Including a Club-Wide Project Update!

May, 2020

Wood, Waves & Wheels Postponed


The good folks at the Fort Worth Boat Club and the Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club have decided to postpone Wood, Waves & Wheels, originally scheduled for May 9, 2020. A new date will be announced soon. WBA Secretary Trey Bull will keep us posted.

Until then, stay safe, and get your boat ready for the day that our events resume!

April Virtual Meeting a Success!


Thanks to an initiative by WBA member John Ables, the WBA held its second virtual meeting on April 16, 2020. Members were sent a link to the Zoom meeting via email prior to the meeting, and 19 or so members logged in to join the festivities.

We welcomed distant members Charles Still and Mike Gomes, whose physical distance from the Metroplex was no hindrance to their ability to follow the proceedings of the meeting. Project updates in both still picture and video formats were shared by the group, and anyone could ask questions or make comments at the appropriate times of the meeting.

The May 21 meeting will also be a virtual one. Please make an extra effort to join in. Invites forthcoming.

Project Updates from WBA April Meeting

(Above) Dan Stober reports transom work progress during quarantine at his home shop on Stober Mountain, near Fort Worth.

(Below) Trey Bull is restoring a Lyman, to include a new keel, keelson repair, new paint and varnish

(Below) Mark Danielson is re-varnishing his transom after fixing some imperfections that were bugging him. A few coats of build-up to go, then final coat to come!



(Above) Charles and Markus Still sent in some photos of their Chris Craft restoration project. Looking good!

(Below) Karl Dietz shared some photos of his refreshed dash, including a new bezel in the center of that gorgeous steering wheel!

(Below) Jay Emerson has done bottom repairs on his Shepard, and is getting ready to paint. He's also re-done the cuddy cabin and done other work on the boat.

Next WBA Monthly Virtual Meeting May 21, 2020. Get Signed Up Now!

Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 21at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place on line, 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. We'll be swapping stories of our various boating and project adventures. Plus, we'll have a presentation of general interest to the classic boating community. As we await the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, our virtual meetings are a great way to stay in touch with the goings-on of the Club.

Shop Talk and Musings, Playing it Safe:

Depending on your location, your lake access, and your local rules, you may or may not be able to return to your normal boating activity. We enjoy seeing the Facebook photos and videos of those who are practicing social distancing on the water! As for the Lucas Shop, we'll be holding off any organized activity there until at least mid-May, when we have the benefit of data on the impact of partial openings in the area on new Covid-19 cases. We're erring on the side of caution here, since all but a couple of us are in the vulnerable age group! No one's economic well-being is dependent upon our project progress in Lucas (I won't talk about the devastating emotional impact of not being able to work on a boat). With a bit of will power, I think we'll be able to wait a little while longer.

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