Including a Club-Wide Project Update!

February, 2021

2021 Officers Installed Virtuously, er, Virtually!


The photo at left gives a peek at what happened at the January virtual Officer Installation event of the WBA. The club officially installed the officers for 2021: Scott Myers, President; Mike Gomes, Vice-President, Trey Bull, Secretary; and Scott Reichardt, Faithful Treasurer. Outgoing VP, Phil Wolff, was recognized for an outstanding job. Thank you, officers, for your service! To the right of the photo, you can see thumbnail images of some of the twenty or so members who participated in the meeting. To the left is one of the photos from the video presentation that began the meeting. The presentation includes over a hundred photos submitted by members that represented their fondest classic boating memories, as well as ways they dealt with the very unusual year of 2020. You can view the video presentation by clicking here.

Annual Planning Meeting Set for Feb. 18, Bring Your Best Ideas!



February 18th will see yet another virtual meeting of the WBA, as we prepare for the upcoming season with our annual planning meeting. See meeting details and Zoom instructions in the related article below.

There are already several events on our Calendar, but we have many additional ideas to discuss. Please come prepared with your thoughts about club events and programs for 2021, so we can have a season that meets the needs and expectations of the most members possible.

In addition to the shows and rendezvous on the calendar, we are looking forward to programs presented by members, on topics of interest related to classic boating.

Project Updates from around the WBA

(Above) Jim Frechette has completed restoration of the late Chuck Webb's Hafer. You can see more shots on Jim's recent post on the WBA Facebook page. The boat is slated to be returned to the Webb family in Iowa in the spring.

(Below) The donated Yellow Jacket received its first coat of yellow bottom paint on Saturday at the Lucas Shop. Work also continues on Steve McCune's Yellow Jacket.


(Above) Jay Emerson has been installing a traditional planked deck on this '66 Century Resorter, replacing the vinyl-covered plywood deck. Jay's craftsmanship is always a joy to behold.

(Below) Steve Seale has replaced the bottom on his Playboy project. The plywood speedster was built from plans in 1956. Next, the bottom will receive coats of epoxy primer.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting February 18, 2021. Program Ideas Needed!

Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 7 p.m. Recent surges in COVID numbers and the likelihood of continued restrictions on indoor gathering sizes compel us to continue our virtual meeting format. The meeting will take place on line, 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. As is our tradition, the February meeting is used for planning our upcoming events and programs. Please join us on Zoom to help our Club plan a great year!

Shop Talk and Musings: Meet Mike Gomes, New WBA VP

Mike Gomes is a familiar figure to our more senior members, since he was very active in the club in the earlier 2000s. Mike served as our membership chairman for a while, and had two Gar Woods in his collection when he lived in the DFW area. He retained his membership even when he moved to North Carolina, and supported the club through donating proceeds from a Gar Wood sale, and buying a club project canoe (donated by Dave Parker). He later moved to Annapolis, MD, where he continued his entrepreneurial work in health insurance. After a couple attempts to retire, Mike says he's now retired for the last time, and has returned to the DFW area.

We thank Mike for stepping up to the VP vacancy following the term of Phil Wolff, who did a great job as VP of our club in 2020. Mike is currently developing our year's calendar of presentations, and welcomes your input and ideas.

Welcome back, Mike!!

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