Including the Labors at Lucas!
April, 2015

WBA Unearths, Restores Viking Ship!

This may be the best project ever undertaken by the WBA...a community service project in conjunction with the Society for Recovery and Preservation of Norwegian Historic Vessels (SRPNHV). Above, SRPNHV members excavate the ship's carcass in 1880.


Above, the progress made to date at the Lucas shop is impressive, although quite a bit of work remains on the interior. "We found a place in Lewisville that will do the original-style marine grade elk hide interior," says Troy Marshall. And of course, Robin and Troy are looking for a way to put Guy McCollum's 327 V-8 into the craft. "It'll save a lot of rowing," says Troy. April Fools!!!

All Set for Keels & Wheels 20th!

Happy 20th, Keels & Wheels! In a brief span of twenty years, Keels & Wheels has become one of the premier car and boat shows in the nation. This year, Co-Chairs Bob Fuller and Paul Merryman are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The WBA is honored to have been a part of this event for many years.


The WBA participates not only in showing member boats, but also by providing volunteer crew members for the launch team. We have a good complement of WBA members already signed up to serve on the Launch Crew on Friday and Saturday. There's still room for one or two more, though, so if you're interested, tell Kanally!

Club Learns of Trailer Fabrication by Copy Catt at March Meeting

Special thanks to the owners of Copy Catt Trailers, Bruce and Angela Kinney, for making the trek to Dallas to talk about their trailer fabrication business in Texas and Missouri.


Copy Catt is very open to making custom adaptations to their basic trailer designs to suit the individual requirement of each boat and each boat owner. See their web site at

First Rendez-Vous of the Year is April 11 at Pier 121!

OK, Skippers, you asked for more informal rendez-vous outings, and here's the first of the year! Join President Jim Wolfe and fellow WBA members on Lake Lewisville. We'll have a run around the lake for a couple hours.


We are slated for a 10 a.m. launch on Saturday morning, April 11 at our usual Pier 121 ramp. Be there a few minutes early to get your boat ready for launch. Bring your sunscreen and some water to drink. See you there!!

Steve Griffitts Reports On His Trip to Tavares, FL!


Patrice Mozelewski and I attended the Sunnyland Antique and Classic Boat Festival on Lake Dora in Tavares, FL this past weekend. It was an outstanding show with over 200 antique and classic boats, including a large representation of Chris-Craft Cobras. There was also a broad representation of fiberglass boats and outboards, and a great flea market with hard-to-find parts of every kind. I particularly enjoyed the Florida Glasspar Club's collection of Glasspar G-3's like the one sitting in my driveway. I was quite impressed with the overall quality of the boats and the venue in general. I thought it was a very well run show. The big thrill of the weekend came when we got an opportunity to ride in a magnificent 1955 Chris-Craft 21' Cobra owned by Frank Bauer from Marshall, MI (photo at left) He even let me drive the Cadillac-powered classic! Fantastic!

Wooden Boat Restorers Get into Heavy Metal Sometimes!

(Above) Walter Hill is finishing up the framing of the windshield in his Owens outboard cruiser. After cleaning out all the rotten framework around this area of the boat, Walter carefully measured, cut, glued and faired in new pieces to support and frame the windshield.

(Below) Mark Webster drills holes in the frame of his trailer to mount new trailer lights. The job also required a patch cord to accommodate the trailer's removable tongue.



(Above) Troy Marshall inserts a feeler gauge into the valve gallery of the little 60-hp four powering Robin McGeorge's 15' Chris Cavalier. The guys heard some valve noise when they ran the motor, so they got right after it and made it right.

(Below) Scott Myers has the head off the flathead 6-cyl Chrysler Crown powering his 16-foot Gar Wood Ensign. A sticky valve problem has been fixed; valve lapping next.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting April 16th. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish will be giving away one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize.

Concourse Trim is sending us a presenter to tell the story of the finer points of restoration and replating of boat hardware. It's an important topic for us restoration nuts, and we're sure you'll enjoy this informative program. As always, 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 Contributed by Steve Griffitts

During our Tavares trip, we ran into Sheila Davis, who is not only the girlfriend of Frank Bauer and a Facebook friend of mine, but Sheila was formerly known as the boat lettering painter extraordinaire from the Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, OH. She also developed the beautiful main event poster for the show based on a painting by Paul Bailey (left).

After moving to Michigan, she now operates her own independent business called The A2Z Brand, which does photo fundraising, photo art prints, boat lettering and graphics, and banners and stickers.

Sheila and Frank have indicated a strong interest in coming to Dallas some time this year to visit our club. Frank would like to put on a presentation about the restoration of his Cobra, which has quite an unusual background, and Sheila would like to do a demonstration of lettering techniques. She would like to see if we can find at least three boat owners who would be willing to commission her to paint the lettering or other graphics on their boat while she is here. Depending on the complexity of the design and the cost of the gold flake, if used, her rather beautiful work ranges in price from about $350 to $600, but her work is world-class.

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.