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Complete with a Project Update!

December, 2021
Christmas Party Tomorrow!



Just a reminder to those who have responded to the RSVP for the WBA Christmas Party that Saturday, December 4 is the date!

Preparations are complete, and we're looking forward to an evening of celebration of the season! An Italian buffet dinner is planned.

If you have not responded to the eVite invitation, or if you did not receive one, please let our VP, Mike Gomes, know today.

For those who have inquired, there will be a gluten-free option available!

Grand Lake, Lewisville Videos Shown, Wolff Presents Historical Moment

At our first in-person meeting in several months, WBA members gathered at Two Guys from Italy on November 18 for an evening of fellowship. The meeting was well-attended, and featured regular club business as well as videos of the Mahogany & Chrome Show on Grand Lake, OK, and the Cruisin' Lake Lewisville Show at Pier 121. For the historical moment, long-time member, Phil Wolff, shared the story of his early days with the club, the acquisition of his beloved Century Resorter, "Boo Boo", and subsequent boats, and his many friendships and adventures with the Club. Phil has been a regular and faithful supporter of WBA events for over two decades. He has served as Treasurer and as Vice-President in the past, and is a pillar of the Wooden Boat Association.



Project Updates from the Lucas Shop!

(Above) Carl Lapiska and Bill Mott pass the speedometer air tube through the transom of the Nevada Yellow Jacket. (Below) Carl Lapiska uses an oscillating saw to cut some stubborn screws holding the old transom in the Hallams' '59 Yellow Jacket Trigger.

(Below) To fill some of the open plank seams in his '64 Chris-Craft Super Sport, Carl Lapiska has fashioned some thin mahogany strips which he glued into place (see light-colored strip in the middle of the picture).


(Above) Seb Borrello tests the bow light of the Nevada Yellow Jacket. Seb proved up to the task of crawling under the deck to wire the lights and horn. (Below) Robin McGeorge takes a breather after removing the Hallam's Trigger's transom. A new one will be made.

(Below) Once Carl trims the filler strip with a small block plane and sands it, the repair is virtually imperceptible. Stain and varnish will complete the job. By contrast, note the open seam in the lower right part of the photo.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting January 20, 2022, at Two Guys. Zoom, Too!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy on Webb Chapel Road in Dallas. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out an e-book of the lucky winner's choice, or a complimentary design of a boat show placard.

Plus, we'll have a presentation of recent WBA events and a historical moment by a long-time member.  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.

The meeting will take place on line also, 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 in person or on Zoom to be a part of our monthly fellowship!

Shop Talk and Musings: Warm Spell Calls WBA Member to Lake

WBA member Dan Stober, the lovely Beverly Elrod, and Dan's faithful sea dog, Captain Jack Stubby, have taken advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures to enjoy some late-season boating on Eagle Mountain Lake. You can see Dan's posts, along with the posts of many other WBA members, on the WBA Facebook page. Texas is a great place to live if you're a boating enthusiast, yes? But don't forget that even brief outings in our boat will mean water in the motors. Don't forget to winterize your boat to avoid expensive damage in the freeze that's bound to come sooner or later!

And finally, please take a look in the shed or garage for leftover parts or other salable items you can spray with Lysol, then donate to the Club. Contact David Kanally at for more info.