distinguishing Features

      The main-deck seating area consists of a large, curving U-shaped settee with an additional curved settee opposite.

      Finely lacquered marine-grade wood used throughout for a clean, finished look that stands up to fingertip inspection.

      A deep cooler and bottle bar with custom stemware are ready to entertain.

      A custom owner logo treatment ranges from the insignia appearing in key spots on the main deck, belowdecks, and in the master stateroom. This is personalization as we have never seen it before.


    Schaefer Yachts 400
    The Schaefer 400 has a main deck centered on an aft seating area that’s convenient both to the helm and a swim platform with grilling station.

    Features Inspection

    Swim Platform

    The Schaefer 400 features a swim platform that is 5’8” (1.73 m) long, with an aft 3’6” (1.07 m) long section that can be lowered hydraulically beneath the water.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 swim platform
    The swim platform on the Schaefer 400 serves as a teak beach for bathers.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 swim platform
    The swim platform has receivers for a cradle for a PWC or tender.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 ladder
    A four-step telescoping stainless steel reboarding ladder is positioned in a recess concealed beneath a hatch, but it can be deployed by someone in the water by simply sliding it aft.

    One operational aspect of the swim platform: The engine ignitions must be turned on to lower the platform, since that first step also lowers the sterndrives.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 swim water
    Swimmers will find it easier to climb aboard with the swim platform lowered below the surface.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 platform deployed
    These stairs deploy automatically as the platform lowers, making it easier to step from the lowered section to the fixed platform.

    Transom Console

    Designed to be accessed from the swim platform, the transom console has a wide grab handle to help the crew keep their balance on the platform. There’s also stowage in lockers underneath.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 transom
    The transom console is positioned to make the most of the swim platform deck space.

    Concealed beneath a hinged lid is an outdoor food-prep station with a grill and sink with folding faucet. The lid has a stainless steel backsplash to guard against heat damage, and is held up by gas-assist struts at either end.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 grill
    The transom console lets the chef be part of the conversation of the aft deck social area while also being out of the way.

    Stairs to the Side Decks

    Stairs from the swim platform to each side deck have courtesy lights. Nearby 10” (25.4 cm) cleats for docklines may also serve as a grabrail in a pinch. The fuel fills are also here.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 courtesy lights
    Courtesy lights are a good safety feature on the stairs to the side deck.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 stairs
    The starboard stairs have fuel cutoffs for the engines behind a clear acrylic door on the bulwark.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 starboard stairs
    The starboard stairs also have a shower for bathers in a recess in the bulwark.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 gate
    From the stairs to the port side deck, the gate to access the main deck is just inboard.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 recess
    A recess in the aft bulwark adjacent to the port side-deck stairs has the shore power connection.

    Side Decks

    Useful grabrails on the aft end of the hardtop make it easy to step up onto the side decks with confidence. The side decks are 16” (40.64 cm) wide between the house side and the rail that’s 20” (50.8 cm) tall alongside the house.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 grab rail
    Our test captain appreciated this grabrail, which was well positioned to ease the transition to the side deck.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 side decks
    The side decks on the Schaefer 400 make it easy to move fore and aft.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 grab rails
    There are grabrails along either side of the hardtop as well.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 hard top
    From the side deck, it’s possible to inspect the hardtop’s aft arch with a navigation light flanked by the VHF antenna and horn.


    The foredeck is surrounded by a bowrail that’s 28” (71.12 cm) high. The sun pad measures 73” (184.5 cm) long and is 84” (213.4 cm) wide at the head and 51” (129.5 cm) wide at the foot.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 sun pad
    The sun pad has 21 ½” (54.61 cm) long grabrails to both sides, while round hatches admit light and ventilation belowdecks.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 cup holders
    Acrylic inserts have cutouts that serve as beverage holders.

    To manage the ground tackle, a windlass is concealed under a hatch and has a chain stopper, a washdown, access to the chain locker, with rugged cleats to secure the chain, and room to stow a fender. There’s even a light for tending ground tackle in low-light conditions. Foot control switches are on the deck to starboard, near one of two 10” (25.4 cm) bow cleats.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 bow
    The bow has a clean look thanks to a hatch concealing the windlass installation.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 ground tackle
    Everything one needs to manage the ground tackle is handy beneath the hatch.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 windlass
    The light will help the crew see what’s going on with the windlass in low-light conditions.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 chain locker
    There’s decent access to the chain locker.

    Aft Deck

    Back on the swim platform, the stainless steel gate has a latching mechanism where the whole gate is lifted to open it. Pass through the gate to get to the main deck social area.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 gate
    To get on the aft deck, this stainless gate is opened by lifting and swinging it aft.

    A large social area is the centerpiece of the aft deck. A rounded, U-shaped settee to starboard has room for plenty of guests. A folding teak table, manufactured by Schaefer in-house, is on a fixed pedestal, and there’s another curving settee to port so even more friends can join the party.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 aft deck
    Much of the social area is under the shelter of the hardtop.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 settee
    The port-side settee means up to three more friends can join the party.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 table
    The folding table is on a robust single fixed pedestal. When folded, the exposed grab handle is helpful for a person climbing out of the engine room hatch in the aft-deck sole.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 bimini
    A folding Bimini is affixed to the aft end of the hardtop, but it blends in with the profile.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 deployed bimini
    The Bimini is deployed with a manual crank.

    The Main Deck

    Forward is another area consisting of the helm station and divan opposite, providing companion seating. The hardtop over this section has a sunroof that opens wide to the sky and provides fresh air. There’s 6’5” (1.95 m) of headroom on the main deck, and the sunroof that measures 6’3” (1.91 m) wide by 6’1” (1.85 m) long opens up the whole helm area and forward part of the main deck to the sky.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 led lights
    LED lights along the overhead edges provide illumination.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 sun roof
    The sunroof changes the whole feel of the boat on pleasant days.

    A Note About Sunroof Safety: The sunroof on the Schaefer 400 opens and closes quickly, so the builder added an “electric eye” safety stop forward. If the sunroof is closing and the system detects an obstacle, say a hand or head sticking out, the system stops the sunroof.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 sun roof
    Note the fittings on the sunroof frame at either side as we tested the safety system.

    On our test boat, just ahead of the aft seating area was a clever shelf with all-around rails. Next to that is a shelf with an acrylic insert for bottle stowage with a rail around it that doubles as a grab handle.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 shelf
    This shelf really adds to the finished feel of the 400 with the varnished teak surface and the rail that makes it useful.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 stemware
    Beneath is a locker behind an acrylic door with stowage for custom stemware supplied by Schaefer.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 bottle holder
    This acrylic insert will keep bottles from rattling around, but is unobtrusive when empty.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 trash receptacle
    A trash receptacle is built in to the side of the molded console on which the helm seat is mounted.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 battery switches
    Battery switches are behind a clear acrylic door on the lower panel of the settee opposite the helm.

    A built-in insulated cooler on our test boat was deep enough to stow plenty of cold drinks. This cooler can be ordered with a chiller plate installed or be replaced with a front-opening refrigerator or freezer.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 cooler
    The cooler is handy to both forward and aft sections of the main deck, and has a rail that doubles as a grab handle so guests can move about comfortably.
    Schaefer Yachts 400
    The cooler is deep and can hold lots of ice and cold beverages.

    A settee is positioned forward of the cooler box and is well situated to serve as companion seating opposite the helm station, with a recess in the seatback for stowage.

    A note about customization: The owner of the Schaefer 400 we tested had requested that a customized logo for the boat be used, and Schaefer placed it on the front of the cooler box console and the companionway door, and we noticed it repeated elsewhere throughout the boat.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 lounge
    A recessed stowage bin with an acrylic fiddle improves the utility of this lounge. Note the angled seatback on its forward end.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 upholstery
    Schaefer’s upholstery really shines here with a mix of inviting textures, diamond-pattern stitching, a dimpled vinyl, and Ultraleather on the window frame.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 logo
    The custom logo is just one way Schaefer can personalize a boat, but the company encourages ideas for other custom features as well.

    Helm Station

    The helm station is positioned just to starboard of the centerline. It’s a raised helm, a 12” (30.48 cm) step up to a teak deck with a teak-finished, angled footrest. On that platform, standing headroom is 5’7” (170.2 cm) and headroom above the seat is 3’11” (119.4 cm).

    Schaefer Yachts 400 helm pod
    The helm pod is trimmed in leather and has a lacquer panel on the dashboard.

    The helm console is well laid out with a compass on top that lines up with the steering wheel. Above the wheel is a 9” (22.86 cm) Raymarine Axiom multifunction display, flanked by tachometers, oil pressure gauges, temperature gauges, voltmeters, and trim gauges, as well as the Volvo Penta engine monitors. Electrical switches are on the port side of the leather dash with stereo control.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 gauges
    Gauges and instruments are spaced out for a tidy look, as are switches and controls on the lower helm panels.

    To starboard of the wheel are trim-tab controls, engine ignition, electrical switches, and the VHF well out of the way of the helmsman’s knee.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 wheel
    The wheel is on a tilt base.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 joy stick
    Positioned to starboard of the helm is the Volvo Penta sterndrive joystick and the electronic engine throttle and shift binnacle.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 helm leather
    Outboard is a flat section of the helm leather that would be good for a pair of binoculars or sunglasses, handy but out of the way, but we’d like to see a small rail to help keep things in place.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 windshield
    The windshield is a single pane measuring 39” (99.06 cm) high and 83” (210.8 cm) wide and is served by one single-speed wiper, but it clears a broad swath.

    The helm seat is double wide with custom stitching and a thick, flip-up bolster finished with dimpled vinyl.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 helm seat
    The helm seat has an armrest only on the outboard end, to make it easier to get in and out.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 helm
    The helm is on a raised platform that’s finished with teak and has an angled, integrated footrest.

    A Note About Driving Position. Many boaters enjoy the option of sitting or standing while driving. The Schaefer 400 offers those options, but in a slightly different way.

    Schaefer Yachts 400
    The helm is designed to be used in the seated position when the sunroof is closed…
    Schaefer Yachts 400
    …But with the sunroof open, the tilt wheel, binnacle position, and flip-up bolster enable the helmsman to drive with his head out the top.


    A sliding acrylic door opens to the lower deck. There’s a four-step companionway down and the space has 6’6” (1.98 m) of headroom.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 lounge
    A lower-deck lounge area separates the two staterooms.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 sliding door
    An acrylic sliding door slides inboard to allow access to the lower deck.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 trim piece
    The trim piece around the companionway door is finely finished.


    The galley is to port with a solid-surface counter with covered trash receptacle. There’s a stainless steel sink, a two-burner cooktop, and an opening port. A microwave is built-into the lacquer-finish cabinetry above. Additional stowage is in drawers and lockers, and a refrigerator is aft.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 galley
    The galley has a round sink with spill lip around it, and the entire counter is lipped to contain spills as well.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 refrigerator
    A refrigerator is in the aft bulkhead, convenient to the food-prep area.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 microwave
    The microwave is set in the lacquered locker above the galley.


    Opposite the galley to starboard and forward there’s an L-shaped settee beneath a single round hatch in the overhead that acts as a skylight and opens for ventilation. Above the settee is stowage in built-in lacquered-wood lockers. More ventilation and natural light is admitted by a pair of opening ports. A teak table is crafted inhouse by Schaefer on two stainless steel pedestals.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 salon
    The salon belowdecks has a sitting area with a settee served by a table.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 table
    The table has a lipped edge to contain spills and is mounted on sturdy polished stainless steel pedestals.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 hatch
    A round hatch in the overhead adds light and ventilation.

    A console built-in to the aft bulkhead has a 32” flatscreen TV, a Blu-Ray player and stereo control head, and stowage beneath.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 entertainment center
    This entertainment center is built in to the aft bulkhead between the companionway and the door to the amidships guest stateroom.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 breaker panel
    The left most locker beneath the TV conceals a breaker panel.

    In the salon, fabric wall coverings are complemented by marine-grade wood with a fine lacquer finish. Schaefer encourages its buyers to ask about customization of features.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 overhead
    Schaefer mounts its light switches in the overhead.

    Master Stateroom

    The master stateroom is located forward, and features an island berth that measures 75” (190.5 cm) long and 60” (152.4 cm) wide, with 37” (93.98 cm) of headroom over the berth, and, to either side, opening ports and stowage in lacquer-finished overhead lockers.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 master
    A mirrored headboard, opening ports to either side, and an overhead hatch all help to augment the light level in the master.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 bed steps
    Steps to either side of the berth make it easier to climb in and out.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 lockers
    Overhead lockers flank the berth and add stowage.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 hatch
    The opening hatch in the overhead also provides an emergency exit.

    Customized bed linens continue the detail we saw on the main deck as do monograms on the lacquered lockers.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 locker
    A tall locker to port has additional stowage and the light switches are mounted above, and here we see the lacquered door that gives private access to the head.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 locker
    A starboard tall locker provides stowage and there’s a 19” (48.26 cm) flatscreen TV.

    Master Head

    The head is placed just abaft the master stateroom and is accessed from the master stateroom, through a door in the aft bulkhead. A vessel sink is placed atop the vanity, beneath an opening port for additional ventilation. There’s a round opening hatch in the overhead and a medicine cabinet with a mirror above the sink. The shower has an acrylic door and a euro-style wand. The toilet is placed in the shower.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 master head
    The master head makes the most of its footprint on the deck.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 opening port
    The opening port adds ventilation and natural light to the head.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 pullout shower
    The pullout wand lets bathers make the most of the space in the shower.

    While the master stateroom has private access, this head has a second, inward-opening door to the salon, so it serves as the day head.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 guest access
    This door grants guests access to the head compartment directly from the salon.

    Guest Stateroom

    The door to the guest stateroom is located to starboard of the salon entertainment console and measures 5’2” (157.5 cm) tall and 2’8” (81.28 cm) wide. Inside, a pair of berths are situated athwartships and measure 76” (193 cm) long and 25” (63.5 cm) wide with 28” (71.12 cm) of headroom over the berths. The overhead in the sleeping area is 41” (104.1 cm) above the deck.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 guest stateroom
    From the vestibule area, the varying-height geometry of the overhead means the guest stateroom berths are of the crawl-in variety.

    A filler cushion can turn the twin berths into one wide berth, and there are large hullside windows at each end of the room for natural light. A lacquered door leads to the guest head.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 filler
    The filler cushion makes the guest stateroom into one big berth.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 vestibule
    The vestibule area of the guest stateroom has standing-height headroom and a large hullside window.

    Guest Head

    The guest head is a wet head and features a large mirror, vessel sink, and a large side window with opening port for ventilation.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 guest head
    The guest head is a wet head and features a large hullside window.

    Engine Room

    The engine room is accessible through a large hatch in the aft deck that raises on electric rams and opens wide to show the service points on the Volvo Penta D4-300s. Engine-oil dipsticks, filters, and strainers are readily accessible.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 u shaped settee
    The aft section of the U-shaped settee on the aft deck raises on power rams to grant access to the engine room.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 engines
    Once open all the way, the service points for the engines are readily accessible.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 aft deck
    Alternative access to the engine room is through this hatch in the aft-deck sole.

    In the stoop-height forward section of the engine room, electrical panels are under acrylic covers on the forward bulkhead. To starboard is a 7.5-kW Cummins generator with service points, including its strainer and fuel-water separator, as well as the starboard engine separator placed within easy reach. Fuel tanks, each holding 105.5 gallons (399 L) for a total fuel capacity of 211 gallons (799 liters) are mounted saddle style to either side.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 genset
    The genset is in a sound-attenuating enclosure.
    Schaefer Yachts 400
    Fuel-water separators for the genset and main engine are accessible to starboard.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 hydraulics
    The hydraulics for the swim platform are forward of the entrance ladder near the forward bulkhead.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 electrical
    Electrical system boxes are behind acrylic covers on the forward bulkhead.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 water heater
    The water heater is situated for easy inspection at the forward end of the engine room.
    Schaefer Yachts 400
    The holding tank is in the foreground and the port fuel tank is outboard with a fuel-water separator mounted where it is easy to inspect.

    Performance Test

    The Schaefer 400 has a LOA of 40’2” (12.24 m) and a beam of 12’8” (3.86 m). With an empty weight of 20,944 lbs. (9,500 kg), 50% fuel and five people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 23,187 lb. (10,517 kg).

    Schaefer Yachts 400 running
    The Schaefer 400 offers exciting performance with sterndrive power.

    With the twin Volvo Penta D4-300 matched to DPH Duoprop sterndrives powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 34.3 knots or 39.5 mph (63.5 kph) at 3500 rpm. Best economic cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 27.2 knots or 31.3 mph (50.3 kph). It was at that speed that the 22.0 gph (83.3 lph) fuel burn translated into 1.2 nmpg (0.60 kpl) and a range of 234.6 nm.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 running
    The Schaefer 400 cuts a sleek profile and her performance matches it.


    From a standing start, the Schaefer 400 got onto plane in 5.9 seconds and accelerated from zero to 20 mph in 7.7 seconds. She went from zero to 30 mph in 15.0 seconds. During hard acceleration she did not exhibit excessive bow rise, and the trim could be easily controlled from the helm with both the sterndrive trim and the electric trim tabs.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 running
    She climbed out of the hole quickly and her trim tabs helped level her running attitude.

    Sea conditions were calm on our test. The hull design features a transom deadrise of 17.4-degrees, with a hull shape that gets progressively sharper moving forward. We ran through some wakes from our camera boat and saw she had excellent penetration through the waves, with the strakes extending forward to the bow and knocking down spray.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 running
    She cut through the wake, losing a little speed but with very little bow rise.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 running
    The wakes were easy for the boat to handle as she swerved in and out, taking the waves from each side.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 running
    As she slices through the wake, the spray is pushed away.

    This boat runs and steers well if trimmed to capitalize on that bow design, so we used the trim control offered by both the sterndrives and the Lenco trim tabs to dial in her attitude for the easy conditions.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 forefoot
    As the sharp forefoot is engaged, it’s easy to see how the strakes forward knock down the spray successively, each one pushing the remaining spray down and away.


    As we put the 400 through some turns, she exhibited a comforting inward lean that is sure to inspire confidence.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 turns
    The Schaefer 400 dug her shoulder into turns.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 running
    The boat was responsive to the wheel, thanks in part to Volvo Penta Duoprop DPH sterndrives.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 turns
    She lowers her shoulder as she enters a sharper turn.


    Using the Volvo Penta sterndrive joystick for docking, we were able to maneuver her side-to and place her gently against the sea wall where she could be tied up.

    Schaefer Yachts 400 docking
    Bringing the Schaefer up against the sea wall was a simple maneuver.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 joy stick
    Our test captain looked out the side window as he manipulated the joystick.
    Schaefer Yachts 400 docking
    As the boat edged closer, the joystick had control of the proportional thrust to ease her in.

    Optional Equipment to Consider

    The Schaefer 400 has a range of optional equipment to consider, but boat buyers should keep in mind that custom modifications are also considered.

      • Volvo Penta sterndrive joystick ($7,875)

      • Windlass with remote, stainless steel anchor, swivel, and chain ($4,588)

      • 7.5 kW Cummins generator ($18,723)

      • Hot water heater ($1,436)

      • 5,200-BTU air-conditioning for master stateroom ($3,996)

      • 12,000-BTU air-conditioning for lounge and guest stateroom ($4,752)

      • Electric barbecue grill ($1,134)

      • Hydraulic swim platform ($20,424)

      • Underwater lights ($3,644)

      • Manual awning ($2,191)

      • 21” (53.34 cm) LED TV with Blu-Ray player for master ($1,082)

      • Microwave in galley (generator required) ($290)

      • Electric cooktop ($838)

      • Stern canvas enclosure ($888)


    Base price for the Schaefer 400 with twin 300-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesels linked to DuoProp DPH sterndrives is $553,529.

    Schaefer Yachts 400
    The Schaefer 400 has an extensive options list that combines well with the builder’s willingness to customize.


    Express cruisers perform the 80/20 role for many boat builders, where the large majority of time spent aboard is dayboating, but the boat is large enough that it also carries room for overnighting with the trappings of accommodations, including a complete head (or two), a galley, and private lounging space. The Schaefer 400 embraces each of these roles with aplomb, with a main deck built for enjoying a day on the water, right down to her expansive sunroof, which opens the forward end of the main deck. A foredeck adds true sun pad space and combines with the optional hydraulic swim platform to expand the utility of the entire boat by not requiring open space on the aft deck for bathers and sun worshipers.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Schaefer Yachts 400 (2019-) is 39.5 mph (63.6 kph), burning 30.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 113.55 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Schaefer Yachts 400 (2019-) is 31.3 mph (50.4 kph), and the boat gets 1.4 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.6 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 270 miles (434.52 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta D4 B3.

    Standard and Optional Features


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