Complete with a Project Update from Robin's Nest!

September, 2023

Denison Fall Festival to Feature WBA Yellow Jackets!



For the past 36 years, the North Texas city of Denison has celebrated its history, culture and lifestyle at the Fall Fest, turning Main Street into a pedestrian zone lined with displays and activities. This year, on October 7, the Fall Fest will include a display of about ten fine examples of one of Denison's most significant products, Yellow Jacket Boats. WBA member Dennis Cheatham has been organizing the display for months now, working with Yellow Jacket owners and the city to assure a proper representation of the historic boats. For details on how to participate, contact Dennis Cheatham.

Busy October Ahead for WBA Boaters!

Three of the four weekends in October, 2023 will offer activities for WBA boaters. First, on October 7, will be the Denison Fall Fest (see above). Then, on the 14th, we'll gather at Lake LBJ. Details for this event are forthcoming.

On October 21, the WBA will join members of area car clubs at Cruisin' Lewisville Lake at Pier 121. (The photo at right is from the Pier 121 show a few years ago). Katina Real is putting on this show, as she has for the past several years, and we're looking forward to a good representation by the WBA.

That's three weekends in a row of classic boating fun and fellowship! Take your pick, or attend all three! October is our month to shine.



John Ables Presents Vintage Carb Videos, Advice at August Meeting

The August 17 meeting of the WBA was held at Two Guys from Italy in Dallas and also online through Zoom. President Scott Myers led the group through the regular agenda of business. Minutes of the meeting have been shared with the membership via email.

The program was presented by longtime member John Ables, who among his many qualifications, was a trained Chrysler Service Rep. John discussed the principles of carburetion, with the help of a few vintage videos produced by Chrysler. Those videos are available on YouTube. Thanks, John, for an informative and entertaining presentation!!

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Project Updates from the Robin McGeorge Boat Shop and Beyond!

(Above) Bill Mott and David Kanally collaborated to apply three coats of yellow floor paint on the Hallams' Yellow Jacket Catalina. That fresh color really pops!

(Above) Ann Hallam sands a pair of vintage Ebonite water skis that had been donated to the Club a few months ago. Ann plans to display the skis with the Hallams' Trigger and Catalina.

(Above) Joel Odom fairs the hull sides of his Yellow Jacket Catalina in preparation for the rub rails. With the help of Barney Gulley, David Kanally and Carl Lapiska, Joel's foredeck is nearly complete.

(Above) Robert Jackson has been posting regular progress updates of Jay Emerson's work on the swim platform for Robert's "Barnstormer".

Barney Gulley has his 1957 Yellow Jacket project well on its way up Texoma way. He's stripping the varnish and paint inside and out, and shoring up the frame structure.


(Above) Alan Oppenheimer buffs the floor boards of the Hallams' Yellow Jacket. There are four such boards in the boat, two are aft and there is one under each seat.

(Above) Ted Dysart is nearly ready to fasten the lower transom plank on his Century Sabre. He made extensive repair to the frames in the transom and the bilge to prepare for this milestone step.

(Above) Phil Brosseau looks pretty happy with the newly installed shaft plate in the Century Partners' Sabre. The group has been making progress on the reassembly of the gazillion little pieces that make up the classic craft.

(Above) Jay's craftsmanship is clearly evident in the gleaming swim platform, complete with black trim to tie in with the boat's design.

Barney has also boldly gone where few have gone before, casting his own deck hardware from a pattern set of '57 pieces donated by Robert Macaluso for this very purpose.

Next Monthly Meeting September 21st at Two Guys, Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 7 p.m. at Two Guys From Italy in Dallas. You'll receive an email reminder for the meeting a few days prior. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out an e-book, or print book of the lucky winner's choice, or a complimentary design of a boat show placard. The meeting will include a presentation of general interest to the classic boating community.

If you can't join in person, you'll be using the Zoom application for your cell phone or your home computer. To make things easier at meeting time, it would be a good idea for you to go to your normal smart phone app store to download Zoom Cloud Meetings, or go to on your home computer and sign up. Prior to the meeting, you will be sent an email with a link to join the meeting, and further instructions. Those who wait to download Zoom will also receive a link to do that just before the meeting starts. If you are among those who need a few attempts to be successful with technology, you may want to get the downloading taken care of ahead of time.

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. Please join us on Zoom to be a part of our monthly fellowship!

Shop Talk and Musings: Texas Weather Means Busy October

October is a magical month in Texas. On most days, the temperature, if not perfect, is pleasant, and the rains usually hold off. After a summer of more than 40 days of triple-digit temps, we're all ready for some days outdoors that won't trigger cases of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, prickly heat, heat cramps, second-degree foot burns, fatigue, lethargy, agitation, rapid heart rate or disorientation. It's easy to see why October is busy for us then. This is a time to benefit from the best weather Texas has to offer. Join us for all our October events!

And finally, please take a look in the shed or garage for leftover parts or other salable items you would like to donate to the Club. Contact David Kanally at for more info.