Including the Latest from Lucas!
August, 2012

Willis Boats to Headline White Rock Event Sept. 8

September 8 is the date to mark for our one-day show at White Rock Lake. There's still plenty of time to sign up for the show (no registration fee!) by emailing Gay Perry to let her know the year, make and model of boat you'll be bringing. We're especially looking for additional boats to have in our Parade of Boats at 3 p.m. on Saturday.


We'll have the two Willis racing runabouts pictured above as our signature land display in front of the White Rock Boat Club. Lew White's boat (left) has been completely restored, and Jo and John Indrieri's near-twin runabout (right) is in full restoration mode now getting ready for the show. You won't want to miss it!

Ride 'n Show to Stir Up Bella Harbor, Rockwall Oct. 12-13

The breathtaking Hilton Rockwall Lakeside Hotel at Bella Harbor will once again be the host hotel of our annual Ride 'n Show, October 12-13 on Lake Ray Hubbard. The City of Rockwall has authorized our use of the docks there, and we're looking forward to some beautiful October weather.


The dining and social calendar will be similar to last year's, complete with a hospitality suite at the hotel and meals in the nearby restaurants in the shopping center.

"Cowell Nation", Lawson Center Presented at WBA July Meeting


Attendees at July's WBA monthly meeting learned about the annual boat show held by the Chautauqua Lake Twin Tiers Chapter of ACBS in Bemus Point, NY on July 7, 2012. WBA president David Kanally showed slides and video of the event, featuring five Cowell boats built in nearby Erie, PA from 1954-1960. See video!


Kanally's boat, a '57 Cowell King (foreground, above) was joined by its freshly restored sister ship and three other Cowells at the event. The presentation also included updates on the Lawson Boating Heritage Center (above left), a pet project of WBA member Bill Baldwin and a merry band of boaters at Chautauqua Lake.

High Temps Don't Stop Lucas Progress!

Marc Hill is making great progress on the decking of his '68 Chris-Craft Grand Prix. Decking over the transom and gas tank is now installed (above). Gunwale planks are on and are being faired.

Mark Wilson is fighting the hot weather as he tries to get a second and third shiny coat of white bottom paint on. The heat is causing the paint to dry too quickly, so Mark may have to get up earlier, or wait for cooler temps before proceeding. Hull sides are carefully masked with paper.


Above, Marc Hill and Robin McGeorge clamp the king plank and measure for the foredeck planks. Planks are cut to rough size by skilsaw, then planed to fit tight. Seam grooves are cut with a narrow-bit router on a routing table.

Below, Robin and Troy's Super Sport (below) has received a West System bottom, and is ready for final sanding before bottom paint is applied. Since last issue, the monstrous 427 engine has been pulled and awaits attention at the shop. Hull sides are masked to keep the glass resin and paint off.

Next Monthly Meeting August 16, 2012. Don't miss it!

Join us on Thursday, August 16th at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. DOOR PRIZE ALERT! WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish has begun a monthly giveaway of one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize. You must be present to win. The August meeting will feature "How to Restore Your Wooden Runabout, Vol. II" by Don Danenberg. Our program will be given by Mark Webster. Mark will help us understand the story behind the recent running aground of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia. Skippers who like to cruise close to shore are particularly advised to attend!

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:

Welcome Aboard, Steve Griffitts! Steve hails from Keller and last Saturday, drove out to the shop towing his recently acquired project, a '59 17'Chris Craft Ski Boat. Steve was happy to have Robin and others in attendance crawl over and under his boat to show that the bottom was in pretty good shape, as are the side planks. The decking is all there, but is pretty chewed up and will need to be replaced. Steve has all the hardware, the original dash, windshield and a couple choices of engines at home.

As of press time, Steve was headed to the car wash to clean out his boat. He had removed all the floor boards and ceiling boards, and was ready to get to work. He'll be receiving advice from Robin and others who have been in these deep waters before, so we're sure Steve will have a great outcome. Welcome!!

Two WBA Members published in latest Rudder Magazine

Two WBA members have articles in the current summer issue of Rudder Magazine, the official publication of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Jim Frechette has a nice write-up and photo of his Chris-Craft red-and-white, "Old Paint", and David Kanally has a 5-page article on the WBA's Yellow Jacket initiative and the restoration of Chuck Pool's Yellow Jacket in the magazine. We'd like to get souvenir copies of the magazine to the families of those mentioned in the Yellow Jacket story. If you are finished with your copy of Rudder and are willing to part with it, please mail it to David Kanally, 1036 Creek Crossing, Coppell, TX 75019 or bring it with you to the August meeting.

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 David Kanally at for pickup.