Including and update from our Lucas Shop!
April, 2009

WBA Website Gets Facelift, New Lending Library

The new homepage of the WBA website contains all the links that were on the old homepage, plus a link to the new WBA Lending Library. Check it out!

The WBA website has long been a great face of the Club to the computer-enabled public, drawing new members, advertisements and questions about our hobby. Created by Bill Baldwin years ago when web design required the skills of a programmer, the site was later managed by Richard Wolff. When Richard left for A&M (Whoop!) dad Phil took over, updating the site, posting Bilge Pump editions and occasionally calling on his techie son for help in such improvements as online event registration and payment by PayPal. Now, with the advent of user-friendly web design software, the site has a new webmaster, Bilge Pump editor David Kanally. Kanally revamped the format of the home page, and over time will re-tool other pages to match the new format. Meanwhile, the robust functionality of the site remains intact.

In addition, building on a great idea by member John Parish, the site now has the WBA Lending Library. Members can post the titles of boating-related books or videos they would like to lend to other members. To see the nearly 100 titles already available, click here. To borrow a book from a lender, contact the lender via the email link listed in the Lending Library listings. Phone numbers of lenders and a print-out of the Lending Library listings will be provided to members receiving the print-only version of Bilge Pump.


Coast Guard Auxiliary Leader Promotes Cause at March Meeting
Captain Larry Richmond, Commodore of the Eighth Coast Guard Auxiliary District spoke to the WBA membership at the March 19th club meeting. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and law enforcement actions. Captain Richmond is responsible for the Auxiliary's operations across the southern United States. His presentation focused on the educational services and important "eyes and ears" functions the Auxiliary performs in the promotion of boating safety and in critical support to our nation's Homeland Security efforts. Always interested in having a few good men, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is recruiting. If you are interested in serving, click here for more information. Special thanks to WBA member Larry Hill, a recent recruit of the Auxiliary, who organized Captain Richmond's appearance.
Yellow Jacket Initiative Unites Boats, People

Following up on recent publicity in the Denison area about Yellow Jacket Boats and the WBA's initiative to recruit Yellow Jacket owners, David Kanally and Lew White drove up to Denison for a visit on Saturday, March 28. The day began with coffee with Donna Hunt, columnist for the Denison Herald Democrat newspaper and author of the two articles on Yellow Jacket and Stinger boats that were recently featured in the paper. They then went to visit Yellow Jacket owner Ziggy Helm, and then had lunch with a number of people involved with Yellow Jackets and with the WBA.

Lew and David were joined by Bob and Peggy Cutler, longtime WBA members who live near Denison. Completing the group were Gene Ramey, who worked at Yellow Jacket in the 1950s as Shipping Superintendent; Karen Johnson, the granddaughter of the late E. E. Gaines (see Herald Democrat Article for details) and her uncle, Gaines' youngest son Jim; and finally, new WBA member and Yellow Jacket seeker Ron Vest.

Left: Ziggy Helms' '56 12 footer, above: Jim Gaines, Karen Gaines Johnson and Gene Ramey; below, Karen and Gene share photos and articles about Yellow Jacket and Stinger Boats.


Lucas Shop Update:

Troy Marshall's 1948 Hacker Triple

Clockwise from upper left: Robin and Troy fit the forward panel of the third cockpit; frames for the engine hatches are dry-fitted; thinking ahead to where the extra lines and gear will go, Troy and Robin install deck boards for foredeck storage area; gas tank is in!

Next Meeting April 16th--Don't Miss It!

Join us on April 16 for our monthly meeting and renew some old friendships. We've been enjoying an uptick in attendance from veterans as well as new members. There's also a good program in the works that you won't want to miss! Program details will be sent with the meeting reminder later this month. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16th at the Midway Point at LBJ and Midway Road.

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at the Midway Point prior to the meeting!

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.