Brazil targets Europe with Volvo Penta

The Brazilian boat builder Schaefer Yachts is now setting its sights on the European leisure boat market. In conjunction with the Gothenburg Boat Show, Schaefer Yachts is showing several new boats powered by Volvo Penta engines.

The Brazilian market for leisure boats has gradually increased over recent years, particularly through the efforts of domestic boat builders. Schaefer Yachts, with founder Marcio Schaefer as its leading figure, is one of the largest and manufactures and sells boats under the Phantom brand.

Schaefer Yachts, based in the city of Florianópolis some 1,100 kilometers south of Rio de Janeiro, produces technologically advanced luxury boats ranging from 18 to 35 feet.

Expanded program
The existing product program is now being expanded with a 47-foot Flybridge model, the Phantom 470, which will be Schaefer Yachts´ new flagship. The Phantom 470, which will be delivered with dual Volvo Penta TAMD 75 engines, will be launched in April this year and orders for the new yacht are already piling up.

Schaefer’s best-selling model to date has been the 29-foot Phantom 290 Daycruiser, which is now being offered in a twin-engine version powered by Volvo Penta’s new and eagerly awaited D3-130 diesel engines.

Europe next
The Phantom 290 is also one of the models that Schaefer Yachts will now be promoting in its attempt to break into the European leisure boat market. The European campaign will begin in Scandinavia with the company’s participation in the Gothenburg Boat Show in early February.
At the Gothenburg event, Schaefer Yachts will also be showing its Phantom 345 equipped with dual KAD 44 engines and the Phantom 235 with a Volvo Penta 5-liter gasoline engine. Also on display will be the Phantom 175 featuring an outboard engine.

January 4, 2004


For further information please contact: Mats Edenborg, AB Volvo Penta, Corporate Communication, tel +46 31 66 84 18