Including an Update from the Lucas Palookas

September, 2019

Lake LBJ Show is On! October 4-6!

We are pleased to announce that after some late hour discussions between our Faithful Treasurer, Scott Reichardt, and the folks at the Horseshoe Bay Marina, our favorite Austin Hill Country Boat Show is on for October 4-6 on beautiful Lake LBJ.

Launching will be at the HSB Marina as in years past. Trailers will be parked up by the adjacent airport. Show will be Saturday 10:00 - 3:00 at the HSB marina.

The schedule for the event will be similar to those of past years.


Friday: Launch in the morning & cruise to lunch; cruise the lake; return to marina; dinner at HSB, time/location TBD, paid for by clubs but with a cash bar.

Saturday: Show from 10:00 - 3:00 at the marina; lunch at the docks, time TBD, at your expense; 6:00 dinner at Reichardts paid for by the clubs.

Sunday: Breakfast at Frechettes paid for by the clubs. There may be lodging available at the resort but we will not know until September 3rd. More details will follow as they become available!

Rudders and Rods was Warm with Fellowship!

Members from the WBA, the SWACBS, the Heartland Classics ACBS chapter, and some area classic car enthusiasts gathered at the invitation of Steve and Denise McCune at Highport Marina on Lake Texoma, Saturday, August 10 for Rudders and Rods.


Participants enjoyed both on-land and in-the-water displays, a generous luncheon provided by the McCunes, and of course a great run on Texoma's big water. Special thanks to Steve and Denise for organizing this fun rendezvous! (photos by Mark Danielson and Lisa Robinson)

Pier 121 Boat/Car Event Slated for October 19!

Mark your calendar! The WBA will once again participate in the Pier 121 boat and car show, slated this year for October 19 at the Pier 121 Marina on Lake Lewisville.


Plan on joining with your in-the-water or land-displayed boat for a day of good times with fellow classic boat and car enthusiasts. Let David Sheets know if you can attend.

Drowning Prevention is Focus of August WBA Meeting


Pam Cannell, board member of the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, provided an eye-opening and sobering presentation on the impact of drowning in the metroplex and across Texas at the August 15 meeting of the WBA. The Coalition works to raise awareness of the severity of the drowning problem,and provides concrete information and actions that can go a long way in curbing the number of children and adults who drown each year.

Of course, boat safety, including the wearing of life jackets, was emphasized, as well as the practice of vigilance in supervising swimming in pools and lakes by a dedicated person. More information is available here.

Thanks, Pam, for this important presentation.

Fisher Chris Gets Flipped with Teamwork!

Jim Donovan pulls the trailer out from under the raised and inverted hull of Dennis Fisher's Chris-Craft, while Dennis and his gathered team spread the uprights of the gantry to allow the trailer's fenders to clear.



Once the team flipped the boat into its upright position, the trailer was rolled back under it and it was returned to its storage stall at the shop. Now the guys can focus on sanding and finishing the deck and hull sides.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting September 19, 2019, Mark Your Calendar!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, September 19th, 2019 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 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. Plus, we'll have a presentation of general interest to antique and 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:

Jacob Deegan, 1951-2019:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our long-term members and major benefactors, Dr. Jacob Deegan of League City, TX. At left is the announcement from the Lakewood Yacht Club, which tells a small part of Jacob’s remarkable story. You can click on it to read it. We will miss him, and will admire his courage in battling cancer.  We last saw Jacob at the Lake Tyler Rendezvous.  He treasured his time with fellow boaters, and fought hard to be with us, making memories.  Rest in peace, dear Jacob.

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.