Including an Update from Lucas!

May, 2019
Keels & Wheels Is Here...May 4-5!

The much-anticipated 2019 Keels & Wheels show is upon us! The WBA launch crew members are packing their bags to head down to Seabrook on Thursday in preparation for the Friday launches. Several WBA boats will be among the many beautiful boats on display. It's one of the finest shows in the country! Click logo above for details.


(Above) The Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX is the ideal venue for a nationally known classic car and boat show. It is also a unique opportunity for you to see some of the finest restorations out there. And, of course, you may enjoy the cars as much as you do the boats! Come down and join us!


Our friends at 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 11th.

The Fort Worth Boat Club is a fine venue, and this show attracts some beautiful boats, cars and bikes.

It's a perfect place for a show, and this is a great opportunity for us to support a sister club and mingle with a fine group of antique and classic boating enthusiasts from the other side of the Metroplex.

Please register by contacting Trey Bull at or by giving him a ring at 817-247-7980. We've already heard about plenty of interest. Let's have a good turnout for this show!

Lake Tyler Event Plans Underway for June 15

The club is pulling together the details for a rendezvous on June 15 at Lake Tyler.  The day is to include launching at The Boulders at Lake Tyler Marina, owned by Bob Peppard, a cruise on the lake, lunch at The Boulders, and a visit to the home and impressive car and boat barn of Billy Hibbs. 


Both the marina and the Hibbs need a headcount to finalize plans.  This will be a good one, but we'll need to have some commitments to make it happen. If you would like to attend this memorable day with the club, please let Scott Myers know asap.

Dils Invite WBA to July 20th Rendezvous!

Stacey and Jeff Dils have again graciously invited the WBA to attend a Rendezvous on their home waters of Lake Cypress Springs! Mark you calendar for this fun outing.


Details will be provided as the date approaches. Plan on a fun day on the water with your WBA friends. It'll be a full day of cruising, dining and celebrating our hobby.

Denison Dam Documentary Presented by McCune

Steve McCune provided the presentation for the April 18, 2019 meeting of the WBA. The documentary, entitled "Taming the Red" by Gene Lemore, traces the history of the dam. Texas and Oklahoma shared the Red River not only as a border, but as a means of transport. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used a flood design to construct and build a dam near Denison. A major undertaking took place, moving railroads, roads, cutting trees, moving graves and cemeteries, and abandoning towns. In 1943, the dam became America’s largest rolled earthen dam and, in 1944, the dam closed the flood gates. The new lake began to grow and power started flowing. Boaters arrived in droves to enjoy the lake. Thank you, Steve for this informative video showing the history of this now famous playground of water sports, fishing, boats, and islands of white sand. (Gay Perry report)


Lucas Shop Receives Donated Lyman from Paul Kane

New WBA member Paul Kane of Fort Worth has donated a beautifully restored 1958 16' Lyman with a 1960 Evinrude 50hp motor to the WBA. We'd like to offer it to club members as is now, before we invest any time in the boat.



She's ready to go, and we'll bring her to the Wood, Waves & Wheels Show on Eagle Mountain Lake on May 11 so you can see her in operation! A detailed photo book documenting the extensive restoration is included with the boat.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting May 16, 2019, Mark Your Calendar!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, May 16th, 2019 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 Bill McNally 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. We'll be swapping stories of our various boating and project adventures. Plus, we'll have a presentation of general interest to antique and classic boating enthusiasts. 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 welcome the boating season with gratitude as the weather warms and the spring breezes blow. Our lakes are full, and members are already taking to the water with their antique and classic boats. We are also grateful for the generosity of our WBA members who, among other things, have donated boats (Scott Reichardt, Paul Kane), purchased donated boats (Steve McCune) and given weeks of their time to restore donated boats (Robin McGeorge, Jim Donovan, Seb Borello, David Kanally and others, and given hours of service to our Club and its events (David and Loretta Sheets, Scott Myers, Gay Perry, Scott Reichardt). Best wishes to all our WBA members for a safe and enjoyable 2019 boating season!

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.