Put down whatever you are doing, and read this. Unless you are reading this already. In which case, stop reading this and start reading this? Oh crap, LOOP ALERT. Okay, I will let Jaxon and Jim Staib take it away today. Here ya go, take it away Jim, Jaxon.
Correct Factory Bow and Stern poles
I get a call from John in Montana. He is restoring an 18’ Riviera. On the final steps and taking the time to do it right. He needs a bow and stern pole. Wants to know what is correct. I consult with a few judges. Unbeknownst to me Jaxon fired off a text to his uncle Joe in Algonac. I get a text from Joe about Jaxon not being able to reach the treats he sent for Christmas. Shortly after I hand Jaxon a treat another text comes in. THE HOLY GRAIL!! A data sheet from the Algonac factory listing the poles and flags every boat left the factory with in the early 1950s. Including what wood the poles were made from.
Seems Holidays and Rivieras had Sitka spruce bow and stern poles. Even breaks down the hull number Racing Runabouts changed from the vertical to the raked bow bole. (Using up the pre-war bow lights) Also gives the lengths. Well you have to translate the charts in the Accessory manual. The biggest surprise is Stern poles for 20′ Sportsmans and shorter boats are the 26” pole with a 12X18 ensign. Personally, I think that’s too small.
Either way I called McCormick Lumber in Madison to see what wood they had in stock. It’s a 200 mile ride each way so I wanted to know. Andy, a Woody Boater, answered the phone. He walked out and gave me an actual count. I told him I needed to figure out what I needed. He told me to make up my mind within an hour and he would deliver that night to Minocqua as he was heading to his cabin. Saved me about 300 miles. Took some doing but I have finally assembled a variety.
Look at the charts to see what poles your boat left the factory with. We have found that the Holiday and Riviera style round poles were not available in spruce (until now) if you broke the original.
And with that, I will leave to your new pole info. You can reach Jim Staib right here at FineWoodBoats.com if you just get some growling, it’s Jaxon, who is the brains of the oportation. And… well. Oh never mind.