Including Updates From Lucas and Eastcreek Customs!

October, 2016

Fall Festival at Pier 121 This Weekend!

The time is here! The Fall Festival of Yachting sponsored by MarineMax is this Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, at Pier 121 on Lake Lewisville.


WBA member boats will be on display in the water and on land. We'll have a show on the docks on Saturday and a fun run on Sunday morning. Come join in the fun!

Mott Yott Event Collegial, Fun!

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When Bill Mott acquired his beautiful Chris-Craft cruiser last year, he had a vision of inviting his WBA friends for a day on the water. That vision became reality on August 27,


when a number of WBA members brought their boats and joined Bill for a relaxing day on the lake. Above, Gay Perry helps Bob Cutler and Teddy dock Bob's beautiful Cavalier.

Come to the Austin Hill Country Show Oct. 7-9!

October 7-9. Horseshoe Bay on Lake LBJ will again play host to the Austin Hill Country Boat Show, organized by WBA Treasurer Scott Reichardt and stalwart member Jim Frechette. The event is sponsored by the SWACBS chapter. Cost for the event is $20 for SWACBS members, $25 for non members. The Saturday show is free!


The LBJ event will include a show at the Horseshoe Bay Marina and group events such as a reception at the home of Scott and Pam Reichardt and a dinner cruise (now sold out!). A separate email was sent to WBA members on Aug. 22. Please send Scott Reichardt an email if you are intending to come. Hope to see you there!

VP Sheets Presents Skiff Craft at September Meeting

When David and Loretta Sheets culminated a multi-year search for just the right boat, they came home with a gorgeous 22-foot Skiff Craft, which they restored to beautiful condition over the past year or so.



So when it came time for David to do a presentation at the WBA meeting in September, he was very happy to dig into Skiff Craft's history and report the unique story to the club. Thanks, David, for a great presentation!

Project Work Moves Forward in Lucas, Plano and North Richland Hills!

(Above) After a major transmission re-work by Jim Wolfe and a carb acquisition by Troy Marshall, Robin McGeorge has put the donated Chris-Craft 350 all together. After a bench test last Saturday, when the engine ran very nicely, Robin is at work doing some push rod work and gasket replacement before the engine is put up for sale. Proceeds of the sale will benefit the Club.

(Below) Lew White (pictured) and Bob Adair have completed the gunwale and prow work on their sailboat, and are now fitting the seat in preparation for building the centerboard trunk. The boat has been sealed with penetrating epoxy.



(Above) Chuck Barber has been sanding a lot lately. The deck of his Borum outboard had been painted in the blond section and filler stained in the gunwale area, so lots of work has gone in to getting down to bare wood. Before long, new stain and varnish will have this beauty back to her original look.

(Below) Bob and Lew's sailboat gleams in the sunlight entering Lew's garage on Eastcreek in Plano, where a number of custom restorations have taken place at the hands of the duo over the past several years. This is Bob and Lew's first "from scratch" boatbuilding collaboration.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting October 20, 2016. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. 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 have a presentation by Billy Breed of EZLoader Trailers, builders of adjustable and custom boat trailers.

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

We're right in the middle of the busiest part of our boating year, with one show this weekend at Lake Lewisville and another at Lake LBJ next weekend. We hope you can make it to one or the other or both. Looks like we'll have great weather this weekend and our long-awaited autumn has finally arrived.

Of course, you don't need to be a boat owner to belong to the WBA. Part of the fun of belonging is coming out to events and just drooling. Those of us who do have boats like nothing more than showing them and talking about them, so if you're not a boat owner, please come to the shows and ask some questions of the owners there.

We also know that the sight of antique and classic boats triggers many wonderful memories for folks who have had boating experiences in the past. Whether fishing with your family, learning to water ski, or just plying the waters of a lake near your hometown, your memories are as important to this hobby as any restored boat is, so come and share what boating has meant to you!

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.