Including Projects and Donation News!

February, 2016

WBA Has Booth at DFW Boat Expo!



The DFW Boat Expo will be held at Dallas Market Hall, Feb. 5-7 and Feb. 11-14, 2016. Through the good graces of WBA Member and Marine Max stalwart Franklin Pillsbury, the WBA will have a 10'x10' booth complete with a backdrop, tabletop display and video display of of the Club's activities.

Many WBA members have already signed up to cover a shift at the booth. If you haven't signed up yet, please contact WBA VP David Sheets. Let's have a good turnout and show the thousands of Expo attendees what the WBA is all about! Read more about the Expo here!

Annual Banquet a Well-Attended Hit!

(Above) Incoming WBA President Steve Griffitts (l) and VP David Sheets (r) are joined by members Franklin and Denise Pillsbury in a moderate libation prior at the start of the Annual Officer Installation Banquet of the WBA, held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson, TX.

Dennis and "Lake Level Ginger" Gibbs treated us with their presence. Long-time host of the Big Boat and Outdoor Show on 660 AM KSKY radio, Dennis told the group about his lifelong love affair with boating, from his days as a young apprentice boat surveyor through his current role at KSKY. Thanks for a great program!


(Above) Scott and Pam Reichardt made the journey to Dallas from Horseshoe Bay for the occasion. Scott was installed as the WBA's new Treasurer. Forty-six people attended the banquet, enjoying the fellowship, food and great program. The dinner included a buffet of beef, pork and vegetables, followed by a choice of dessert cups.

Gay Perry (r) returns to the WBA as Secretary. Gay is pictured here with Bilge Pump Editor David Kanally at the welcome desk for the banquet. Gay is generous with her time and effort on behalf of the club, including the recording and writing of the monthly meeting minutes, volunteer time at the shop, and keeping us organized!

Lucas Shop Houses Donated Chris-Craft Kit Boat!

James Cooper of Houston donated his 1955 Chris-Craft Caribbean Kit Boat to the club. The boat is temporarily in Baldwins' shop space in Lucas, and is receiving a refresh. Below, Jim Donovan preps a damaged spot on the bow for some thickened epoxy. Follow our progress here!



The boat is powered by a 14hp 1952 Evinrude Fastwin motor. Below, Ken Mattice and Seb Borrello sand the bottom of the boat in preparation for a couple coats of sea green bottom paint. Work will continue on Saturday mornings until the boat is finished. Then we'll sell it for the club!

Projects in Lucas and Home Shops Looking Good!

(Above) Robin McGeorge and Troy Marshall's have put several coats of varnish and new upholstery in their 1956 Yellow Jacket Catalina.

(Below) Lew White and Bob Adair have applied thickened epoxy to the edge of the bottom of their 12' sailing dinghy. They're beginning to fasten one plank end with screws, and will work their way to the other end. They've chosen slow-cure epoxy to provide time to get the joint just right.

(Below) Dennis Cheatham reports via Facebook that he's made progress on his 1958 Yellow Jacket, having made templates for the deck darts.



(Above) Yellow Jacket side graphics and trailer decals complete the look of the rig. Originally yellow in color, the trailer looks much better with the boat in its new colors of black and red.

(Below) Lew (l) applies plenty of pressure while Bob fastens the garboard plank into the transom of the little dinghy. Once the epoxy is cured, most of the screws can be removed, or replaced with countersunk brass screws.

(Below) In addition, Dennis has built a cradle dolly that will allow him to maneuver the boat easily for repairs. He's also begun stripping the old finish from the boat.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting February 18, 2016. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. WBA member and benefactor John Parish will be giving away one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize.

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. The February meeting is our annual planning meeting, so bring your best ideas for activities and projects for the club! We'll also be making a decision about our liability insurance, so your views and vote have never been more important.

As always, we'll have generous helpings of fellowship and Italian food.

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

Of course, our annual banquet not only gives us a chance to welcome our new officers, it's also a chance to say thanks to our officers who have completed their service. At left, Rhonda Wolfe accepts a pewter boat serving bowl as a memento of her service as First Lady, and at right, Jim Wolfe sports his new WBA-crested blazer as a thank you from the club for his years as our President. Center, the Wolfes recognize outgoing Treasurer John Parish for his five years of service to the club. Thanks to you all!


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