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Complete with a Project Update!

May, 2021
Keels & Wheels, Seabrook, This Weekend!!



Keels & Wheels celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, as one of the top classic car and boat shows in the country. The WBA has participated in the show each year, not only by bringing antique and classic boats to the event, but also by volunteering for the launch crew.

The launch crew is on their way to the show, arriving Thursday evening, April 29. Following a 6 p.m. briefing at the Seabrook SpringHill Suites, they'll join the early bird cruisers for dinner. Then, they'll be working the launch ramp beginning early Friday morning. Special thanks to all our launch crew volunteers, and to our members who are bringing and showing their boats.

Keels & Wheels is worthy of your travel and your time. Join us for this fabulous show.

Wood, Waves & Wheels, Ft. Worth, May 8!

Our friends at the Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club and the Fort Worth Boat Club will host the annual Wood, Waves & Wheels show at Eagle Mountain Lake on Saturday, May 8, from 12 until 5 p.m.

This is a high-quality show in a scenic setting, and offers a day of enjoyment, not only of antique and classic boats, but also of vintage cars and motorcycles.

WBA's own Trey Bull is coordinating the boating portion of the show, and encourages you to register early. Get the downloadable flyer and registration form and make your plans to attend this fun event. See you there!


Rudders & Rods, Texoma, May 22!



Steve and Denise McCune will again join forces with Highport Marina and various local classic car clubs to host Rudders & Rods on Lake Texoma on Saturday, May 22. All WBA members are invited to attend.

There will be on-land and in-the-water boat displays, and a gathering of area vintage cars in the parking lot.

The group will enjoy a lakeside lunch at one of the Highport restaurants, and have plenty of time for fun runs, or just relaxing at the dock.

Further details will be provided as the date approaches. If you would like to participate or have any questions, please let Steve McCune know.

Watch Trey Bull's video of the 2019 show!

Phil Wolff Presents Lake Dora, FL Trip at April Meeting



Our club held its now traditional Zoom monthly meeting on Thursday, April 15, with about 15 members in attendance. The WBA's monthly business was covered, as documented in April minutes, sent to dues-paying members separately.

For the program, WBA stalwart Phil Wolff told the story of a delegation of North Texas WBA members who made the journey to Lake Dora, FL, in March, to gather with others in an informal way, following the Covid-related cancellation of the annual ACBS Sunnyland Chapter show there. Phil, Karl Dietz, Steve Seale, Rick Schaffer, Robert Aldrich and friends made the trip and had a grand old time, including lunch at the legendary Palm Gardens restaurant (left).

Nevada Yellow Jacket Gets Decked, Lapiska Chris Gets Planks Pulled

(Above) The king plank and toe rails of the Nevada Yellow Jacket have been rough cut and laid onto the deck in their general positions. The king plank is 3/4" thick at the bow, but then tapers to half that thickness about 10" behind where the bow handle goes.

(Below) Carl Lapiska and son Hayden started removing planks a couple weeks ago, in order to re-seal and re-fasten them to get rid of some pesky leaks.


(Above) Once the two-piece toe rails had been laid out, they could be properly scarfed and glued. Next step will be installing and fairing them.

(Below) Carl has removed two planks on each side of the boat now. In the case of the port side, he found out just how stubborn 3M 5200 can be as he removed one entire plank. On the other side, he elected to cut the faulty plank short and install a shorter piece with a butt block.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting May 20th, 2021. Join Us On Line!

Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 7 p.m. The May meeting will take place on line, using the Zoom application for your cell phone or your home computer. Now that Covid guidelines are evolving, we plan to return to in-person meetings after we make arrangements with Two Guys from Italy. When we do this, we will retain a virtual meeting option for those who are not yet comfortable about gathering indoors. 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 take care of this now.

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!

The WBA Comes Roaring Back!

As we welcome the month of May, our club is roaring back into action, following a year hampered by Covid and its related fears and restrictions. We start with Keels & Wheels, hoping that not only our exhibitors and launch crew make the trip to Seabrook, but that interested members come just to enjoy one of the finest car and boat shows in the country. It's well worth the trip. And following that, May continues with Wood, Waves & Wheels and Rudders & Rods!

As you make your own plans for returning to some kind of normalcy, we invite you to consider the activities of the WBA. Our events are held outdoors, and our meetings, even when in-person gatherings resume, will have a virtual option for those who are still not comfortable gathering indoors. Our hobby is well suited to the world we live in, so come on back, as your comfort level allows, and enjoy the fun!

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.