Including Updates From Lucas!

May, 2018

Keels & Wheels This Weekend!


There's still time to be a part of one of the nation's premier boat and car shows, Keels & Wheels, scheduled for May 5-6 this year at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX, about 40 minutes south of Houston. Launch crew volunteers will gather on Thursday evening, May 3 at 6 p.m., at the SpringHill Suites. Don't forget your light blue K&W volunteer polo shirt!

Please consider seriously the opportunity to attend this show, and enjoy the event to the fullest. It's well worth the price of admission! Check out the Keels & Wheels web site for tickets and more information.

Read more info here.

Wood, Waves & Wheels May 12 at Eagle Mountain

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 12th. Those WBA members who have participated in the past will tell you just how nice a show this is. We always see something new, and it's great to catch up with our Fort Worth area counterparts.

The Fort Worth Boat Club is a scenic and relaxing venue, and this show attracts some beautiful boats, cars and bikes. It's surprising just how much variety you'll find in the vehicles on display.

There'll be cookout food and such available, as well as a selection of beverages for both kids and grownups.

Please register by contacting Trey Bull at or by giving him a ring at 817-247-7980. Let's have a good turnout for this show!

Do you have a boat that's ready for a land display, but not quite ready for the water? No problem! The Yacht Club parking lot will hold plenty of boats on trailers.

The important thing is that you be there!


Register Now for the Ride 'n Show!

June 1-3, 2018. New Venue, Same Great Fun! Register Now!

The time is nigh for you to register for our Annual Ride 'n Show, June 1-3, 2018 on the docks of Bass Pro Shops along I-30 on Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland. This new venue promises a great deal more public attendance (in the thousands!) along with all the fun that the Ride 'n Show has to offer. This link will lead to to more details as well as the registration form and hotel details. Read more!


We'll have a Friday welcome event, a Saturday show at the Bass Pro Shops docks. Our host hotel will be the Holiday Inn Express adjacent to the Bass Pro Shops. We'll do a Saturday dinner somewhere in the nearby shopping/nightlife area, and a fun run and brunch on Sunday! The Ride 'n Show is the WBA's signature show, and we continue to improve the event!

North Texas Municipal Water District Spokesman at April WBA Meeting.

R.J. Mankowski of the North Texas Municipal Water District was the featured speaker at the April 19 meeting of the WBA. R.J. spoke about the history and scope of the Water District serving many communities in the area.

As the provider of water for a large area of the Metroplex, the District must be concerned not only with the amount and quality of water for current consumption, but also with planning for the future.

The District has recently acquired a permit to construct a new reservoir on Lower Bois d'Arc Creek in Fannin County. Click on picture at right for brochure.

Thanks, R.J., for an informative presentation!


Project Update from Lucas and Beyond!

(Above) Robin McGeorge and Seb Borrello begin the process of caulking the seams in the deck of Belinda Patterson's Cavalier.

(Below) The aft deck of Belinda's Cavalier requires the use of a lot of masking tape, leaving just the seam gaps showing.

(Below) A combined team of Boy Scout leadership (Connor Currie and fiancée Morgan) and WBA stalwarts Jim Donovan and Gabe Chacin, sand the interior of the Viking Ship at the Sid Richardson Scout ranch on a recent Saturday work day. Read more here.



(Above) Like painting, the secret to caulking is surface preparation. Robin likes to caulk after most of the varnish coats are on, then he tapes off the seams carefully.

(Below) Robin McGeorge uses the buffing wheels to clean the putty knife he will use to smooth the caulking in the seams of Belinda's boat.

(Below) David Kanally looks like something out of a Woodie Allen movie, sporting his hooded coverall to protect him from dripping bottom paint as he works underneath the Viking ship. Any exposed parts of the guy were spotted with black paint, including his face and wrists.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting May 17th, 2018. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, May 17th, 2018 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 Troy Marshall 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. Come and hear tales of WBA members' experiences at Keels & Wheels and the Wood, Waves & Wheels Show! 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

We're beginning our busy season here at the good ol' WBA, so it's time to get out and enjoy some antique and classic boating. This Bilge Pump has several great events featured, and we hope you can make it to all of them! And there are more to come. Check out our Calendar of Events for the latest on our plans. The lakes are full and the weather has finally turned reasonable! Let's make this the best WBA year yet!

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.