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Best of the Best 2013: Production Boats: Fiart Mare Epica 58

  • Bailey S. Barnard

The Fiart Mare Epica 58 (+39.​081.804.0023, www.fiart.com) offers the performance (a top speed above 30 knots) and sharp exterior styling one would expect of a contemporary Italian cruiser. But in many ways the 58-foot, $2.2 million vessel—the largest and most expensive model ever produced by the 53-year-old builder—saves its best features for belowdecks. Walnut wall panels and a large white-leather sofa adorn the boat’s generous 7-foot-tall saloon, which is home to a bar and full galley. Sleeping quarters include three cabins, all with en suite bathrooms and full showers. Docks for Apple devices are located throughout the Epica 58 and sync with the boat’s Bang & Olufsen audio system. Not to be outdone, above-deck features include sun pads forward and aft, a wet bar, a carbon-fiber hard top, teak decking, and a diving board off the stern’s swim platform.