Complete with a Project Update!

April, 2023

Conroe Rendezvous a Go for April 22!



Lindy and Lisa Robinson have booked The Landing at Seven Coves, a Condominium complex within the Seven Coves neighborhood in Willis, TX for the Lake Conroe Rendezvous on April 22. The address is 7031 Kingston Cove Lane, Willis, TX 77318. There is a protected marina adjacent to the Condos with a launch ramp and on-site trailer parking. The marina is owned by the neighborhood homeowners association. Some of the condos are available for short term rental, and the condo rental agency has 10 boat slips available to them for rental to guests. Conroe is a great lake for an early season get-together for the WBA, SWACBS, and the Antique Outboard Motor Club. You should have received a registration form via email from the Robinsons. Please register soon!

2023 Keels & Wheels Last-Minute Registration Possible!

If you act quickly, you can still register for the 2023 Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance, slated for May 5-7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX. Former registrants have received printed invitations in the mail. The show gathers some of the finest antique and classic boats and cars in the nation, and yours could be one of them. The theme this year is "The Need for Speed - Racing Through the Years", so there will be quite an array of exciting boats to see. More than 50 boats have already registered. Add yours to the fleet today to help the event reach the goal of 70 boats. Click on the image at right to read the full ad.

Online registration is available here.



Register Now for Wood, Waves & Wheels, May 13!



WBA Secretary and Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club President Trey Bull invites you to bring your boat to the 2023 Wood, Waves & Wheels show on May 13th at the Fort Worth Boat Club on Eagle Mountain Lake.

The WBA has supported this show faithfully over the years, and we plan on continuing that tradition in 2023. The show includes the water and land displays of classic boats from canoes to cruisers, as well as a rich variety of antique and classic cars and motorcycles. The Fort Worth Boat Club has undergone extensive remodelling, and will be a treat to see. There'll be some good food, too!

Join your fellow WBA members and friends for this great show. Let Trey Bull know if you can attend.

Rough Weather Forced Zoom Meeting in March

Andreas Rhude of Minnesota gave a great presentation about the Red Fish Boat Company via Zoom at the March 16 meeting of the WBA. A line of strong storms was crossing the Metroplex right at gathering time, so the officers decided to hold a Zoom-only meeting that evening. If you missed the meeting, you can view a recording of Andreas' presentation here. In other business, there was some intense discussion of how the Club can support requests for donations. Eric Wueste, Jeff Dils and David Kanally volunteered to put together evaluation criteria for presentation to the group at the April meeting.



Project Updates from the Lucas Shop!

(Above) Ted Dysart uses the shop planer to plane down some nice mahogany to replace rotted frames in his Century Sabre. He's using the old pieces as patterns

(Above) Bill Mott stains the starboard side of the Hallams' Yellow Jacket Catalina. He finished both sides, and will stain the deck once the deck darts are finished.

(Above) Alan Oppenheimer peeks over the transom of the Century Partners' Sabre. Phil Brosseau, Craig Godfrey and Chris Sterlacci are all partners in the restoration, which is coming along nicely.


(Above) Carl Lapiska has finished painting his boot stripe and will soon be fine sanding and buffing the paint for a perfect finish.

(Above) Robin McGeorge polishes the bow handle for the Hallams' Catalina. He's already done the bow and stern lights as well as the side aluminum trim strips.

(Above) The rebuilt engine of the Century Partners' Sabre looks factory new, and is awaiting the installation of the floor, ceiling boards and seats. The boat has recently been rewired by WBA member Rex Hoecker.

Next Monthly Meeting April 20 at Two Guys, Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, April 20th, 2023, at 7 p.m. You'll receive an email reminder for the meeting a few days prior. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out an e-book of the lucky winner's choice, or a complimentary design of a boat show placard. The meeting will include a presentation of general interest to the classic boating community.

If you can't join in person, you'll be 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. Please join us on Zoom to be a part of our monthly fellowship!

Shop Talk and Musings: WBA Yellow Jacket Presentation in Denison

The Grayson County, TX Historical Society hosted Dennis Cheatham, David Kanally and Yellow Jacket owner Danny Beaver at its March 14 meeting at Frontier Village in Loy Lake Park in Denison. Danny, seen in the white t-shirt in the photo at left brought along his Nevada Yellow Jacket restored by WBA members for all to see, and Dennis and David (right) presented the history of the Yellow Jacket Boat Company to more than 60 people in attendance. The WBA representatives stayed for a pot luck dinner following the presentation, and were presented with one-year memberships in the Grayson County Historical Society in recognition of their presentation. Because Yellow Jacket employed over 400 people at its peak, there are very few degrees of separation between the current residents of the Denison area and Yellow Jacket boats. Many people there had relatives or family friends who worked at the plant; even more have fond memories of legendary TV cowboy and Yellow Jacket spokesman, Roy Rogers. Several people there own Yellow Jacket boats restored by members of the WBA. The WBA has played an important role in the restoration and preservation of Yellow Jacket Boats and promotion of the marque.

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