Including an Update from Lucas!

March, 2019
Keels & Wheels Coming Up Soon...May 4-5!

Keels & Wheels is almost here, with the deadline for registering boats that will be featured in the program being March 1. If you miss that date, you can still register your boat for the show, but after March 1, your boat may not appear in the program. Click logo above for details.

(Above) WBA member Charles Still holds his trophy beside his award winning boat in the 2017 show. WBA members who enter their boats have done very well over the years in the many boat categories that are judged.


(Above) The Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX is the ideal venue for a nationally know classic car and boat show. It is also a unique opportunity for you to see some of the finest restorations out there. And, of course, you may enjoy the cars as much as you do the boats! (Stober photo)

(Above) The WBA launch crew gathers for a kickoff dinner each year on the Thursday evening before the show. If you would like to be on this year's launch crew, please let David Kanally know! 940-395-2742

Our friends at the Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club will once again provide a wonderful opportunity for us to show our boats at the Fort Worth Boat Club on Eagle Mountain Lake on Saturday, May 11th.

The Fort Worth Boat Club is a fine venue, and this show attracts some beautiful boats, cars and bikes.

It's a perfect place for a show, and this is a great opportunity for us to support a sister club and mingle with a fine group of antique and classic boating enthusiasts from the other side of the Metroplex.

Please register by contacting Trey Bull at or by giving him a ring at 817-247-7980. We've already heard about plenty of interest. Let's have a good turnout for this show!


2019 Calendar Updated Based on Planning Meeting

The February 21st meeting of the WBA was devoted to planning events for the coming year. The events that now have firm dates are included on the Calendar of Events on the WBA web site, which you can access by clicking on the "Calendar" image at right.

Dates and details are still being worked out for the annual Ride 'n Show and a few other things, which will be posted on the Calendar of Events as soon as dates are firm.

Thanks for such a great turnout at the February meeting, and for your input on our events!


Making Headway at Lucas Shop!

(Above) A full complement of volunteers helped Dennis Fisher flip his boat and put it back on the trailer at a work session earlier this month. (Borrello photo)

(Below) Robin McGeorge does a little touchup work on the Gray Marine 75 HP flathead four in the donated Hafer. The boys got the horn working, too, so now it's time for a top coat of varnish, white seam paint, and white hull paint.



(Above) After a lot of stripping and sanding since the flipping party, Dennis and Gary have the bottom almost ready for a West System fiberglass skin.

(Below) Seb Borrello buffs the stainless steel rub rails of the donated Hafer. The step pad frames have been removed and will receive similar treatment. All hardware will be replaced once the varnish is good and dry.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting March 21, 2019, Mark Your Calendar!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, March 21st, 2019 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 Bill McNally to a lucky winner.

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 have a presentation of general interest to antique and classic boating enthusiasts. 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

While we didn't include a photo of our indefatigable Signal Person, Lisa Daniels, in the last issue of the Bilge Pump, she was, in fact, recognized at the Annual Banquet for her service. Lisa deserves all of our thanks for her work for our club. If you ever wonder where the get well cards or flowers following a member's hospitalization or loss come from, it's Lisa. She's always on the spot with the appropriate response in a member's time of need.

Lisa, we hope you know how much your fellow WBA members appreciate your work behind the scenes to let those who need it most, how much the club cares about them!

Lisa holds an office that is not an elected one, but an appointed one. There is a vacancy in the club for another appointed office, that of Membership Chair. If you're interested in serving in that capacity, let David Sheets know.

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.