Including Updates from the Lucas Palookas!

September, 2017

Fall Festival of Yachting, Pier 121, September 16-17!

It's time to make firm plans to attend our 2017 Fall Festival of Yachting at Lake Lewisville's Pier 121 Marina.

This year's show is not only hosted by MarineMax (thank you Franklin Pillsbury!), but Pier 121 Marina as well!  We will be able to launch our boats as early as Friday and can keep them at the docks till our departure on Sunday.  

Please contact David Sheets at, or 972-849-6602, to confirm your attendance.  Also, please indicate if you will be bringing a boat and if you will display on water or land. The schedule is as follows:


Saturday Sept. 16 - Classic Boat Show
·9:00   Saturday morning launch boats
·10:00 – 5:00  Classic Boat Show
·Noon   MarineMax cook out on party dock
·7:00     Dinner at Angelina’s in The Colony (keep boats at the dock overnight)
Sunday Sept. 17 Ride & Video
·8:30  Skipper’s Meeting
·9:00  Cruise and video on Lake Lewisville
·10:30  Wrap-up Brunch @ Rocking S (On the water at Pier 121)
·Noonish  Load boats

Austin Hill Country Show Slated for Oct. 6-8!

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Austin Hill Country Boat Show on Lake LBJ, Oct. 6-8! Hosts Scott Reichardt and Jim Frechette would like to know if you plan to come.


The show is always a real treat for all who attend, drawing boats from around Texas and other parts of the country. Make plans to attend, and bring your boat!

Sheets Shares Vintage Chris-Craft Factory Film at August Meeting

WBA President David Sheets dug into the WBA archives to find a 1920s vintage Chris-Craft promotional film to share with the Club members in attendance.

The film was originally shown to the Club in 2007 at the annual installation banquet by Mike Green, grandson of Christopher Columbus Smith. Filled with footage of various stages of boat construction, the film showed how quickly and efficiently Chris-Crafts were built.

As boat restoration hobbyists, the members were impressed with the skills, confidence and speed of the Chris-Craft workers. Many scenes of boats cruising in formation rounded out the presentation. Thanks, David!

Project Update from Lucas!

(Above), Donnie Lawson's Continental is paying a visit to the Lucas shop for a replacement of its transmission. The old transmission turned out to have catastrophic damage, and the search is on for a successor. We're not sure how the damage happened; terrorism has been ruled out.

(Above) Robin McGeorge and Jim Wolfe detach the prop shaft from the damaged transmission in Lawson's boat. They were able to remove the transmission from the engine without removing the engine from the boat.



(Above): Jim Donovan and Jim Wolfe are removing the starter from Donnie Lawson's boat to do some manual rotation of the engine's crank. Donovan is undoing the electrical connections while Wolfe marks each wire with a masking tape label.

(Above) In other news, all the plywood stapling strips on the gull-wing roof frame of Guy McCollum's '65 Century Sabre have been replaced, and the roof is now ready for padding and upholstery.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting September 21, 2017. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Lane. 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 feature a presentation of special interest to antique and classic boaters, of course. 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

Your Bilge Pump Editor had a chance to ride out to the Oklahoma shore of Lake Texoma last Saturday to have a peek at the 1957 Yellow Jacket Monterey that WBA member Joel Odom has acquired for restoration. This will be a good one. The decking will need to be replaced, and a soft spot on the bottom near the transom will need a scarfed-in patch. Joel will use one of the last Yellow Jacket transom blanks out at the shop to replace the softish one now on the boat. And there will be sanding. Yes, there will be sanding. But all-in-all, a good restoration project awaits. Joel says the previous owner wants to see the boat when it's done and take a ride in it. We'll be helping Joel make this goal happen. Let me know if you'd like to help, too!

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.