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In 1956 Tohatsu introduced their first outboard engine. Since then, Tohatsu outboard engines have capably served a variety of marketplaces; commercial fishing, marine transport, recreation and competition. To satisfy those diverse customer demands, we have researched and developed our products with advanced technology and know-how.

Tohatsu outboard engines are available for both recreation and commercial use - fishing and transportation, and are unsurpassed in performance, safety, reliability, fuel efficiency, design and durability.

We are proud of our well engineered products which serve our customers worldwide.

Tohatsu's History of Reliability

Founded on October 20th 1922, Tohatsu Corporation, then named Takata Motor Research Institute, manufactured railcars. R&D of high-speed portable engine generators and radio controlled generators began immediately and were brought to production in 1930. During the1930's and 40's, Tohatsu consolidated its product line and moved its corporate office to Tokyo. In 1950, production and sales of motorcycles began.

1955 brought aggressive growth to Tohatsu. Capital increased to 150 million yen, production on a new line of outboard engines started, sales offices were established in Fukuoka, Nagoya, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo and dealers were located throughout Japan.

1956 ushered in the production of Tohatsu Outboards with the "OB-2", an air-cooled 1.5 hp outboard. Since then, Tohatsu outboard motors have capably served a variety of marketplaces: commercial fishing, marine transport, recreation and competition.

Tohatsu Outboard 60 Years

2016 marks Tohatsu's 60th Anniversary of it's first outboard. Click here to read more about our 60th Annivesary.

In January 2005, Tohatsu opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in the mountainous area of central Japan that boasts over 370,000 sq. ft. of space and has a production capacity of over 200,000 outboards per year. Tohatsu's new plant uses technologically advanced machinery that is fully automated to produce reliable outboards with award winning reputations. All Tohatsu outboard motors are produced in Japan.

Click here to learn more about Tohatsu's "History of Reliability".

The Tohatsu tradition began by building reliable motors for commercial Japanese fishermen who needed an outboard motor that could run for days on end, no matter what the weather. The ocean-tested engineering that enables Tohatsu motors to work under these demanding and often harsh conditions makes Tohatsu one of the toughest, most reliable engines available to you.

Tohatsu knows that when it comes to owning an outboard motor, one thing is most important to you: reliability. Whether you're fishing at dawn or watching the sunset with your family, you need an outboard engine that will get you back, every time.

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