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September, 2013

White Rock Event is Here! Sept. 7!

Final preparations are underway for the WBA display of classic wooden and fiberglass boats on the shores of historic White Rock Lake on September 7, 2013. We'll be featuring our North Texas-built Willis, Yellow Jacket and Chrysler boats on shore, and our Chris-Crafts, Centurys and other marques in the water. The White Rock Boat Club is rolling out the red carpet, so let's show our support!



White Rock Boat Club members will also have three wooden sailboats, both hand-built and restored, along their docks for visitors to see. Below are Lew White and Bob Adair putting the finishing touches on their 14-foot Yellow Jacket custom, which will debut at White Rock. If you are able to bring your boat to this enjoyable day, please let David Kanally know at .

Rockwall Pulling out all the Stops! Ride 'n Show Sept. 27-29!

Water Ski Shows, new and classic boats, sailing lessons...all will figure into the great Ride 'n Show weekend of Sept. 27-29. The Rockwall Chamber is really promoting this expanded event in the local media. The Hilton Bella Harbor will again be the location of the event at Lake Ray Hubbard. The City of Rockwall docks will provide a high-quality venue for our display of antique and classic boats.

The schedule will include our usual dining and revelry, in addition to a Sunday morning ride on the lake. We've even heard from some members of the Bayou Chapter of the ACBS who are planning on attending. Let's match their enthusiasm with a great turnout of WBA boats! Don't miss this great show! Register Now!

Wolfe traces Coronado Restoration from Basket Case to Museum Piece

Since he acquired the creaking hulk of a once-noble Coronado seven years ago, Jim Wolfe has been painstakingly restoring both hull and engine in his home shop/garage. At the August WBA meeting, the large assemblage of members was treated to a detailed photo reportage of the restoration, including frame replacement and re-alignment, new battens, planks, decking, upholstery...and full re-build of the boat's Chrysler Hemi engine. On Saturday, August 24, a group of WBA members gathered at the ramp of the Arrowhead Park in Lake Dallas to witness the first water test of the boat. Join them via video, and watch the amazing performance and breathtaking beauty of this craft. Thanks, Jim for a great presentation and achievement. The WBA is fortunate to have members like you!!

Lucas Locos Living Large!

(Above) Robin McGeorge sands the gunwale of the 1951 Chris-Craft Riviera he and Troy Marshall are restoring at the Lucas Shop. Deck work is currently underway. (Below) Mark Wilson attaches deck planking to his '68 Chris Craft Grand Prix.


(Above) Robin and Troy's Riviera's side planking is already starting to shine, while the deck is still in the reconstruction phase. (Below) Mark Wilson's deck planking is nearly complete, giving him a hint of what his finished boat will look like. Congrats to all for great progress.

Next Meeting September 19th. Don't miss it!

Join us on Thursday, September 19th at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish will be giving away one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize.

Steve Griffitts will share photos of a couple Lake Tahoe Concours d' Elegance that he's attended in recent years. That show is the top of the line in our hobby, and Steve has prepared a worthy presentation. 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

Steve Griffitts is helping to build the WBA fleet having just purchased a Thompson cedar-strip runabout. He dipped it into Lake Lewisville a week or so ago and learned that there is some space between the cedar strips that could quickly keep the boat from floating. So he's in touch with our buddy and cedar strip expert Chuck Webb to see what to do about the problem. What a pretty little boat, though! We're looking forward to seeing this outboard at upcoming shows, and eventually we'll see her watertight and holding her own on the lake. Steve also has a major Chris-Craft restoration underway, and he has a couple other interesting boats in his collection. All this is to say that the WBA fleet is growing, including the boats under restoration at the Lucas Shop, in Lew White's garage, in Jim Wolfe's shop, in Phil Wolff's garage, in the Indrieri's garage in Horseshoe Bay, and wherever else dedicated WBA members may be working. Thanks to all for making the WBA better.

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.