Far East Yachts History
Since both letters are not contradictory, we are to believe the following:
1957: Mr. Clair Oberly starts the production
of wooden H-28.
At that time there were two major boat builders in Japan.
a) International Marine, headed by Mr. Omori and Mr. Mock (an American) engaged in the
production of Samurai 28 (H28).
b) Mr. Bill Hardin co-operating with Okamoto Shipyard (later Tokyo Yachts) in building
35 and 40 foot, Bill Garden designed ketches.
1958: Mr. Clair Oberly creates Far East Yachts. Starts production of M31(wood), M40 (wood), S&S 40.
1960: International Marine,
merges with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and does business as TOA Yachts.
Far East Yachts, merges with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and does business as Far East Yachts.
Also in 1960, Bill Hardin moves his operations to Taiwan and connects with the Chen Family.
He starts building boats in Taiwan with the Chen family, which later splits into three groups:
a) the CC Chen Yard (Yankee Clipper, Sea Tiger ?)
b) the CT Chen Yard (CT 41 ?)
c) the Formosa Yard.
1971: The re-evaluation of the Japanese YEN, causes the fall of both Far East Yachts and TOA yachts.
Around this time, Mr.Makise (of TOA Yachts) and Mr. Nakazaki (FEY head
establish Fuji Yacht Builders and started building the John G. Alden designed Fujis 35 & 45.
By this time, half the staff of the now defunct Far East Yachts, works at Fuji Yacht Builders. The
other half, will join Clair Oberly at Clair & Kato Yachts in 1972.
1972: Clair & Kato Yachts, is formed by Mr.Clair Oberly (FEY) and Mr.Takuji Kato (Tokiwa Group Co).
This introduction is arranged by Mr. Hirokuni Ijuin (founder of the Kuroshio Yacht Club).
Clair & Kato Yachts, folds shortly after.
The fall of Clair & Kato Yachts results in the following:
--- Mr.Oberly takes the molds of the M36 and M31/32
(we know about the M31/32 molds, because we have seen M31/32's made in California)
and brings operations to California (while he allows the Tayana Yard the purchase of M36 molds).
--- Mr. Kato sells the M32 molds to Mr. Nakazaki and Mr. Makise of Fuji Yacht Builders
and hence the existence of the Fuji 32.
Thank you both,for your reply and setting the facts straight !!!