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Complete with a Project Update!

June, 2021
In-Person Meetings Resume on June 17 at Two Guys!



For more than a year, the WBA has been meeting virtually, on Zoom, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. With vaccinations now common, and restrictions lifted, we have decided it's time to get back together in person, at our old stomping grounds, Two Guys From Italy restaurant at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Lane, in Dallas. Details and a map appear in the meeting notice below. For those who are not yet comfortable meeting in person, and for those who live too far away to make the drive, we will also have a virtual option, in the form of an audio-only conference call on Zoom. Invitations will be sent to all dues-paying members prior to the meeting, along with instructions for joining the meeting. Bandwidth problems force the audio-only option. We trust that by providing this option, no WBA member will feel pressured or left out as we make this important step toward normalcy. We hope you will join the meeting one way or the other!

WBA Fares Well at Keels & Wheels!

(Above l-r) Phil Wolff, Steve Seale, Dennis Cheatham, Landon McCune, Steve McCune and Scott Myers are heavy with metal as they celebrate their wins at Keels & Wheels in Seabrook, TX on May 1, 2021. The weather was an issue, but no rain could dampen the spirits of the participants! Watch a 15 minute video of the Keels & Wheels event here!


(Above l-r) Luke Kirchner and his dad, Lloyd, share the honors of winning the Best of Class in the Runabout class for their flawless "Unfinished Business". In addition to the WBA exhibitors, we would like to recognize the hard work put in by the WBA launch crew in less than ideal conditions!

See Trey Bull's video of the launch effort here!

WBA Shines at Fort Worth and Texoma Shows!

(Above) A brisk breeze, bright sun and ideal temperatures set the tone for the wonderful Wood, Waves & Wheels Show held at the Fort Worth Boat Club on Eagle Mountain Lake on May 8. The boats were joined by classic cars and motorcycles as well, for a real treat for classic vehicle enthusiasts. Special thanks to Trey Bull and all those who helped organize the show. See the video here!


(Above) This festive sign greeted exhibitors and guests to the Rudders and Rods Show at the Highport Marina on Lake Texoma on Saturday, May 22. Steve and Denise McCune hosted the show, which saw a good variety of classic cars and boats, and a steady flow of attendees for the day. Several Texoma area residents learned of the WBA for the first time. Watch the video here.

Gomes Presents Survey Data, Videos at May Meeting



In addition to the usual business of the Club, the WBA May meeting included an interesting report of the recent survey taken by the WBA membership using Survey Monkey®. VP Mike Gomes, who is no stranger to data analysis, prepared an insightful presentation of the survey results, showing how our membership feels about various kinds of meetings, events and programs, and about the Lucas Shop. You can review the two summary sheets of the data as presented by Mike here.

Later in the meeting, Mike introduced a video produced by David Kanally, which includes footage of the boats and award winners at both Keels & Wheels and Wood, Waves & Wheels. You can view that video on the WBA photos and videos page, or by clicking here.

Project Update Shows Great Headway This Past Month!

(Above) The Nevada Yellow Jacket really looks like a Yellow Jacket now, with its Corina Blond deck darts and mahogany decks and hull.

(Below) Alan Oppenheimer applies mahogany filler stain to the dash of the Nevada Yellow Jacket. Next step will be the first of many coats of spar varnish to finish the boat.

(Below) Steve Seale puts his Dyer Tender through its paces following new bottom and hull paint, and some fuel system repairs that he made to the unique craft.


(Above) Completing the picture of the recent work on the Nevada Yellow Jacket, the transom and fins have taken on their mahogany hue.

(Below) Carl Lapiska uses a pressure washer to remove years of accumulated crud from the bilge of his Chris-Craft utility.

(Below) Bill Mott acquired Steve McCune's 1957 Yellow Jacket Riviera this month, and after a swap-out of the motor controls, splashed her in Lewisville Lake.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting June 17th, 2021. Join Us in Person or by Phone!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, June 17th 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 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 swapping stories of our various boating and project adventures. Plus, we'll have a presentation of general interest to antique and classic boating enthusiasts. 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. As announced above, those who are not comfortable meeting in person, or those who live too far away to drive to the restaurant are welcome to join the meeting via conference call. Invitations with instructions for joining the conference call will be sent via email to all members prior to the meeting.

Shop Talk and Musings: History with Heart

Back in the mid-'50s, a couple Denison high school kids had summer jobs at the Yellow Jacket Boat Company in Denison, TX. One of them was the late Richard Cheatham, long-time WBA member and father of Dennis Cheatham (l). Another was Carl Bilderback (r), who, together with Richard, worked on the assembly line, building the famous molded plywood boats.

Their boss, Finis Terrell, noticed that they had extra time on their hands at their station, which was near the end of the line, so he had them go back and help the guys at other stations to keep production moving. In so doing, Richard and Carl learned every step of the Yellow Jacket manufacturing process, and would eventually be given one-off, special order boats to build from start to finish. One of those boats, a 1954 custom "Dart Delete" racer, belonged to Carl for twenty years after it spent decades in the Jasper County Historical Museum. Dennis now owns that boat, but is deeply appreciative of the story it tells about his dad and his friend, Carl.

The racer earned a Corinthian Award at the May 1 Keels & Weels show. Dennis proudly brought it home, then on May 8 at the Wood, Waves & Wheels Show at Eagle Mountain Lake, presented the trophy to Carl. I'm often asked what my domain name, "history with heart" means. For all who have asked, this story is what it means. Read Dennis' story here.

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.