Marty’s 1952 12’ Catalina
I now have this winters project at home and waiting for me in my basement workshop. It's a 1952 12' Yellow Jacket with an 1953 Evinrude Super Fastwin outboard motor which I picked up in Michigan. In my book, "Mac and his Yellow Jacket Boats", I tell readers that there was little change from the "51's" to the "53,s". I was wrong. After determining that the boat I was purchasing was actually a "52", I found that the rounded bullets were introduced in 1952, not 1953. I also believe that they probably had established names for various models, not numbers as stated in my book. No "52" brochure has ever surfaced during the past 17 years of gathering YJ information. The boat I purchased is, I believe, a Catalina. I had never seen a 1952 YJ before and nether had anyone of my YJ friends and associates. As far as I know, this is the only survivor. The hull is made of birch, which is highly susceptible to rot, this explains why we don't see a lot of the early YJ's. This boat, motor and trailer were last used in 1966, (last year it was licensed), it was stored in a garage, with a tarp over it, until I purchased it. It has been painted once since it was new in "52". Other than having a lack of high gloss, the boat looks good. I vacuumed the sand, (probably from the last time it was used), and vacuumed the deteriorated tarp threads from the interior and gave it a bath, probably it's first in almost 50 years. This YJ also had an emblem which I had never seen before. It says "Cole Designed" with a black and white checkered flag and a side profile of a boat for a background. Richard Cole was the Naval Architect who designed the molded hull that YJ's used, he also worked at the YJ plant in the early "50's". Please enjoy the photos.
Questions or comments please contact Marty at firstname.lastname@example.org
The above photo shows the previous owner and his daughter, photo taken in 1960.