Complete with a Project Update!

January 2023
Christmas Party Full of Cheer!

The 2022 WBA Christmas party was held in Dallas on December 3, and hosted by Ann and John Hallam. More than 30 members and guests attended the festivities.



It was a great opportunity for the WBA to ring in the holiday season, spending some quality time together in a beautifully decorated venue. Thanks, Ann and John!!

2023 Keels & Wheels Already Creating Buzz!

It's already time to be thinking about participating in the 2023 Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance, slated for May 5-7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX. The show gathers some of the finest antique and classic boats and cars in the nation, and yours could be one of them. Racing boats will be featured this year, and we're aware of a couple of those within our club's fleet.

Even if you don't have a boat to enter in the show, you can be a part of the event as a member of the launch crew. The launch crew arrives on Thursday evening, May 4, and begins launching boats early on Friday morning. If you are interested in being on the launch crew, please let David Kanally know.

The Lakewood Yacht Club is a breathtaking venue, with expansive lawns for car displays, a beautiful inner harbor for water displays of boats, and plenty of paved walkways lined with boats in land displays, sponsor booths, and other exhibits.

Mark your calendar now for this great event!



Project Updates from the Lucas Shop and Beyond!

(Above) Ann Hallam begins the application of the second coat of yellow bottom paint on her 1958 Yellow Jacket Catalina. Interlux Brightside polyurethane does the trick.

(Above) Carl Lapiska has just applied the tenth coat of varnish to the hull of his Chris Craft Super Sport. This past Friday was warm and dry enough for a good coat.

(Above) Ray Widmer is laminating replacement frames for his sailing dinghy, Snow Bird. To bend the laminate layers around the jig, steam is not required, but spring back and hull contour compensations are required.  Some trial and error is necessary, according to Ray.


(Above) Bill Mott and Ann Hallam complete the second coat of yellow paint on the Catalina. It's going to take one more coat, then on to the refreshing of the sides and decking!

(Above) Robin McGeorge inspects a donor Mercury lower unit, some bearings and gears from which will be used to repair David Kanally's Merc lower unit, seen on the floor.

(Above) Left to right:  Snow Bird's frame pairs #1 to #6, 3/4” by 3/16” laminate plies, and contour gauge.  G/flex is the glue being used to laminate and repair Snow Bird. Ray is taking his time and doing a fine job with the total restoration of his rare little boat.

Next Monthly Meeting January 19th at Two Guys, Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, January 19th, 2023, at 7 p.m. You'll receive an email reminder for the meeting a few days prior. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out an e-book of the lucky winner's choice, or a complimentary design of a boat show placard. This month's meeting will be our annual planning meeting, so bring your best ideas for events and programs for the coming year! The planning session will take the place of our regular presentation at this meeting.

If you can't join in person, you'll be using the Zoom application for your cell phone or your home computer. To make things easier at meeting time, it would be a good idea for you to go to your normal smart phone app store to download Zoom Cloud Meetings, or go to on your home computer and sign up. Prior to the meeting, you will be sent an email with a link to join the meeting, and further instructions. Those who wait to download Zoom will also receive a link to do that just before the meeting starts. If you are among those who need a few attempts to be successful with technology, you may want to get the downloading taken care of ahead of time.

Our meetings are a great opportunity to socialize with fellow WBA members and to talk shop on questions on everything from paint and varnish to carburetor kits. Please join us on Zoom to be a part of our monthly fellowship!

Shop Talk and Musings: Let's make 2023 even better than 2022.

All things considered, 2022 was a pretty good year for our club. Membership continued to increase, thanks in large part to strong renewals and great recruiting by our membership chair and Secretary, Trey Bull. Projects advanced well, including the sale of the club project "Nevada" Yellow Jacket, the completion and launch of the Hallams' Trigger and the completion of Eric Wueste's rare fiberglass Yellow Jacket. Members traveled far and wide to events and shows, representing Texas classic boating at local, regional and national gatherings. Members made great headway on the projects that are still ongoing, both at the shop and in garages around the Metroplex. There's no reason to believe that 2023 won't be even better, with continued investment of time, money and energy into the hobby by you and your fellow skippers. I love being a part of this club! Happy New Year!

And finally, please take a look in the shed or garage for leftover parts or other salable items you would like to donate to the Club. Contact David Kanally at for more info.