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Mariner Yachts began in 1957. Clair Oberly founded Far East Yachts in Yokosuka, Japan and started building the Herreshoff 28. In 1960 the wooden Mariner 31 and Mariner 40 were being built by Far East Yachts, along with a Sparkman & Stevens 40. In 1964 they introduced the wooden hulled Mariner 35. In 1968, (with the Mariner 31) Clair Oberly started the production of the fiberglass hulled Mariner Ketches, followed by the Mariners 32, 36 and 40. Far East Yachts built the Mariners until the early 1970s. The depreciation of the Japanese Yen, forced the fall of Far East Yachts and Clair Oberly moved operations and construction to Long Beach, California under the name 'Clair Yachts'. In the late 1970's and early 1980's the Tayana yard in Taiwan (through unknown sources), built a few M40's and also acquired the M36 mold, hence the existence of the Tayana Mariners 36. Some are quick, to notice the resemblance between the Mariner 32 and the Fuji 32. While in this case the hulls of both boats were built out of the same mold, the decks on the Fuji 32 were built based on some Alden design. The Mariner Ketches have withstood the test of time, have provided safe and enjoyable means of transporting their owners all over the globe, and will continue to do so for years to come.

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