Including Project Progress Updates!
August, 2014

Register now for the Ride 'n Show, September 12-14!

Venue has changed to Lake Lewisville due to low water in Lake Ray Hubbard!

Plans are well underway for the eleventyseventh annual WBA Ride 'n Show at Lake Ray Hubbard, September 12-14, 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. Low water is an issue, but we're sticking with our favorite venue! The show this year will focus on land displays, so even if your boat isn't quite water-ready, you can show it on its trailer for all to see.


A new special edition of Bilge Pump will be published soon containing details!

We have day launches scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday for our runs. We're also working on contingency venues should Rockwall decide that low water is too much of a problem. 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! Register now!

Lake LBJ Show Details Set, Oct. 17-19!


Our friends and fellow members Scott Reichardt and Jim Frechette have been nailing down some of the details for the upcoming Austin Hill Country Boat Show, which is slated for the weekend of October 17. As usual, Scott and Pam Reichardt will host a Friday evening welcome party. The show will return to Horseshoe Bay this year, providing a beautiful and much-frequented venue for the event. There will also be a Saturday dinner in Marble Falls and the traditional donuts and coffee at Jim and Cindy Frechette's place at Sunrise Beach on Sunday morning.

If you have never attended this fabulous show, this year should be a must for you.

WBA Highlights Featured in July Meeting Presentation!


David Kanally provided the presentation for the July 17th meeting of the WBA. The all-video presentation included reviews of seven of the club's major restorations and projects over the past six years.

The seven vignettes were shown end-to-end, making for about 25 minutes of video documentation of our members' significant projects. Special thanks go to all the great WBA members whose dedicated work makes the WBA a great club! The videos are now posted individually on the WBA's website. You can watch one, or all seven by clicking here.

Donations Keep Lucas Shop Afloat, Bay Available!


Above, Steve Phillips, a friend of the club from the Lake Texoma area, says goodbye to the 17' fiberglass-on-cedar strip canoe he donated to the Lucas Shop Fund. The canoe is now under restoration at the shop. Steve donated the canoe in memory of long-time Texoma personality and former owner of Steve's house,Tom Ferguson. Left, Bob Adair has donated his pretty 1976 Chrysler 55 HP outboard motor to the club. This motor is gorgeous and is ready to mount on the transom of your favorite classic glass outboard boat. Special thanks to Steve and Bob for their generous donations. Let's turn them both into funding for our shop. Buy one or both today! Also, there's a bay available at the shop now for your project!!

Project Updates: Making Headway Everywhere!

Above, Steve Griffitts has both sides and the transom of his 1948 Chris-Craft 17’ Deluxe Runabout stripped of fiberglass and resin residue and completely rough sanded. The underlying mahogany is beautiful and in excellent condition. Steve has found no dry rot at all so far, and only a few minor scratches and cracks.

Below, Robin McGeorge vacuums the sawdust out of the 1936 Chris-Craft runabout he and Troy Marshall are restoring in the Lucas Shop. Since last month, Robin has nearly completed the decking on the boat, with the most challenging boards being the foredeck planking, which is now cut, grooved and dry-fitted.


Above, David Kanally's '57 Cowell is now complete with a new transom. Since last month, David has installed the transom, the hardware, the motor and has mounted the bilge pump through-hull and speedometer tube. The boat left the shop on August 1, leaving a bay available for you to work on your boat!

Below, Lew White sands some of the fiberglass repair on the bottom of Steve Phillips' donated canoe. Lew is also making new mahogany end caps for the craft. Once the bottom work is done, the canoe will be righted for stripping, staining and varnishing of the gunwales, replacement of the seats and finishing of the interior. Come out to the shop any Saturday morning, and you can help with this project, which will be sold to raise funds for the shop.

Next Regular Meeting August 21, 2014

Don't miss our next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, August 21, 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.

Don Ayers, President and Board member of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club and noted Riva historian, will be presenting a discussion on both Chris-Craft and Riva boats. Don's a busy guy, and we're pleased he's planning to be with us for this presentation! 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

Every now and then, it's time to say thank you to people who don't get thanked enough. That's the case this month for a couple of our club's most loyal and active members. First, Lisa Daniels has been painting beautiful nautical and automotive art for many years. She markets her art through boat and car clubs and in person at various events around the country. Recently, Lisa donated to the Lawson Center a beautiful painting of the Jamestown, an historic steam-powered sternwheeler that once plied the waters of Chautauqua Lake in New York state. This painting is now in a drawing to raise funds for the center. Raffle tickets are just $10 apiece or $25 for three. Please consider supporting the Lawson Center with a great chance to own Lisa's fine artwork! Contact Gay Perry for tickets. Thank you Lisa!!!

The other person who deserves a tip of the hat this month is good old Les Burton, who makes an extra effort to attend every event and get his beautiful boat out at every opportunity on land and in the water. Les has some buddies up in Denton who threw a benefit car and boat show on July 19th for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice. Les had his boat there, and helped get a few other members to add their boats to the display. The show awarded Les a trophy for his boat. To this award, we add our thanks to Les!

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.