Rare find offers insight to first boats

When R. A. "Mac" McDerby and his brother-in-law Bill Conatser first formed McDerby-Conatser Boat Company in 1949, they didn't build the molded hull boats for which they would soon become famous. As you can see from the rare brochure images below, their first boats, confirmed by photographs, were plywood-on-frame fishing and racing craft. The molded hull boats, the only ones in the McDerby-Conatster line to have the name "Yellow Jacket" are shown only in illustrations (several of which are not accurate), which indicates that the boats were yet to be made by the firm. For these reasons, we believe that this brochure was printed in 1949, and introduced what would become the one and only Yellow Jacket Boat.

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