Including Updates From Lucas and Bridgeport!

June, 2018

Ride 'n Show This Weekend!

The Ride 'n Show is here! Come on out and join your WBA friends at Bass Pro Shops this weekend. Even if you haven't registered, you're more than welcome to come out and enjoy the show. The event schedule appears at right:


Friday, June 1:

  • 3:00 – Early Launch
  • 7:00 - Welcome Dinner at Texas Land & Cattle (Adjacent to Bass Pro Shops)

Saturday, June 2:

  • 8:00 – 10:00 Launch
  • 10:00 – 5:00 Public Show
  • 6:30 – Event Dinner at Islamorada Fish Company (Located on the lower level of Bass Pro Shops)

Sunday, June 3:

  • 8:30 – Meet on the docks to cruise over to the Hilton At The Harbor for brunch
  • 10:00 – Fun Run & Video
  • 11:00 – Event Concludes

Wood, Waves & Wheels has Winners from WBA!

Congrats to our Wood, Waves and Wheels winners for a great representation of the WBA at this first-class event at the Fort Worth Boat Club. The Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club hosted the event, and their team captured the wonderful photo (right) of the boat award winners from both clubs. See Trey Bull's coverage here. Watch David Sheets' video here. The boat show winners, bottom row left to right: Bob Adair (WBA), Lew White (WBA), Jeff Peterson, Donavon Williamson, Dennis Cheatham (WBA). Top row left to right: Dan Stober, Gary Sebastain, Philip Schutts, Heidi Schutts, Heath Franer. Great to see all these classic boat enthusiasts enjoying a beautiful day together! Thanks to the good folks at Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club and the Fort Worth Boat Club for hosting another memorable show!


WBA Members Score Big at Keels & Wheels!


WBA members brought home some serious trophies from this year's Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance, held in Seabrook, TX, May 5-6. Shown at left are Jay Emerson, Best in Class for "Contessa", an Alfa-Romeo powered Hacker design; Jim and Rhonda Wolfe, a Silver Award for their Century Coronado, "Selah"; Charles and Cindy Still (and Markus Still kneeling), a Silver Award for Cindy's Chris Craft Riviera, "Sweet Sixteen", and Scott and Thuy Myers with Silver Award for their Gar Wood Ensign, "Ngo Said Yes". Congratulations, all!

Also, special thanks go to all the WBA members who went down a day early and participated in the launch crew. Again this year, the crew launched the boats for the in-the-water display with complete success.

Keels & Wheels is one of the best shows in the country, and it's just a few hours away. If you didn't make it, don't worry! You can watch the video here, and you can make plans to go to Keels & Wheels next year!

Park Place Invites WBA Boats to Luxury and Supercar Showcase!

The WBA has been offered a great opportunity to display boats on Saturday, October 13th, at the Four Seasons Resort & Club at Las Colinas.  Our own resident artist, Lisa Daniels, is creating the commemorative 70th anniversary artwork of the Porsche car, which is the event's featured marque.

Park Place representatives Liz Shafton and Jed Siddle invited the WBA to participate this year as part of their expanding displays (no entry fee for boats). Go to their website, for guidelines and entry information. They sold out last year and would really like to grow this event in the DFW area. A big thank you goes out to Park Place Dealerships, Liz and Jed!


Project Update from Lucas and Beyond!

(Above) Most of the deck hardware is on, and before long, the windshield of Belinda Patterson's boat will be, too!. Robin McGeorge and Seb Borrello have been plugging away at this project.

(Below) Jim Wolfe has done a good bit of mechanical work on this Crusader V-8, which is now in the Lucas shop for some cosmetic work by Robin McGeorge. The engine will power a new boat to be built by Jay Emerson.

(Below) Glenn Nerwin delivers and installs oar locks and oars for the Viking Ship at the Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, which will be splashed next week in anticipation of the Scouts' arrival on the weekend of June 9. Most of the work on the unique craft has been done by Jeff and Chris Currie, Connor Currie and fiancée Morgan, and WBA members David Kanally, Jim Donovan, Glenn Nerwin, Gabe Chacin and Scott Myers.



(Above) The aft deck seams look great on Belinda Patterson's boat. The transom needs a little touch-up on the paint, which may have happened by the time you read this. No moss grows on the WBA rolling stones.

(Below) Robin McGeorge has pulled the carb of the Crusader V-8 so he can mask the manifold for painting. The guys had the engine running perfectly last Saturday. We can't wait to see what kind of boat Jay builds around this powerplant.

(Below) WBA member Glenn Nerwin of North Richland Hills has been busy in his shop crafting oar locks from rare and durable purpleheart wood for the Viking Ship. He then used teak oil to provide protection, while keeping the wood moist and flexible. Glenn also restored the craft's oars. The whole project came together in time for the beginning of the Scout Camp season at Sid Richardson Ranch. Thanks to all who made this restoration possible.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting June 21st, 2018. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, June 21st, 2018 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 Troy Marshall 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 doing a recap of the Ride 'n Show and enjoying a presentation of interest to classic boating fans. 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

If you're still debating about attending the Ride 'n Show this weekend, let us help you decide. Go! Sure it will be warm, but it will be warm at your house, too. Plus, there's plenty to see and do within the well-air conditioned spaces at Bass Pro Shops, the restarants (which also serve moderate libations) and the hotel. And where else can you meet so many other boat nuts like you? Hope to see you on the docks. As always, you can find out the latest on the WBA's activities by checking our Calendar of Events. Your presence only makes these events better. Do us all a favor. Show up!

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.