Including an Update from Lucas and Beyond!

October, 2019

It's Lake LBJ Time! October 4-6!

WBA members are finalizing their preparations for the Austin/Hill Country Boat Show on beautiful Lake LBJ, this coming weekend, October 4-6. Hosts Scott Reichardt and Jim Frechette have put together an itinerary that will please returning participants and newcomers alike. We thank Scott and Jim for their efforts to make this happen.

Launching will be at the Horseshoe Bay (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 at Boater's Bistro, Lake LBJ Resort & Marina; cruise the lake; return to HSB marina; dinner at HSB Yacht Club (lower level), paid for by clubs but with a cash bar.

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

Sunday: Breakfast at Frechettes paid for by the clubs. If you plan on attending please be sure that Scott Reichardt knows: Should be a great event!

Cruisin' Lewisville Lake, October 19!

The October festivities continue!! 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 Katina Real know if you can attend. Download the flyer here!

WBA Makes Good Showing at Mahogany & Chrome!

(Above) Dan Diehl, co-chair of the Mahogany & Chrome event hosted by the Heartland Classics chapter of the ACBS on September 7 at Arrowhead Yacht Club on Grand Lake, OK, presents a Gold Award to Thuy and Scott Myers for their '46 Gar Wood Ensign, "Ngo Said Yes."

(Below) Karl Dietz (r) beams after receiving a Platium Award for his 1958 Century Coronado, "It's All Good".


(Above) The WBA delegation included Karl Dietz, Scott and Thuy Myers, WBA President and First Lady David and Loretta Sheets, and Phil Wolff.

(Below) Jay Emerson was there, too, but wasn't in the above photo. Jay took home a Gold Award for his restoration of a 1968 Carter. Read more and see more photos here.

Club Business, Nominating Committee, Projects Highlighted in September Meeting

While a technical glitch in the A/V equipment kept the WBA from seeing the scheduled presentation of a Keels & Wheels video from CBS Sports "Magnificent Machines" at the September meeting, the evening was nonethless filled with interesting reports on projects and events, including the upcoming Austin/Hill Country Boat Show on Lake LBJ on Oct. 4-6 and "Crusin' Lewisville Lake" on October 19. More information on these events is available in the WBA Calendar of Events.


A nominating committee chaired by Jay Emerson was named to present a slate of officers at the October meeting. While the position of Treasurer will continue to be filled by the ever-faithful Scott Reichardt, the other officer positions are open for nominations. If you would care to serve, or have a nominee in mind for President, Vice-President or Secretary, please contact Jay Emerson. Being an officer of the WBA is an excellent way to serve your fellow members!

Robin's Cavalier Comes Back Home!

About a decade ago, Robin McGeorge restored and converted a 15.5' Chris-Craft Cavailer utility into a double cockpit runabout. He sold it to a friend who had it on Lake LBJ, and was ready to pass the boat on. (Above) Robin varnishes the engine hatch covers while a fresh coat of varnish on the deck dries.



Robin was pleased to be able to buy the boat back, and effect a freshen-up of both the boat and trailer, getting it ready for its next lucky owner. (Above) Robin buffs out the engine hatch covers with Maguire's Ultimate. Let Robin know if you're interested in the cute little boat. It's powered by a 60-HP Chris/Hercules 4-cylinder engine.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting October 17, 2019, Mark Your Calendar!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, October 17th, 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:

If you live in North Texas and are restoring a 28-foot Owens cabin cruiser in your big back yard, you're probably just crazy enough to belong to the Wooden Boat Association! That's the case with WBA member, Lou Zettler, who's been learning first-hand all the different techniques for the structural, cosmetic, eletrical and mechanical restoration of the cruiser. His year-long project is nearing completion now. Lou invited your editor, David Kanally and your projects chairman, Robin McGeorge out to his place in southeast Allen to have a look at the boat, and to receive Lou's donation of a sizeable treasure trove of restoration parts and supplies. The Lucas Shop's supplies of clamps, hoses, fasteners, wire, switches, penetrating epoxy and more have been enriched significantly. Some of the donated materials may be of interest to our membership, so stop by some Saturday morning and have a look. Any proceeds will benefit the shop fund. Many thanks, Lou!

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.