Including Project Updates from the Lucas Palookas!

June, 2016

Ride 'n Show This Weekend!

There's still time to register for the annual Ride 'n Show which will return to Lake Ray Hubbard this year, after a couple years of low water. Ray Hubbard is plenty full now, though! We'll use the Hilton Dallas Rockwall as our headquarters hotel (reservations on your own, using the Hilton site or your favorite hotel web site.)


We'll have our Friday welcome party in a local restaurant near the Hilton, beginning at 6 p.m. The show this year will have both in-the-water and land displays, so please feel welcome to participate with a land-displayed boat as well! We'll also have our trademark fun run on Sunday morning! Read more! Register Now! Or call David at 940-395-2742.

Lake Lewisville Rendezvous with Mott Yott July 9!

Join fellow WBA members and friends for a day on the lake on July 9, when we'll cruise along side the WBA's new flagship, the Mott Yott. Bill Mott has generously invited us to have a day on the lake. Our fleet of antique and classic boats will look great surrounding Bill's beautiful cruiser. We'll launch boats at 9:00 a.m. at Westlake Park & Boat Ramp in Lake Dallas on Lake Lewisville.


After launching we'll cruise North to the Lakeview Marina.  We’ll gather at Lakeview Marina and the Mott Yott at 10:00 a.m. Then we’ll cruise Lake Lewisville until lunchtime, when we’ll dock and eat at a restaurant on the lake. We’ll then cruise after lunch and return to the Mott Yott or Boat Ramp. Click here for more details and directions. To RSVP, email Bill Mott or give him a ring at 214-725-3496.

WBA Winners at Wood Waves & Wheels

Andy Butchard (l) and Kelly Courtney (center) of the Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club present the Skipper's Choice award to Bob Cutler for his pretty Chris Cavalier at the Wood Waves & Wheels event on Eagle Mountain Lake on May 5. Watch the video here!



Andy presents the Best of Show award to Scott Myers, who smiles alongside Thuy and their new puppy, appropriately named Gar Wood. Scott and Thuy's Gar Wood Ensign recently received a refresh at Emerson Bay Boatworks, and is the pride of the WBA fleet!

Bill Kimball Presents Tahoe Maritime Museum at May WBA Meeting!



Whenever you get Bill Kimball to talk about California's Lake Tahoe, you're in for a treat. Tahoe is one of Bill's favorite places, not only because of the wooden boat culture there and the annual Concours d'Elegance, but also for the treasures found at the Tahoe Maritime Museum.

Bill recently toured the museum and the surrounding area, and brought back pictures of magnificent boats and artifacts on display at the museum, including incredibly preserved boats that have been salvaged from the icy depths of the lake.

Bill's presentation also included a hand-drawn map of the lake, which should be in that museum someday. Future generations will be amazed! Thanks, Bill!

Project Update: Boat and Engine Change Hands, Other Projects Advance!

(Above) Jake and David of Kemah Boat Works stopped by the shop earlier this month to take possession of the Baldwin 1962 Cruisers, Inc. V202. They also scored a vintage Johnson 75 hp outboard motor to go with it from Walter Hill. The WBA's share of the boat proceeds was $1185.85, and Walter also donated the $200 he got for the engine. Thanks to Pat Baldwin and Walter for their generosity!

(Below) Robin McGeorge attaches the throttle cable bracket to the mid-60's Chris Craft 283 V-8 that he and Troy Marshall restored, in preparation for shipping.

(Below) You might think this is the final bottom paint coat on Chuck Barber's Borum outboard, since it looks so good, but it's just the first coat after primer!



(Above) Mark Wilson wrestles with the business end of the steering linkage for his 1968 Chris-Craft Grand Prix. He's also having the bronze rudder shaft straightened so it will fit properly and operate smoothly. Apparently, Mark's boat had quite a history before he bought it!

(Below) Robin spray paints "this end up" arrows on the packaged 283 to insure proper handling during shipping. The engine should be on its way north by press time. As the story goes, the new owner had a faulty engine in his Chris-Craft, and avoided lengthy and costly repairs by just buying this V-8 from Robin and Troy.

(Below) Chuck Barber has really taken pains to be sure that the restored bottom of his boat looks just right. This is Chuck's first restoration, but he's fast becoming a pro!

Next WBA Monthly Meeting June 16, 2016. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. 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 discuss upcoming events like the "Mott Yott" cruise planned for June 25, and hear, as is our custom, an interesting and educational presentation on the world of antique and classic boating.

As always, 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

For the past several years, our fellow members and friends Ray and Carol Harvey have opened their home to allow us to celebrate the beginning of the boating season. This year, the party is on Friday, June 10. You should have received an eVite with all the details. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please do so. If you've misplaced your eVite, or didn't receive one, please let Steve Griffitts know!

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.