Including a Club-Wide Project Update!

August, 2020

WBA Members Venture Out To Colorado!

WBA stalwarts Phil Wolff, Karl Dietz and Robert Aldrich decided months ago that they would make a road trip to Colorado together to attend the Rocky Mountain Classics ACBS chapter show on July 25. Willing to brave the inconveniences and risks involved, they stuck with their plan, and made the 800-mile trek in convoy. Robert tells us that the group was limited to take-out food along the road, and that the altitude of Grand Lake required carburetor adjustments on the boats. First reports appeared on Facebook with a curious scene pictured above. Karl Dietz reports, "I noticed it a couple of times over an hours time near Echo Lodge where we were keeping Rick’s, Robert’s and Phil’s boats overnight. During a shuttle trip to get boats, it was obvious that the wind had pushed the group of paddlers onto the rocky and steep shoreline.

 

I asked them if they were OK and they asked for help to get back to their shoreline camp. I threw them a stern line and began the slow tow. I never counted the heads but there were maybe 3-4 adults and the same number of kids. They were laughing and having a great time! Of course, my trio of friends took advantage of the photo opportunity! All were delivered in good shape!" (Below) There were about 25 boats at the show. (Below left) Robert's gorgeous Century Arabian was a hit at the show. The boys made it back to Dallas/Fort Worth safely, and have been sharing additional photos on Facebook, like the pretty shot of Phil's '68 Century Resorter out on Grand Lake. Thanks, guys, for sharing your adventure with us. For the rest of us staying home, those big green things around the lake are called mountains.

July WBA Meeting Features Video from 2019 LBJ Show

 

WBA President Scott Myers hosted the July 16, 2020 meeting of the WBA via Zoom video conferencing software. Fifteen members were in attendance. Secretary Trey Bull shared a beautiful slide show/video of the 2019 Austin Hill Country Show, hosted by Scott Reichardt and Jim Frechette last October. The presentation was the next best thing to being there, and we thank Trey for making such a thorough and eye-catching record of the event. You can watch it here. The meeting also included a detailed project update from a number of members across the Metroplex. A photo review of the projects may be found here. Watch for updates on our August 20 meeting. The meeting may again be virtual. In any case, we hope you'll join the next meeting.

Project Updates from around the WBA

(Above) Robin McGeorge and David Kanally's Yellow Jacket is getting close, but still needs some serious blocking and more varnish on the deck. Robin painted the red side swoops this past week.

(Below) Phil Wolff's carport hoists sufficed to get his boat back on the trailer. He was ready in time for Colorado!

(Below) Jay Emerson takes great pleasure in refinishing this gorgeous Shepherd interior. The Shepherd is back with her owner now.

 

 

(Above) Trey Bull's 15' Lyman is looking good from above as the project nears completion. Trey's shop has an upper level, giving him a great vantage point for this money shot.

(Below) Jay Emerson has put a new floor in Ray Harvey's Capri, and man, we are jealous! Ray's boat is back at the lake, so Jay is moving on to other projects.

(Below) Jay Emerson is now working on Phil Grasso's Century, and has made progress since the boat first entered the shop. See full project report here.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting August 20, 2020. Virtual or In-Person?

Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 20, at 7 p.m. A decision will be made closer to the date to determine if it is safe and permissable to meet in person at Two Guys from Italy. If not, the meeting will take place on line, using the Zoom application for your cell phone or your home computer. To make things easier at meeting time, it would be a good idea for you to go to your normal smart phone app store to download Zoom Cloud Meetings, or go to Zoom.us on your home computer and sign up. Prior to the meeting, you will be sent an email with a link to join the meeting, and further instructions. Those who wait to download Zoom will also receive a link to do that just before the meeting starts. If you are among those who need a few attempts to be successful with technology, you may want to get the downloading taken care of ahead of time.

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 be swapping stories of our various boating and project adventures. Plus, we'll have a presentation of general interest to the classic boating community. As we await the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, our virtual meetings are a great way to stay in touch with the goings-on of the Club.

Shop Talk and Musings: Show Placards Dress Up Your Boat!

Once WBA President Scott and First Lady Thuy Ngo Myers started showing their beautiful Gar Wood Ensign at places like Keels & Wheels and the Hill Country Show, they asked former First Lady Patrice Griffitts to design them a placard for display with the boat. The placard is 2' x 3' and tells a bit of Gar Wood history, the story of the boat, and how it got its name. Complemented by three nice photos of Ngo Said Yes, the placard makes a nice addition to the Myers' boat show display.

Using Patrice's design as a template, David Kanally has offered to make similar artwork for any WBA member's boat. The artwork will be offered free of charge, but will only be made for members who are willing to commit to the $100 or so, and the logistics of getting the artwork to Fedex Office for them to print it on a 2' x 3' PVC board. The placards will give the WBA boats at any show a uniform presentation.

Members will be asked to provide David with text of the same length as appears at left, and three or four high resolution digital photos of their boats for the design to be made. David has agreed to do this on a time-available basis. Contact David if you are interested.

And finally, please take a look in the shed or garage for leftover parts or other salable items you can spray with Lysol, then donate to the Club. Contact David Kanally at david@historywithheart.com for more info.