Including the next chapter in the Lucas legend!
June, 2012

Mark Your Calendar for White Rock and Ride 'n Show!

September 8 is the date to mark for our one-day show at White Rock Lake. We have been invited by the White Rock Boat Club at the north end of the lake to display our boats on their docks for the day. Should be a fun day! Let Gay Perry know if you can bring your boat! We're in the process of getting permits, so will inform you of details soon.


Ready to catch some air on beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard? Reserve the 12th-14th of October, 2012! We'll once again enjoy the beautiful docks and amenities at Rockwall's Bella Harbor. If you'd like a special weekend experience, reserve today at the Hilton Inn at Rockwall. More details on our group meals and activities will be published as the date draws near.

Keels & Wheels Sees Great Showing by WBA Members

We know we've already informed you of the great successes of Keith Griffin, Dave Parker, Chip Rathbun and Ray Harvey at Keels & Wheels early last month, but we thought we'd write it here for the record in the Bilge Pump.


Above, left and right, are the before and after shots of Keith "Griff" Griffin's 1956 Yellow Jacket Catalina. This was Griff's first boat restoration, and his efforts were duly recognized.

Griff got some guidance from our Yellow Jacket enthusiasts, but this was his win, for sure! For photos and stories of all our heroes, click here.

Emerson Bay Wows WBA!

Jay Emerson, WBA member and professional boat restorer, shared a beautiful presentation of a Shepherd 27 footer that he recently did some major transom, topside and deck restoration on at the Club's May meeting.

Jay shared the joys and challenges of replacing the craft's transom, and bringing her hull and deck back to show condition. Thanks, Jay, for a very informative and fascinating story! We love to learn from the pros!

Lucas Legends Loom Large!

For the moment, you can tell these twin '68 Grand Prix apart because Mark Wilson's is upside down and Marc Hill's is right side up. Mark Wilson is in the throes of fairing his boat's side planks. It's a long, manual task using a combination of the long fairing sanding board and random orbital sander (above).


Marc Hill's fairing days are behind him, as he's now working on finishing his bilge before installing the engine and beginning his deck planking. WBA restorers have learned, sometimes the hard way, that hull work, mechanics and wiring are much more easily done before any decking is installed.

Next Monthly Meeting June 21, 2012. Don't miss it!

Join us on Thursday, June 21st at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. DOOR PRIZE ALERT! WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish will begin a monthly giveaway of one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize. You must be present to win. This month's prize: How to Restore Your Wooden Runabout by Don Danenberg. A $150 value!! Our program will be given by Guy McCollum, WBA member and goodwill ambassador for all good things ACBS. Guy will be sharing inticing details about the ACBS annual meeting and show at Table Rock Lake Sept. 19-22. Many of us WBA members plan to go, so this presentation is a must see!

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:

Well folks, your Bilge Pump Editor got invited to do a Symposium presentation on our Yellow Jacket initiative at the ACBS international show at Table Rock in September. We're taking a couple of our recently restored YJ's up there, and we'll have the stage for an hour or so in the Marque Club Symposium talking about the Texas made molded boats. Should be a great opportunity to tell a Texas story and, I'm sure, get a number of Yellow Jackets out of barns and garages and onto lakes where they belong. Chuck Pool decided to bite the bullet and get a nice Merc 50 hp outboard restored to hang on the transom of his '56 Catalina. That'll sure look nice on display at Table Rock! He donated the Scott Atwater that came with his boat to the cause...we're passing it on to our colleagues at the Antique Outboard Motor Club, where the guys have the skills this motor needs. We did try to get it running (building an outboard stand in the process, which is now part of our Club shared tool collection at the Lucas Shop). After a couple sputters, we burned up the starter and decided to turn the motor over to people who actually know what they're doing. But the stand stays in Lucas, ready for your next outboard project. Onward!

And, finally:

Please take a look in the shed or garage for the leftover parts or other saleable items you can donate to the club. Bring them to any WBA meeting, or contact David Kanally at for pickup.