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November, 2014

LBJ Show is a Thing of Beauty!

Perfect weather and an array of near-perfect boats conspired to make this year's Austin Hill Country Boat Show a great success. Members of the Southwest Chapter of ACBS and the WBA made appearances, sharing in social activities and a Saturday show.


Event hosts Pam and Scott Reichardt and Cindy and Jim Frechette once again showed us all how it's done, pulling off a flawless weekend of classic boating fun. If you weren't able to attend, you can get a pretty good idea of what went on by watching the video and slide show!

Guest Presenter Dave Mahon Unmasks Tape Myths at Oct. Meeting


Dave Mahon was invited to present his thoughts and knowledge on the use of masking tape at the October 16th meeting of the WBA. Dave spoke in some detail about this often-overlooked item on the boat finisher's supply list.

Asking members if they've ever been surprised and disappointed by faulty paint lines caused by tape failure, Dave discussed important differences in various grades of tape, time and temperature-related failure of adhesives, and reminded the group that quite often, you get what you pay for in terms of tape performance--your tape spend is probably not the best place to try to save money! Thanks, Dave!

Lucas Projects Careening Right Along!

(Above) Robin McGeorge and Troy Marshall sand the hull of their '36 Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout in preparation for the final coats of varnish.

(Below) Below, new shop tenant and WBA member Curtis Irwin is disassembling his newly acquired Chris-Craft Super Sport. Curtis appreciates the help and advice he's getting from Robin and the other members who frequent the shop.



(Above) The refurbished instrument cluster gleams like jewelry in the dash of Robin and Troy's Chris-Craft. Where wires dangle, can Stan Lehnhardt be far behind to do some electrical work?

(Below) Walter Hill's plywood-on-frame cruiser's top makes it unflippable, so Walter is doing his bottom work like a Viking, careening his boat to gain access to the bottom.

Next Regular Meeting November 20, 2014

boatDon't miss our next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, November 20, 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

We've recently made a point of communicating WBA's warm welcome of classic glass boats into the club. And we have a number of them already, including the Websters' bright red Plastic Fantastic XK-22, Carlos Cardoza's Glass Magic, Steve Griffitts' Glasspar G-3, Greg DeVore's Resorter and the Sea Ray Pachanga jointly owned by John Parish and Franklin Pillsbury. But we think this boat may just be our poster child--Ken Mattice's rare '67 Century Resorter. Century made just 11 of the glass 19-footers in '67. The boat sports mahogany gunwales and the classic lines of the wooden Century line. Powered by a Chrysler Marine 290 HP 426 V-8, she has plenty of giddyup. With her optional sliding top and a beautiful finish on the woodwork, she makes a fine representative of the classic glass community...if you know of a classic glass boat that should be part of our club, let us know! If you'd like to see a video of Ken's boat in action, click here or on the picture.

Annual Winter Events Scheduled: Save the Dates!

The WBA Christmas Party will be held at President Jim and First Lady Rhonda Wolfe's house on Saturday, December 6th. Invites forthcoming. Also, the date has been reserved for our Annual Installation Banquet at Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson: Saturday, January 24th, 2015. Please save these important dates!

Donations Make the Difference!

Special thanks to Matt Kramer, the most recent donor of parts to the Lucas Shop Fund. Matt's defunct Chris Craft Super Sport became an organ donor, providing over $1100 in parts sales via eBay (Thanks for handling those transactions, Troy Marshall!). 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.