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September, 2012

Busiest September Ever Starts Sept. 8 at White Rock!

September 8 is right around the corner. It's our one-day show at White Rock Lake. There's still plenty of time to sign up for the show (no registration fee!) by emailing Gay Perry to let her know the year, make and model of boat you'll be bringing. We're especially looking for boats to have in our Parade of Boats at 3 p.m. on Saturday.


We'll have the two Willis racing runabouts pictured above as our signature land display in front of the White Rock Boat Club. Plus we've also heard from Charlie Varner and he's bringing his '58 Willis Family Runabout! This is turning out to be a really good show, right in the heart of Big D. You won't want to miss it! Read more!

Register Now for the Ride 'n Show, Rockwall Oct. 12-13!

The breathtaking Hilton Rockwall Lakeside Hotel at Bella Harbor will once again be the host hotel of our annual Ride 'n Show, October 12-13 on Lake Ray Hubbard. The City of Rockwall has authorized our use of the docks there, and we're looking forward to some beautiful October weather.


The dining and social calendar will be similar to last year's, complete with a hospitality suite at the hotel and meals in the nearby restaurants. Register Now!

Webster Reviews Costa Concordia Calamity at August Meeting


WBA past president Mark Webster presented an investigative report on the events before, during and after the running aground of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia on January 13, 2012. Mark's research revealed a number of missteps by the ship's captain which resulted in the catastrophy.

Mark pointed out a number of details regarding the incident that were either missed or glossed over in the real-time reports by the mass media. Thanks to Mark for an insightful presentation! Since WBA skippers never show off, the presentation was understood as a warning to others.

Hill Grand Prix Beautifully Bedecked!

Marc Hill has completed the decking on his '68 Grand Prix, and it's really looking good (above left and right)! The deck plank seams are the darker lines visible above. The lighter grooves in between will also be caulked, giving the appearance that the deck is made of numerous narrow planks. This grooving method mimics the original. Before too long, Marc will be finishing out the interior woodwork.


Below left, Mark Wilson laughs as he notes, "You actually caught me working!" as he prepares for the final application of bottom paint on his '68 Grand Prix. Foul weather prevented a flip this past weekend, but stay tuned! Below, Robin "Michelangelo" McGeorge applies a thin line of stain on the filled seams of the Super Sport he and Troy Marshall are restoring.

September Meeting a Week Early, Sept. 13, 2012. Don't miss it!

Join us ONE WEEK EARLY on Thursday, September 13th at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. We voted previously to move this meeting to accommodate the schedule of the ACBS National Show at Table Rock, MO. DOOR PRIZE ALERT! WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish has begun a monthly giveaway of one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize. You must be present to win. The September meeting will feature "The Ultimate Guide to Motorboats" by Barry Pickthall. Our program will be given by Troy Marshall, who has spent many hours compiling historic film clips of antique and classic boating and racing. You'll want to be here for this one!

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:

Our boating season is starting off with a bang this month, with White Rock on the 8th and Table Rock on the 19-22nd. Many of our members have made plans to make the trip to Missouri for the ACBS National Meeting and Show at Table Rock (near Branson, MO). Even if you don't want to bring a boat, you can come just to see all the boats on display and to be a part of this, the largest annual event in the ACBS. Table Rock is breathtaking, and it'll probably be a while before the show is this close to home again. Hope to see you there. Speaking of things you won't want to miss, our registration is now open for the Ride 'n Show at Rockwall, October 12-13. We know, all you Texas and OU fans, that this is YOUR weekend, but take heart, there's a big screen TV in the bar at the Hilton Bella Harbor.

And, finally:

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.