Including Updates From Lucas, Plano and Beyond!

September, 2016

White Rock Lake Event Cancelled, Sign up for Pier 121 Oct. 1!

(Above) September 17 at White Rock Lake has been cancelled due to a conflict with the Arboretum Marathon. Dallas Parks and Recreation has declined our permit due to this conflict, and for safety reasons, will not allow us access to the launch ramp or the White Rock Boat Club. We have decided to cancel the event for this reason.


(Above) October 1 at Pier 121, Lake Lewisville. Fall Festival of Yachting sponsored by MarineMax. Display your antique or classic boat alongside some fine new yachts at this fun celebration of the boating lifestyle! Let David Kanally know if you can be there! Land or water displays.

Lake Lewisville Rendezvous at Mott Yott This Saturday!

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Sometimes the most spontaneous events are the most fun! If you're looking for an end-of-summer chance to enjoy some classic boating on Lake Lewisville, join your fellow WBA members Saturday, Aug. 27 for a day on the lake!


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Bill Mott has generously offered to host this event, and has made arrangements for you, whether or not you bring a boat. Click here for more details and directions. To RSVP, email David Sheets or give him a ring at 972-849-6602.

Register Now for Austin Hill Country Show Oct. 7-9!

October 7-9. Horseshoe Bay on Lake LBJ will again play host to the Austin Hill Country Boat Show, organized by WBA Treasurer Scott Reichardt and stalwart member Jim Frechette. The event is sponsored by the SWACBS chapter. Cost for the event is $20 for SWACBS members, $25 for non members.


The LBJ event will include a show at the Horseshoe Bay Marina and group events such as a reception at the home of Scott and Pam Reichardt and a dinner cruise. A separate email was sent to WBA members on Aug. 22. Please send Scott Reichardt an email if you are intending to come. Hope to see you there!

Dallas Canvas and Boat Tops Make August Presentation

Many thanks to son Drew and dad Mark Ewing of Dallas Canvas and Boat Tops for their presentation to the August 18th meeting of the WBA.



Affiliated with James Propeller, this firm fabricates custom boat covers, bimini tops and other marine canvas products. Click on the image above for more information.

Project Work Moves Forward in Lucas, Plano and North Richland Hills!

(Above) Robin McGeorge studies the business end of the mid-60s Chris-Craft 350 that he, Troy Marshall and Jim Wolfe are restoring on behalf of the club. The transmission is being brought back from the brink by Jim, while Robin and Troy focus on locating and restoring the engine.

(Below) Chuck Barber used most of the clamps in the Lucas shop to secure a stiffening layer to the afterplane of his 1958 Borum outboard. We've seen afterplanes before on '50s outboards like Lew White's Willis...they help with proper planing of the craft at speed. Chuck is doing this restoration right. And he's making long trips to Lucas from his East Texas home to do the work.



(Above) Steve Griffitts is tickled pink (and we're green with envy) over the meticulously restored Mercury Mark 55e 40hp motor that now hangs from the transom of his 1950 Thompson 14’ TVT Deluxe cedar strip outboard. The restoration was done by Tom Hage, who used four donor motors and his own stash for the necessary parts. The Merc looks like a piece of jewelry and runs like a top.

(Below) Lew White and Bob Adair have fitted and stained spacer blocks to which the inner gunwales will be attached on their sailing dinghy. The stained gunwale pieces are seen on the horses behind Bob. They're bringing the project to the White Rock Lake event on September 17!

Next WBA Monthly Meeting September 15, 2016. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out a classic boating book from collections donated by Pat Baldwin and Bill McNally to a lucky winner.

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 have a fascinating presentation as is our custom, adding to our knowledge of classic boating.

As always, we'll have generous helpings of fellowship and Italian food.

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

You may be wondering why this Bilge Pump is appearing almost a week early. Well, it seems that a couple people in the editorial and proofing departments think they can take time off and travel whenever they want, and according to Human Resources, we apparently have to accommodate them again. Looks like it's time to crack the whip around here if we want things done on a regular schedule. Either that or build a wall so they can't get out. Or at least screen them very carefully before we hire them.

At any rate, your Bilge Pump is here and filled with opportunities for you to participate in our full series of upcoming events. Please consider each of these opportunities carefully and attend any that you can. The more you participate, the fuller and more rewarding your WBA experience will be.

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