Including Project Updates!
July, 2015

Most Ramps in North Texas Remain Closed

While private marinas remain open on most area lakes, and are going to great lengths to assure access to boats already in the water in their slips, most public access/Army Corps of Engineers maintained boat ramps in North Texas remain closed, according to the Corps' web site.

WBA members are urged to contact their local Army Corps offices or make advance runs to the lake to check the up-to-date status of ramps before making any plans for boating.

Safety comes first for every WBA Skipper!


Harvey Party Kicks off Boating Season in Style!

Classic cars provided by Ray Harvey, Bill Kimball and Bill Mott greeted WBA members and guests as they entered the Season Kickoff Party at the home of Ray and Carol Harvey in Dallas on June 5. Attendees were in for a treat of Texas barbecue and live jazz.



This party has become quite a tradition at the WBA, providing a chance early in the season for us to enjoy one another's company and talk about projects started, projects completed, and plans for the months to come. Thanks for your generous hospitality, Ray and Carol!

Wolfes Cross Country, Claim Cup for Coronado

Congratulations to Jim and Rhonda Wolfe for earning the Most Original Century for their Coronado "Selah" at the Century Thoroughbred Roundup at Conneaut Lake, PA on June 19-20. Jim and Rhonda caught up with some Century friends they hadn't seen for a while, and felt right at home among some of the finest Centurys in the country. Well done, both of you, on this well-deserved recognition!


Avast, Mateys! Pirate Ship Compass Rose Presented at June Meeting


June's WBA meeting presentation was graciously provided by Ron and Tamie Odom, with help from Mark Nagel and Jay Emerson. Compass Rose is a 60' pirate ship, built in Nova Scotia in 1968. She's every bit a pirate ship, with full rigging, double mahogany planking on oak frames, and lines straight out of the 1800s!

Major woodwork and an engine replacement were required before the Compass Rose could approach her former glory. A five year restoration program has brought her back to life, and as soon as the water recedes to a reasonable level on Lake Texoma, buccaneers young and old will be able to take to the high seas (get it?) once again!

New Project Starts in Lucas Shop!

(Above) Robin McGeorge removes keel strips from the bottom of Chuck Barber's Borum plywood-on-frame outboard. Chuck will be replacing the aft sections of the bottom plywood. The forward sections look just fine!

(Above) Robin McGeorge's Chris-Craft Cavalier is patiently awaiting completion of some engine work being done by Robin's favorite machinist. Word has it that all the new parts for a complete valve job have arrived, so the engine should be back in Lucas soon.

(Below) After some intense work on the lift rings and the bottom, Erich Schloemer splashed his breathtaking new 27' Shepherd, which has plenty of room for friends!



(Above) Chuck's outboard motor is a real classic...a Johnson 35hp Javelin. We can't wait to watch Chuck's project progress. Come on out to the shop some Saturday morning and see how Chuck is doing!

(Above) Troy Marshall is restoring a steering wheel here, and although this one is not destined for a boat, it does show the now-famous McGeorge technique of covering any breaks, cracks or missing areas of the original wheel with thickened epoxy. Hand shaping and painting to follow.

(Below) Steve Griffitts gave the interior of his Lyman lapstrake outboard a good bath. Now he's ready to begin stripping and sanding.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting July 16th. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, July 16th, 2015 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.

Dawn and Terry Gudgel will be on hand to talk boat upholstery. Dawn and Terry have done work for a number of WBA restorations, and will provide important information for your restoration's all-important finishing touch!

As always, 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

There is a small shop bay available in the 3-bay complex in Lucas traditionally occupied by Robin McGeorge and Troy Marshall. The middle space of the three, currently housing Mark Webster's Chris-Craft Continental, will be available late next week. Let Mark Webster or David Kanally know if you're interested. Rent is paid through the end of July.

Just a few lines this month about the high water in our lakes. For the past five years, we have suffered drought conditions in most of the state of Texas. We've had to cancel shows, forego outings and worry whether we'll have to endure water restrictions. With a recent wave of her hand, Mother Nature reversed that situation in a matter of weeks, and now we have so much water in our lakes that we can't launch our boats because the ramps are closed. The fact is, our lakes were built first to provide potable water, then flood control, then recreation, if conditions permit. As the population of our state grew over time, more and more reservoirs were created to accommodate growth. All lakes in Texas, save Caddo Lake, are man-made. Except for a handful of constant-level lakes, (ahoy Captains Reichardt and Frechette), the water levels vary greatly to keep us from drowning and allow us to survive in this often arid region. So within the past year, we've "looked at life from both sides now". Before long, the water will recede and we will resume our normal boating lives. If you can't launch your boat this week, you can clean it, polish it, upgrade some part, or do something else you've been putting off. The lakes will be accessible again before long. Good things come to skippers who wait.

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.