Timeline for Sailboats Built In Japan
This article is relating to an article in the January 2014 issue.
by Michael Robertson
- 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.
- Clair Oberly founds Far East Yachts, builds wooden versions of the Alden/Oberly-designed Mariner 31 and Garden-designed Mariner 40.
- 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.
- Far East Boats adds two boats to lineup: Garden-designed Mariner 35 and S&S design #1738, a 40-foot full-keel sloop.
- Far East Yachts builds first hull molds to begin fiberglass construction.
- Far East Yachts ceases construction of wooden boats.
- Far East Yachts introduces Mariner 31.
- Far East Yachts introduces Mariner 32.
- Far East Yachts introduces Mariner 40.
- 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.
- Fuji Yacht Builders introduces Fuji 35.
- Fuji Yacht Builders introduces Fuji 45.
- Fuji Yacht Builders introduces Fuji 32.
- Yamaha introduces Finot-designed Y29 for sale in Europe.
- Yamaha introduces Y33, Y24, Y25 for sale in North America.
- Fuji Yacht Builders introduces Fuji 40.
- Yamaha introduces Y36.
- Fuji Yacht Builders ceases operations.
- Yamaha introduces Y35.
- Yamaha introduces Y30.
- Yamaha introduces Y37.
- Yamaha ceases exports of recreational sailboats.