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August, 2015

Fall Season Kicks Off at White Rock Lake Sept. 19

For the past several years, the WBA has been honored to be allowed to launch and display boats on historic White Rock Lake in Dallas. Closed to speed boating since 1958, White Rock offers, this time on Saturday, September 19, a once-yearly chance to ply its waters in our classic watercraft.

The White Rock Boat Club members come out in force to help this day be successful. Let's make an extra effort to have a healthy representation of our boats on land and in the water for this unique event.

Please let David Kanally (940-395-2742) know if you can bring your boat! Launching will begin at 8 a.m.


Ride 'n Show at Pier 121 Oct. 2-4

WBA members always feel like they're part of something great when they show up for the annual Ride 'n Show, slated for October 2-4 this year at Pier 121 at Lake Lewisville. This year will be even greater, as we'll be the highlight of the Fall Festival of Boating sponsored by Marine Max.



As you may remember, Marine Max put on a lunch for WBA members last year during the Ride 'n Show (see above), and this year, they're creating a festival featuring our antique and classic boats, as well as their new yachts, some classic cars, and even a swap meet. Learn more at this month's meeting!

Save the Date: Lake Murray Rendezvous This Saturday!

Our monthly Rendezvous events are continuing this coming Saturday, August 15. This event will be held at the very lovely Lake Murray just over the Oklahoma line off I-35, near Ardmore. For our DFW metroplex members, Lake Murray is only and hour and a half away!


WBA President Jim and First Lady Rhonda Wolfe are pulling together the details on launching, arrival times, and other details which will be sent to you in an email early this week.Be looking for the details on this great Rendezvous venue!!

Old Friends, New Faces at Cypress Springs Rendezvous

Special thanks to WBA members Jeff and Stacey Dils for hosting last month's Rendezvous at Cypress Springs Lake. A number of Skippers brought their boats, for a fun day on the lake. Thanks to Rhonda Wolfe and Jack Hogan for the photos.


New member John Wilson was there with his beautiful Chris Barrelback, "Miss SuEllen", (you may remember her from a former life as Jacob Deegan's "Teddy Bear"). The weather was perfect; the fellowship was even better! There was some post-boating hospitality chez the Dils.

VP Griffitts Shares Boat Show Experiences at July Meeting

Sunnyland ACBS Chapter photo


Steve Griffitts and Patrice Mozelewski have made the rounds of some fine boat shows over the past year or so, and the WBA was treated to their photos at the July 16th montly meeting. Steve put together a presentation of some beautiful boats from 3 boat shows that he’s attended this year. The Sunnyland Boat Festival on Lake Dora, FL, Keels & Wheels, Seabrook, TX & the boat show in Algonac, MI.  He thought the Sunnyland show was top notch with the best turn out of boats & quality.  Check out Steve's new Facebook blog, Double Jack Texas Speedboats.

What's Cookin' in Lucas and Griffitts' Garage?

(Above) Chuck Barber is continuing to remove bad plywood from the bottom of his '58 Borum plywood-on-frame outboard. We've all been there, Chuck. It's kind of like cleaning your ears with a Q-tip; ya gotta figure out exactly where to stop!

(Above) Robin McGeorge's Chris-Craft Cavalier now has a gas tank but no rebuilt engine yet. As Robin told us at the last meeting, if you ever take your engine to a machinist for work, never tell them you're not in a hurry.



(Above) The bow of Chuck's Borum is in great shape, as a complete stripping and inspection reveals. The aft plywood pieces will be much easier to bend and fit than these bow sections would be, so Chuck's got that goin' for him now. Break out the CPES and stock up on some 5200.

(Above) Meanwhile in North Richland Hills, Steve Griffitts is creating templates for replacement planks on his recently acquired Speedliner outboard. He's taking his time on this'll be a real showpiece when he's finished!

Next WBA Monthly Meeting August 20th. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, August 20th, 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.

David Kanally will present, "Andrew Jackson Higgins and His Boats." Higgins was the scrappy New Orleans entrepreneur who built a boat-building empire in WWII, creating a fleet of landing craft and other wartime vessels that helped win WWII. Higgins went on to build pleasure craft after the war, some of which make regular appearances at WBA events!

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 right-hand bay in this space is still available, and being offered to the public for rent. Let's keep it in the club! Let David Kanally know if you're interested.

Also, if you really want to be up-to-the-minute on the goings-on of the WBA, you need to check out our Facebook page regularly. It's a place for members to post their restorations, outings and other information in real time, giving you the most current view of the many activities of our club. Check it out here.

In case you didn't get the earlier email notices, this issue of Bilge Pump is a good 10 days late due to the travel schedule of a number of the muckety-mucks in the editorial office. These guys seem to think the world has to stop just because they want some time off. It would be nice if, during the process of taking our country back, we could get a little work ethic going in the front office here. Apparently the travel was worthwhile though. Many WBA members will remember meeting Dek Kanally, pictured here with Ann, his bride of 66 years. Dek is an avid Bilge Pump reader and long-time owner and restorer of the family Cowell boat. Both send a hearty "ahoy" to the WBA!

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.