Made In Japan

Timeline for sailboats built in Japan and a table of Japanese boats

by Michael Robertson

 

Timeline for sailboats built in Japan

    1957
  • International Marine building wooden boats based on Herreshoff 28-foot design.
  • Okamoto Shipyard building 35- and 40-foot wooden ketches designed by Garden and commissioned by Hardin.

  • 1958
  • Clair Oberly founds Far East Yachts, builds wooden versions of the Alden/Oberly-designed Mariner 31 and Garden-designed Mariner 40.

  • 1960
  • Bill Hardin shuts down Okamoto Shipyard, moves operations to Taiwan.
  • Kawasaki Dockyard Company, Ltd. (later to become Kawasaki Heavy Industries) purchases both International Marine (which became TOA Yachts) and Far East Yachts (which became Far East Boats).
  • Yamaha parlays its FRP expertise to begin building a few small (<15 feet) open boats.

  • 1964
  • Far East Boats adds two boats to lineup: Garden-designed Mariner 35 and S&S design #1738, a 40-foot full-keel sloop.

    1967
  • Far East Yachts builds first hull molds to begin fiberglass construction.

  • 1968
  • Far East Yachts ceases construction of wooden boats.
  • Far East Yachts introduces Mariner 31.

    1970
  • Far East Yachts introduces Mariner 32.
  • Far East Yachts introduces Mariner 40.

    1972
  • Far East Yachts introduces Mariner 36.
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries shuts down Far East Boats and TOA Yachts.
  • Fuji Yacht Builders builds a couple of one-off boats using Mariner 36 hull mold.

    1973
  • Fuji Yacht Builders introduces Fuji 35.

    1974
  • Fuji Yacht Builders introduces Fuji 45.

    1975
  • Fuji Yacht Builders introduces Fuji 32.
  • Yamaha introduces Finot-designed Y29 for sale in Europe.

  • 1976
  • Yamaha introduces Y33, Y24, Y25 for sale in North America.

    1977
  • Fuji Yacht Builders introduces Fuji 40.
  • Yamaha introduces Y36.

    1979
  • Fuji Yacht Builders ceases operations.
  • Yamaha introduces Y35.

  • 1980
  • Yamaha introduces Y30.

  • 1984
  • Yamaha introduces Y37.

    1985
  • Yamaha ceases exports of recreational sailboats.

 

Mariner, Fuji, and Yamaha sailboats built for export