Old Poke is a twenty six foot launch . She was originally
purchased by an enthusiastic hobbyist from New Brunswick from a broker in
Gravenhurst back in the mid eighties . After about 11 years the owner had
managed to re-rib the boat , but had run out of steam and decided to sell
it . The world is full of unfinished boats . The boat was purchased
sight unseen by Whitey Smale ( supposedly a Ditchburn ? ) . Whitey is an
avid boater and does a lot of his own work but upon first laying eyes on
his new acquisition decided that it was time to look around for help .
During the restoration of Old Poke my saturday mornings would often start
off earlier than normal with a phone call from Whitey on his cell phone
approaching my driveway , eager to see what had happened the week before ,
and to put plugs in the new planks , or any odd job that could be done
during the morning .