Including an update from our busy shop!
August 2008

Ride 'n Show Just Around the Corner!

Last year's Sunday Run was picture perfect. Let's do it again!

Plans are all set for this year's Ride 'n Show, August 22-24. If you haven't already registered, please do so today. We'll start of with a fabulous barbecue at Al and Sarah Kroemer's farm in Argyle on Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, we'll launch beginning around 8:30 on Saturday morning at the Eagle Point Marina (Sneaky Pete's) on Lake Lewisville. The folks at Sneaky Pete's have agreed to have us use their slips again this year, so we'll spend the day in and around the marina enjoying each other and our boats. Then on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., we'll cruise or drive over to WBA President Bob Van Guilder's lakeside home where Bob and Mildred will host an evening event. On Sunday morning at 9 a.m., we'll roar onto the lake with our traditional run, followed by a brunch buffet at Sneaky Pete's. Sound like fun? Register now!

Celebrate National Marina Day with the WBA!

Join us at Lake Joe Pool on Saturday, August 9 for our annual celebration of National Marina Day! The good folks at Lynn Creek Marina will host us again this year, and we're always grateful for their generous hospitality. So let's give them a great representation of our boats and our shining personalities. If you haven't done so already, let Mark Webster know you're coming and he'll furnish details!

WBA's Wooden Beauties at Dallas Summer Boat Show

Visitors to the Dallas Summer Boat Show were treated to a fine display of a wide variety of WBA boats during the two weekends of the show, July 18-20 and 25-27. Marques represented included Cruisers, Inc., Chris-Craft, Century and Dart. It was a trip down memory lane, and a chance to see boats the way they were meant to be for thousands of Boat Show attendees. Special thanks to Mark Webster for organizing the event and to all the WBA members who staffed the tables on the two weekends.

Marshall's Hacker Gets a Double Dose of Bottom Planking

This thing is starting to look like a boat! What a tremendous job Robin and Troy have done of tracing, cutting and fitting new inner planks to the Hacker 22's bottom. Since this photo was taken, progress has also been made on the outside layer of planking. Robin says when the bottom is on, he'll be ready to celebrate the milestone!

Wolff's Century Gets Fresh Frames

Phil Wolff's Century is making headway too! Being careful to preserve as much good original wood as he can, Phil is replacing frames and preparing for new planking. We can all be proud of the level of ambition being displayed in our shop as Phil, Troy, Robin and Richard progress on their respective projects!

Hydrometeorologist Greg Story Gives Straight Scoop to WBA

Story's charts pulled the latest data from the NOAA website, showing current ENSO conditions in the Pacific

July's meeting was alive with new knowledge of the weather and climate patterns affecting our area, and affecting boating in Texas. Hydrometeorologist Greg Story made a repeat appearance before the group (his first presentation was in May of 2007), and once again conveyed a true passion for his profession. Greg explained the tremendous impact of El Niño and La Niña, driving variations in average temperatures and rainfalls over large portions of our country. For the remainder of the summer and fall, we are in neither an El Niño nor a la Niña situation, but in an "ENSO (or El Niño Southern Oscillation) Neutral" situation. He also explained longer-term climate change, de-bunking much of the current dysinformation filling the media. He also pointed out that the services of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are provided to the American public for a mere $7 per taxpayer per year! More info is available at the NOAA website. Many thanks to Greg for an insightful presentation!

Kanally to present visits to Chautauqua, last Cowell Boat on Aug. 21

"How I spent my summer vacation" could be a partially correct title for David Kanally's presentation to the WBA, slated for the August meeting on the 21st, beginning at 7 p.m. at Midway Point. Kanally will report on his just-completed trip with his father to visit such shrines as the summer home of WBA member Bill Baldwin on Chautauqua Lake, NY, plus a stop to see the last Cowell boat ever made, now in a shed in Gorham, NY. Kanally is progressing with the establishment of the Cowell Marque Club. He'll also touch on some of the sights in and around Clayton, NY, but you'll have to wait for Seb Borrello's presentation in November to hear all the details of this year's Clayton Boat Show.

This meeting falls just before the Ride 'n Show, so be sure to be present for last minute details!

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation prior to the meeting. We'll gather at Midway Point at 5:30 on August 21. See you there!

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 David Kanally at for pickup.