Including Updates From Lucas and Plano!

August, 2017

July 22 Rendezvous at Cypress Springs was Great!

Above, Rendezvous hosts Stacy and Jeff Dils ply their home waters, enjoying Lake Cypress Springs with their fellow WBA members on Saturday, July 22.

Below, Bob Adair and daughter Stephanie try out Bob's custom '76 Chrysler rig at the Rendezvous. Known during his years at Chrysler as "Bass Boat Bob", Adair would have loved to put a versatile boat like this one into production. As it turns out, Bob's got the only one in the world!


Above, Dils, Adair and Culter crank up the RPMs and make some waves for the locals. What a beautiful day for a cruise!

Below, the group chills for lunch at the Tall Tree Marina, near the Dils' home. Many thanks to Stacy and Jeff for their planning and hosting efforts.

All photos courtesy of Rhonda Wolfe.

Austin Hill Country Show Slated for Oct. 6-8!

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Austin Hill Country Boat Show on Lake LBJ, Oct. 6-8! Hosts Scott Reichardt and Jim Frechette would like to know if you plan to come.


The show is always a real treat for all who attend, drawing boats from around Texas and other parts of the country. Make plans to attend, and bring your boat!

Emerson Bay Boat Works Part Deux: July Presentation by Jay!

Jay Emerson finished the story of his venture in antique and classic boat restoration at the July 19th meeting of the WBA, as a follow-up to his earlier presentation at the Club's April gathering.

Jay is seen at right water testing "Contessa", an Alfa-Romeo powered racer he's been working on for some time. Jay has also provided restoration services for a number of WBA members who have sought the professional touch on their restorations.

Thanks, Jay for another great presentation!

Project Update from Lucas and Plano!

(Above), Jerry Zlomke (left) shakes hands with Robin McGeorge as Jerry becomes the proud owner of the '56 Yellow Jacket Capri that McGeorge and David Kanally have been working on. Jerry, who lives in Baytown near Houston, is also the newest member of the WBA. Welcome Aboard!

Lew White and Bob Adair have completed and rigged their 12' sailing dinghy, which they built from plans. This little jewel would be perfect for White Rock Lake or another area reservoir. The boat is for sale!



(Above): Brothers Mark and John Wilson remove a loose ceiling board from Mark's '68 Chris-Craft Grand Prix in preparation for its trip to Emerson Bay Boat Works. The boat's 327 is now firmly bolted down, with the prop shaft aligned and bolted. Emerson will do stain and varnish work.

John Wilson peers inside Guy McCollum's '65 Century Sabre. All those new plywood panels will be upholstered, and the floor will be done either with standard vinyl or a custom wood flooring, depending on how Guy decides go.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting August 17, 2017. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Lane. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out a classic boating book from collections donated by Pat Baldwin and Bill McNally to a lucky winner.

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 feature a presentation of special interest to antique and classic boaters, of course. 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

You don't have to be Texan to recognize that this scene ain't in Texas, Toto! It was, in fact, taken in northern Idaho, the new home of Jacob Deegan's donated '56 Chris Craft Holiday, "Surprise." She looks right at home there, doesn't she? Her new owner is Larry DePriest, who lives in Salem, OR, and who has a summer place in Idaho near the Canadian border.

We love it when a plan comes together. Our enduring gratitude goes to Jacob, who, through the donation of the Holiday, has ensured the financial stablity of our club for years to come; to Richard Haug, who covered the thousands of miles necessary to get the boat to Idaho; and to the crew who worked on the boat to get her freshened up and running, ready for sale.

And, of course, we're grateful to Larry DePriest, whose purchase completed this wonderful project for our club.

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.