Including the Latest on Projects and Events!
October, 2014

Ride 'n Show at Pier 121: We Are Way Cool!

Unseasonably cool temperatures and a brisk north breeze made for a no-sweat Ride 'n Show this year, welcoming a good turnout of WBA members, boats and guests. From the welcome barbecue on Friday, September 12 to the show on Saturday to the Fun Run on Sunday, the event went off smoothly and successfully.


Special thanks are due to Franklin Pillsbury IV, GM Alex Kelner (shown manning the grill above) and all our friends at MarineMax for a tasty cookout on the docks for Saturday lunch! Members came from around the State...Houston, Austin, Horseshoe Bay and well as from all points of the Metroplex! Watch video! See slide show!

White Rock Lake Event Visited by Castaways!

WBA members and our White Rock Boat Club hosts enjoyed a surprise visit by the cast and crew of "Gilligan's Island" with Gilligan being played by WBA member Carlos Cardoza and his supporting cast coming from Carlos' circle of creative and fun-loving friends.


Antique cars supplemented the light turnout of boats, and a good time was had by all. Special thanks to Miles Zitmore, Commodore, and all the volunteer members of the White Rock Boat Club and the WBA who came out! Watch the video! See the slide show!

"Tailgating with the Classics", Pier 121 Oct. 11 Cancelled!



Sign Up Now for Lake LBJ Show, Oct. 17-19!


Now is the time to sign up for the Austin/Hill Country show, slated for the weekend of October 17, on the shores of the ever-full Lake LBJ. As usual, Scott and Pam Reichardt will host a Friday evening welcome party. The show will return to Horseshoe Bay this year, providing a beautiful and much-frequented venue for the event. There will also be a Saturday dinner at On the Rocks in Cottonwood, and the traditional donuts and coffee at Jim and Cindy Frechette's place at Sunrise Beach on Sunday morning. If you have never attended this fabulous show, this year should be a must for you. Please email Scott Reichardt at to let him know you can come and be sure and fill out the reg form, available here!!

Griffitts Shares Trip to Tahoe at October Meeting!

Steve Griffitts, WBA Vice-President, gave a video presentation of his trip to Lake Tahoe for the 2014 Concours d’ Elegance wooden boat show at the regular WBA meeting on September 18, 2014.  This year, the annual show was moved to Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, CA from Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay, CA. 


There were approximately 70 world class antique and classic wooden boats on display, including a large collection of barrelbacks, which were the marque boats for this year’s show.  Steve also presented a beautiful video of the show and the lake taken from the vantage point of a video camera attached to a drone flying over the event.

Lucas Projects Coming Right Along!

(Above) The shop's newest tenant is one of the Club's longest-serving members, Walter Hill, who has brought in his plywood-on-frame cabin cruiser for some bottom work.

(Below) Robin McGeorge inspects the stain and bleach work done on the decking of the '36 Chris Craft runabout he and Troy Marshall are restoring. Some of the foredecking was pretty dark, requiring some wood bleach.



(Above) In the foreground are the gleaming varnished interior boards for Robin and Troy's '36 Chris. In the background is Walter Hill's cruiser.

(Below) Marc Hill removes trim strips from the old interior panels of his '68 Chris-Craft Grand Prix. The old plywood panels are 12' long! He'll replace the wood and upholstery but keep the metal trim strips.

Next Regular Meeting October 16, 2014

boatDon't miss our next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish will be giving away one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize.

An informative and inspiratonal presentation is being planned for your edification. And, as always, we'll have generous helpings of fellowship and Italian food. The meeting will be better if you are there, of course.

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

WBA member and self-proclaimed "Mangling Editor" Bill Baldwin puts together the Brass Bell magazine for the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club. The magazine is probably the highest quality publication in the antique and classic boating world, boasting heavy stock, stunning images, crisp copy and world-class layouts. And then, too, there's the content, including articles both by and about WBA members in the latest issue. Bill's own thoughts fill a few pages of each issue, including this one.

WBA president Jim Wolfe concludes his two-part series on the epic restoration of his 1959 Century Coronado, and includes beautiful photos of his journey and his end product. Also, in a member profile written by Baldwin about WBA resident artist and signalperson Lisa Daniels, Lisa reveals her passion for depicting both classic boats and classic cars in watercolor, acrylic, pencil and other media.

WBA archivist Seb Borrello has two articles this time; one all about water and another about Antarctica, a part of the world Seb knows personally. Jim Frechette can usually be found in Brass Bell's pages, too, either because he's restored a boat, or because he's helped move the Chris-Craft club forward as a member of its board. Other WBA members have been featured in previous issues. Bill, it seems there's a synergy goin' on here. Let's keep it going! If you'd like to know more about the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club, click on the Brass Bell picture above.

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.