Including an update from our Lucas Shop!
November, 2009

Guest Night at WBA Meeting Nov. 19!

It's become a bit of a tradition now: November's WBA meeting, formerly known as "Ladies Night" is now officially "Guest Night" in recognition of the fact that some of are members are ladies, who may very well choose to invite gentlemen to the meeting!

In any case, bring a spouse, a significant other, a friend, or in the absence of these, bring a generous benefactor to the November 19th meeting of the WBA!

Mark Webster's presentation, entitled, “The Original Wooden Boats of North America” is sure to be of great interest to both our skippers and their spouses and guests.


You'll be amazed at the number and enthusiasm of members in attendance. We've been seeing some faces from the past as well as new members!

We'll begin the evening at 5:30 p.m. with a meal together in the meeting room of the Midway Point, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 19th.

Midway Point is located at LBJ and Midway Road, just behind where all the WBA member cars are parked.

Join us for Guest Night at 5:30 p.m. at the Midway Point. Let's break an attendance record!

Hill Country Show Video on YouTube

If you weren't able to make it to the wonderful Austin/Hill Country Show last month, you can still feel part of the event by watching a video on YouTube.


To watch the 6- minute video, click here, or enter in your browser's address window and enjoy!

Got a Project? Lucas Shop Bays Coming Available!

Due to completed or re-located projects at the WBA's shop in Lucas (near Allen), a bay or two will be coming available in the near future. The bays are large enough to hold up to 22-foot boats, and are co-located with the club's shared tools. In


addition, if you do your project at the shop, you'll be with other WBA members who have the expertise, and the occasional helping hand you will need. Call Robin McGeorge at 972-742-7496 to reserve a bay.

Holiday Party December 5: Mark Your Calendar!

The annual WBA Holiday Party is slated for Saturday evening, December 5 at the home of Bob and Mildred Van Guilder.


Don't miss this event to kick off the 2009 Holiday Season! Additional details and directions forthcoming. See you there!

Lucas Update: All the Wood is On!

Above: The bow view reveals the beautiful mahogany deck planks, all ready for sanding and finishing. The significant milestone was reached by Troy and Robin the last week of October.

Below: Aft view shows the very pretty lines of the classic Hacker. All fairing and form sanding is done; a lot of fine sanding must happen before staining and varnishing.

Troy Marshall's 1948 Hacker

Above: Deck planks were grooved with a router to make way for caulking.

Below: Chrome strips were place to provide a bit of bling for the photos. Robin and Troy are seeing the rewards of countless hours of work on this beautiful boat. Stay tuned to the Bilge Pump for updates.

Other Shop Talk:

Your editor made a pilgrimage to the shop in Lucas on October 31 to take the pictures above, but that's only part of the story. Also at the shop that morning was Mark Webster, who, after a long search, found a perfect replacement for his throttle/gearshift levers for his "Plastic Fantastic" 1973 Chris-Craft XK-22. In the process of removing the old mechanism, he found that the interior trim piece concealing the cables had to be replaced, so that work was also underway. Not to be outdone, the venerable Bill Baldwin was there as well, working on his outboard restoration project. Bilge Pump is happy to report on outboard projects, which tend to have a bit of a Rodney Dangerfield "no respect" problem in our hobby. Bill's boat is in better shape than his cell phone, but that's a story only he can tell. Jerry Foltyn came by, to check on his Mercury, and also to kibitz with the other guys working on boats. The Lucas Shop is one thing that makes our club different from's worth a trip out there some Saturday morning just to see what goes on!

Please take a look in the shed or garage for the leftover parts or other saleable items you can donate to the club. Bring them to any WBA meeting, or contact David Kanally at for pickup.