Complete with a Project Update from Robin's Nest!

October, 2023

Denison Fall Fest This Weekend, Oct. 7!



The Denison Fall Fest is almost here! 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. Special thanks to all who plan to participate. Come on out to Denison and share in the celebration! Questions? Contact Dennis Cheatham.

Details, Registration for Oct. 14 Lake LBJ Show Now Available!



Organizers Lindy and Lisa Robinson have finalized the details and distributed registration forms for the upcoming Lake LBJ show, slated for the long weekend of October 14 at Horseshoe Bay, TX on Lake LBJ.

The agenda includes fun runs and group meals on Thursday and Friday, as well as the show on Saturday, followed by a group dinner. Details and instructions are available in the registration form.

Download the registration form here!

Lake LBJ is one of the few constant level lakes in the state of Texas, and provides a perfect venue for this gathering. Ask anyone who's attended an LBJ show and they'll tell you...this is a show you don't want to miss!

Cruisin' Lewisville Lake October 21! Register Now!

As if October wasn't already fun-packed enough, the Cruisin' Lewisville Lake show on October 21 offers another great opportunity to see some beautiful classic boats and cars. The WBA has always been well represented at this show, and we trust this year will be no different! Space is available for both in-the-water and land displays.

Katina Real is putting on this show, as she has for the past several years, and we're looking forward to seeing you there. Please be sure to register for the show. An online registration form for both cars and boats is found here:

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



Phil Wolff Shares Photos, Video of Mahogany & Chrome Show



The latest monthly meeting of the WBA was held on September 21, with a good attendance, both in person and on Zoom. The agenda covered upcoming events and normal club business.

With the help of fellow WBA member attendees, Phil Wolff presented images and commentary on the annual Mahogany and Chrome Show put on by the Heartland Classics Chapter of the ACBS on September 7-9, 2023 at Grand Lake, OK.

WBA members John Ables, David and Loretta Sheets, Jim Donovan, Michael Vannier and Phil's son Christopher also attended. David and Christopher captured the fun on video, and Christopher produced a video of the event. Special thanks to all who made the trip, and shared their memories with the club!

Watch the video shot and produced by David Sheets and Christopher Wolff here!

Project Updates from the Robin McGeorge Boat Shop and Beyond!

(Above) The Hallams' Catalina is show ready for the Denison Fall Fest on October 7. The dash tag is on!

(Above) Carl Lapiska re-coated some of the new wood in his bilge to even out the bilge paint he sprayed on last week. He'll do another spray coat once these touch-ups dry.

(Above) Alan Oppenheimer gets rid of a layer of dust that has collected on the Hallams' Trigger since its completion over a year ago. It will join the Catalina in Dension on October 7.

(Above) Barney Gulley has been restoring his Yellow Jacket up in Texoma. He's attached new planing wedges under the transom. Several YJ models sported these.


(Above) Sitting pretty. The Hallams' Catalina poses for some beauty shots.

(Above) WBA president Scott Myers and son Sam stopped by the shop this Saturday for an inspection tour. Sam was eager to see what Carl was up to in there!

(Above) Ted Dysart has been fitting the lower transom plank on his Century Sabre. Today he found that it was a little thicker than it needed to be, so he shaved a bit off the thickness with the shop's planer.

(Above) Ann Hallam reacts to a comment from Jim Donovan as they look at the Hallams' boats, seen here side by side for the first time.

Next Monthly Meeting October 19th at Two Guys, Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, October 19, 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: The Many Facets of the WBA

We are fortunate as an organization to have so many active, involved members, contributing to the success and value of the WBA in a variety of ways. Many of our members travel hundreds of miles at the drop of a hat to participate in shows and runs in various parts of the country to enjoy boating and fellowship with fellow members of both the WBA and ACBS. Others regularly put in many hours of volunteer work at the Robin McGeorge Boat Shop. Others enjoy working on their boats at home. Still others collect boats in numbers, preserving important examples of boating's golden age. A few of our members do all of these things. Even if you just enjoy keeping up with all this activity, your membership in the WBA is most appreciated.

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.