Including an Update on a New Lucas Project!

September, 2018

"Classics on the Lake" Show, Pier 121, Oct. 20!

We're pleased to annouce that we're having a one-day show at Pier 121 on Saturday, October 20, beginning with a 9 a.m. launch and setup, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. show, and lunch at the Pier 121 marina. We'll be joined by car enthusiasts from the area with a display of classic cars. "Classics on the Lake" should be a great day (and with cooler weather!)


We'll have both land and in-the-water displays and a chance to make some runs during the day, so come on out and join your fellow WBA members for a fun day on the lake before the season is done. Special thanks to our own Katina Real for pulling this event together! Let David Kanally know if you can attend!

WBA Contingent Headed to Grand Lake Sept. 6-9!


Over a dozen WBA members and spouses are attending the 25th Annual Mahogany & Chrome Boat Show on Grand Lake, Oklahoma, September 6-9! Some will arrive as early as Wednesday, with most arriving on Thursday, for a long weekend on gorgeous Grand Lake.

This event is the only judged boat show within Heartland Classics Chapter, ACBS. Each year home port is at Arrowhead Yacht Club & Marina in Afton, Oklahoma.

On Saturday the 8th, this year’s event will include the Paint-A-Boat children’s activity, and spectators and members will have a chance to vote for their favorite classic boat for the People’s Choice Award.

The Awards Banquet will follow the day's event on the 8th and will be held at Cherokee Yacht Club & Marina.

You can find out more about the show on the Heartland Chapter web site. If you're looking for something to do that weekend, join us! It's a great show in a beautiful venue. Hope you can come!

Harvey Presents Italy Trip, Riva Factory Visit at August Meeting

Special thanks to Ray Harvey for sharing his family's recent trip to Italy, including a visit to the Riva factory, with the WBA members in attendance at the August 16th meeting. The Harveys traveled to Lake Iseo and toured the area on electric bikes and in boats.


They got an insider's visit to rarely seen sections of the Riva plant, including Carlo Riva's private office, which is now used for VIP hosting and special events. Ray's presentation gave all of us a VIP view of this legendary Italian boat builder's craft. Thanks, Ray!

New Lucas Project: Hafer Craft Donated!

(Above) Phil Wolff and Robin McGeorge move the 1948, 15' Hafer Craft donated by WBA Treasurer Scott Reichardt into the Lucas Shop on Tuesday, August 21.

(Above) Jim and Robin take a breather after using the gantry and chain haul to remove the Hafer's Gray 475, 4-cylinder, 75 HP engine from the boat on Saturday, 8/25.

(Above) Jim Donovan fabricates an engine stand for the Gray Marine four banger. Here, he cuts a notch for the carburetor.



(Above) On Saturday, August 25, (with help from Scott Myers, Rex Hoecker, Mark Wilson), Robin McGeorge, Glenn Nerwin and Jim Donovan pull the trailer out on Aug. 25.

(Above) Robin McGeorge power washes the boat's bilge, after he and David Kanally removed the floorboards on Wednesday, 8/29.

(Above) The engine stand can be moved around the shop, thanks to casters donated by Scott Myers. The engine fires fine, and will be bench tested on the stand.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting September 20th, 2018. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, August 16th, 2018 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 Troy Marshall 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 be swapping stories of our various boating and project adventures. We'll have a chance to hear from the folks who went to Grand Lake, and to see a presentation of interest to classic boating enthusiasts. And, of course, 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

As you may remember, the WBA and in particular the work of Dennis Cheatham and his dad, Richard, were featured on a Texas Country Reporter TV episode last February. Video here. That appearance gave the club the opportunity to display boats and provide a boat to play the role of the S.S. Minnow for the appearance of Dawn Wells (Mary Ann of Gilligan's Island) at the Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie last October. Video here. This year, the Festival invited the club to have a 10x10 booth space (no boats) at the event. After consideration of the costs of tent rental and potential benefit of such a booth, your officers have decided not to participate in the Festival. We do acknowledge, however, the wonderful exposure the the TCR episode and boat display last year provided for our club, and are grateful to Bob and Kelli Phillips for the opportunity.

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.