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.

Mariner, Fuji, and Yamaha sailboats built for export

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