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April, 2012

Keels & Wheels Just around the Corner!

Keels & Wheels, the premier boat and car show of the Southwest, is just around the corner, May 5-6, 2012. It's time to register for the event. Let's get as many WBA members and boats participating as possible. The registration form contains details and various prices for boat entry and group events.


The WBA will again be helping with the launch ramp duties and judging. To sign up for ramp duty, call Robin McGeorge at 972-742-7496, and to be a judge, send a note to Bob Van Guilder. Let's make this event the best Keels & Wheels ever. See boating events on page 2 of entry form.

Tool Auction Nets Nearly 500 Bucks!

Recently, WBA member and benefactor Mike Gomes donated a substantial number of hand and power tools to the WBA. Many of the tools have been added to the workbenches at the shop. But there were more tools than the Club needed. So, eight lucky WBA bidders walked away with some sincerely sweet deals at the auction sale at the shop on Saturday, March 31 from 10a.m.-12 noon.


The tools were nicely organized on tables, and each had a bid sheet. Special thanks to Lew White, Robin McGeorge, Lisa Daniels and Gay Perry for their help in the setup and organization of this successful event. Revenues from the sale reached nearly $500. That total was sweetened by the donation of a dust collection system by Lew White and a planer work stand by Bill Baldwin.

Flippin' Party or Auto Pilot??

The video of this adventure may already be on your favorite YouTube list, but it's probably worth another look. When the stout-hearted members of the WBA came out to the Lucas Shop last Saturday, March 24, the intent was to do a careful, controlled flip of Marc Hill's '68 Grand Prix using the shop's gantry. The boat was guided by hand to the gantry, then what?

Well, the center of gravity on the Grand Prix is somewhere other than it is on other boats. The boat virtually turned itself over. You can watch by clicking here.

Borrello Explains "Pardon Me"!

Long-time WBA member and archivist Seb Borrello shared the story of "Pardon Me", one of the largest runabouts ever made. The Hutchinson 48-footer is powered by a Packard V-12 and is undergoing extensive restoration at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY. Seb's presentation, called "Pardon My Sawdust" gave insights to the boat's storied past and current status.

During the summer, Seb and wife Bonnie volunteer at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton. Thanks for a great presentation, Seb!

Marc Hill Bent on Completion!

Above, Marc Hill pulls a newly steamed plank from the Club's steam generator box. The plank must make a rather tight bend around the rakish port bow of the '68 Grand Prix that Marc has been restoring now for the past two years.


Above, Marc and Robin McGeorge use strategically placed clamps and blocks to coax the steamed plank into position. The clamps will remain on until the plank cools and dries, giving Marc a chance to see if it needs to be steamed on the aft end to fit just right.

Next Monthly Meeting April 19, 2012. Don't miss it!

Join us on April 19th at our new meeting location, Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. Our program will be on the topic of exotic hardwoods, including those used in boatbuilding. Our presenter, Owen Morris, is an expert in these specialty woods, and will bring a new level of understanding to all members in attendance.

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy prior to the meeting.

Shop Talk and Musings:

Get out your calendars! We have confirmation on two events: First, we have been invited to display at the White Rock Boat Club on September 8. Next, our Ride 'n Show will be at Bella Harbor on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall on October 12 and 13. These are events that are unique to our club and deserve a high level of participation. Get your boats ready!

Thanks to all who participated in the tool auction at the shop on Saturday, March 31. It is true that the folks who came got some very sweet deals. And the Club made out well, too, to the tune of 500 bucks or so. It was all possible because of the generosity of Mike Gomes, who donated the tools. Do you have items you'd like to donate to the WBA? Let me know! 940-395-2742. Now that Marc Hill's boat is right side up, he's kicked himself into another gear, and the top side planks and deck are being cut, shaped, steamed, and fitted as needed to bring the '68 Grand Prix to completion. It seems that right after the flippin' party last week, several of the guys got their screwdrivers fired up and removed the old deck planks in no time flat. That's WBA teamwork! One final reminder about Keels & Wheels. Let's get those reservations confirmed!!

And, finally:

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.