Warren Yachts S87 — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
— January 2006
Part 2: All the Queensland maple veneer trim is flawlessly applied to aluminum frames—some curved—by a proprietary process.
From the cockpit, the curved smoked sliding-glass doors silently open at the push of a button to reveal a saloon adorned in high-gloss madrona burl, Rosso Levanto marble, and Fabrica carpet. Immediately upon entering, there are two identical lounges covered with soft cotton fabric which offer a comfortable view of the retractable 42-inch NEC plasma TV residing in a center marble-topped credenza. When the TV is lowered, the saloon, formal dining area just forward, and helm fully forward become one large gathering area. Light pours through the curved side windows and an expansive three-panel windshield.
And this open feel extends to the lower deck, which you access via a port-side companionway, down two steps to a landing, and then down five more steps to a second entertaining area with another 42-inch plasma TV to port and galley to starboard. While you’re surrounded by hull, portholes allow light in and keep the space bright. The galley rivals most upscale home kitchens, being complete with Miele appliances, including the ever-important cappuccino machine. The details here are remarkable. All doors for the overhead stowage areas have struts that allow you to just drop them, and they slowly self-close. In addition, all the Queensland maple veneer trim is flawlessly applied to aluminum frames—some curved—by a proprietary process. It complements the book-matched madrona burl and adds to the warm feeling.
Warren has also ensured a good night’s sleep for all aboard, offering a three- or four-stateroom layout. My test boat had the latter, with a forepeak VIP with island berth, two guest staterooms aft of the galley (one with a double berth and one with side-by-side singles), and a full-beam master all the way aft. (Crew quarters are just forward of the engine room and accessed from the cockpit.) The VIP, which has an en suite head, is entered from the galley and up a four-inch step, which has a two-inch lip at the top. I consider that a trip hazard, and I’d like to see the step flush.
Port and starboard staterooms lie just aft of the laundry/pantry and day-head, respectively, and are great rooms for kids. The master stateroom is finished with the aforementioned woods and padded bulkheads clad in mammut leather. The owner’s en suite head is finished in a clear, anodized, Cambridge fluted aluminum, which nicely accents the marble vanity. Like all the areas on the Warren, the fit and finish here is top notch.
The S87 is Warren Yachts’ first boat that was designed with the U.S. market primarily in mind, and I think the result is spot-on in almost all regards. While I found her engine room tight outboard of the engines, mostly due to the two standard 22.5-kW Onan gensets, there’s plenty of space everywhere else, something Americans demand. Her headroom exceeds 6'8" in most areas and seven feet in some, and foot-wide teak-clad side decks offer easy and safe access to the foredeck sunpad. Also appealing to Yanks are features like air intakes integrated into the side decks and the array of mist collectors and baffles that ensure no water gets to the powerplants. And, of course, there is her performance.
When you consider the extensive list of standard equipment, the S87’s $5.9-million price makes her a reasonable buy among larger sport yachts, although in this range it’s difficult to compare yachts. But if you’re looking for all that plus striking beauty and superior craftsmanship, the S87 might just turn your head.
Warren Yachts ( (866) 541-3424. www.warrenyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.