Including Project Progress Updates!
July, 2014

Ride 'n Show Set for September 13-14 at Rockwall!

Mark your calendar and get your boat ready! Plans are well underway for the eleventyseventh annual WBA Ride 'n Show at Lake Ray Hubbard, September 13-14, 2014. We're working with the Rockwall Chamber again, and will have the many great displays and activities of the Rockwall Boat Show surrounding us for the weekend.


In addition to our in-the-water fun, there'll be room for on-land displays, so even if your boat isn't quite water-ready, you can show it on its trailer for all to see. As you know, North Texas lakes are low, so we're also working on contingency plans. Details of the itinerary are forthcoming. For now, be sure this fun and active event is on your calendar. We had a record turnout last year. Think we can do better? Sure! And you can be a part of it.

Show Your Boat on Land in Denton, July 19th!


Special thanks go out to Les Burton for identifying this great inside-display opportunity in Denton, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19th at Robinson Restoration & Service, 5070 Dakota Lane, Denton.

The indoor event is presented by the Lake Cities Misfits car club and benefits the Faith Presbyterian Hospice. For the first time this year, boats are invited to participate in the event. Any classic or antique boat over 25 years old is eligible. Click on the graphic at left for more information and registration details. Entry fee is just $15. Prizes for various vehicle categories, including boats, will be awarded. Let's show our support for this great new opportunity to share our boats with the public! Let Steve Griffitts or Jim Wolfe know if you can participate. Thanks in advance!

Jay Gives Update on Emerson Bay Boat Works at June Meeting

WBA member and professional boat restorer Jay Emerson was joined by his wife PJ at the June 17th meeting of the WBA, and gave a great presentation on the projects underway at his shop at Lake Texoma, Emerson Bay Boat Works.


Jay shared his compelling personal story of realizing his long-term dream of working with wooden boats, pursuing in-depth training in Washington state, and eventually moving to the Lake Texoma area and setting up shop. Thanks, Jay for a meaningful evening!

WBA Members Advancing Projects in Lucas and at Home!

Above, Robin McGeorge and Troy Marshall's 1936 Chris Craft runabout is changing daily, with the installation of rear decking, transom boards and other decking planks.

Above, Steve Griffitts has decided that if four boats are good then five would be better, so he's purchased a 1948 Chris-Craft 17' Deluxe Runabout. The boat is quite complete, but needs a total restoration. That Steve sure knows how to stay out of trouble.

Below, Marc Hill installs a cleat on one of the floorboards for his 1968 Chris-Craft Grand Prix. There's a lot of detail involved in finishing the interior of these boats!


Above, Robin McGeorge does some transom work while the bow shows more work to be done. The older planking on the starboard foredeck will be used as patterns for new wood.

Above, David Kanally is putting the final coats of varnish on the inside of the transom for his '57 Cowell outboard runabout. He'll have to mount the steering cable hardware, too, before the transom goes into the boat, because the aft seats block access once the transom is in.

Below, Mark Wilson repairs a small imperfection in a bung with a dab of Famowood. Mark's '68 Grand Prix is really close to the staining and varnishing stage.

Next Regular Meeting July 17, 2014

Don't miss our next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish will be giving away one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize.

David Kanally has pulled together a number of photos and videos of our past restorations and rides that he'll be sharing in the presentation "WBA's Brightest and Best." As always, we'll have generous helpings of fellowship and Italian food. The meeting will be better if you are there, of course.

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

Just like that, the hot days of summer are upon us, and our opportunities to get out and enjoy our boats and enter shows are coming fast and furious. I really hope we can get some boats to the Denton event...should be fun. The Ride 'n Show is just around the corner in September. Also, Katina Real and the Pier 121 folks are planning a car/boat show on October 11 which we always participate in and enjoy. And the Hill Country Show is on the docket for shortly thereafter. So opportunities abound. Let's be WBA-proud with full participation!

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.