Including the latest from the Lucas Shop!!
February, 2014

Annual Banquet an Affair to Remember!

More than forty WBA members and guests attended the annual Officer Installation banquet on January 18. Above left, incoming President Jim Wolfe and First Lady Rhonda Wolfe stand next to outgoing First Lady Cheryl Kanally and President David Kanally prior to the beginning of the festivites. Below, Guy McCollum presents a metal box filled with archival wooden boat racing films to banquet speaker and Curator of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York, Emmett Smith.



Above, Les Burton, Robin McGeorge and Walter Hill share some cheer during the cocktail hour. Below, the Allaires, the Websters, the Bowlins and returning WBA Secretary Gay Perry share a few laughs. Also during the banquet, Steve Griffitts was installed as the new Vice President, and Gay Perry and John Parish were recognized for continuing their roles as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Special thanks to Troy Marshall for his service as VP for the past two years. Slide show here!!

Lucas Shop: Out with the New, In with the Old!

Above, Troy Marshall and Robin McGeorge's '51 Chris-Craft Riviera rolls out of the shop for a few beauty shots to put on eBay for her sale. Below, Stan Lehnhardt puts forth a little extra effort to make sure the wiring in the Riviera is just right. Watch a video!

The Club's 1951 Yellow Jacket project is moving along nicely. Below, Seb Borrello and Ken Mattice apply a coat of Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer (CPES) to the interior of the hull, the transom and the gunwales.


Above, Seb Borrello checks clearances as Troy and Robin back their latest project, a 1936 Chris-Craft, into the shop. Below, Mark Wilson fairs the gunwales of his 1968 Grand Prix. Mark Wilson and Marc Hill worked several evenings as well, fairing the boat's sides with a long board.

Below, Ken Mattice use a China Bristle chip brush to apply CPES to the gunwale and deck beams. The CPES will kill any remaining rot spores, seal the wood, and create a good surface for the varnish to stick to. Follow progress here!

Next Regular Meeting February 20, 2014

Don't miss our next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish will be giving away one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize.

The February meeting is our annual planning meeting, so bring all your best ideas as we put together our plans for 2014.

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy prior to the meeting. We encourage you to join us for dinner, so we'll always have the required minimum number of diners to avoid a room charge.

Shop Talk and Musings

The coming year will be filled with activities related to antique and classic boating. Some of these, like Keels & Wheels are already on the calendar. Others will be considered and decided at our February 20th meeting. We've shown again and again in the WBA that our strength lies in our high level of participation and hands-on work. We invite everyone to make the WBA an important part of your life this coming year. You'll be rewarded with learning, fellowship, and a lot of fun working on and riding in beautiful antique and classic boats!

And, finally: Please take a look in the shed or garage for the leftover parts or other saleable items you can donate to the club. Bring them to any WBA meeting, or contact David Kanally at for pickup.