Including a Club-Wide Project Update!

July, 2020

Happy Fourth of July!


As our nation wrestles with issues ranging from civil unrest to widespread Covid-19, let's pause for a day to celebrate America for all she is, and all she will be!

If you can reach your boat and enjoy some freedom on the water this weekend, please be safe! Happy Independence Day, with best wishes for calmer seas ahead.

Projects Dominate June Virtual Meeting Agenda


WBA President Scott Myers hosted the June 18, 2020 meeting of the WBA via Zoom video conferencing software. Fifteen members were in attendance, including new members Earl Braun and Jeff Carson, who have joined the WBA at the invitation of Scott Reichardt. Project updates filled most of the time of the agenda, as well as a sound financial report (see meeting minutes already distributed), an announcement of the cancellation of Wood, Waves & Wheels due to Covid-19, and a review of the club's recruiting efforts through a post card mailing to wooden boat owners across the state.

A photo review of the projects may be found here. Watch for updates on our July meeting. Depending on conditions, the meeting may again be virtual. In any case, we hope you'll join the next meeting.

Project Updates from WBA June Meeting

(Above) Robin McGeorge cleans his brush after applying the first coat of spar varnish to the deck and sides of the 1957 Yellow Jacket Riviera in the Lucas Shop.

(Below) Phil Wolff's V-8 has been rebuilt and refreshed, and has been lowered onto the stringers of his early glass Century Resorter. Phil's looking happy here, as this important milestone in the project is reached.

(Below) Cindy Chebultz calls this deck her "Covid deck", as she profited from the quarantine to painstakingly remove several coats of decades-old Cetol and replace it with traditional teak sealer. The results are breathtaking. Son Brody Campbell is polishing his aluminum '56 Feathercraft.



(Above) Trey Bull's Lyman outboard sports a new keel, fresh paint, and lots of new woodwork on the interior. The boat's Johnson 70hp outboard is proving to be a challenge.

(Below) John Wilson's Miss SuEllen gleams following a seasonal refresh by Jay Emerson of Emerson Bay Boat Works in McAlester, OK. John and Jay keep this barrelback beauty looking like new, much to our pleasure.

(Below) Jay Emerson has finished Ray Harvey's Chris-Craft Capri, "Chesterfield" to show standards. Seen here leaving Jay's shop, Ray's boat is always a welcome addition to any show, and has brought home plenty of awards. See full project report here.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting July 16, 2020. Virtual or In-Person?

Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. A decision will be made closer to the date to determine if it is safe and permissable to meet in person at Two Guys from Italy. If not, the meeting will take place on line, 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. We'll be swapping stories of our various boating and project adventures. Plus, we'll have a presentation of general interest to the classic boating community. As we await the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, our virtual meetings are a great way to stay in touch with the goings-on of the Club.

Shop Talk and Musings: Individual Outings Replace Shows During Covid

WBA members are a determined bunch...determined not to let the restrictions accompanying the Covid-19 pandemic get in the way of their enjoyment of antique and classic boating. We've seen reports of several of our members out on the water, social distancing in style, plying the waters of area lakes and enjoying the clean, fresh air. What a wonderful hobby we have! And when we're not on the water, we're busy in the shop working on our boats, getting them looking and performing their best for the next outing, and eventually, the next WBA event. Keep up the good work, everyone. Stay safe, and keep us posted on Facebook or via email on your latest projects and adventures.

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.