Complete with a Project Update!

June, 2022
Lake Tyler Rendezvous June 25! Sign Up Now!

We are pleased to announce that the WBA will have a rendezvous at Lake Tyler on Saturday, June 25. WBA member Billy Hibbs has generously offered to include a visit to his home to view his cars and boats as part of this gathering. Ask anyone who's been there before, and they'll tell you to make a special effort to attend!

Details for launching, parking and other information will be provided in an eVite to follow. For now, if you're interested in attending, please send Scott Myers an email.



WBA Fares Well at Keels & Wheels, WWW!

Each year, the WBA provides the launch crew for Keels & Wheels in Seabrook TX. This year was no exception (see photo at right) at the show held April 29-May 1. But some of these folks also doubled as exhibitors at the world-class show, bringing home some serious hardware from the event.

The trip to Seabrook is made even more meaningful through group gatherings and dinners with the SW ACBS Chapter.

Then, the very next Saturday, May 7, many of these folks traveled to Eagle Mountain Lake to show their boats in the Wood, Waves & Wheels show, organized by the Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club and several area car clubs. The WBA did well again at that wonderful show.

See photos of all the winners here:



You think this group is just a launch crew, eh? Well! There are also some award-winning boat owners in this clan.

Event Recaps, Club History Highlight May Meeting



The May 19th WBA meeting was held with a healthy gathering at Two Guys from Italy, with seven additional members joining via Zoom.

Trey Bull and David Kanally provided the program in the form of videos of the boat portions of Keels and Wheels and Wood, Waves & Wheels.

Bill Kimball shared a heartwarming historical moment, recalling the early pioneers and activities of the WBA.

Watch the event recap video here!

Project Updates from the Lucas Shop!

(Above) Ann Hallam's brother, Vernon Garber, visited the Lucas Shop this weekend, and was immediately put to work taping off the floor of the Trigger for painting. Here, Vernon is in the boat, with Ray Widmer and Ann Hallam providing encouragement. Ann and Vernon's sister, Ellen, was also at the shop, as was John Hallam.

(Above) Seb Borrello and Robin McGeorge work on wiring and connecting the Merc 350's electric choke. The mechanism includes an electromagnetic sleeve mounted in the cowl of the motor with a plunger connected to the twin choke mechanism.


(Above) Once Vernon Garber and Alan Oppenheimer completed the taping of the floor paint pattern, David Kanally rolled on the first coat of dark red paint, which matches the Trigger's bottom. One more coat should do it, then the seats and rear floorboards can be installed. Another major tape job for the side stripes lies ahead.

(Above) Carl Lapiska applied the first coat of black bottom paint on his '64 Super Sport last week. He thinks it'll take 4 coats to get it to a mirror finish. Carl is using Interlux one-part polyurethane for this application. His color choice was inspired by Robert Jackson's Moxy.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting June 16 at Two Guys!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 7 p.m. In-person meetings will continue as normal, so long as the Covid infection rates remain low. You'll receive an email reminder for the meeting a few days prior. We've acquired a camera and microphone for the club to provide a much better Zoom experience for those who cannot join in person. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out an e-book of the lucky winner's choice, or a complimentary design of a boat show placard.

If you can't join in person, you'll be using the Zoom application for your cell phone or your home computer. 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 get the downloading taken care of ahead of time.

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!

Shop Talk and Musings: Boating and Freedom

Memorial Day honors all those who have fallen in defense of our country's freedom. We enjoy boating, in part, because it gives us a full feeling of freedom, with no roads, no stop signs, no brakes, and the ability to go full throttle all day long. A day on the lake with family and friends is a celebration of life and liberty.

The photo at right was taken on September 11, 2010, during a WBA show on White Rock Lake. Bob Van Guilder is at the helm of Fine Wine, with a local color guard representing the Marines, the Navy and the Coast Guard. As we celebrate our freedom on the water, let's remember all those who have died in defense of our liberty.

And finally, please take a look in the shed or garage for leftover parts or other salable items you would like to donate to the Club. Contact David Kanally at for more info.