Including an update from our Lucas Shop!
September, 2009

Ride 'n Show Breezy and Bright!

Above: Les Burton roars through the chop on the Sunday run in his 1957 16' Century Resorter.

From the sumptuous Texas barbecue at Sarah and Al Kroemer's farm to the show on Saturday, to the party at Mildred and Bob Van Guilder's house on Saturday night to the run on Sunday, the annual Ride 'n Show went of without a hitch. (Unless you count lousy directions to the party locations provided on this website, but that's pretty minor, isn't it?) If there are any members still lost in Argyle, call in.

Below: Scott Reichardt and crew grace Lake Lewisville in Scott's prototype 1946 20' Chris-Craft Custom Runabout.


Above, Stacy and Brian Fielder's beefy 1956 22' Shepherd utility rose above the fray, and the spray (most of the time) to serve as the camera boat for the run.

The Club was thrilled to welcome new members and new boats along with the regular crowd. Many members drove or flew in from the Hill Country and beyond, making for a unique gathering of wooden boat enthusiasts. A 15-knot wind on Sunday morning made for some chop on the lake, but the run was exhilirating! Click here for more photos and videos.

Below: Tom Weber in his 1956 14' Yellow Jacket Riviera and Phil Wolff and crew in Phil's 1959 16' Century Resorter speed across Lake Lewisville.

Sept. 26 Classics on White Rock Lake Event Getting Press

From Advocate magazine to the White Rock Lake Weekly to online publications like Black White & Read, the WBA's September 26 "Classics on White Rock" show is getting good press in the Lakewood area. Residents are invited to bring their own old wooden boat photos to the event, showing how important wooden boating has been to White Rock Lake in the past.f you would like to include your boat in the display, please contact David Kanally by email or phone 940-395-2742. Only about ten boats will be included. A Mayoral Proclamation of "Classic Wooden Boat Day" has also been issued by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. In addition to our usual mahogany inboards, the


display will also include two examples of NorthTexas-built outboards: A Yellow Jacket from Denison and a Willis from Dallas.

We will launch boats at 8 a.m. and have the display ready for viewing by the public by 9. The display will remain open until 3 p.m., and we will haul out by 4. Due to restrictions on the lake, we will not be conducting a run on the lake. This event will be in keeping with our third club purpose: "To educate and inform the public about the historic significance of our antique and classic boats." Please make an extra effort to attend to help greet the public.

Membership Reaches the 70 Mark

Membership Chairman Mike Gomes reports that as of the Ride 'n Show, we officially have 70 current members in the Wooden Boat Association. Gomes credits our visibility on the Internet and local events for the growth. Come to the next meeting and meet some of our new members!


New members have become active in meetings and events, bringing new boats, fresh perspectives and new ideas to our club. We're happy, healthy and growing. Spread the word, and let's keep this healthy trend going!

Lucas Update: Hacker Side Planking Nears Completion

Troy Marshall's 1948 Hacker Triple

Above: All but the top planks are in place in this shot taken 8/22/09

Below: Using silicon-bronze square-drive screws, the boys fasten the butt blocks between plank sections from behind, thereby avoiding an irregular bung pattern on the outside hull.

Above: Troy applies mahogany colored 3M 5200 sealant to all joint surfaces prior to laying up the planks. Long open-time for the compound allows plenty of time for placing and fastening the planks.Robin and Troy spend hours dry-fitting planks to assure tight seams well before any sealant is applied.

Below: A derelict original top plank is clamped in place for reference as Troy and Robin prepare the new top plank. Hundreds of individually placed bungs will plug countersunk screw holes. The guys wisely completed all engine and transmission work, linkage and wiring prior to closing in the boat with side planking. Once in place, planks are faired by machine and by hand.

Next Meeting September 17--Don't Miss It!

Join us on Thursday, September 17th for our monthly meeting and renew some old friendships. We'll be finalizing plans for the White Rock Lake event, so be there to show your support. WBA Secretary Richard Haug will be making one of his fact-filled and interesting presentations as well. You'll be amazed at the number and enthusiasm of members in attendance. We've been seeing some faces from the past as well as new members! The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th at the Midway Point at LBJ and Midway Road.

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at the Midway Point prior to the meeting!

Please take a look in the shed or garage for the leftover parts or other saleable items you can donate to the club. Bring them to any WBA meeting, or contact David Kanally at for pickup.