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July, 2010

Dallas Summer Boat Show to Feature WBA

The Dallas Summer Boat Show, running at Market Hall on July 16-18 and 23-25, 2010 will be another great opportunity for the WBA to show boats and to interest potential new members in joining our ranks! In addition, we're putting on the


Dockside Sale, to include our inventory of surplus parts, and tables of other vendors' merchandise, artwork and other marine-related articles.Three boats are already committed for exhibit in the show. If you would like to show your boat, we have room for one or two more. Please contact David Kanally asap at 940-395-2742.

If you would like to have a table at the Dockside Sale, or know someone who would, please get in touch with Bob Van Guilder right away at 214-957-3692.

For more details on the Dallas Summer Boat Show, read their press release or visit their website.

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Parts Cleaning and Prep Day, July 3, at Lucas Shop...Be There!!

Calling all Skippers and willing helpers to the Lucas Shop on Saturday, July 3 at 9 a.m. sharp to help clean up our very nice inventory of antique and classic boat parts for sale at the Dallas Summer Boat Show's Dockside Sale!


We'll gather at 9 a.m. at the Shop, spend the morning working together, and than have a nice lunch somewhere in Allen. The Shop is off of McDermott, about 3 miles east of Central, directly south of the Lovejoy High School.

Register Now for Ride 'n Show August 27-29!

We are moving our annual Ride 'n Show to the newly renovated Pier 121 Marina off highway 121 on Lake Lewisville. Just a few miles from our previous location at Eagle Point, Pier 121's docks are flanked by a covered outdoor restaurant area that will make an ideal place for us to gather in the shade as attendees enjoy our antique and classic boats. The new restaurant, "Dinghy", is greatly expanded and upgraded, offering a great place to gather, eat, drink and be merry! We'll have all the favorite events on the schedule, beginning with a barbecue on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in Al Kroemer's Garagemahal.


Then on Saturday morning at 8 a.m., we'll launch at Pier 121 and get the boats in position around the courtesy docks of the Marina. As usual, we'll have the opportunity during the day to take our boats out for a ride. We'll have lunch at the Dinghy Restaurant, and welcome visitors to the docks and answer questions about the boats. Then on Saturday night, we'll have a party (location TBA), and get up bright and early Sunday morning for our run, followed by the always popular Sunday Brunch at Eagle Point. Join us for the 2010 Ride 'n Show!

Lucas: Troy & Robin's '39 Gar Wood Utility...

Above: The chop on Lake Lavon goes unnoticed by the stout hull of this pre-war beauty. She's for sale: lets keep her in the club. Watch video.

And Troy's '48 Hacker...SPLASH!

Above: A souped-up Chrysler Marine Hemi lifts the bow gracefully out of the water as Troy pilots the Hacker across Lake Lavon. In fact, there's plenty of power to turn and prop with more pitch. Watch video.

Mark Wilson's '68 CC Grand Prix:

Above left : Mark Wilson is seen in the background filling old fastener holes in a batten, while in the foreground, Austin Hill paints frames on his dad's boat.

Above right: Marc Hill traces the outline of a partially rotted frame onto fresh oak stock. Several frame pieces required replacement, although the vast majority of the frames on the Super Sport are still sound. Dave Kuneman continues his bandsaw work in the background.

Right: Dave Kuneman shows considerable skill on the the shop's "dancing blade" bandsaw. Dave is helping out on the shop's projects for fun. Are you?

Marc Hill's '68 CC Grand Prix:

Next Meeting July 15th--Don't Miss It!

Join us at the Midway Point on Thursday, July15th for the next monthly meeting of the WBA. We'll be finalizing details for the Dallas Summer Boat Show and discussing the upcoming Ride 'n Show. Come out and see some people who look surprisingly good for their ages. We've been seeing some faces from the past as well as new members! The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 15th at the Midway Point at LBJ and Midway Road.

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at the Midway Point prior to the meeting.

Shop Talk and Musings:

Robin McGeorge can't seem to keep his hands to himself. With his boat projects complete for the moment, here he is at the Lucas shop readying a donated flathead marine engine for the upcoming Dockside Sale. The little four-banger has a broken generator bracket, and Robin won't rest until it's fixed.

This engine, and all the other articles we're going to be offering at the Boat Show are stored, at no cost to the club, in one of Robin's storage units at the Shop.

While I was there visiting with him and holding a wrench for him, he must have answered half a dozen questions from the less-experienced restorers busy working on their boats.

He also made time for a friendly visit. For those of us who frequent the shop, Robin's presence and help are a given.

I just want Robin to know that he is appreciated by our members. We thank you, Robin...your selfless dedication to our club is a sustaining force!

Also, please take a look from time to time at the Yellow Jacket section of our website. That's where we store and share images of our efforts to preserve the Yellow Jacket Marque.

For example, you can go there now and see video of some Yellow Jacket friends gathering at Chuck Pool's store in Denison to remember Yellow Jacket Boat Company. Lew White, Bob Adair and I were on hand. It was Bob and Lew's first chance to get their hands on the Best of Class Keel's & Wheels trophy that Chuck's Yellow Jacket won!

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 Phil Wolff at for pickup.