Including an Update from Lucas!

February, 2020

Officers Assume New Duties at January 18 Banquet

Special thanks to our outgoing President and First Lady David and Loretta Sheets, who organized a very fine banquet at the Brookhaven Country Club on Saturday, January 18. WBA members and guests cleaned up very nicely for the event, and had a good opportunity to recognize the service of our outgoing officers and to formally welcome our 2020 officers to their new roles.

ACBS Executive Director, Dan Gyoerkoe, was the featured speaker for the evening.


Dan's presentation included valuable information on trends in membership attraction and retention for the ACBS.

Our new President and First Lady, pictured above left with their infant son, Sam, officially began their duties at the banquet. Incoming secretary, Trey Bull, in cowboy hat in the photo above, takes over from the ever-faithful Gay Perry, who has stepped down after a decade of service. Phil Wolff, at right in the photo below, left, stepped up as VP, replacing Scott Myers.

Keels & Wheels to Feature Century, Yellow Jacket Marques


Cited as the finest vintage car and boat show in the country, Keels & Wheels celebrates its 25th anniversary of the Concours d'Elegance, May 2-3, 2020. To mark the occasion, the organizing board has selected Century Boats and Yellow Jacket Boats as its featured marques this year.

Century and Yellow Jacket owners from across the country have been invited to bring their boats to this historic event, as have owners of Chris-Crafts, Gar Woods, and all other antique and classic boats. Printed invitations and entry forms were sent to previous attendees last week. If you would like to enter your boat in the show, you can access enrollment information and forms here.

As is our custom, the WBA will be providing the launch crew for the event. If you would like to be part of the crew, you'll need to arrive Thursday evening, April 30, for a 7:30 a.m. Friday start. Let David Kanally know if you can be part of the crew!

2020 Dues are Overdue, Please Renew Now!

It's that time of year again, fellow Skippers, when your officers remind you that while membership in the WBA is a wonderful value, it ain't free.


If you haven't already done so, please send a check for $35 to our faithful Treasurer, Scott Reichardt, Box 8645, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78567.

Yellow Jacket Getting to Bare Wood, Ables' Boat Gets Bottom Work

(Above) Seb Borrello sands the foredeck of the '57 Yellow Jacket Riviera following a good scraping done by David Kanally.

(Below) The Yellow Jacket had at least ten coats of crazed varnish protecting the wood underneath. Chemical stripper removed only a coat or two at a time, so the heat gun proved to be a much more efficient stripping method.



(Above) Jim Donovan, Robin McGeorge, Ray Widmer and John Ables collaborate on applying a coat of epoxy to the bottom of John's Chris Craft.

(Below) Mark Wilson (l) shares a laugh with ACBS Executive Director, Dan Gyoerkoe, who was in town to speak at the Annual WBA banquet on January 18. Dan stayed with the shop crew through lunch on that day.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting February 20, 2020. Mark Your Calendar!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Lane. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out a classic boating book from collections donated by Pat Baldwin and Lou Zettler to a lucky winner.

The February gathering is our annual event planning session, so your presence and input are especailly important at this meeting. 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. We'll be swapping stories of our various boating and project adventures. Plus, we'll lay out our Calendar of Events for the 2020 boating season. And, of course, 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:

The February meeting is your yearly chance to voice your desires and opinions regarding events and activities for the coming year. Our recent growth in rendezvous-style gatherings is a good example of the benefit of these planning meetings, where members have a chance to mold the club to better serve their needs. Please make an extra effort to attend, and bring your best ideas! The meeting will be held on February 20. See details in the article above for times and directions.

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.