Captain Rick Franke's monthly Boatshop Reports feature news on new boat builds, maintenance, and boat restorations from area boatbuilders and shops across Maryland and Virginia.
September 12, 2019
As summer winds down and the fall approaches, we can look back on another good boating season. The fall boat show season is fast approaching and haul outs and de-commissioning can’t be far behind.
September 3, 2019
Whenever I spot a lifeguard boat, it instantly takes me back to summertime in my youth at the Jersey Shore.
August 12, 2019
As we approach mid-summer, the tempo of activity has increased again and shows no signs of a slowdown. Captain Rick Franke brings us the August 2019 Boatshop Reports.
August 5, 2019
As we dropped lines from Pocahontas Marina (for more on Pochahontas Marina, check out our Boatshop Reports) in Edgew
July 12, 2019
Summer has finally arrived and the boating season is in full swing.
June 24, 2019
Goddess is just one of a fleet of classic wooden yachts restored, or owned and managed, by McMillen Yachts, which is headquartered in Newport, RI.
June 18, 2019
This year’s boating season is in full swing. All indications seem to point toward another good summer, hopefully without last year’s rain and debris to cause problems.
May 30, 2019
In 1978, Paul Spadaro bought a 1929, 30-foot Richardson Cruisabout. New, the boat sold for around $2500. Spadaro paid $450 for it.
May 11, 2019
Most would agree that as winters go, the just-completed one was relatively mild, except for a few cold snaps. It did seem like a dreary one though, with lots of cloudy, drizzly days.
March 27, 2019
She’s sweet, 17 (feet) and 77 years old, yet truly young at heart: a World War II era Chris-Craft runabout
March 15, 2019
Despite the fact that the Depression was still stifling demand for Chesapeake Bay fishing charters, a waterman known as Capt.
March 11, 2019
The late winter scheduling of the Miami International Boat Show makes it the ideal event for manufacturers to introduce new products and services to the recreational boating public.
February 14, 2019
As we work our way through the winter it appears that the off season for boatshops continues to be as busy as antici
February 6, 2019
Kidd is a bespoke, hand-built 22-foot custom wood gentleman's racer. The boat is powered by a forceful V-8 inboard and shows thousands of hours in craftmanship.
February 4, 2019
Most of us think of winter as a time to slow down, stay indoors, and try to hibernate in front of the fire. For area boatshops winter is anything but a slow time. Captain Rick Franke brings us the…