Yamato Factory  Ota, Gunma Pref, Japan      Photos by Mike Ward

The original company was established in 1951 under their former name of the Kokusai Kyouti Kougyo Co. and was renamed in 1957 as the Yamato Motor Co. It currently employs 130 staff.

     When the motor boat racing law was then introduced, they developed the first Japanese made racing motor based a Mercury design and have, ever since, been producing about 1,700 motor boats, propellers and engines per year for the pari-mutuel motor boat race.

Bench testing motors under load.

Propeller making.

Model 321 motors awaiting final inspection.

Race boats are manufactured by the traditional method.

The test tank facility.

It's hard work in the polishing department.

About 100 motors ready for dispatch to the stadiums.

Race boats ready for delivery.

Arriving at the stadium

Race boats fresh from the paint shop.

The Yamato Motor Co. manufacturing plant near Ota, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.