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Complete with a Project Update!

August, 2021
Plenty of Sun for Summer Classic Boating!

Dan Stober has been providing the visuals for our ideal North Texas summer, including fore and aft views underway on Eagle Mountain Lake. Others have also posted on the WBA Facebook page with pictures of their time on the water. Steve Seale, Jim Donovan, Phil Wolff, Mark Danielson, Trey Bull, Bill Mott and others have let us know that the summer of 2021 has provided some quality boating time.



That time is well earned, however. Classic boaters also spend time making and keeping their boats seaworthy, as our project report below attests.

It's a little warm for boat shows these days, but as fall approaches, more opportunities for gatherings will be available. Stay tuned to our Calendar of Events for the latest news on events and dates.

Emerson Provides Surface Prep, Varnishing Tips at July Meeting!



It's nice to have wooden boat restoration pros like Jay Emerson in our midst. Jay provided the presentation for the July, 2021 meeting of the WBA, sharing good advice on sanding, staining, sealing and varnishing wooden boats.

Jay is holding a heat gun (sorry for the blurry photo), his preferred method for stripping old finish. Jay took us step by step through techniques and materials choices for refinishing, including his favorite "roll and tip" method for applying varnish. Jay works a small area at a time, making sure he tips each area before the varnish begins to get tacky, and always maintaining a wet edge. Jay will continue his explanation of the varnishing process at the August WBA meeting. You'll be able to catch him on August 19 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy! You can watch Trey Bull's meeting highlights video here!

Project Updates from Lucas and Beyond!

(Above) Carl Lapiska gets a hand from new member Nic Ballinger to fasten the final plank to the hull of Carl's Chris-Craft Super Sport.

(Above) Chris Sterlacci sands one of the floorboards for the Nevada Yellow Jacket. He sanded all the seats, seat backs, floor boards and braces during this recent shop session.

(Above) Alan Oppenheimer masks off portions of the sides of the Nevada Yellow Jacket in preparation for yellow paint. Yellow Jackets had different side graphics for each model year. This pattern is indicative of the 1958 models.

(Above) Bill Mott and Robin McGeorge fire up the Mercury Mark 55 40hp outboard, donated by Steve Seale, that wil go onto the Nevada Yellow Jacket. Investigation into an electrical failure revealed a blown coil, which was replaced by a coil from a donor motor that came with the Nevada Yellow Jacket. Seems to be working fine now.

(Below) Dan Stober found a soft spot on an area of the bottom of his boat. He called on friend Raymond Huyge to help with the repair. What started as a 3" soft spot turned into a 9" x 23" repair.


(Above) Carl hosted an official "whiskey plank" celebration to mark the completion of the fitting of the last plank in his hull. (l-r) Nic Ballinger, Chris Sterlecci and Carl.

(Above) David Kanally finishes up the staining process for the Nevada Yellow Jacket's seats, seat backs and floor boards. Next will be a 50/50 varnish to thinner coat to seal the boards.

(Above) Yellow topside paint has been applied to the side areas masked of by Alan. Aluminum strips will provide horizontal accents to the design. The side graphics will be completed with Yellow Jacket decals.

(Above) Haulers from Lake Charles, Louisiana drop off John and Ann Hallam's 1959 Yellow Jacket Trigger. The boat will be restored next by the WBA shop crew. The thought is to restore this boat and the Cruisette donated by the estate of the late Glenn Nerwin side-by-side over the coming months.

(Below) Once Raymond cut and fitted the repair piece, it's now up to Dan to fill and fair the repair. He'll then paint the repaired area to match and then get back on the lake before you know it!

Next WBA Monthly Meeting August 19th, 2021. UPDATE: Zoom Only!

Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 19th at 7 p.m. Due to the recent surge in Covid infections and hospitalizations, we are compelled to have this meeting virtually. We will NOT be gathering at Two Guys for the August meeting. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out a classic boating book from collections donated by Pat Baldwin to a lucky winner.

Plus, we'll have a presentation of general interest to antique and classic boating enthusiasts.  

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 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. Please join us on Zoom to be a part of our monthly fellowship!

Shop Talk and Musings: Yellow Jacket Fever

When we first began our Yellow Jacket journey as a club over ten years ago, we were working with Franklin Pillsbury to set up a Yellow Jacket display at the Februray, 2010 Dallas Boat Show at Market Hall. We had about three Yellow Jackets in the club at the time, and needed a fourth to complete the display. Chuck Pool of Denison had contacted us about the project Yellow Jacket his son had given him, and we took it on as a club project. With the capable help of Bob Adair and Lew White, we restored Chuck's boat in a relatively brieft (3-month) period, just making the deadline for the boat show. The display was a hit. Since then, we've published the Yellow Jacket story on our website and restored several other Yellow Jacket boats. The trend is picking up these days, and soon we'll be restoring two Yellow Jackets at the same time. Each restoration increases our body of knowledge about the marque, and we're picking up know-how on Mercury outboards along the way. I guess there's such a thing as too many Yellow Jackets, but for now, we'll save as many as we can.

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 for more info.