In a break with its past practice of focusing on very large superyachts, Italian state-owned builder Fincantieri introduced a new concept series at the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) that starts at 66m (217ft).

Called the Griffin, the new series includes four models of 66m (217ft), 77m (253ft), 88m (289ft) and 99m (325ft). The concept is an initiative that involves Fincantieri working in cooperation with Dutch studio Guido de Groot Design, Brisbane-based Christopher Seymour Design, and Mallorca-based Castlemain International yacht consultants.

The emphasis of the SYS press briefing was that Fincantieri, Italy’s largest shipbuilder, is not just about vessels of over 100m (328ft) when it comes to building superyachts. To date, Fincantieri has built the 140m (460ft) Ocean Victory and a 134m (456ft) vessel, but currently has no build contracts. Senior vice president Mauro Parodi told IBI: “Negotiations with a number of potential new buyers are under way.”

In recent years, Fincantieri has developed several concepts with leading designers of 70m (230ft)-plus. Parodi said more details of the Griffin series will be provided at the Vesilia Rendezvous in Viareggio next month.

The 66m Griffin 66 has a maximum beam of 12.3m, a full load draught of 3.8m, and she will be of 1,575 GRT. The design includes six guest cabins for 12 guests, plus space for 15 crew, and she will have a maximum speed of 17kt.